Our Story

Our Story

It all began with a simple vision and a strong inner voice that led Stephanie to pursue her dreams. Since the birth of her twins, she had been juggling life as a wife, mother, volunteer, and board member. Prior to becoming a mother, Stephanie was an Early Childhood Education Teacher. With such great love for her students, her passion for teaching and wonderfully creative mind she was one of the most requested teachers, and had earned the honor of Teacher of the Year at Southside Elementary. It is not surprising then that this same energy has gone into being an At Home Mom. But as many of you know, this can be at the expense of your own self-care and well-being. Stephanie found peace of mind, friendships, fun, stress relief, physical fitness, and endorphins in Dance Trance! It was a place that she couldn’t wait to get back to in the evenings; full of supportive, fun and embracing friends, always laughing and leaving their daily stresses at the door.

In 2015, Stephanie’s (and many others’) Dance Trance life on Amelia Island appeared to be coming to a screeching halt when the franchise owner had decided to not buy back in. Stephanie and several instructors when on a mission to keep Dance Trance alive on Amelia. Before long, Stephanie took the lead… and then the ideas and opportunities started flowing in. Many talented and professional trainers began approaching her about her vision and if she’d be open to offering other group fitness classes besides Dance Trance. After training in many other class formats, she realized how much fun this combination of classes could be under one roof, so she decided to follow that strong inner voice. She knew it was going to be something unique to the community, full of great energy, with nothing but acceptance and support offered to you once you stepped foot in the door. The real confirmation came when her husband joined forces with her, she knew right away that her vision was going to something miraculous and amazing.

Together with his creative vision, entrepreneurial spirit, and constant drive, Stephanie’s husband (Bill Mooney), helped form the concept of The Beat Fitness. A fitness studio with an emphasis on awesome and upbeat music, fun energy and atmosphere, modern and effective fitness programs, and passionate and committed instructors. Not to mention the beautiful, aesthetic appeal that he put into every design aspect with his magic wand.

Shortly after, Stephanie was approached by one of her Dance Trance instructors, Michelle Sharpe about the business end of The Beat. Juggling with the concept of the many responsibilities and duties required to run a successful business, in addition to keeping her young family a priority, Stephanie knew she was going to need a professional, dependent, reliable, and extremely hard-working manager to assist her in getting The Beat on its feet. Again, this was confirmation that things were meant to be when Michelle asked her what her plans were for management. She knew right then and there that Michelle was perfect for the job.   From her professional background in management, to owning her own business, as well as her own love and passion for fitness, Michelle was perfect for the position. Together, Stephanie and Michelle make an amazing team.

Stephanie loves what Dance Trance has done for her, and is excited to offer you the same amazing benefits… and then some! She has fallen in love and is trained to teach Dance Trance, TRX, Spin, PiYo and POUND. Michelle has an amazing dance background and passion for health, nutrition and wellness. She not only teaches Dance Trance at the studio, but also teaches FlexxIt, P90X and Core de Force. Bill has an amazing history in physical fitness as well, from natural body building in his teens, to weight lifting as an adult. Bill has taken his love for fitness into the studio as well, teaching FlexxIt, P90X and Spin.