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. 

Emily Hackett


Emily has been dancing since the age of three. She spent 12 years training at Lebanon Ballet School from the day they opened their doors. Emily has taught and choreographed around the Fort Wayne area since she moved in 2012. From being hired for outside choreography around the Fort Wayne/Warsaw area, coaching IPFW’s dance team, and more; She is always excited to choreograph new and exciting pieces that challenge and inspire the students.


Outside of the studio, she has her bachelors degree in hospitality management and works in Human Resources at a healthcare company. Her other passion is performing; she is a Madame Ant who performs for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.


Emily puts a large emphasis on not only building up the students to be the best dancer they can be, but also being the best and most confident person they can be. Emily is excited for her fourth year at Icon Dance Center!




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!

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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Icon Dance Center

3939 Parnell Avenue

Fort Wayne, IN 46805




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