MEET THE DIRECTORS
Summit Dance Shoppe embarked on a new journey starting with the 2015-2016 season - under the direction of new owners Stephanie & Luke Olson-Elm, the story of today’s SDS starts with the past!
Summit Dance Shoppe used to be two studios, Summit School of Dance and The Dance Shoppe. Stephanie spent 15 years dancing at Summit School of Dance while Luke was dancing at The Dance Shoppe for 13 years. They both started dancing at a very young age and they both loved their time at their respective studios. In 2007, when Stephanie and Luke were teaching at their respective studios, the studios merged to become Summit Dance Shoppe. This is when Stephanie and Luke first met, and soon after, fell in love while they shared their passion for dance and choreography. Since then they have married and now have two children together.
Both Stephanie and Luke earned their college degrees in Dance. Stephanie graduated with a B.F.A. from New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL and Luke graduated with a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. Stephanie and Luke have built their careers locally and nationally as choreographers and dance instructors, winning multiple choreography awards, and national championships from their beginning years at the dance studio. Everything about the combination of their lives has revolved around Summit Dance Shoppe and now it continues to evolve into the next steps of their lives as the new owners of Summit Dance Shoppe. Stephanie and Luke are truly a product of Summit and The Dance Shoppe coming together and they could not be more proud!
They look forward to sharing their love of choreography, technical execution, passion and love for dance with all of you! It means a lot to have you a part of the SDS dance family. From the amazing staff and the loving teachers, to the incredible dancers that grow with the program, they welcome you with open arms. We look forward to many years to come with you and your families!