About Step 1 Dance 2

Step 1 Dance 2 Academy (S1D2) is a non-competitive, friendly, fun, and innovative dance studio whose goals are to help each student build confidence, self-esteem, strength, flexibility, and an appreciation for the art of dance and movement. Our dance program is exciting and challenging – grounded in all styles of technique, along with a proper knowledge base – and taught by professionally trained, college-educated dance instructors. S1D2 is a place of encouragement where students will learn and grow in movement, performance, and self-assurance.

Classes are designed to help our students develop physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally through a solid foundation of creativity, proper technique, and developmentally appropriate movements.

An Award-Winning Dance Studio

Our studio has been awarded the Golden Anchor Award by The Update since 2013 for Favorite Teacher (2013), Favorite Business Owner(2014), Best Dance Studio & Best Instructor (2015), Best Instructor (2016), Best Dance Studio (2017), and Best Dance Studio & Favorite Local Business Owner (2018).

Professionally-Trained Instructors

Our instructors are performers and teachers here in our own local dance community, aspiring to develop high-quality classes for ourselves and our students, and instilling discipline, professionalism, and positive attitudes.

On-Premise Dance Boutique

You no longer need to cross the bridge for dance supplies! We have dance shoes (including Pointe shoes), tights, leotards, apparel, dance accessories, turning and balance boards, and much more in stock. We're open Monday through Saturday!

Birthday Parties

Host your next birthday party at our dance studio! Your guests will enjoy fun dance and game activities led by our S1D2 party attendants. And afterwards, you can even leave all of the clean up to us!

Guest Instructors

We invite talented, professional dancers to come to our studio to lead master classes in order for our students to have the opportunity to broaden their experience with different dance and teacher techniques.

Classes for Adults

Why let your child have all the fun? We offer an ever-changing dance class for adults covering Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and even a separate class in Tap! Check our schedule for available classes!

Our S1D2 Staff

Jessica Gallew

Jessica Gallew (Owner, Creative Director & Instructor)

Email: jgallew@step1dance2.com

Jessica is a native of Philadelphia, PA and is a 2005 graduate from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA with a BA degree in Jazz and Modern Dance Concentration. For the past 11 years, Jessica has been studying and practicing Hatha yoga and in 2008, she received her 200 hour yoga certification from Yoga Alliance in Vinyasa flow and Ayurveda. She completed her training at Yogasphere in Newtown, PA. Jessica still continues her yoga and dance education by taking private yoga lessons and traveling with students to NYC and other states to attend the best dance conventions. The dance world is always evolving and to be a better instructor, she feels it beyond necessary to keep things fresh and inspiring for her students and herself. She has taught dance in several locations such as Arizona, Pennsylvania, Kansas and now Maryland. While in Kansas, Jessica owned and directed Step 1 Dance 2 Academy for two and half years, while also continuing to teach master classes at other various studios in the area. Known for her innovative, fun and unique style, she has choreographed and taught for the Sierra Vista Beauty Pageant in Arizona, The Philadelphia Youth Performing Arts Camp in Pennsylvania, Tomorrow’s Choreographers at Point Park University, The Pennsylvania Youth Theater in Bethlehem, PA, The DARE program, Indian Creek High School in Annapolis, Community College of Baltimore County, The Midshore Dance Academy in Easton, and Sudbrook Theater Arts Centre in Baltimore. Jessica has performed professionally at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA, numerous casinos in Atlantic City, The Pittsburgh Steelers Fashion Show, Dragonfly Dance Experiment in Annapolis, and has trained with Philadanco and Koresh in Philadelphia.

When Jessica is not instructing or dancing, she loves to spend time with her daughter, son and husband and enjoying quality time with friends and family.

Jessica is beyond ecstatic to own S1D2 Academy and is so grateful to be able to give her amazing students a bigger studio space to dance in, in their 8th year on Kent Island. Her main goal is to share the beauty and knowledge of dance throughout the community and give children a fun and creative learning experience.

So excited to celebrate our 1 Year Anniversary with Shop 1 Dance 2 boutique. Styling all our dancers head to toe! 

Heather Collier (Office Manager)

Email: hcollier@step1dance2.com

Heather is a native to Maryland and is a 2002 graduate of North Caroline High School. She previously worked for a Podiatrist in Annapolis and an Oral Surgeon in Easton before joining the S1D2 staff in the fall of 2012. Initially being a parent of an enrolled student, she embraced the staff and students as they shared their contagious energy for the love of dance.

Heather resides in Queenstown with her husband and 3 children. Her daughter and son are both students currently enrolled. She loves spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and traveling in her spare time. Heather is looking forward to all the new changes surrounding the studio, and is excited to form new friendships with students and their parents in such a creative and positive place!

