Stacy Young, Artistic Director

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Stacy began her dance training in Huntsville, Alabama.  Stacy was selected to be a member of the Alabama Ballet under the direction of Wes Chapman and Roger Van Fleteran.  During this time, she served as a representative to promote the development of classical and contemporary ballet through high-quality performances, dance education, and community outreach. 

Stacy and her fellow Alabama Ballet members had the opportunity to perform for the Balanchine Trust Board to help The Alabama Ballet gain the choreography license for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Stacy is currently serving as a Board Member to the Alabama Dance Council based in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ms. Young is an Auburn University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. Variations began operating in May of 2007.  Stacy’s journey of opening Variations was covered in the Spotlight Alum section in Keystone, the College of Education’s annual publication and in Southern Tatler Magazine.

Mrs. Young is also the author of Graceful Gift, a children’s picture book designed to help introduce the joy of dance alongside The Graceful Gift Foundation, which focuses on serving children with physical, emotional, or financial circumstances.  

Stacy is beyond thankful to be able to provide such wonderful opportunities for her students to enrich their artistic development.  She happily resides in Auburn with her husband Bryan and their children, Thomas and Aly.

Ballet Director - Announcement coming soon!

ANSLEE PALMER, Competition Director


Anslee began her dance training at the Duluth School of Ballet in Atlanta, Georgia and later moved to Birmingham, Alabama where she trained with Alabama Ballet, Birmingham Ballet, and Encore Performance Company. During her time in high school, she taught and choreographed in the Birmingham Area. She then attended Auburn University where she was a member of the Auburn University Marching Band Tiger Eyes Danceline.

Ms. Palmer has also had the opportunity to work professionally for various nationally recognized dance corporations in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas furthering her administrative and choreographic work experience.

She obtained her Bachelor of Science from Auburn University in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing in business, dance and human development and family studies.  She aims to continue on the path of teaching and choreographing for those younger than her, to empower them to find what they love and to help them see where the Lord leads them

Youth Director, Announcement coming soon!

Amanda Demyan, Office Manager

We are thrilled Mrs. Demyan is providing her administrative expertise to our program.  She happily resides in Auburn with her husband Christian, and their two sons, Carter and Walker.

More staff information coming soon!