Our Faculty

Stephanie Delaurier:  Artistic Director/Instructor/Owner (Iroquois Falls/Cochrane)

Stephanie has been training and performing for over 24 years in all disciplines of dance; both competitively and professionally. She has competed in Canada and the United States winning numerous awards and top scores for her dancing and choreography. Stephanie graduated from the Commercial Dance Program as Dance Captain at George Brown College in 2006 and since has performed with the Honeykats, Chrys Stylz Entertainment, Diana Viselli and many others in Toronto for various corporate and fundraising events including Canada Day Celebrations (Harbourfront Centre), Royal Canadian Yacht Club, fFida Dance Festival, PRIDE, Women in Dance and opened many Dance Ontario weekends. Stephanie has also danced the seas with Celebrity Cruise Lines as one of their Advanced Production Dancers where she previously trained in Nashville, Tennessee with Gary Musik Productions. She has visited L.A., San Francisco, Mexico, Panama, Hawaii, Alaska and British Columbia with her International Cast. Upon returning to Canada, she has worked with artists on stage and in music videos such as Addictiv (Just Breathe), Wyclef Jean, Praz, USS and Bonnie M. Stephanie began Step ‘N Sound Entertainment (Step ‘N Sound Dance; 2013) in 2011 when she began acting and casting talent for Adman Productions in Parry Sound. She casted many roles, and performed herself, in various movies with Bruce Greenwood, Calum Blue and Parker Posey.

Stephanie has been taking her experience from abroad and bringing it to over 50 studios & schools including George Brown College, Dance Kraze Productions, Parry Sound Dance Academy, Woodbridge School of Dance, Melissa Kelly Dance Academy, Jaana’s Dance Academy, Stage Stars and many others around Ontario where she teaches and choreographs in Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Acro, Breakdance, Ballet and Musical Theatre. As a Regional Manager for U GOT DANCE (U Got Inc.), Stephanie has visited hundreds of schools and taught workshops for children and teachers in the GTA and Parry Sound/Muskoka Area. Alongside teaching and performing, Stephanie visits various schools and academies as an examiner for in-house jazz, tap and ballet exams. Having completed her Jazz & Tap Exams with the CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers Association), she feels it is important for students to learn the basics and groundwork of dance technique and vocabulary.

Stephanie has continued to take home choreography and high score awards at every dance competition her students attend. The judges are always intrigued by her originality and creativity. “Dance has always been my life; through thick and thin. It taught me how to be passionate about the things I love and how to work towards the things I wanted. Dancing and teaching are my passions and I am very excited to return to Iroquois Falls where I began. I am so thrilled to be starting this exciting adventure and I cannot wait to bring new ideas to my studio and break new horizons both on stage and off.”

Stephanie is overwhelmed with excitement after each year with the studio and looks forward to continuing to share her passion with her students for many more years to come!

Mandy Labreche: Office Manager (Iroquois Falls)

Mandy was raised in Iroquois Falls ON and started dancing at the age of 8 with Jay’s Dance Academy. She later joined the Stage Stars and competed for 6 years in Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical and Contemporary. 

She studied Dental Hygiene at Cambrian College in Sudbury for 3 years and is currently working in her field. In October of 2018, Mandy started working in the office at Step N Sound Dance and has become the office manager.

Mandy enjoys watching the dancers perform and compete. She very excited to see what this year will bring and can’t wait to watch the dancers grow.

Meadow Gagnon: Studio Administrator/Stage Kraze Coordinator/Dance Instructor (Cochrane)

Meadow Gagnon, born and raised in Orillia Ontario where she pursued her passion for live performance at Duck Soup Productions Musical Theater for all ages. While being with the company for nearly 10 years, she developed her skills in dance, acting, singing, as well as music theory and piano. She became an instructor with the company as well as acted and performed in full length musicals as both leads and ensemble roles. Select credits include Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Princess Fionna in Shrek the Musical, PigPen in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Katie Nana/ensemble in Mary Poppins, Ensemble in Newsies.  In July 2022 Meadow relocated to Cochrane her senior year of high school, with the primary concern to find a place in the north where she can continue to grow in the art of performance. Meadow has enjoyed her first year with Step N Sound and is honoured to be returning to spend her gap year working full time in the studio office; learning the ins and outs of the dance world, teaching and choreographing classes in Cochrane as well as being a part of the Competition team. 

