Our GoDance instructors strive to provide quality dance instruction for everyone. Read our bios and get to know who we are!
Stephanie started dancing at the age of 18. After a long break, she returned to it in the summer of 2014. In 2015, she established GoDance to bring social couples dancing to Goshen. She loves the way dance has transformed her life and loves to share that love with others.
Stephanie is a karaoke junkie who’s lived on three continents, and loves live theater. She’s also the owner of Giving Tree Massage.
JD began partner dancing in 2011 learning Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue. In 2013, during a year of travel, he got hooked and dove into learning and practicing much more. After he got back to the U.S. he began participating more in the local Latin Dance scene and was soon hired by GoDance Studio to teach Latin. He began learning Ballroom and West Coast Swing and started teaching the following year.
JD has taught dance classes in the local community at Bethany Christian Schools, at the Goshen Farmers Market Salsa Festival, and has hosted the local Salsa dance at Elephant Bar monthly. He has also traveled and taught Salsa in Ft Wayne, Ballroom in Benton Harbor, and performed two routines during the 2019 Dancing with the Symphony Stars fundraiser for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. In his free time he enjoys playing video games, longboarding, and spending time with friends.
Tinsley Yoder has done Modern, Ballet and Contemporary dancing since she was 5 years old, but she has always been passionate about any type of dance. Here at GoDance Studio, she teaches beginner Ballet for adults. Some of her favorite parts of teaching are getting to know her students and learning how to adapt dance moves so they are accessible for all!
Aside from teaching at GoDance Studio, Tinsley enjoys painting, playing the viola, and participating in theater.
Randy began partner dancing when he was 16 years old. He started taking lessons in Single Time Swing and then fell in love with Ballroom. Randy soon began teaching at Dance the Nite Away and was certified in the 6 core Ballroom dances. He taught and performed with that studio for many years. Randy took a break from dance to focus on his teaching career as a middle school Science teacher. He later began to choreograph musicals at Goshen Middle School and also taught dance there for 2 years.
Randy began teaching at GoDance in 2017 and teaches a variety of styles. He has a passion for the classics and enjoys expressing himself through his dance choreography. He currently teaches 7th grade Science at John Young Middle School and continues to inspire young adults to dance and perform.
Emily discovered her love for dancing in 2016 where she was able to combine her passion for music and rhythm. She began learning West Coast Swing at GoDance and quickly learned how to lead and follow so she didn’t have to sit out any song. From there Emily learned Ballroom and Latin dances and began teaching soon after. Her favorite dance is still West Coast Swing, but she loves the variety and uniqueness of all dances, including Country and Line Dancing.
Emily loves bringing laughter into her classes and holds strong to the belief that everyone can learn to dance and have fun in the process! Outside of GoDance, she is a team lead for the grounds crew at Greencroft Goshen.
Sierra began dancing at age 5 learning both Tap and Jazz. She fell in love with dance and performing and continued taking lessons for many years. After she moved from Michigan to Goshen in 2014, she continued to practice dance through her high school years in musical theater. Sierra began teaching in our kids program in April of 2018 and enjoys finding her students inner creativity and passions. She is also our Adult Tap instructor and loves bringing positivity and fun into people’s lives. Other than teaching, Sierra also works in our GoDance office.
In addition to working at GoDance Studio, Sierra is studying at Goshen College with a focus in Spanish and Sociology. She loves to learn about people and their cultures. In her free time, Sierra enjoys hiking, spending time with her family, and is always singing.