Featured Faculty Member- Dawn Smith-Theodore


Dawn is the fierce founder of A Step in Time School of Dance. She was raised in Cincinnati where her mother operated her own studio for 55 years. Dawn has performed in Japan, Mexico, the Virgin Islands and throughout the United States. Dawn has appeared on television, commercials, and has performed with different theater groups. Dawn has most recently performed with her students at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Fox Studios, Sydney, Sydney Wonderland, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and The Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship “Sovereign of the Seas.” Dawn taught in NYC before moving to Los Angeles as well as guest teaching throughout the USA. Dawn graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a B.A. degree in psychology and sociology and from Antioch University Los Angeles with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. In addition to dancing, Dawn works as a therapist at an eating disorder residential treatment center in Malibu.

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Featured Instructor Samantha Lee


Samantha graduated from Oklahoma City University with a B.A. in Performing Arts. She has performed for the American Music Awards, Up Close and Personal Tour for Brian McKnight, as well as Beyonce’s Dancer for the NBA All Star Game. She danced in Snow White at Disneyland and has appeared in many commercials. Samantha teaches ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop. We are pleased to have her as an addition to A Step In Time!

Featured Faculty Member Marie France Levesque

Born in Montreal, Canada, Marie-France began her ballet training at the age 7. In 1982, she joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, performing lead roles for 3 years. She received grants from the Canada Council of the Arts and from the Government of Quebec to study in New York and Bulgaria. In 1985, Marie danced the lead role in The Garden of the Heart, which was broadcast live on CBS National TV. That same year, Marie was recruited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join American Ballet Theatre, where she danced for 11 years. Her repertoire includes several featured roles, many PBS specials on dance, and a host of guest-artist credits across the U.S. and Canada. Since moving to L.A. in 1996 Marie has been providing the highest level of professional instruction at studios such as West Side Academy of Dance, Southland Ballet Academy, and CSU Long Beach.