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Meet the Instructors
 
 
Jenn Pekins
Jenn Pekins
Owner/Director Stars of Dance LLC.
I began dancing at the age of 3 and never stopped. I knew dance was for me and it was my passion. Over the last 33 years I have studied tap, jazz, musical theatre, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, modern and contemporary dance. I have over 20 years of experience in dance education including a background in competitive dance where my choreography won numerous high scoring awards. I have taught at several local studios and served as the Tap and Jazz instructor for the RPI Dance Club for several years. I have also worked in the theatre environment where I choreographed Anything Goes and Pippin for the RPI Players. I continue to train regularly with top professionals at NYC Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway as well as attend dance conventions and teachers training workshops where I have had the opportunity to train with Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Finis Jung and many other well respected professionals. In addition, I have completed three years of the four year Dance Master of America Teacher Training Workshop which is held annually at the University of Buffalo. My goal is to provide my students with a love for dance through teaching proper technique, terminology and cutting edge style. I believe in exposing my dancers to different styles of dance and a variety of professional instruction so that they can grow and experience the world of dance in a nurturing and creative environment. Not only do I love to dance and teach, but most of all I love to watch my STARS shine bright!
Laurie Cawley
Laurie Cawley
Instructor - Ballet & Modern Dance Laurie has an extensive background in performance and teaching. She performed professionally for fifteen years with various companies in Michigan as well as along side artists who have danced with Mark Morris, David Parsons, Martha Graham and Bill T. Jones. She was the Dance Program Coordinator at Oakland Community College and has taught classes at Oakland University, Marygrove College and for the American College Dance Festival Association. Laurie continues to share her experiences throughout the community. She is also certified Zumba as well as CPR. We are very grateful to her for continuing to share her experiences and expertise with our school and all of our students.
Augustine Collins
Augustine Collins
Augustine has been teaching for 29 years. She has taught dance with several dance studios within the capital district. She has taught for 12 years as the Movement teacher at the Ark Community Charter School, where she taught drama, dance, sports and movement. She taught drama to enhance the learning curriculum within the classroom learning. She put on several performances a year for the school community and local officials. She has worked as a choreographer for Staging Youths Future as well as the Young Actors Guild with RPI. She is ecstatic to be a part of the Stars of Dance family. She loves the art of dance. She looks forward to learning new faces and working with the competition family of Stars of Dance.
Roseanne Clavin
Roseanne Clavin
Instructor - Creative Dance & Tap-N-Toe
Ms. Roseanne has over 30 years of training in tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop and over 10 years of experience as a dance educator specializing in the instruction of pre-school to elementary aged dancers. Ms. Roseanne also works for the Town of Malta where she has taught the dance program offered through the Town or the last 4 years
Sarah deForest
Sarah deForest
Instructor- Creative Movement, Tap-N-Toe, Tiny Dancers
Sarah brings years of experience in Tap/Jazz and Hip Hop to Stars of Dance. Sarah's expertise is working with our tiny dancers. Her enthusiasm and excitement for dance is contagious and the children adore learning with Ms. Sarah. Sarah continues to expand on her dance training by taking classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and participating in dance and teachers training workshops. Sarah is also certified in CPR and as a fitness instructor through NETA.
Breanna Maggart
Breanna Maggart
Breanna is from a small town just outside of Auburn, Alabama. She has been dancing since she was two years old and competitively since the age of six. Breanna has received numerous regional, state, and national titles as a soloist during her years on the competition stage. During college, Breanna could be found on the sidelines at Auburn University as a member of The Tiger Paws Dance Team. Breanna has always loved to perform in front of an audience. At age 20 she began to teach and choreograph for the competition teams at Make Your Move Performing Arts in Opelika, Alabama. Her choreography has won many Platinum scores, special judges awards, over-all awards, and Titles on both the regional and national levels. Breanna strives to push each of her students to his or her personal best. She believes that dance is both a sport and an art, where the only person you are competing against is yourself
Danielle Selby
Danielle Selby
Danielle Selby earned her BFA from the College at Brockport State University of New York. Her choreography has been performed at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Michigan Youth Arts Festival, RAD Fest, Built on Stilts, Detroit Dance Race, Inhale Performance series and others. Ms. Selby returned to New York after living in Michigan for several years. In Michigan, Selby was the Assistant Artistic Director for4 Happendance professional dance company and the Director of Operation for the Happendance Foundation. Danielle not only shares her love of dance on stage but also in the studio, having taught dancers age 3 to 83 in Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Partnering, Composition, Conditioning and Social Dance.

