Meet the Teachers
Bonnie Crawley – Owner: Bonnie was born in Akron, Ohio where she was first introduced to dance by her stepfather Bill Cassidy, owner of twelve dance studios around Alliance, Ohio. By the age of 18 she was living in New York City, dancing on Broadway in the “The Music Man”. Following her appearance on Broadway, she went on to become a June Taylor dancer on the Jackie Gleason Show while also spending time dancing in Monte Carlo and throughout the U.S. In 1961 she married Tom Ratzin with whom she had two children, Mark and Lisa. Bonnie began her teaching career in 1964 first as an instructor at major dance conventions and also serving as a judge for Hoctors Dance Caravan competitions every summer. Her desire to teach finally culminated in 1974 when she opened Bonnie Ratzin Dance Studio in sunny San Diego, California. Following her marriage to Kit Crawley 1989, Bonnie and Kit opened Step in Step Dance Studio.
From her daughter Lisa: “Kit has been wonderful help with all of the music, programs, and DVD’s for our studio. After 50 years of teaching, Bonnie has touched the lives of thousands of teachers and students. To meet Bonnie you would never know all of her accomplishments, because of her humble way. But as her daughter, I can say her best quality is her loving gentle spirit. Thank you Mom for being my best dance teacher ever and thank you for teaching me about Love, Laughter, and Life.”
Lisa Ratzin- Studio Director & Teacher: Lisa was introduced to the world of dance at the age of 4 by her mother Bonnie. After her introduction to dance, Lisa could be found traveling with Bonnie in Hoctors Dance Caravan where she was by her side for every count and step of the way. Lisa’s own dancing career began at the age of 11 when she was hired as a regular dancer on the “Tim Conway Variety Show” which ran for two great years. In 1981 she had her first appearance in film in the movie “Pennies from Heaven”. The following year she auditioned for the movie “Annie” and filmed for 10 weeks at Burbank Studios. When she turned 18 she moved to Los Angeles and was hired as a regular dancer on the TV Show “FAME”. For the next decade she continued her professional career working in Film, Television, and teaveling to Europe for various television shows. She has appeared as a dancer in the movies, Titanic, Stuck on You, George of the Jungle and Bring it On. By 1998 Lisa longed to be back home in San Diego where she could teach all she had learned throughout her career. In 2006 Lisa followed in Bonnie’s footsteps as she toured for 5 weeks in 10 cities with Hoctors Dance Caravan. In 2014 she performed a dance number called “Bali-Bali” on the ABC T.V. Series “The Neighbors”. Lisa celebrates 17 years of teaching at Step in Step and for her, working her mom and sharing the joy of dance with all of her student is a dream come true.
Teresa Wells – Ballet Teacher/Choreographer: Teresa was born in Kansas City, Missouri where she trained with Tatiana Doukoudovska. She began her professional career at the age of 13, dancing with the University of Missouri Ballet and the Kansas City Ballet Companies. Teresa danced in summer stock shows at the K.C. Starlight Theater. In California, she was the Artistic Director of the Mirabile Ballet Co., the L.G. Arts Complex, and the S.D. Civic Youth Ballet in Balboa Park. As a founder of the Community Arts Advisory Council, she is a recipient of a S.D. County Board of Supervisors Commendation Award for her contribution to the Arts in San Diego. Her greatest joy is watching her students grow into lovely dancers and beautiful people. Teresa enlightens and challenges our students with her happy personality. Thank you Teresa for the Joy of Ballet that you have given to the students of Step in Step.
Liana Hesketh – Lyrical / Ballet Teacher: Liana was born in San Diego, CA. She is the Lyrical and Ballet teacher at Step in Step Dance and has trained in ballet with Teresa Wells since a young age. Her performance with “Step in Step” as Lead dancer include: Giselle, Snow Queen, and Sleeping Beauty’s Dewdrop Fairy & Lilac Fairy. Liana has performed with the San Diego Symphony as well as Trolley Dancers. Liana graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and in the first graduating class of the Teaching Artist Institute. She teaches lyrical, ballet, and creative movement in various studios and in the San Diego Unified School district. Liana enjoys sharing her passion for dance as a mentor to the students at “Step in Step”. Thank you for your wonderful classes and your beautiful smile!
Kymmi Kellems – Lyrical / Jazz Teacher: Kymmi is originally from Northern California and Southern Oregon. She received her BFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts, School of Dance. She opened Intention Dance Co-op in Oregon, where she was Owner, Director, and Choreographer. Kymmi loved her life in Oregon, but was drawn to San Diego and the wonderful dance community here. Sher was one of the few selected for San Diego’s Young Choreographers Showcase and Price 2015. Kymmi has enjoyed her time teaching at Step in Step and is proud of the girls and their hard work.
Ana Maria De La Torre – Jazz & Contemporary: Ana fell in love with dance when she was in high school. She trained at the Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex. At a young age she began putting choreography together for dance teams, parades, and musicals in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. Her teaching skills have brought her to “Step in Step Dance”, the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet Summer Jazz Programs, Children’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy, and Jazz/Contemporary instructor around the greater San Diego Area. Ana is an exciting Jazz teacher with original choreography. We love her dynamic energy and her fabulous Jazz classes..
Corrin Dove – Hip Hop and Jazz: Corrin has a special Hip-Hop class that all of the students love. They learn stretching and conditioning in her warm up and then continue with her terrific choreopgrahy. Her music is always new and fun to dance to. Corrin has a terrific, fun, and energetic personality. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with Journalism Major. Corrin was a dance teacher at Rhythms Dance Center from 2009-2015 where she taught Jazz Classes(ages 7-12) and put on recitals. We are so proud to have her as our Hip-Hop teacher at Step in Step.