Our Staff

Brennan Stillman, Director

Brennan Stillman has trained in the Fort Wayne area since the age of 3 and was a competitive dancer until the age of 18. She has studied ballet under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, passing grades six up through the Vocational Intermediate Foundation. Brennan continued her dance training with Joel Hall in Chicago, Spotlight Dance in Florida, and at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. 

 

Brennan has taught and choreographed in Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas since 2004. Her competitive dancers have won numerous awards regionally and nationally, including Judges Choice, Choreography, and Performance awards. They have also received numerous “Golden Ticket” awards to the invitation-only World Dance Championship in New Jersey. Locally she has also choreographed for the FWDC’s Choreographer’s Lab and for their annual Halloween show, as well as for local musicals and show choir.

 

Before settling in Fort Wayne, Brennan was a full-time performer at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, performing in shows, parades, and as characters throughout the parks. 

 

Brennan loves learning new and exciting ways to teach and help her students to grow by attending yearly workshops, conventions, and other trainings in the field of dance. 

Donna Johanningsmeier

Donna has loved performing since she was little. At 2 she started dance and grew to love all different genres. She was involved in school musicals, poms, and cheerleading. And really found her true passion for teaching in high school. She has been teaching for center stage for the past 11 years and loves to see every little face light up on stage. 

 

She has taught in dance programs throughout the community including East side/West side and Express yourself day.

 

Her choreography has gained judges and choreography awards, overall placement and highest scoring dance in division, and "Golden Ticket" awards to World Dance Championship in regional and national competitions. 

 

She believes there is never an end to learning in the dance world and continues to reach for more. She is so excited to see what the future holds for our Icon dance family!

Madison Phillips

Madison Storms is a current college student who has trained in and taught many different dance styles including musical theatre, tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, and clogging, but she especially enjoys musical theatre and hip-hop. Madison began teaching dance in August of 2018 and has also actively worked in high school and college as a choreographer. Madison aspires to always be learning new techniques to teach to her classes as well as hopes to pass on her love and passion for dance to the new, younger generations.

 

Erin Garman

Erin has been dancing since she was 8 years old and really began to focus and develop more of a passion for it in high school which is when she started dancing competitively. She was a student teacher and then progressed to a teacher role at Center Stage and has been a teacher here for 8 years. Erin’s work has received multiple judges’ and choreography awards at competitions throughout the Midwest region. She attended IPFW (2013 grad) and was a member of IPFW’s dance team for two years before transitioning to Head Choreography Coach her senior year. Erin is excited and ready to share her creativity and passion for dance with her students.

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