MEET THE DIRECTOR
Step By Step Dance Studio Director, Jennifer O’Neill started her dance training at Step By Step Studio while under the direction of Sharon Dunphy Bartlett. While being completely infatuated by the art form, Jennifer knew she had to proceed her career in dance. Following in the footsteps of “Miss Sharon” was her dream. Starting off the journey- a proud Daler alumnus, Jennifer danced for the high school “Dalerettes” dance team and served as captain and co-choreographer for two years. She went on and trained under a dance scholarship at Long Island University-Post earning her BFA Magna Cum Laude in Dance Studies. Throughout her time at the University Jennifer performed at renowned theatres including Symphony Space in NYC, and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts under works choreographed by Broadway, Off-Broadway, and many other dance professionals. She was the featured pointe soloist in The Bayside Brewery Commercial. Also, was featured in various University photoshoots for dance. Her choreography was represented in the Northeast Conference of The American College Dance Festival two years in a row. While also being showcased at Symphony Space, NYC and multiple venues across the tri-state area. Upon graduation Jennifer booked the job as an NFL Cheerleader for the New York Jets. Hitting the sidelines was always a dream of Jennifer’s. Meeting young fans of the squad was what made her experience special. O’Neill then furthered her training at Broadway Dance Center receiving her certificate in their training program as well as their Professional Semester Program. During her training she had the opportunity to work with top artists in the industry. She performed at The Alvin Ailey Studios in the BDC ProSem Choreography Showcase.
She has taught at Step By Step Dance Studio for many years before taking ownership. She is passionate about teaching technique and prides herself in spreading the joy of dance without stress or competition. Jennifer was taught that dance is an art form and should be celebrated and enjoyed. She brings that philosophy to her students and staff.