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S1D2 Staff


A non-competitive dance studio with a family atmosphere and judgement-free environment to nurture our students and help them grow not only in dance, but in life.

Highly-trained Instructors

Highly-trained and college-educated instructors, some from Top 5 dance schools in the country, who seek to instill discipline, professionalism, and positive attitudes.

Award-Winning Studio

An award-winning dance studio and small business every year since 2013, and the home of our award-winning performance companies, Parallel and Paradigm.

Continuously Learning

Our instructors pursue learning via professional classes, conventions, training certificates, and guest classes.

CLI Partner Studio

We have partnered with CLI Studios to give our students live and on-demand access to the dance industry’s top choreographers.


 Owner, Creative Director & Instructor

Jessica Gallew 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 and a Minor in Business. At Point Park, she was able to study with renowned choreographers, professors and teachers who gave her the proper education to instruct. Jessica also was chosen in 2001 as 1 of 30 dancers selected from the entire state of Pennsylvania to attend the Pennsylvania Governors School at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA as a Jazz Major and then to return as an ATTRA (assistant to teacher and resident advisor) in 2005. For the past 16 years, Jessica has been studying and practicing Hatha and Vinyasa 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 Broadway Dance Center and various 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 currently 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 for the Baltimore Youth Ballet. 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 performed and trained professionally with Philadanco and Koresh Dance Company’s in Philadelphia. Jessica is trained in all styles of dance from her break dancing days with a traveling entertainment company, to Horton and Graham Modern Technique, to Luigi and Contemporary and Jazz Styles.

Jessica was awarded the recognition of Top Women to Watch in 2021 on the Eastern Shore, in addition to winning What’s Up Magazines, Best of the Best “Best Dance Studio” on the Eastern Shore in 2024.

Parallel & Paradigm Performance Company/Solo Team dancers have won several scholarships and recognitions since the formation of the company in 2018. Jessica and Ashley’s (JASH) Choreography has won several awards and scholarships and continue to do so every season. Jessica’s mission is to be able to provide artistry in and outside of the studio walls. To explore and gain the opportunities of what dance has to offer individually and as a team. Jessica continues to bring in well-known guest choreographers and teachers to create, inspire and challenge their dancers with their visions to create; but also to learn new experiences that will take help them create new endeavors within their dancing. Year after year connections and special bonds are made with these choreographers in the industry, that will help our dancers in their future. When Jessica is not instructing, dancing, or running the studio, she loves to be with her family; her husband of 18 years, her son and her daughter, who also LOVE to dance, 3 dogs, travel, read, kayak, enjoy the outdoors and spend LIFE with family and friends.

Love what you do, with the people you love to do it with.


Studio Manager, Instructor & Company Director

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.


Office Manager

Heather was born and raised on the Eastern Shore. After graduating from North Caroline High School in 2002, she had a passion for the medical field and began working “behind the scenes” where she worked alongside a Podiatrist in Annapolis and an Oral Surgeon in Easton for several years. After becoming a mom and realizing her young daughter’s love of dancing for hours on end, she decided to search out the perfect dance studio for her to enroll in. After a short time, Heather quickly fell in love with the staff and students and their contagious energy for the love of dance. She jumped at the chance to join the Step 1 Dance 2 Staff in the fall of 2012 . Heather is incredibly grateful for the amazing opportunity to be around the incredible staff and students in such a talented, loving and positive environment. Heather resides in Centreville with her husband Jason and their 3 children. Outside of the studio, Heather loves spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and traveling in her spare time. Heather is looking forward to another wonderful year where she can first hand see all the students SHINE!



Tia joined S1D2 as a hip hop student during their 2nd year on Kent Island and was a student for 9 years. Throughout her time as a student, Tia expanded her classes to include a wide range of styles such as contemporary, jazz, partnering, and ballet. As her skills grew, she progressed to serving as a Protege, and eventually a Teacher Trainer, as well as becoming a member of Parallel Performance Company.

After high school graduation, Tia headed to Toronto, Canada to study at the College of Makeup Art & Design and graduated from the Complete Makeup Artist Program. Now a freelance makeup artist, she’s returned home and rejoined her studio as an instructor. She is enjoying teaching at the studio and is happy to be entering her third year as the Company Captain of  the Parallel and Paradigm performance companies.

Jens Lee Peterson


Jens Lee, a native of New Castle, Pa, is an internationally known and acclaimed Professional Dancer/Teacher/Choreographer in dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Modern (Horton), Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Ballroom. Starting at a young age in Theatre, Jens has been in over 100 productions through out the East Coast. Some of his Equity gigs include TWELFTH NIGHT/COMEDY OF ERRORS (Great Lakes Theatre which included a performance for a GLT Alumni TOM HANKS), PIPPIN-Dance Captain (Cain Park), ANYTHING GOES/MUSIC MAN (Porthouse Theatre), ALTAR BOYZ (Becks Center/Hanna Theatre), and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST-Beast/ANNIE GET YOUR GUN-Tommy/OUR TOWN-George/CHRISTMAS SCHOONER-Oscar (Thunderbay Theatre). As a Choreographer, some of his works include NO NO NANETTE/GUYS N DOLLS (Bedford High School), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS/LEGALLY BLONDE (John Carroll University) FOOTLOOSE (Medina High School) and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Mercury Summer Stock). He recently was highlighted in the 100th year Gala for the Cleveland Foundation.

