Corrie fell in love with dance at the age of 3, and has now dedicated herself to the art of teaching. Her dance experience includes a lifetime of classes, local competitions and workshops, high school dance team, and touring as a backup dancer for national recording artist Mulberry Lane. Corrie has a bachelor's degree from University of Nebraska, more than 15 years of teaching experience, and is a member of the Omaha Dance Teachers’ Association. She continues to expand her knowledge in the field and is constantly learning new dance and teaching styles. She recently helped SDA become the only studio in Nebraska to be certified through Acrobatic Arts, the only professional curriculum for acrobatic dance. Corrie hopes to continue to make STARS a place for students to work hard and accomplish goals in a loving, supportive, passionate atmosphere!
Chloe has been part of SDA since 2003, and has been a vital part of our family since day one. While in high school, she juggled taking every Senior Line class she could, participated in her high school dance team, performed in every school musical, and performed drums and vocals with School of Rock’s performance group. Chloe started assisting teachers in our dance classes when she was 12, has been an official member of our teaching faculty for five years, and is the head coach for the Roncalli High School dance team. Chloe is pursuing a degree in Education at UNO and loves using her teaching philosophies between the dance and school classrooms. She loves being in the studio sharing her passion for dance with her students, and we feel very lucky to have her sharing her performance expertise and love for dance!
Crystian has been dancing and performing with STARS since 2005. Since she was little, she has taken her craft very seriously- a trait that made her an amazing technician and one that she now passes on to her students. She seemlessly transitioned from student to teacher a few years ago, and brings with her the experience as captain of her high school dance team and four years of teaching experience. As a recent graduate of UNO, she is excited to have more time available to do what she truly loves - teaching and inspiring young dancers to work hard to reach their goals!
Lindsay fell in love with dancing at the age of two. She danced, competed and taught classes until she graduated high school, and though she took a few years off to pursue other passions and start a family, she never lost her love of dance. She's excited to be back in the studio for her third year as our office manager and beloved teacher. Lindsay is very excited for the opportunity to work with the students and teachers at STARS, and the feeling is mutual!
Kayla has been a key member of STARS since before we opened our doors. After high school, where in addition to teaching and competing at SDA she was a member of Papillion La-Vista dance team that often took home top honors and awards, she earned her BFA in dance from Stephens College and since then she has worked professionally in many productions and was a member of 940 Dance Company in Kansas City. Kayla has continued teaching classes in her time off from performing and we're proud to have this exceptionally talented dancer and teacher at SDA! When Kayla isn’t teaching and choreographing at the studio, she can be found chasing after her daughter, Addy, who is following after her mama’s dancer footsteps!
Miss Mary Ann
Mary Ann is a former Miss Dance of Mid-America (Dance Masters of America Organization). She has continuously trained in dance for over 30 years, has been teaching her whole adult life, and has been sharing her knowledge with students at STARS since it opened in 2003. Mary Ann's students and choreography consistently take home top awards at local and regional competitions including a "Highest Scoring Overall" trophy from Dance Olympus Regionals in Kansas City. Mary Ann is committed to provide a learning environment at STARS that builds self-esteem, teamwork, and artistic appreciation.
Michaela fell in love with dancing at the age of 5. Training at various area studios and dancing in the second company of American Midwest Ballet where she’s performed in numerous on stage ballet productions including The Nutcracker, A MidSummer’s Night Dream and Cleopatra. She’s trained extensively in ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap. In college Michaela was on the Midland University competition dance team competing in both NDA and DTU dance team nationals. Michaela is currently on the Omaha Prime dance team dancing for the Omaha Beef and loves sharing her passion for dance with the dancers at SDA!
Lauren studied dance at Kansas State University before completing a Minor in Dance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha along with degrees in Music and Business Management. While at Kansas State, Lauren performed in numerous faculty dance concerts, opera ballets, and was a member of the KSU Tap Dance Ensemble. She has years of experience teaching and performing ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and ballroom dance. Lauren also enjoys choreographing musicals for area high schools and performing arts centers!
Amberlee began dancing when she was 3, and fell in love with it immediately. She began competing in dance when she was 11 and continued to do so throughout high school. Amberlee danced on her high school dance team for two years, and was the captain her senior year. She began choreographing for her high school team, and choreographed 2 dances for the team that qualified them for UDA Nationals! She has performed with American Midwest Ballet in their production of The Nutcracker, and has been performing on the Omaha Beef Prime Dance Team for two years. This will be Amberlee’s second year teaching at STARS and she can’t wait to see what this year holds!
Grace has been a student at STARS since 2005 and has trained in every style of dance we offer in her 14 years with us. She’s also a member of our competition team and has been training to teach by demonstrating and assisting classes for the last 5 years. Grace is entering her senior year at Roncalli Catholic High School where she’s a student choreographer and captain for the Varsity Dance Team and is excited to dive in with her own choreography for some of this year’s hip hop classes!