Meet Our Staff


Stephanie Ford

Owner/Creative Director

Stephanie started dancing with Char-Mar at her preschool when she was 2 ½ years old.  With Mrs. Mary Jane as her teacher, Stephanie fell in love with dance. Char-Mar School of Dance provided her with a loving, warm, and guiding environment that she will always be thankful for.  Mrs. Mary Jane’s energy and light-hearted approach to life and getting through tough times inspired Stephanie, as did Charlie’s frequent teaching of important life lessons.

The teachers at Char-Mar helped train Stephanie for her audition process at Bak Middle School of the Arts.  Attending this prestigious art-based middle school opened Stephanie’s eyes to a world of possibilities in dance.  From there, Stephanie continued to dance at Dreyfoos School of the Arts and in college. 

Stephanie has been a teacher at Char-Mar School of Dance since she was 22.  In 2014, Stephanie was offered the opportunity to take over the studio and business and has been proudly representing the Char-Mar name ever since.

Stephanie places a large emphasis on embracing the old with the new and continues the same family-friendly environment as created by Char-Mar’s founders, Charlie and Mary Jane Grant.  As the new owner and director of Char-Mar School of Dance, Stephanie works hard to encourage and push students to the next level of their dance education. Stephanie loves working with kids and sharing her passion for dance with the next generation.  She lives her every dream every day through her work.

Dance Education

Bak Middle School of the Arts

Wellington High School


Dance/Teaching Experience

Broadway Dance Center 

Millennium Dance Complex

Pineapple Dance Studios

Danika Butler


Dance Education

Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Academy of Art University

Sean’s Dance Factory


Dance/Teaching Experience

Sean’s Dance Factory

Debbie Reynolds, LA

Broadway Dance Center, NYC

ML Convention, Chicago

Florida Training in Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville

Florida School for Dance Education

Burns Road Community Center

Precision Dance Conservatory

Organized Kaos Dance Academy

Dance Unlimited

Dance Universe

Muse Center for the Arts

Spotlight Dance Studioa

Maria Hernandez


Dance Education

New World School of the Arts; BFA Dance


Dance/Teaching Experience 

American Dance Theatre of Miami

Heidi & Joe Melchiona’s Dance Center

Freddick Bratcher & Company

Palm Beach Ballet Center

Ballet Florida

Bak Middle School of the Arts

Hollond Schiller-Romaine


Dance Education

Florida State University


Dance/Teaching Experience

Florida State University’s Golden Girls

Miami Heat Dancer

Philadephia Eagles Cheerleader

New Jersey Nets Dancer

REACH Dance Company

Toni Lipscher


Dance Education

Bethune Cookman College


Dance/Teaching Experience 

Kappa Alpha Psi - Kappa League

“The Marching Wild Cats”

Loud Live Productions

Performed with: Mario, Far East Movement, Jason Derulo, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, Shaggy, The Marley Brothers, 50 Cent and Jay Sean.

Kenneth L. Fowler Jr.


Dance Education

Bak Middle School of the Arts

Jupiter Dance Academy

Dreyfoos School of the Arts

School of Ballet Arts, Arts Dance Generation

Florida Atlantic University Dance Minor

NDEO Online Professional Dance Institute


Dance/Teaching Experience 

National Honor Society for Dance Arts (Junior, Secondary and Collegiate Program)

National Dance Education Organization

ME Dance Works, LLC

FAU Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble

FAU Dances We Dance Showcase University Theater

The Kravis Center West Palm Beach

Persson Hall WPB

Rinker Playhouse WPB

Duncan Theater, Lake Worth FL

Old School Square, Delray Beach FL

Arts Garage Delray

Indian River Gardens, Fort Pierce Artist Residency

The Living Room Series, Ballet Florida

Mycaela Everly


Dance Education

Palm Beach Atlantic University

B.A. Dance Pedagogy

Outstanding Graduate in Dance

Dance/Teaching Experience

Dance Unlimited, Colorado Springs The Kravis Center, WPB

High Altitude Dance Ensemble

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Dance ensemble

Dance show/capstone project

Creativity Award (choreography)

Contract choreographer

Anastasia Keating