Jens’s training in dance started with Classical Ballet with the Cecchetti style under the guidance of Gigi Hazan, Kathie Halbert and the Cecchetti Council of American to become certified in Cecchetti Teacher I. Later on to Vaganova and French styles of ballet from Richard Dickinson (Boston Ballet, Verb Ballets, Great Lakes Ballet), Robert Steele (Boston Ballet, Lake Erie Ballet), Anita Lin (Ballet Western Reserve) and Debbie Parou (New Castle Regional Ballet). Jens is also a trained medal winning Triathlete/Marathon runner. Certified in the 13 styles of American Ballroom/Rhythm, Jens was personally trained and coached by the World Ballroom/Theatre Arts Champion George Hendricks and the Former 10 Dance Champion Martin Lamb. As a Professional Instructor and trainer, Jens has taught thousands of students all around the world from age 3-92. Some have received scholarships in dance to colleges and schools such as OSU, YSU, NYCU, Juilliard, CSU, SUNY, and Alvin Ailey to name a few. He has also been the Ballet Master for multiple Studios including Cleveland School of the Arts, Elite Dance of Brunswick, Ohio and Bingham Center of Midland, Texas. His professional credits as a Guest Artist has been (Nutcracker-Drosselmeyer, Russian, Chinese, Snow Prince, Act 2 Grande Pas Prince, Rat King, Arabian, Marzipan / Peter Pan-Father / Cinderella-Prince, Dance Master / Little Mermaid- Prince) for the New Castle Regional Ballet, Laurel Ballet, Allegro Arts, Ballet Western Reserve, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet Company and Neo’s Dance Theatre (Cinderella-Step Mother / Nutcracker-Trepak, Mouse King. Some of his other works include TOBI ROPPO for the Verlezza Modern Dance Co, Four Pause for the Laurel Ballet and Paquita Pas de Deux, Heinz Poll Pas and Inamorata for Richard Dickinson at Ballet Western Reserve. Other Regional credits included CHRISTMAS ON ICE for SPIRIT OF THE DANCE at the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach. He was also with Princess Cruise lines as one of their Professional Dancers and was recently rewarded their CONSUMMATE HOST OF THE MONTH for a heroic action. Sailing with Princess, Jens has had the honor to dance and teach for tens of thousands of people and see such places as the Caribbean, West Coast USA, Alaska, Hawaii, South Pacific islands, New Zealand, Australia, and South East Asia from Thailand to Japan. As a Competitive Judge, Jens has taught Master Classes and Judge for TURN IT AROUND TOUR & Dance Masters of America.



Diana Bartlett grew up in Pasadena, MD. She started dancing at the age of 3 at Edna Lee Dance Studio (now known as Artistic Movement Academy of Dance). She trained in multiple styles, including ballet, tap, pointe, contemporary, and jazz, under the instruction of Mary Moran and Ashley Canterna-Hardy. Alicia Canterna, Adrienne Canterna, and Brandon Burnett have also been a huge part in her training. She was a part of the award-winning competition team from age 8 until she graduated from high school in 2016. She danced various corps and soloist roles in the production of The Nutcracker with the Maryland Festival Ballet. She was a part of the Nutcracker every holiday season from 2005-2015. She also performed with the Maryland Festival Ballet for the show Alice in Wonderland.

Not only is Diana a talented dancer, but she is also a dedicated professional. She graduated from Salisbury University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. During her time at the university, she was a member of the Salisbury University Dance Company for 3 seasons and was recognized with the “Most Outstanding Dancer” award in 2017. She also shared her passion for dance as a choreographer for the competition team at Footsteps Dance Academy for 4 seasons, where she ran the jazz/contemporary program. Her commitment to the art of dance is further demonstrated by her continued choreography for their award-winning competition team.

Currently, Diana is living in Queenstown, MD with her husband Kyle and their two dogs, Maxwell and Ruby. She is pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing at Salisbury University while working as an instructor at Step 1 Dance 2. Her passion for dance continues to thrive as she choreographed for the Parallel and Paradigm Performance Company during the 2022-2023 season and started working as an instructor during the summer of 2023. She is excited to be a part of the S1D2 family and looks forward to further growth and success as an instructor and choreographer.

Cameryn Kelly

Guest Instructor

Cameryn is a CLI Conservatory year 1 graduate pursuing and training in dance in NYC. She is a member of the Artist Crew with the Luminous Tour Dance Convention, as well as a Staff Member with Embody Dance Convention.

Cameryn has trained under Teddy Forance, Kenichi Kasamatsu, Bo Park, Theresa Stone, Lucy Valley, Kristen Russel, Billy Griffin, Andrew Mules, Josh Astor, Maximilian Kambayashi, Robert Green, and more.

