Star (Owner / Director)
Starlet “Star” Stevenson 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, encourages others, and loves the dancers with the love of God.
One thing to remember that her 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
Ashanti Conner (Student Liaison / Teacher Assistant)
Hello everyone! My name is Ashanti Conner, I am from Norfolk, VA but I currently reside in VA Beach.
Since I can remember, I have always been helpful and caring towards other’s needs. I love serving/assisting others and helping people achieve their goals and vision.
I am professionally trained as a mental health counselor and provide crisis counseling to youth. I am currently taking steps toward becoming a certified dance therapist.
I have been with DanzStar for 4 years. I love the studio, staff, and especially our talented dancers. As studio liaison, I am here to provide support and be your studio resource.
My passion for dance was birthed after I joined a praise dance team at school when I was 12 years old. However, I was not professionally trained in dance until I was 18 years old.
My dance background includes: ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. I am non-traditional dancer and proof it is never too late to chase your passion!
Raymone “Priince Sly” George (Hip Hop, Afro Beats, and Competition Instructor)
I was born In The Bronx, New York and raised Linden, Guyana then in Brooklyn, New York. I have a background in reggae and dancehall. I had expanded my dancing techniques from hip hop to contemporary & ballet.
I have been dancing professionally for the last 10 years.
In November of 2012 I received The Nickelodeon HALO Award. The award is for teens who have a positive impact in their community.
I got the award for being great role model to the children in a beacon program, where I had taught dance as a way to give back to my community. In January of 2013, I got an award from Senator Kevin Parker for my outstanding work.
I was on tour with Urban Block Party, an Anti-Bullying Organization. Soon after that, I began touring with The Lectro Raiders, going from school-to-school to promote anti-bullying.
Aside from that, I was performing for a new TV show on BRIC TV called The Ernee Peppers Show and Just Talk.
Currently, I am the Hip Hop and Afrobeats Instructor at DanzStar Studio, with the mentorship of Starlet Dancy.
Tyshawna Witherspoon, a young female Minister serving at Walker Ministries in Virginia Beach, is the creator and founder of the Christian Dance Fitness Program Built to Worship (BTW)!
A few interesting facts about Tyshawna …
She has a calm confidence in herself and loves to use her gifts to help others.
She was born and raised in Newark, NJ. According to the Neighborhood Scout statistics, Newark’s violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes. This type of environment caused Tyshawna to develop a heart-attitude of “I can, I will, and I must!”
The initial birth of determination that was ignited in her produced an in-depth ambition that has now become unstoppable.
The plurality of her achievements, community involvement, and talents is extensive.
She received her master’s degree in architecture at Hampton University, majored in Art at Arts Highschool and attended Garden State Ballet.
Tyshawna’s community involvement includes fundraising through fitness events for HIV Awareness, Lupus Awareness, and Breast Cancer Awareness, Prostate Cancer and more.
She was Speaker, Teacher & Leader for YOURS Ministry 2006 – 2010.
She is a dancer, choreographer, has experience as a National Trainer (certified over 150 instructors to teach MixxedFit®), Zumba Gold Certified, AFAA Group Fitness Certified, co-author of Kinks to Curls, PR and Graphic Designer for Old Dominion University Auxiliary Services, Founding Executive Director of TSpells Designs, and her dance fitness ministry Built To Worship (BTW) praise and edification dance/fitness company.
You have to come to the class to experience the love she has for people and her students. It is only $5.00 Drop in for her Fitness class at 10:00am and her Stretch and Flex at 11:00am !
Reserve your spot today at https://www.builttoworship.com/shop