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Louise Woods - Principal
Paulyne Woods - School Burser
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Our dance teachers are all DBS checked and we are licensed by the local authority to work with children (called Chaperone Licensing).
We are all passionate about teaching dance, singing and drama to all age groups. Learn to dance with us and you learn to dance for fun.
Our dance teachers are highly experienced, qualified, professional and friendly.
Louise Woods - Principal
Louise trained at the Urdang Academy, Covent Garden, London, where she gained a National Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.
She was trained in Street Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe Work, Locking, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Singing, Acting, Voice and Accents, Tap and Musical Theatre. She has passed her exams with the Royal Academy of Music in Singing and Piano. She's also taken her exams for Drama with LAMDA, Ballet in RAD & Modern & Tap with the ISTD as well as being a fully trained Zumba instructor.
Molly is a dancer and teacher from Devon who has danced since the age of 3 in ISTD, R.A.D and IDTA. Molly continued her training at Totnes School of Dance where she branched out and found her passion for new styles including Contemporary and Commercial. Gaining a place at The Creative Academy, Molly trained full time in many styles and continued taking her vocational exams. At the end of her course, Molly
received a First in her BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and her DDI Modern certificate.
Molly’s credits as a dancer include; “The Movement” film for Saddlers Wells, Brighton and London Pride Festival, Asian Bride Live Performance, Haripa Dance Group and many more but it didn’t take her long to see that her heart belonged to teaching. Molly has a huge love for rhythm, musicality and intricate choreography and is always pushing herself to see what interesting work she can create.
Molly is now working on her DDE Modern and Acro
qualification and is looking forward to sharing her
knowledge with the students.
Paulyne Woods - School Burser
Paulyne has many years' experience in business as well as running her own companies. She uses her expertise in any area required.
She also heads the Costume Department and inputs into our drama classes, scripting pieces for our shows. Paulyne also runs the Dance School's Dancewear Shop, selling things from jazz shoes, dance trousers, tap shoes, leg warmers, dance bags and many more items
Bethany started ballet & tap dancing at the age of 3 and then at 8 years old discovered street dance which has been her passion ever since. She has been lucky enough to perform at many theatres such as the London Palladium, The Shaftsbury Theatre, The Hexagon, High Wycombe Swan and many smaller ones. In 2005 Bethany and her dance crew won the UK HIP HOP Championships which allowed them to go to Los Angeles to represent the UK in the World Hip Hop Championships. This was an experience which taught her a lot and one she shall never forget. She also enjoys singing. She has performed in various shows and in 2010 came 3rd in the ‘Has Reading Got Talent’ Finals, competition.
Kath started Ballet, Tap and Modern dancing at the age of five. By the age of 13, Kath had completed all her ISTD Tap and Modern, LAMDA drama and ABRSM singing graded exams. Whilst continuing to complete all her RAD ballet grades, Kath joined Starlet Dance School in 2011 at age 13. Kath started learning new styles of dance, for example Street/commercial and Musical Theatre which she had never done before. Kath started assisting teaching for Louise at the age of 15. This ignited a passion for creating and choreographing pieces for the younger students.
At age 17, Kath realised that she wanted to pursure a career in Musical Theatre. In 2015, Kath auditioned for several London based MT schools including, The Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre, Laines Theatre Arts, Mountview Academy and Arts Educational. Kath gained places to four out of five schools and chose to start her journey into professional training at The Urdang Academy, where Principal Louise Woods also trained.
In June 2018, Kath graduated from The Urdang Academy with a Level 6 National Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. After graduating, Kath signed with Cowley, Knox and Guy, a talent agency representing clients in all fields of the entertainment industry. Kath is currenting living in London and auditioning for Westend musicals, UK tours, cruises and TV & Film.
Kath's credits include dancing for Dua Lipa at the Brit Awards 2018, Judy in 9 To 5 at the Bernie Grant Theatre, The Witch in Into The Woods, Vocalist at Move It at Excel London and currently a Singer & Dancer on the Carnival Cruise Ship Ecstasy
“Starlet Dance School has made such a huge, positive impact on my daughter's confidence. We've seen her progress over the years, and she's been given some fantastic opportunities through the school. I would like to thank Louise, along with the other teachers and the wonderful Stage 5 assistants for teaching, encouraging and nurturing her within the Starlet Family and look forward to many more years of watching her enjoy dancing!”
“My daughter Anna started Starlet Dance School when she was just eight years old and she has now just turned eighteen. She attends all the classes which are dance, ballet, tap, singing and drama and has loved every minute of it. She has grown from a young girl to a confident performer thanks to the help of Starlet Dance. What is great about the school is that it’s fun and based on teamwork. Each year there are shows at theatres to demonstrate what they have learnt so the parents can go and watch, which is fantastic. Starlet also encourages children to audition for many other shows and concerts which have been great for Anna who has appeared in many of them.”
”Starlet is a fabulous dance school! My daughters started here three years ago and have loved every minute of it. They have both grown in confidence greatly and have been given some fantastic opportunities to perform on the stage. The teachers are both friendly and professional and enjoy having fun with the children and getting to know them. Starlet has a lovely family feel to it, being run by Louise, rather than being part of a franchise. I look forward to my daughters working their way through the stages and having many more performances.”
