Steps of Grace Ballet School
"FOR IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING.” ACTS 17:28
It is our desire to train, equip and encourage your child’s love of Christ through the gift of dance. Our purpose is to teach with integrity and excellence with the goal of using the vehicle of dance to further the kingdom of God.
About Our Team
Steps of Grace Administrative Team
Alyce Roeder—School Director
Sarah Howard—Parent Communications
Heather Keckeisen—School Registrar
Peggy Moede—Events Coordinator
Alyce Roeder—Ballet Instructor
Heather Keckeisen—Ballet Instructor
Karen Marinin—Modern & Worship Instructor
Jennifer Miller—Ballet Instructor
Brooke Funk—Ballet Instructor
Emmanuel Williams—Hip Hop Instructor
Alyce Roeder – School Director
Alyce danced with the Nashville Ballet for three seasons before joining the Milwaukee Ballet from 1991-2002. She was trained by her mother, Pat Gillispie, with Classical Ballet Memphis. She studied at the ballet schools of Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet and received scholarships for the San Francisco Ballet School as well as the National Academy of the Arts. In the summer of 1995 she completed the advanced examination for the Royal Academy of Dance and was one of two dancers in the United States to be awarded the coveted Solo Seal of the Academy. Recently, Alyce has joined dancers from all over the world to dance at the Feast of Tabernacles in Israel with the International Christian Embassy. Alyce travels to regional conferences such as Zion Center for the Arts in North Carolina and Karitos Christian Arts Conference in Illinois, using her gift of dance to teach others to worship. She is married to Mark Roeder and they reside in Milwaukee with their three children.
Dec. 4-9 - NO Classes due to His Gift performance
Dec. 8 - His Gift performances - 10am & 7pm
Dec. 12-14 - Classes ONLY Levels Tiny Tot through Level 4 plus Hip Hop & Worship Dance (Levels 5-9 OFF)
Dec. 16 - Nursing Home Outreach - 10am & 2pm
Dec. 17-Jan. 1 - Christmas Break - NO Classes
Jan. 2 - Classes Resume
Feb. 17 - Father Daughter Dance at the Legends of Brandybrook
Mar. 26-Apr. 7 - Spring Break - NO Classes
May 18 - Full School Ballet Demonstration 6pm
Fall 2017 Evaluations
New students over the age of 6 require an evaluation to ensure proper placement in the right level.
Please contact Sarah Howard at for more information on attending an evaluation and so we know to expect you! Find further information on the evaluation process and what to wear by clicking on the “Evaluation Process” tab below.
For information regarding our spring session please contact the Registrar. Spring class schedules and tuition will remain the same.
Please see fall class schedule & tuition under Resources
Mommy & Me:
Registration for the next session of Mommy & Me class will open in Jan. and classes will begin in Feb. The Mommy & Me class is for children age 2 by Sept. 1. The class meets on Tuesdays from 9:30-10am with a parent or grandparent on the following dates:
Feb. 13, 20, 27
Mar. 6, 13, 20
Adult/Teen Ballet Class is Back!
We are pleased to once again offer the Thursday night Adult/Teen Ballet Class. This is a beginning/intermediate ballet technique class that is conducted with a spirit of worship. This class will be scheduled in place of the Thursday Zumba class.
Announcing our new Hip Hop Instructor!
We welcome Emmanuel Williams to the Steps of Grace team to lead our Thursday night Hip Hop class for teens. Many of you recently saw Emmanuel perform the role of Joshua in our spring production of Moses here at Elmbrook Church. Here is a little bit more of Emmanuel’s background:
Emmanuel Williams is a Hip Hop dancer, choreographer and instructor from the Chicagoland area who loves to serve God and His people through movement. His dance experience began in Chicago with Wave of Glory Performing Arts Ministry, which uses music, mime and dance to impact the nation's for the Glory of God. Along with his minintry in Wave of Glory, Emmanuel has performed and choreographed for various shows, workshops and events throughout the United States. His work includes both dancing and choreographing for the Endure Productions " Misfits " show, spearheaded by former Chicago Luvabulls choreographer Kim Keller Tyler; as well as performing for the Annual Chicago Gospel Fest held in 2012. He also danced the key role of "Alex" under Alyce Roeder for her 2014 and 2015 production of "Unknown ".
He most recently served as the Hip Hop instructor for Milwaukee's first Annual "His Heart Ministries Dance experience" and danced the supporting role of "Joshua" for the 2017 Production of Moses, held at the Elmbrook church. Emmanuel is excited about how God is moving and is looking forward bringing new, fun and innovative choreography to the body of Christ.
Steps of Grace Tuition & Payment Schedules
Our tuition has not changed! In response to many questions from families, please review the following information regarding the new payment schedule for Steps of Grace.
Reporting an Absence
If your child is sick or is unable to attend class use emails below to inform the instructor prior to class.
Alyce Roeder -
Brooke Funk -
Heather Keckeisen -
Karen Marinin -
Jennifer Miller -
Emmanuel Williams -