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Star Dance Center has been under the new ownership of Joe & Erin Sanfelippo since 2005. Since that time, enrollment has tripled and we have moved to a brand new 6,000 square foot facility to accommodate the tremendous growth. Both professional performers from Los Angeles, Erin and Joe believe it is possible to provide quality dance training while having fun at the same time. We offer the largest variety of classes in the Santa Clarita Valley, ranging from dance to musical theater to piano to voice to tumbling. And that’s not all!

We provide a family friendly atmosphere and two recitals a year to offer our students numerous opportunities to perform. Our teachers are of the highest quality and stand by our positive, self esteem building philosophy. Whether your child is looking to dance for fun or become a professional, we have classes for everyone ages two to adult. Check out Star Dance Center in SBDC's Success Story of the Month!
 

 

We look forward to seeing you at Star Dance!

Star Dance Center owners Joe & Erin Sanfelippo

Why Choose Us For Dance Classes?

If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers, experience teaching children and a big show at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which place you decide to enroll at? Yes. There are 4 main things that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives, the amount of extra work and hassles the parents must deal with and the overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program. Here are 4 things that every parent should consider before deciding on a dance studio for their child.

What Type Of Floor Is Used?

Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Most dance footwear does not provide any cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional “floating floor”. A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high-density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. A high-density foam base is superior to a “sprung” floor, which usually consists of a wood structure built on the regular floor.
  
All of our studios have floating floors that have over 700 high density foam blocks under the floor surface. Our special floors help reduce the risk of injuries and allow students to dance longer without getting tired.

What Is The Size Of The Class?

If the dance class has fewer students in it each child will receive more personalized attention, learn more and have more fun. With younger students it is easier for a teacher to maintain control over the class and make sure each student understands the concepts and instructions. Our smaller class sizes make sure that no fundamental concepts are being missed. A smaller class size also allows our teachers to ensure that students are not developing bad habits or improper technique.

Our studio limits all of our classes to a maximum of just 12 students per class, 16 students with 2 instructors in the class.

What Are The Extras Required For The Recital?

Most studios put on a recital in a professional theatre. Students that perform in the show must have a costume for their dance number. Some studios may require parents to sew their child’s costumes, or pay extra and the parents must find their own seamstress to do the sewing. This can be inconvenient and frustrating for parents who are busy or can’t sew. Most studios also require parents to purchase tickets for the recital performance night.

Our studios use our own professional seamstress to sew and alter the costumes, so parents do not have to worry about any costume hassles. Our studio also offers convenient online recital ticket sales, there is no lottery or standing in long lines to purchase tickets. Each student in our recital also receives a trophy and a complimentary DVD of the show professionally edited and filmed by a videographer.

Can I Get Immediate Assistance And Customer Service?

In many studios the teacher or the studio owner conducts classes and does the administration. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher has to use class time for customer service issues, or the studio may have no customer service available if the teacher is in a class. To have a good experience it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even if a teacher is occupied in a class. Our studios have office staff on hand during all regular class times, so you can get immediate assistance.

Ask any dance school these questions and you will see why so many families choose our studio each year.

After browsing this site please call us at 661-253-9909 with any questions you may have about getting the most out of your dance experience.

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Our Instructors

Erin Sanfelippo - Owner and Artistic Director


Miss Erin has been teaching dance and musical theater throughout Southern California for 15 years. She has been featured in both Dance Teacher and Dance Studio Life magazines. After graduating from UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television, Erin pursued her career in theater and television, appearing in various commercials, original cast album recordings, live performances for Disney, various Civic Light Operas, working with such celebrities as Fred Willard, Jim J. Bullock, Nancy Dussault, and many other Broadway and television stars. Since taking over Star Dance Center with her husband in 2005, with the help of their staff, they have watched their business grow as they continue to pass along their love for the performing arts to their students.

Lori Hayutin - Office Manager

Lori is married with 3 children and has been a resident of Santa Clarita since 1996.

In 2005 Lori took her daughter to Star Dance Center and signed her up for her first dance class. Her daughter immediately fell in love with dance and the friendly staff at Star Dance Center.