Photo coming soon

Guest Instructor

Abby is a recent graduate with a BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts. She has trained with the Cunningham Project, starred in the piece “Vespers” by Ulysses Dove, and trained under Kim Bears Bailey, Tommie Waheed Evans, Katie Swords Thurman, and Mark Caserta.

2024-2025 Teacher Trainers & Proteges

Hover over photos to find out fun facts and what inspires our Teachers Trainers and Proteges!


Fun Fact: This is my seventh year at S1D2.

Why I love doing this: I wanted this role so that I can be the role model for the younger dancers just like the older dancers were for me when I was younger.

What inspires me: I am inspired by watching my teammates around me grow and pushing me to grow alongside with them.


Teacher Trainer

Fun Fact: I love to travel and go to the beach

Why I love this role: I love being able to help other dancers reach their goals and see them find confidence within themselves each week. The relationship that is built in class is always something I love each year.

What inspires me: My best friends always inspire me the most and the relationship I have built over the years with everyone. The studio is somewhere I know I can always go to and feel supported and loved.


Teacher Trainer

Fun Fact: I’ve been wanting to pursue a career in dance and I was born in Kansas

Why I love doing this: I’m always eager each time I step in to teach a class of mine, and it makes me proud and excited to watch my students grow. I also love being a role model for the next generation of dancers.

What inspires me: The amazing dancers I watched grow into professionals are a huge inspiration to me as being a young kid to now and seeing that it is possible to make it far in the dance world just amazes me, and my friends also inspire me so much. Without all of their love and support, I wouldn’t be where I am now.


Teacher Trainer

Fun Fact: I love traveling to different places and I love food.

Why I love doing this: This role of being a protege is literally the best feeling in the world, getting to know the little kids and being a role model to them. Seeing how excited they are to dance here! I love helping build kids' confidence each week!

What inspires me: I’m inspired by my dance family and love S1D2.



Fun Fact: I started a business lasted year (Beads by Pey)

Why I love doing this: I love to teach and play right here with the littles, see them smile and have fun, and being a part of the dance family.

What inspires me: Seeing everyone persevere through the tough times, especially Ms. Jess



Fun Fact: I have been dancing at Step 1 Dance 2 since I was 2 years old in the little movers class making sure my gloves on stage were perfect.

Why I love doing this: I like hanging out with the littles and watching the relationship that I continue to have with them through the years. I also love being a part of the dance family and the bond we all have with each other.

What inspires me: The emotion that we have and the passion that we share throughout the season



Fun Fact: I love dogs and dancing and I go by A Dog in the dance world. I take ballet, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, acro, and tap and this is my second year being a protege.

Why I do this: I love working with the little ones and they make me smile. I like knowing that I can be a good role model for them and help them in class.

What inspires me: I am inspired by my teachers and friends at dance and love my dance family.



Fun Fact: I want to pursue dance as my career and when I’m not dancing I love baking and spending time with my 3 dogs

Why I want this role: So I could inspire young dancers who share the same passion for dance as me and help them learn how to move and control their bodies.

What inspires me: I am always inspired by all the staff and dancers at Step 1 Dance 2 Academy and how everyone is always there for each other.



Fun Fact: I’ve been dancing for 5 years and the first style class I took was hip hop. I also love animals and I love to craft.

Why I love doing this: I want to help the little kids love dance as much as I do.

What inspires me: Watching other dancers and my teachers Ms. Ashley, Ms. Jess, and Ms. Tia.



Fun Fact: I have been dancing at S1D2 since I was 3 years old

Why I love doing this: I’m excited for this role to inspire younger dancers and be that great role model like I had when I was their age. Also, I want to be more involved in the studio and its community.

What inspires me: Making people proud inspires me to do the best I can, and the idea of working very hard on something to make it successful in the end.





Fun Fact: This is my 7th year at S1D2. I have a 9 year old lab/hound dog named Rebel and when I’m not at dance I love to swim and travel with my family.

Why I love doing this: S1D2 is like a family to me. I want to work with the littles and share the support, encouragement, and happiness that I have received as a student.

What inspires me: Miss Jess, the dancers, and the teachers! Everyone is so kind and they make me want to do my best! They inspire me to work harder and be creative.



Fun Fact: I have been dancing since I was 4. I am also very flexible.

Why I love doing this: I want to teach the littles and watch them grow as dancers.

What inspires me: Miss Ashley and Miss Jess. I want to grow up and be just like them.


Guess what?

Interesting Facts About S1D2

  • Ms. Jess owned and operated Step 1 Dance 2 Academy for two and half years in Kansas before re-opening it in Maryland after her move.
  • S1D2 was originally located less than a mile from its current location, across from the Kent Towne Market shopping center, but Ms. Jess had to re-locate due to the rapid influx of students within her first couple years of opening.
  • Did you know that Studio C used to be a dance boutique for 5 years before it was converted to make room for more dance space?

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