Thanks! for stopping by. It is our pleasure to welcome you to our website and our studio. We established StarMaker with a simple vision to....
“Provide training in the arts to develop discipline, creativity and self-confidence and demonstrate God honoring values and judgment in an environment where excellence is valued over profit and others valued over self.”
Consistent with that vision, we wanted to provide much more than just a workout or a routine for recital. We are first dance parents. Our goal is to provide the best training and all around experience in the arts for not only our children, but yours as well.
We have raised two children as dancers. We have been involved with dance education for over twenty five years as parents, organizers and leaders. We know first hand the challenges that busy parents face trying to balance the extra activities for their children. We bring the necessary business skills, organization and communication to the process of education in the arts. We know that parents want to know what's going on far enough in advance to make adjustments to their schedules.
Quality is a core requirement for everything we do. First, we wanted to make sure that our instructors were well trained and highly qualified. In addition to their current qualifications, we continue to make extra training courses available to them. For example, during the summer we travel to New York City to attend the "Dance Teacher" conference to pick up additional training. Also, we have installed in our studios the best dance flooring available anywhere in the world.
These are just a few examples of how we put quality and excellence at the top of our priority list. We truly value the trust you place in us to train your children in the arts.
Please feel free to stop in, give us a call, or drop us an email at any time if you have any concerns or to get more information. We want to hear from you so that our programs are the best they can be.
Wayne and Lynn Betchel
Miss Nettie Matheny - Program Director
Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Twinklers, KinderCombo, Acrobatic Arts, Team Director/Choreographer
Miss Nettie graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in dance in 2004 from the Honors Program at the University of Akron. While in college, she studied ballet, jazz, tap, and modern under former members of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and the Jennifer Muller/The Works Dance Company. She performed with the University of Akron Dance Company and in multiple Choreographers’ Workshops and was a member of the Touring Ensemble – a group that designs and choreographs a show then presents it to local public schools to promote dance awareness. She started dancing at the age of 3, and competed both regionally and nationally. Along with her dance background, she trained and competed in gymnastics for many years through the USA Gymnastics program. Miss Nettie began teaching at StarMaker in 2002, and has been working with the “All Stars” Performance Team since the 2004-2005 season. Her experience for a number of years as a YMCA camp counselor, plus work with preschool-age children in daycare, coupled with her background in dance, led Miss Nettie to develop MiniMoverz Creative Movement Programs in September 2006. MiniMoverz is a dance-based program for ages 2-5 to help children understand and enjoy the benefits of exercise and movement. The program is offered at area daycare centers.
Miss Leigh Matheny
Miss Leigh has been a big part of Starmaker since its inception in October of 2000. Outside of her office responsibilities, she is a big part in helping the studio run smoothly. Whether it be decorating information boards, picking up studio supplies or seeing to it that our parents and students are always kept informed, she is always there to give a helping hand. She can help you with any questions you have regarding studio policies, class schedules and studio schedules.
Miss Lauren Almes
Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz
Lauren began her teaching experience eight years ago as a assistant teacher. She later began instructing her own classes in various levels of jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tumbling, tap, ballet, and more! Lauren began her training as a competitive gymnast at the age of three and began dance a few years later. She has trained in a multitude of styles, taking classes at Broadway Dance Center, PeriDance Center, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and other professional studios throughout both New York City and Chicago. She later expanded her knowledge as a dancer and teacher at The University of Akron. Lauren is passionate about teaching and hopes to inspire others to love dance and its artistry as much as she does!!
Miss Alexis Baines
Alexis is a graduate of Firestone High School, The Akron School of Arts, where she studied Ballet, Modern dance history, improvisation, composition and kinesiology. Alexis also attended Miller South Schhol for the VIsual & Performing Arts studying Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz and performed in numerous school shows and concerts and various area festivals. She continues her education and training currently attending Kent State University studying business and dance.
Miss Brooke Davis
Acrobatic ArtsBrooke is a 2010 graduate of Wadsworth High School were she participated in the National Technical Honor Society and graduated with a 3.5 grade point average. She has been a student at StarMaker, studying Ballet and Jazz, for 9 years and beginning this season, will become an Teacher's Assistant working with children of all ages. She currently attends the University of Akron majoring in Elementary Education.