Heather Collier
Angel Wright

Angel Wright (Office Assistant)

Email: awright@step1dance2.com

Angel is a lifelong resident of Maryland who grew up in the Annapolis area and just recently moved over to Kent Island with her family two years ago. She has worked in customer service for over 20 years and is currently employed at Pottery Barn Kids in Annapolis as the Sales & Service Manager. She is just as passionate about dance as her daughter, Grace, who has been dancing since the age of 2. Grace is entering her 7th year of dance and this will be her 3rd year here at S1D2. In addition, she also has a very spunky, spirited soon-to-be first grader named Noah and a labradoodle named Harlow. Angel thoroughly enjoys working with children, volunteering and being creative and is enthusiastic about design and decor. As she is still getting accustomed to Island living, she is looking forward to meeting many of the familiar faces she's seen around town and cannot wait to become part of the S1D2 family.

Ashley Lowman (Instructor)

Email: alowman@step1dance2.com

Ashley Lowman graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a BA in dance. While studying there, she had the opportunity to train and choreograph in a variety of styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, and contemporary. Throughout college, Ashley danced as a company member in Continuum Dance Theater of Pittsburgh under the direction of Sarah Parker. She has also attended many conventions and intensives throughout her life such as; The Pulse, The Radio City Rockette Summer Intensive, Evolve summer intensive in Pittsburgh, The Teachers Workshop in NYC, and the Dance Teacher Summit.

Upon graduating college, Ashley participated in the Broadway Dance Center Winter Workshop Commercial Dance Series with Luam Keflegzy, where she received a full scholarship to train with Tricia Miranda. Ashley was then accepted into the Broadway Dance Center Summer Professional Semester where she trained for eight weeks with the best choreographers in the industry such as: Luam Keflegzy, Neil Schwartz, Jared Jenkins, Rhapsody, Ms Vee, Sheila Barker, Ricky Hines, Al Blackstone, Justin Boccitto, Jim Cooney, Marjorie Fallon, Beth Goheen, Kurt Froman, Matthew Powell, Dawn Hilen, April Cook, Drea Torres, Ashle Dawson, Emily Greenwell, Briana Mercado, Chio, Hannah Frederick, Kourtni Lind, Mishay Pettronelli, Justin Conte, Mike Esperanza and Cat Cogliandro.

Ashley has been involved in numerous projects and performances in NYC, including; working with CATastrophe! Dance Company, a full length concert piece with Bare Dance Company, a music video for the band One Truth, performed with the Andrea Torres Tap Company, and multiple fashion shows dance numbers through Broadway Dance Center.

Before moving to Kent Island in the fall of 2016, Ashley choreographed for Parallel Performance Company where her choreography received the “Creative Choreography” Award through Broadway Dance Centers Aim Invitational in NYC. Ashley is constantly inspired by our students and so thankful for the atmosphere and opportunities Jessica has created here at S1D2. She hopes to share her love for performing and help our students find their own voice in the art form that has become her life.

Ashley Lowman
Cameryn Kelly

Cameryn Kelly (Instructor)

Cameryn was born and raised on the Eastern Shore and began dancing at the age of five. After her first few classes at Dance Connection where she was introduced to the styles of ballet and tap, she moved to taking classes at Maryland Hall. While here, she was training strictly in ballet for a year and a half, and then moved to another local studio on the Eastern Shore called Triple Threat Theater. Her repertoire of styles was expanded there to include jazz, hip hop, musical theater, and the occasional voice lesson and acting class. After multiple performances with this studio, she began her training at Step 1 Dance 2 Academy where her passion for dance blossomed. Cameryn took her first contemporary class here and found a new love for the style, along with adding pointe classes and partnering classes to those she had previously trained in. After her first year here, she began to occasionally assist classes and not long after became a protégé. This helped her to understand the responsibility that came with instructing, and she was put into the role of being a Teacher Trainer. At the age of thirteen, she began auditioning for summer programs to attend and was accepted into Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program, in Pittsburgh. Cameryn trained intensely there for six weeks over the course of two summers. Along with this she has trained at Broadway Dance Center in New York under many instructors, and recently attended their four-day Summer Intensive series. Cameryn is an active member of Parallel Performance Company and because of this she has been able to train under Michael Susten and Sarah Kay. She has performed at The Pulse On Tour Battle Royale’s and Arts In Motion Invitational, and has been a part of receiving two awards and one scholarship. Cameryn is eager to continue her training and hard work, and beyond excited to be an instructor at Step 1 Dance 2.

