About Us

Gretchen Steffen

Whether she is teaching preschoolers their first dance steps, getting dozens of classes ready for recital or perfecting a competition routine, Gretchen is always supportive and encouraging. She helps her students learn and progress in a way that leads them to expect more from themselves. Consistently everyone’s favorite teacher, she is also one of the best.

Gretchen has taught dance for over 20 years. During that time, she has instructed all ages in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop and modern. She has also choreographed and taught countless solos, duets, trios and groups that have achieved the highest placements possible at dance competitions. She has also judged for many regional and national dance competitions.

A dancer her whole life, Gretchen studied all areas of dance and danced competitively growing up. She received professional training in both Chicago and New York. She was invited and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She went on to major in dance and receive a B.A. in dance from the University of Iowa. Since then, she has been teaching and sharing her love of dance with her students.

The Studio

Développé Dance Company is located at 219 First Street in Kalona, IA. Right off of Highway 1, the studio is easy to find and convenient to get to. There are two studios with entrances located in the rear of the building, and each features professional dance flooring to limit injuries.

Développé Dance Company’s Mission Statement

Développé Dance Company promises to be an ethical, caring and fun environment for your developing dancer, while providing quality instruction of proper dance technique with personal attention given to every dancer.