Starlet “Star” Dancy is the owner and director of DanzStar Dance Studio. At a very young age, Star recognized the connection between expression and her own body, and she used that knowledge to translate her own emotions into body language. But above all else, Star has yielded her body, and her life to the one true God, Jesus Christ, who has transformed her dance into worship. Star readily acknowledges God as her choreographer and is determined to change the world through dance. In her own words,
“…Dancing builds faith and removes fear with confidence and endurance. There are no limitations to dancing. What’s deemed a disability can be revived as an ability to dance as long as you exude passion.”
Early on in life, Star was inspired by the late Alvin Ailey, and thusly her choreography is infused with his personal style. She encourages her students to do the same through ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. Star’s choreography pushes her students to see past their own mindsets and uncover the latent strength within themselves, all while yielding to the influence of the Spirit of God. Star also has a passion for the deaf community, seeking to see deaf and hearing students to perform together.
As a woman of excellence, Starlet has been awarded many times over for her preeminence in dance and choreography. Starlet begin her career as an all-American cheerleader. Later, she became a student choreographer at Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA. Star has taught hip-hop at the Ultimate Arts Studio and Dancespace Studio in Hampton Roads. Starlet Dancy also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, making her a well-rounded instructor and business owner. With all her technique and knowledge, she always remains humble, encourage others, and love the dancers with the love of God. One thing to remember that she passion is to have a life changing impact on every student by making sure their emotional and mental state is healthy and thinking positive and remember….
~Phillipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
Tiffany (Zumba Instructor)
Tiffany is absolutely passionate about God & teaching Zumba. Her love for Latin music began when she was in the military overseas on the island of Crete, Greece were she learned Merengue & Salsa rhythms. When she was introduced to Zumba in July of 2009 she fell in love. She was a student herself for a while and, in May 2016, Tiffany became a certified Zumba instructor. She also acquired her Zumba Kids & Zumba Kids Jr. license to help children obtain healthier lifestyles & confidence. She understands “The Exercise Effect” and how important a consistent exercise routine is to all (APA 2017). She grew up in Oxford, Michigan & has always loved dancing. She enjoys incorporating God into her routines through fun upbeat music that inspires the hearts of people to shine their light through dance. She uses Zumba to encourage herself, so she may build others up too (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Let’s get this party started!
Jasmine (Ballet Instructor)
Jasmine Smith spent her childhood in Virginia and trained many years at The Virginia Ballet Theatre. Pat Sorrell had a significant influence during Jasmine’s formative years. Following the close mentoring of Ms. Sorrell, Jasmine continued her dance training under many prestigious teachers, such as: Rachel Hamrick, Madame Adrienne Dallas, and Zelma Bustillo. Rachel Hamrick is currently the founder of the Flexistretcher, used by dancers all over the world. Madame Dellas has worked alongside Debbie Allen while she was founding her studio in California. Madame Dellas also created and choreographed her own unique Ballet that showcased Jasmine’s abilities as a dancer. At age 15, Jasmine was a part of Joffrey Ballet’s trainee program for professional dancers.
Jasmine has performed for The William & Mary presentation of “The Nutcracker” for a number of years. She has performed alongside the likes of Travis Wall, Adrienne Canterna, and Melanie Hamrick. Jasmine also performed with Ballet Hispanico in NYC. Jasmine graduated from James Madison University as a centennial scholar. During her time at JMU she was a member of The Contemporary Dance Ensemble. Jasmine was also a lead choreographer of various pieces performed by the ensemble. She has also performed professionally as a dancer at Busch Gardens Theme Parks.
Jasmine’s dance teaching philosophy:
“It is not just the movement but the passion behind the movement that creates its beauty.”
Jasmine’s love for dance has kept her teaching for the past 15 years. She has branched from Ballet Director to Competitive Coach. This year (2017), one of the students she worked very closely with won the title of “Miss Teen On Pointe” while performing Jasmine’s choreography. Jasmine’s love for teaching keeps her students motivated and inspired to be the best they can be.
Ashanti (Assistant/Jazz Instructor)
Ashanti Conner is a gifted and talented organizer at balancing studio tasks. At a young age, God placed a deep love and passion for dance within her. She danced whenever and wherever possible: the kitchen, school, and church. Ashanti loves creating and organizing and has a great eye for details. When presented with the opportunity to assist at the dance studio, she cannot resist. Ashanti enjoys connecting with new parents, interacting with new dancers and helping Ms. Star stay on top of it all! Ashanti handles multiple duties at DanzStar including assisting, teaching, and being a student. Ashanti’s favorite dance genres are Jazz and Lyrical. She is looking forward to becoming an instructor and sharing passion and love for dance with young dancers this Fall 2017. When you visit DanzStar Dance Studio, be sure to say hello to the energized and smiling assistant! Shalom!