Savannah Spedden (Instructor)

Email: sspedden@step1dance2.com

Savannah is born and raised on the Eastern Shore. She has been dancing since she was a toddler, taking ballet, jazz and tap classes through parks and recreation. At the age of ten, she found Step 1 Dance 2 Academy, and instantly fell in love with the environment. Her enrollment began with a single hip hop class, but soon grew to include ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, pointe and partnering. In her rapid growth from one class to many, Savannah was honored to be a part of the first year of Parallel Performance Company, where she expanded her performance horizons to include shows in New York City and New Jersey. With her teammates she received a scholarship to attend Broadway Dance Center’s four day Intensive, to come and train with various reputable artists. Savannah was introduced to the protégé team her third year of dancing with S1D2. She had the opportunity to assist with dances youngest enthusiasts, the Little Movers and Pre-Dance classes. It was through this opportunity that Savannah found her passion for teaching and enthusiasm for sharing her love of dance. In 2017 she was offered the opportunity to teacher train these classes,  and since then has grown to become an instructor. She is very excited about this opportunity, and hopes to inspire all of her students in some way or another. Pending her graduation in June 2018, Savannah will continue her education at Chesapeake College, and then Virginia Tech to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Through her ambitious college endeavors, she hopes to always keep dancing somewhere; but Savannah knows that regardless of where she is, or what she is doing, she will always carry the disciplines and lessons that dancing has taught her.

Savannah Spedden
Gabrielle Sullivan

Gabrielle Sullivan (Instructor)

Gabrielle Sullivan is a graduate of Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, PA with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance.

On talent and academic scholarship, she performed pieces at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, including Poom Shanka, X Factor, and original Bob Fosse choreography in Sing, Sing, Sing. She had the honor of studying under Jeff Shade, former Bob Fosse protégé, and Broadway native Ronald Tassone, among others.

Prior to Point Park, Gabrielle was on talent and academic scholarship at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, studying under Anthony Ferro, Lynn Glauber (The Joffrey Ballet), Nancy Lushington (May O'Donnell Dance Company), and Charlotte Griffin (Julliard); She performed in the Dancers at Work Showcase in Plenilunio, an original work by Joao Carvalho and Susana Yamauchi; additionally, she trained at STEPS on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center.

Professional performance credits include: The Royal Ballet's Manon at the John F. Kennedy Center; Regional theatre productions of 42nd Street and Irving Berlin's White Christmas; Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of Hawaii; Busch Gardens, Tampa in Summer Nights, The Happening and Storybook Ball; American Entertainment Production's Garden Party, Sugar and Spice, Rock Your World, Summer Cruisin', and Lands of Idlewild; and as a backup dancer for Neil Young and Crazy Horse's Greendale Tour.

Gabrielle has taught/choreographed/adjudicated all genres and levels of dance throughout the east coast, and is most passionate about teaching theatre jazz, tap, and ballet. Combining her extensive training with her performing career, Gabrielle brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom; She encourages dancers to become the most well-rounded artist they can be, and is eager to share her love of the performing arts.

A proud police wife, mama of 3 boys, barre instructor and lover of all things Broadway, Gabrielle is also the owner of “Gray | Arrows Photography”- focusing on candid, action-based photography.   


Jen Meacham (Instructor)

Jen Meacham is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and moved to the Washington, DC area about 6 years ago. She grew up studying all forms of dance including jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet and continued her training in college where she received a BA in Dance at Mercyhurst University. Since then she has danced with Holland America, aboard their cruise lines, performed as a Cavs girl with the Cleveland Cavilers, and performed with multiple ballet and contemporary companies, both local to DC and Pennsylvania. Her most recent accomplishment was cheering on the Washington Redskins, from the sidelines, as a Washington Redskins Cheerleader! She has taught numerous master classes all over the world and thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion for dance with others! Jen is thrilled at the opportunity to be teaching for Step 1 Dance 2, and she is excited to meet you all soon!

Jen Meacham
Trevor Sones

Trevor Sones (Guest Instructor)

Originally from Clearfield, Pennsylvania, Trevor received a BA degree in Dance from Mercyhurst University.

National Tour Credits: CATS, Beauty and the Beast

Other Credits: Royal Caribbean's Hairspray, MAMMA MIA (Dance Captain)

Recently, Trevor had the opportunity to be the Associate Choreographer for Grease on board RCCL's largest ship, Harmony of the Seas, and traveled the world with RWS Entertainment Group as a Casting Assistant. Trevor is currently living in NYC performing with Beings Dance and traveling North America on Faculty of REVEL Dance Convention.

2018 - 2019 Teacher Trainers

Cameryn Kelly

Cameryn Kelly
(Teacher Trainer)

Bryce Sale

Bryce Sale
(Teacher Trainer)

Abigail Scaggs

Abigail Scaggs
(Teacher Trainer)

Logan Donnelly

Logan Donnelly
(Teacher Trainer)

2018 - 2019 Proteges


Emma (Protege Captain)


Alex (Protege)


Delayne (Protege)


Tia (Protege)


Chloe (Protege)


Hanna (Protege)


Zoe (Protege)


Katie (Protege)


Marissa (Protege)


Hazel (Protege)


Madi (Protege)


Shelby (Protege-in-Training)


Ellie (Protege-in-Training)


Marleigh (Protege-in-Training)