Brittany Stiles
Brittany Stiles
Instructor - Tap and Jazz
Brittany has been dancing since she was three years old with training in tap, jazz, ballet pointe, acro, hip hop and more. She participated in many competitions throughout her early dance career, where she won numerous high scoring awards and titles as well as several scholarship programs to STEPS on Broadway and Broadway Dancer Center in NYC. Brittany also trained as a teachers assistant at her hometown dance studio in Hyde Park, NY. Brittany continued dancing on the Lehigh University Dance Team where she also taught the tap and jazz classes. Brittany also danced under the instruction of Jenn Pekins while attending RPI. Throughout the years she has trained with many industry professionals at conventions, workshops and Broadway Dance Center. Brittany can't wait to share her knowledge and love for dance and performance at STARS
Christine Tucker
Christine Tucker
Instructor- Acro, Acro-dance, Tap, Jazz & Hip Hop
Christine brings dance experience in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Acro to our studio. She has previously instructed dance at her hometown dance school in Walden, NY. Christine also trained as a competitive gymnast throughout high school where she placed at numerous competitions. Christine loves to share her passion for dance with her students. Christine continues to expand on her dance training through dance and teachers training workshops as well as taking classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Christine is also certified in CPR and as a fitness instructor through NETA with a specialty in PILATES.
Eve D Whelchel
Eve D Whelchel
Instructor - Ballet & Modern/Lyrical Fusion
Eve D Whelchel received her M.F.A. in dance and choreography from NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, and received her B.F.A. in dance with honors from The University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. Ms. Whelchel served as an Artistic Director of the Saratoga City Ballet School and Company for eleven seasons. In that role Eve had the privilege of mentoring young artists in pursuit of careers in dance. Ms. Whelchel’s choreography has been supported by grants from institutions such as NY State Council of the Arts and the Target foundation. Eve was formerly a member of the Ellen Sinopoli dance company and has also served as a teaching artists bringing dance to public and private schools throughout NY state. Eve has been a dance educator for over fifteen years and finds great joy in sharing her love of dance with others
Maura Van Dyke
Maura Van Dyke
Instructor / Irish Step dancing, Irish Ceili Dancing
Maura has over 25 years of Irish Dancing experience and has experience teaching students ranging in age from 5 to Adult. As a child she performed with the Boland school of Irish Dance and later switched to the Farrell School of Irish Dance. During this period she won numerous competitions throughout the Northeast & Canada, including dominating the Parent/Child competitions with her father, co-instructor Patrick Hale, for over 15 years. After winning the Championship in Nova Scotia Canada, Maura suffered a knee injury and was forced to retire from competition at 17. This has never slowed Maura’s passion for dance, as a seasoned instructor, she remains dedicated to her students and to their progress. Maura and her father Patrick have been an integral part of the Irish dance community, and have taught together in the Ballston Spa area for over a decade.
Kailey McCrudden
Kailey McCrudden
Guest Instructor Kailey McCrudden, an alumnus of Stars of Dance, is currently earning a BFA in dance at Temple University. As a freshman she was chosen to perform in a MFA thesis, as well as two senior choreographic projects, and was privileged enough to perform a reparatory piece choreographed by Merian Soto. She also performed in Philadelphia with a hip hop dance crew and with a dance company under the direction of Temple alumni. Kailey has studied various genres of dance including ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, African, and Irish step dancing. She has taken class with choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman and Tyce Diorio at the PULSE convention, as well as numerous modern dance companies at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Most recently, she completed a three week dance intensive with Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
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