Stephanie McKinney Eppler
Stephanie received her early dance training at Somerset Ballet Centre in Prairie Village, Kansas under the direction of Jane Pierce. Her studies continued at Milwaukee Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, and as a scholarship recipient at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration with a concentration in Dance Performance on scholarship at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. While attending Butler, Stephanie danced with the Butler Ballet Company, Ballet Internationale, the Indianapolis Opera, and Dance New Amsterdam (formally Dance Space Center) in New York City. Upon the completion of her undergraduate degree, Stephanie returned to Kansas City to work and teach with Kansas City Ballet during the original acquisition of Somerset Ballet, now the Johnson County Campus. Stephanie continued teaching dance throughout Oklahoma and Tennessee before completing her Masters in Business Administration at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is thrilled to be back home in Kansas City and once again teaching at the Kansas City Ballet School.