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our assistant teachers Stephanie Still

Louise Woods - Principal

Paulyne Woods - School Burser

Michaela Thacker

Chris-Louise Estrada

Bethany Bianga

Rebecca Holder

Yasmin Yazdi

Kath Harman

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Our Assistant Teachers:

 

Holly Gibbons

Laura Cory

Ella Green

Zoe Farwell

Jessica Masseron

 

 

Our dance teachers are all CRB 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, professional and friendly.

Learn to dance with Starlet Dance School

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.

Stephanie Still

 

Stephanie graduated from Bird College with a first class BA (hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Stephanie is versatile in a range of dance styles including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, commercial and street dance. She captained the England Tap Team gaining the silver medal in the World Championships in Germany in 2010 and made it to the live semi-finals of Sky 1’s Got To Dance with Tap Attack. Stephanie has her Exercise to Music qualification allowing her to teach aerobics, step and body conditioning classes and has both her modern and tap ISTD diploma in dance instruction (DDI). She has been teaching and choreographing for students and is currently coaching the England Tap Team ready for the World Championships this year.

 

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 Bianga

 

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.

Yasmin Yazdi

 

Yasmin trained at the Urdang Academy and then went on to further her vocal training at Vocaltech in London. Over the past few years Yasmin has worked as a session vocalist and songwriter for many record labels in the UK, and currently has various songs released in Europe and Asia with various artists. She performed as a vocalist in the debut performance of the “Showgirls” at Trafalgar studios in August 08 directed by Gary Lloyd and Richard Beadle.

Chris-Louise Estrada

 

Chris-Louise trained at The Royal Academy of Dance where she gained her BA (Hons) in the Art and Teaching of Ballet and was also award the Licenciate of the Royal Academy of Dance which is the highest accolade for excellence in teaching. Chris-Louise has also gained her Licenciate in Modern Theatre Dance and the Certificate in Dance Education. Chris-Louise has gained Advanced 2 in all three genres. Chris-Louise has gone on to teach and choreograph in various schools throughout Berkshire and Hampshire, including Redroofs Theatre School.

Fiona Cox

 

Fiona is a classically trained vocalist and musician. She has many years' experience of singing in choirs, including Wokingham Choral Society when led by Edward Gardner, current musical director of the English National Opera. Her choral experience has been complemented by her career thus far as a guitarist and singer/songwriter, performing acoustically not only in the UK but in Los Angeles where she spent some time in the early 2000s.

“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!”

Cathie White

“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.”

Joy Reid

”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.”

Hannah Lloyd-Thomas

“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.”

Sharon Wynn

“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!”

Tania Banyard

Testimonials...

“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!"

Marcia Milnes

“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.”

Sam Clifford

"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"

Sarah Martin

Michaele Thacker

 

Michaela has been dancing all her life. She has gained a National Diploma in Performing Arts and has taken all her exams in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern & Tap. She is trained in Street jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acting and Tap. She has modelled for teen magazines, performed at Butlins in the UK, performed at the Children's Variety Performance in London and danced in shows touring hotels in Tenerife. Michaela appeared in 42nd Street and Disco Inferno at the Hexagon as lead dancer and was a model/dancer at the Broad Street Mall Fashion Show 2007 and 2010.

Louise Woods - Principal

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

Paulyne Woods - School Burser Michaele Thacker Chris-Louise Estrada Bethany Bianga Yasmin Yazdi Fiona Cox

Yasmin performed at the 2006 World music awards as a backing dancer in a Chris Brown tribute to Michael Jackson and was a featured dancer in the Paul McCartney music video “Brown eyed handsome man”

Yasmin has also assisted Gary Lloyd at the Hancock premiere in Leicester Square and on various other corporate jobs.

She was the Resident director of the west end hit musical “Thriller Live” as well as swing and cover lead female from it opening until February 2012. She is now an Associate Director and been in charge of taking Thriller around the world, the latest being The Blue Theatre, Tokyo Japan.

Yasmin recently played a Tribe member and understudy Sheila on a European tour of “Hair” and then continued as the Resident Director and understudy Jeanie of the Munich stint in March/April 2012. She was also a part of the “Help for Heroes” performance in July 2012 at the Piccadilly Theatre, London.

Yasmin was also part of the ensemble and Dance Captain of 20th Century Boy which performed at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry September 2012.

Upon her return to the UK, Fiona spent 7 years at the University of Warwick, which has a thriving music centre and many performing societies. With Music Theatre Warwick, the student musical theatre society, Fiona appeared in and helped to stage many productions at Warwick Arts Centre. She gained experience as a vocal director for Copacabana in 2007 before co-founding a production company, Feather-Headed Operations, to direct and act as vocal director for You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008.

 

Feather-Headed Operations now runs a vintage singing business for Fiona’s alter-ego, Kitty Mazinsky, who performs classics and American standards from the 1920s to the 1950s. In 2012 Fiona founded and led a small Christmas choir to sing traditional carols to raise money for charity.

 

Fiona’s interest and experience in choral singing and performing popular music, as well as her history of coaching vocal groups, creates the perfect blend for leading the Starlet Choir in lively choral arrangements of popular songs.

Links: www.fionacoxmusic.com

www.kittymazinsky.com

Assistant Teachers

Our dance teachers in Reading