Tia Stenson is a current master's student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is getting a Master's degree in Library Science with a focus on archives, A Master's of Science in Anthropology and a Master's Certificate in museum studies. She graduated Luther College (Decorah, IA) in 2016 with a Degree in Anthropology and Dance with a minor in Museum Studies. Tia’s dance career started when she was four, when she saw her first Nutcracker, and it was at that moment she fell in love with dance. She trained at various dance studios such as Boney Haney’s School of Dance (Moorhead MN), Red River Dance and Performance Company (Fargo, ND), and Gasper’s School of Dance (Fargo, ND). From 2005 to 2008, Tia competed for the Red River Dance and Performing Company’s competition team. Tia is also a member of the FMBallet. a regional proefessional dance company.
During her college years at Luther, she studied Movement Fundamentals designed by Jane Hawley. The program at Luther College has help her generate different ways to communicate how to do the different stylized techniques she learned in the studio. It also gave her experience with choreography tools for dance composition.
Tia’s goal as a dance teacher is to create a safe environment for self-expression, while fostering the dancer not only to grow in their skills and performance quality, but also as a person.
Hello, my name is Portia Hunter and I am the Creative Director at Bella Beauties Dance Studio. I have a Bachelor's of the Arts from The University of Wisconsin-Parkside. I have worked with children for 15+ years; which led me to being an early childhood educator for over 2 years. During this time, I was able to teach the importance of movement and liberal arts in early childhood education through dance. I absolutely love working with younger children. Working under Chrystal truly opened my eyes to my passion for dance. In turn, I have become the "Hip-Hop for Tots" and "Tap for Tots" instructor. At Bella Beauties Dance Studio dance is secondary; so I can assure you that your child will not only learn to dance but also learn the morals and values that it takes to become an amazing person in the real world as well.
Chrystal is the Director of Bella Beauties and the proud mother of two. Having taught for over 15 years, Chrystal specializes in Hip-Hop and Jazz where she has received many awards for her choreography
Shantearia 'Teary' Jones has been working with Bella Beauties Dance Studio for the past three (3) years. She is an instructor for the kinder and tots courses