• About Us

  • DanceSteps is owned by Don and Esther Amick. Ron and Nancy Underwood are instructors.

  • Don & Esther Amick

    Owners/Instructors

    Like many of you, Don & Esther learned to dance because their oldest son was getting married. That first lesson in 1992, led to many of years of lessons before they started competing and teaching. Don & Esther are owners of DanceSteps and have been in business since January 1999 teaching lessons in Latin, country, ballroom and swing dancing. They teach group lessons to Beginning and Intermediate dancers at The Chocolate Bar, 116 W 3rd Street, downtown Grand Island on Tuesday nights and Private dance lessons at Third City Taekwondo, 210 W 2nd Street, Grand Island on Wednesday nights and in their home dance studio as time permits. Don & Esther give private lessons to all levels of dancers and have helped many Wedding Couples learn to dance for their "Big Day". Private lessons allow you to learn specific dances or to learn at your own pace.  Call or email Don & Esther to set up a time for this special instruction. We also work with groups such as schools for special events, will teach and/or perform at your convention, work with wedding parties to prepare you for your wedding dance and we love to work with young adults to prepare them for social dancing. Gift certificates are available for all types of lessons; just email or call and we'll make sure you get your gift certificate for that special occasion or hard to buy for person. Contact us at 308-380-6073 , snail mail - 607 Linden Avenue, Grand Island, NE, 68801 or email dancesteps5678@gmail.com

    Don & Esther competed on the United Country Western Dance Council circuit for 6 years & won numerous awards before retiring from competition in 2003. Among their highest honors, is placing 3rd Overall in the Silver Division at the UCWDC World’s VII competition in San Antonio, TX , in January 1999. They are available to perform with students who are interested in taking their dancing to the "next level". They have been featured in the GI Independent’s C3 Entertainment Magazine article on Swing dancing in February, 1998, on KHAS TV’s “A Slice of the Good Life” in March of 1999 for their dancing accomplishments, in St Francis Hospital’s 2000 ad campaign which included TV, newspaper and billboard advertising and in the GI Independent for the 2004 Winter Wonderland Dance Showcase; an event they sponsored until 2010 that featured Nebraska instructors and dancers. In 2007 Don & Esther started their involvement with Dance with the Stars for GRACE as well as other events including Dancing with the NTV Stars Newscast. Through Dance with the Stars for GRACE (GRand Island Area Cancer Endowment) they helped raise funds to support local cancer victims and their families. DWTS for GRACE ran from 2007 - 2012, where Don & his partners, Judy Smith in 2007 and Lynne Werner in 2011 won the coveted mirror ball trophy 2 times and Esther & her partner, Steve Anderson, won in 2012 ♪♫

    The Amicks attend dance conventions across the nation and work with national instructors to hone their teaching skills and technique to provide you with top quality dance instruction. Click on the Events tab tp get more information on Special Events or the Home tab to get them scheduled for your next event

  • Ron & Nancy Underwood

    Instructors

    Ron & Nancy have lived most of their lives in the Grand Island area. In addition to their 2 daughters and son-in-law, they have 3 wonderful grandchildren and they feel very fortunate to have 2 of their grandchildren in Grand Island. Ron & Nancy are avid golfers, love to fish and love the outdoors. They have danced for a number of years and have been a part of the DanceSteps family from the beginning. Ron & Nancy have both “helped with classes” for many years & we so appreciate them.

    Among their favorite dances are Westcoast Swing, TwoStep, Nightclub 2 and Hustle. Ron & Nancy are always willing to help students in their favorite dances as well as the other dances that DanceSteps offers and are generally at our dance classes. While Ron & Nancy have not competed nationally, they have danced in local competitions and earned a 2nd Place trophy in the Fall Fest 2001 TwoStep contest. They are fun to watch and have met many friends through their dancing adventures.

    Ron & Nancy were among the dancers who performed for the St Francis 2000 ad campaign with Don & Esther and have appeared in numerous other articles when DanceSteps has been featured. Ron & Nancy performed at the DanceSteps Christmas Party in 2005 where they danced a Nightclub 2 instructor’s routine.

    In addition to private lessons and training with Don & Esther, Ron & Nancy have also worked with Kevin Johnson, Vickie Vance, Rex Jones, Toby Munroe, Kristin Geil, Monte Ham and Janelle Mickelson to hone their dance skills and to learn and understand the social skills of leading and following all types of dances.