Stephanie Raciak

Stephanie has been part of the Studio 22 Staff since the fall of 2011. Currently, Stephanie is still traveling teaching and judging both nationally and internationally. She has traveled across the U.S., Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Mexico, Japan, Finland, Chile, Scotland, Colombia, Norway, Australia & Ecuador teaching many children of all ages/backgrounds. Stephanie works internationally as an instructor for Universal Dance Association. She was also part of their renown collegiate staff for Universal Dance Association for the past 10 years. She is a former dancer, captain and coach for the University of Illinois Illini Dance team. Stephanie has choreographed and consulted for several high school and college competitive dance teams, including both national and world champions. Now, she is an ICU (International Cheer Union) Certified Judge and has been on the judging panel the last 3 years at the ICU World Championship.   Stephanie’s full-time career is as a Varsity Fashions Sales Rep. and UDA/NDA State Director for IL where she continues to share her passion of dance with many teams in the area. Some of Stephanie’s larger accomplishments include performing live on the MDA telethon featuring Jerry Lewis. Stephanie was honored to be a choreographer for UDA in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade 2013 and 2014 and their London New Year’s Parade performance from 2012-2017. On top of these accomplishments, she has also choreographed a Bullskidz routine in 2018. In 2014 she was also invited as the master teacher for the University of Minnesota Dance Team recruitment clinic. Stephanie grew up dancing at the age of 2 in the Chicagoland area. Stephanie was honored to be part of the Gus Giordano Junior Competitive Company growing up. As a competitive young dancer, she was inaugurated into the Hall of Fame and has won numerous overalls as a soloist, duet and company team member. Through her competitive upbringing, she also won several scholarships at conventions touring the area. She was trained directly by great members of the Chicago Dance Community including, Lizzie MacKenzie, Nick Pupillo, Mary Cromer, Jayde Howard, Penny Knox and Fury Gold. Stephanie has also had the opportunity to assist several master teachers, including her favorite, Stacy Paydo, at local conventions.   With the studio, Stephanie has  received the “Choreography Award” in the Line Division in 2018 at Legacy Chicago. Stephanie is happy to be a part of the Studio 22 Staff and share her knowledge with our dancers.