June Buechner Carney and Megan Stearns grew up in dance studios, and for both women, classes at Steps in New York City played a defining role in their development as dancers. For those who have never visited Steps, imagine walking through a narrow, nondescript door right next to an outdoor bodega on a bustling NYC street; boarding a tiny, ancient elevator to the third floor; and the elevator door opening upon an otherworldly scene of statuesque, beautifully-athletic men and women draped across the floor and furniture, many in various stretching contortions, waiting for class. Pausing at the door of a studio in session, you might spot your favorite principal dancer from American Ballet Theater sweating through a tough adagio, or an up-and-coming soloist at New York City Ballet earning whoops from the rest of the class as she lands a quadruple turn. And standing right next to that soloist? An 80-year-old woman who still shuffles her way through grande allegro every day.
This is what we loved about Steps: it’s a haven for ALL who love dance, no matter your identity, age or skill level. All are accepted and take class respectfully side-by-side with the shared desire to work hard and be inspired.
June and Megan recognized an opportunity in Vermont to create a community like this here, where the state’s adult dancers could find a home. And they wanted to add that element of otherworldly inspiration by bringing in world-class dancers to grace the halls of Lines via a monthly Master Class series.
Although we also know you’ll find inspiration at Lines in EVERY class under the expert tutelage of the Lines teachers, who all bring exceptional, jaw-dropping talent and professional dance experience to their teaching.
We hope that Lines raises the profile of dance in Vermont: elevates the talent that already resides here and helps foster new talent and appreciation for dance. We hope you’ll come get the pointe with us.