Helen Stein began dancing as a child in California and by the age of 16 was teaching her own classes. She spent summers dancing on scholarship at STEPS Dance Studio in New York City and after high school, completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance with a Minor in Musical Theater from San Jose State University. While attending school, she performed in many small companies in the San Francisco Bay Area including South Bay Ballet, Golden Gate Ballet, and the All City Dance Theater Ensemble. She traveled to Okayama, Japan and Dublin, Ireland with the San Jose State Jazz Dance Ensemble and worked with the founders of Limon West in the University Dance Theater. Bay Area musical theater credits include roles with Peninsula Civic Light Opera, Santa Clara Summer fest, Opera San Jose, and Sacramento Music Circus.
Highlights of her career include an opening act for Smokey Robinson, dancing with Disney Productions for the Pan American Games, and TV appearances in “Las Vegas on Ice” and “Spotlight on Dance”. As a member of Dance Masters of America, she judged many dance competitions in California. Helen developed her own “Tiny Tots” program and taught it throughout the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas in 1996. She took a break from teaching to dance in “Enter the Night” at the Stardust and closed the show four years later as Assistant Line Captain. Other Las Vegas credits include Excalibur’s “Tournament of Kings” and “Siegfried & Roy” at the Mirage, where she was featured in several illusions. Company work in Las Vegas included featured roles in OPUS Dance Ensemble and the Vibe Dance Company. While performing in shows on the strip, Helen was active on the Board of Directors of Golden Rainbow and performed in their annual charity production, “Ribbon of Life”. Helen has always enjoyed teaching young dancers and hopes to inspire their love of dance in a fun and creative atmosphere here at Studio One’s Southwest Dance Academy.