“I attended Starlet Dance School from the age of ten until eighteen, and the highlight of my week for eight years was getting up on a Saturday morning and going to dancing. Starlet offers their children an array of opportunities to perform at a variety of venues; giving the children a large confidence boost, and allowing them to 'showcase' their performance skills. I joined Starlet Dance School to gain a hobby in dancing which led to participating in choreography competitions and performing in Annual Summer shows. With the knowledge and techniques I had gained from Starlet, I furthered my dance studies at A-level and am now studying for an Undergraduate BA (Hons) Degree in Dance at Chichester University. Without joining Starlet Dance School I would never have found my love for dance, so for that I thank the wonderful teachers that taught me at Starlet”
Brooke Helmore (former student)
“My daughter only started dancing and ballet at Starlet in January 2011 and was still just 3. She has come on leaps and bounds since then and enjoys going every week. The teachers and assistants are always so happy, friendly and smiley and make all the children comfortable and help them to be themselves. My daughter took part in a show in the summer and really wanted to win a trophy for most improved, but she had only been there 4 months so I think it was a bit too soon, and she was very happy with the medal they all received. This dance school is all you need a dance school to be and I would highly recommend it, and have done with 2 friends who now bring their children.”
“My two daughters have been enjoying Starlet classes for the last two years as well as taking part in the Summer Shows, Choreography and Singing Competitions and 'Themed Holiday Schools'. My eldest appeared at the Hexagon in the National Tour of Annie with Sue Pollard and both girls have danced for Arlene Phillips. If it wasn't for Louise and Starlet Dance School they would not have had either of these great opportunities, which have really given them confidence.
Wanting to join in their fun, I have been attending the Adult Dance Classes for the last year and I am loving it. Huge thanks to Louise and Paulyne!”
“Joining Starlet Dance School was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Not only did I build my confidence and self-esteem, I made friends that I’ll keep forever. I started at the age of 8 (stage 3) and within a couple of months was doing my first Starlet summer show. After doing the show and watching everyone else, I decided to join every class I could which included a variety of dance styles from ballet to street dance as well as singing and drama. Starlet provided me with many amazing opportunities enabling me to showcase my talents, a few of these included performing in ‘All Shook Up’ at The Hexagon, being a model/dancer in the Broad Street Mall Fashion Show and being part of a music video. In 2009 I was given the opportunity to become an assistant teacher. From my time at starlet I have realised my passion for performing arts and have since gone onto study theatrical hair and make-up. Thank you to my Starlet Family”
Georgia Dunne (former student and assistant teacher)
"My daughter Ceri joined Starlet Dance to be part of the world of music, singing and dance, and has never looked back. She now has the confidence to sing and dance on stage, and from this has been given the opportunity to dance for Arlene Phillips as part of a Street Dance group in the Henley Literary Festival. The teachers are friendly yet professional, the classes are disciplined yet fun, and Ceri has made many new friends.
I really look forward to seeing the children (and adults!) perform in the Starlet Shows where everyone is given an opportunity. The holiday clubs are great fun too!"
“Starlet has helped my daughter in so many ways. She has gained so much confidence in herself that has not only shown at starlet but it has also helped her a great deal in school! A fun, friendly dance school with great opportunities that I would recommend to anyone.”
"My daughter has been attending Starlet Dance School for the past eight years, and she has loved everything she has done there, from fashion shows, dancing at Madjeski Stadium to recently dancing for Arlene Philips, but mainly because it's a happy, friendly, safe place to be"
Natalie studied at Read Dance and Theatre College – Foundation Course for One year. After this she gained at place at the highly recognised ‘Urdang Academy’ London on their 3-year course, studying Musical Theatre.
Professional credits include dancing in many live shows on Cruise ships and resorts around the world. She was lucky enough to spend 4 months in India learning Bollywood in the heart of Mumbai. Here she was flown to various places to perform in many music videos and famous TV productions such as Dance India Dance and India’s got Talent.
Whilst training and after graduating Natalie has continued to teach in various schools and companies around Berkshire. She is very keen to pass on all the knowledge she gains in the Industry to young budding performers. Dance styles include – Jazz, Lyrical, Street Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Irish, Bollywood, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Singing and Acting to young children.
Her credits include having danced for Sky Sports International Dance Team, Backing Dancer for pop group STEPS, Singer/Dancer for National Lottery, dancer/model for Topshop, singer for Atomic Kitten tribute in Menorca and a dancer/model for BBC Radio 1 Fitness Video with Chris Moyles and Scott Mills. She has also appeared in ITV dramas The Last Detective, Bombshell, Gideon's Daughter, adverts for anti-drugs campaign FRANK, Olympic Games and the film Charlie & The Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp.
Louise also was a backing dancer at Madame Tussauds in London for 'Breast Cancer Charity Ball' in October 2007. Louise has choreographed and produced the Broad Street Mall Fashion Show for the past 4 years, working alongside 2TEN FM, Reading 107, The Evening Post and Reading Chronicle. Louise has appeared as a judge alongside Sir John Madejski at 'Has Reading Got Talent' in August 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2014.
She is also on the Production Team for The Pride Of Reading Awards which is hosted every year by Chris Tarrant