Miss Ana Carla Bianchi Drago
Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe, Lil Starz, Acrobatic Arts
Miss Ana received her Bachelor's Degree in Dance - Performance and Education at the Campinas State University in Brazil, with additional post graduate work from the Sao Luis Education University. She is a licensed school teacher and has taught 1st - 4th grades at the Sao Jose School in Brazil. As a dance teacher she has taught Jazz, Ballet and Modern classes at the Municipal Culture Department of Limeira, Sao Paulo to students from 7 to 40 years old. From 1997 to 2005, she has taught dance in several pre-schools and elementary schools, helping develop students body awareness and expression. Some of these programs were in partnership with Sao Paulo State University. At the Oficina Regional Carlos Gomes, A Sao Paulo State Culture department, taught Dance Workshops from 1997 to 2005, including programs for younger students, teenagers and seniors. In 1999 she participated as an invited member of a jury in a Sao Paulo State Dance Competition.
Miss Danielle Morrison
Team Choreographer, Jazz
Born and raised in Norton, Ohio, Dani has been training in and instructing various forms of dance including all levels of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Pointe, Musical Theater, Modern, Hip Hop, and Tumbling across the nation for over twenty years. Dani has been fortunate enough to be a part of the legendary, World Renowned “Radio City Rockettes” for the last 8 years. She has traveled around the world performing with the Rockettes; was most recently featured on multiple episodes of “America’s Got Talent”, the "Colbert Report", "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon", NBC’s the “Today Show” and “Rockefeller Center’s Christmas Tree Lighting”; as well as other numerous big events such as multiple television and radio appearances, televised specials, and live performances. She has also trained and performed the dance companies in New York City and around the country as well as competed regionally, nationally, and internationally receiving numerous awards.
In addition to dance and performing, Dani has also walked in New York City’s Fashion Week with multiple designers. She also is a certifited Personal Trainer, certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and certified in numerous fitness genres such as Power Yoga, Turbo Kick, Hip Hop Hustle, PiYo Strength, and Zumba.
Miss Ashley Matheny
Miss Ashley comes to us with years of childcare experience. In addition to her responsibilities with our pre-schoolers, she is a big supporter of all things that take place within the studio, from photography to helping out in the office. Ashley has a wonderful way with children which is sure to be noticed as she interacts with your child.
Miss Chelsea Shump
Team Choreographer, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jumps, Turns, Tap
Miss Chelsea is a professional modern dancer with Kelli Sanford's RED Company in addition to performing and choreographing for Spotlight Theatre Company, where she is also a part of its outreach program. Chelsea is a graduate of NorthEast Ohio Dance Academy under Brenda and Christopher Stygar. In 2006, she performed with MorrisonDance in collaboration with NASA. She was offered a position with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company based in New York City and northern Israel. Chelsea has studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop abroad and is more than excited to share her love of dance with her students across Northeast Ohio.
Miss KalleyMiss Kalley is a 2015 graduate of Norton High. She is also an alumni of StarMaker. Kalley studied here at StarMaker from the fall of 2002 until the spring of 2015 when she graduated. She was a competitive dancer as well as being a part of the pre-professional Constellations Performing Arts Company.She has studied all styles of dance ranging from ballet to hip-hop. She has traveled to different cities across the United States to take class and learn from professionals. Places like Broadway Dance Center and PeriDance is New York City. Kalley also enjoyed Musical Theater and dabbled in musicals while she was in high school. Upon graduating Miss Kalley studied ballet, modern and jazz dance at the University of Akron performing in their Choreographers Workshop and their Fall Showcase. Along with performing, Kalley has also always had a love for teaching, She has taught contemporary, tap, jazz and lyrical classes at Noreen Londregen School of Dance, Briana's Elite Dance Institute, and now here at StarMaker. She could not be more excited to get into the studio and start working with your kids. She's got a bright spirit and loves nothing more than sharing her love of dance with everyone that she has the privledge to teach.