Christianne Thibeault: Vocal Instructor (Iroquois Falls)

Born in Cochrane and raised in Iroquois falls since the age of 3, Christianne Thibeault is no stranger to the stage.
Her musical career started when she started taking dance lessons with the Nancy Waslik School of Dance when she was 4 years old, and by the time she was 6, she began voice and piano lessons.
By the time she was 10 years old she was singing in her church’s Adult choir as well accompanying them on the piano.  She was also winning numerous awards for her vocal performances at local music festivals and competitions.  When she was 12 she became the official anthem singer for the Jr. Eskis, a role she maintained for 20 years.
In 2003 she was named Most Outstanding Vocalist at the Porcupine Music Festival, and received a scholarship to pursue her musical studies at the University of Ottawa in vocal performance.  During her stay in Ottawa she had the honour of working with many talented professionals, including Luc Plamondon, when she was asked to be part of the chorus for  the orchestral version of his “Starmania”.   Christianne returned to her hometown of Iroquois Falls in 2007, and taught private voice and piano lessons, as well as conducted numerous children choirs during her 10 year teaching career.
In 2014 she became a licensed Kindermusik teacher, and joined the Step ‘N Sound Dance Studio faculty as the Head of the Voice department.

Kelly-Ann Belanger: Dance Instructor (Iroquois Falls)

Kelly-Ann was born in Timmins, Ontario but raised in Iroquois Falls. She began dancing at the age of 3 with the Nancy Wasilik School of Dance and at the age of 8, joined the competitive dance team. Kelly spent many years competing in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre with the Iroquois Falls School of Dance. In 2008, she wanted a change of pace which is when she began her new dance chapter at the Northern Lights Dance Team in South Porcupine, ON.

Over the years, Kelly won various Special Awards such as “Shining Star” “Happy Feet” and another for her “Winning Attitude” on stage. In addition to her success, she also taught dance for the Iroquois Falls School of Dance and spent a lot of her time-off advancing her knowledge by taking workshops in many different cities from many different choreographers.

At the tender age of 19, Kelly began her career in dental hygiene as a full-time hygienist. Kelly’s love for music and dance has led her to teach for Step N Sound Studios since 2014 as well as becoming a certified Zumba instructor and adding her own personal twist by creating “MOVE with Kelly”. Miss Kelly’s favourite discipline to perform and teach continues to be tap and she’s excited to sharing her passion with her students once again!

Melanie Shields: Dance Instructor (Iroquois Falls)

Melanie Shields, né Devins, was born and raised in Timmins and Iroquois Falls, Ontario, respectively. She studied dance and music for her entire childhood. She took dance lessons from the Nancy Wasilik School of Dance and was a member of the Competition Team for many years. After graduating from I.F.S.S. as an Ontario Scholar, she spent 5 years in North Bay where she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with Art as her second Major. While in North Bay, Melanie was an assistant teacher at the Barbara Treleaven’s School of Dance.

Melanie returned to Iroquois Falls where she has been a High School Teacher and a dance teacher for the past 12 years. Melanie created an Award Winning Dance Competition Team named the Stage Stars in 2008. This team won several awards, and scholarships including receiving Bronze and Silver against 13 Countries at Dance World Cup 2011. Melanie sold this team to Stephanie and this merge created the Step ‘N Sound Stage Stars. Melanie is a proud member of the Step ‘N Sound team. In the same year of 2008 Melanie established an impressive competitive high school dance team at École Secondaire L’Alliance. As a result of her successes in dance, she now teaches dance as part of the curriculum in her high school.

Melanie is a proud member of the International Dance Committee of Teachers and has assisted the Toronto Be Discovered Talent Agency with photoshoots and dance training days in New York and Los Angeles, California. Shields is an only child who is close to her parents, a mother of 3 talented children and married to her high school sweetheart. Melanie is so excited for another dance season at Step ‘N Sound Dance Studio.

Aby Cyr: Dance Instructor (Iroquois Falls)

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Paige Cashmore: Dance Instructor (Iroquois Falls)

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Kaisha Lougheed: Dance Instructor (Iroquois Falls & Matheson)

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Jenyta Ilunga: Dance Instructor (Cochrane)

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Amanda Mongeon Dance Instructor (Cochrane)

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Mikayla Hammel: Dance Instructor

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Ellie Lefler: Competitive Choreographer 

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Kaitlyn Bernier: Guest Choreographer

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