Over the years Lori and her family became more and more involved at Star Dance Center. Lori and her husband began volunteering at events and all of her children took classes from musical theater to dance. Two of her children were members of the Dance Company until they graduated from high school and now her daughter is a staff instructor!

Lori was working as the office manager and general manager for a local health club for the past 10 years. After some ownership changes Lori was very excited to be offered the position of office manager for Star Dance Center - a local, family owned business that she was already a part of and her family loves so much!

Christina Noland - Dance Company & Recreational Instructor

Miss Christina, known and loved by her students for her awesome style and jewerly, just celebrated her 10 Year Anniversary of teaching at Star Dance Center!  Christina studied dance at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts here in Valencia and has performed in numerous musicals including "Chicago" and "A Chorus Line".  Christina teaches lyrical, jazz and tap at Star Dance and has won numerous awards over the years for her choreography including Best Costume, Most Entertaining and 1st Overall!

She is an amazing role model for all of her students and we are very lucky to have her here at Star Dance!!!

Maria Carmen Diaz - Dance Company Director & Recreational

Miss Maria Carmen started performing at the age of 3.  She grew up in Northern California, San Jose. As a child, she loved participating in dance competitions, local events, theatre, and conventions. Maria is trained in ballet, tap, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre, and salsa.

Miss Maria has also done over a dozen national commercials, which include, Dr. Pepper, Mc Donald’s, Carl’s Jr, Bally’s Total Fitness, & Pepsi. She danced with artists such as Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Jordan Knight, P-diddy, Busta Rythms , Brian McKnight, Alica Keys just to name a few!

Besides dancing, she launched her career as an actress guest starring on award winning shows such as, The Ghost Whisperer, Lincoln Heights, Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, The Division, & Strong Medicine.  Her film credits include, Bring it On Again, Love Don’t Cost a Thing, What’s Cooking, The Elian Gonzalez Story, & Hot Chick.

She has trained and judged many dancers in the U.S. and in Japan (ages 4-17). Many of her students have gone on to dance professionally and are signed with dance/acting agencies such as Abrams Artists, Media Artists group, MSA, GTA. MTA, and Clear Talent!! Students can be seen on  (The Voice, N’Sync,  AGT, Jane the Virgin, Flex and Shanice, Dancing with the Stars, Missy Elliot, CSI Miami, Laker Girls, Kung Fu Panda, American Horror Story, Sketchers Industrial, Lexus commercial, ESPN promos, ABC Mouse..Disney..Barbie Live show and recently the new SIA music video!!

Miss Maria’s choreography has placed in overalls in Regional and National Dance Competitions for groups and specialities!

She has also choreographed for Anjelah Johnson (Bon Qui Qui tour), Damien Lawson (The Voice final contestant), Carl’s Jr. commercials, Tony Tee Hip Hop Instructional videos, and Gerardo (music videos and tour).

Miss Maria Carmen also graduated from CSULA with her B. A. in Child Development!

Mechelle Ferris - Dance Company & Recreational Instructor

Miss Mechelle was born in the US Virgin Islands and began dancing at the age of 5. At the age of 7 she was accepted into the St. Thomas Performing Arts Company and continued to dance with them until age 16. During this time she learned and performed various dances; tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, and ballet. 

At age 16 Miss Mechelle relocated to California where she furthered her dance education at IDA and Millennium. For the last 10 years, Miss Mechelle has been at Star Dance teaching our company and recreational classes.  Her work has won Creative Concept, Most Entertaining, 1st Overall at both regionals and nationals, and Best Choreography. Miss Mechelle is also a proud mother to her 3 beautiful children, Justyce, Chance and Estrella who have all trained at Star Dance.

Hayley Hayutin - Tiny Stars, Combo, Jazz & Lyrical Instructor

Miss Hayely grew up dancing at Star Dance Center since the age of 5!

At Star Dance she trained in all styles of dance.   Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Muscial Theater and Acro.   She began assisting dance classes at the age of 14 and she is so excited to now be teaching at the same studio where she grew up!

She has also accomplished one of her many dreams - becoming a Disneyland Cast Member and performing at the park!

Dasha Tertova - Dance Company & Recreational Instructor

Miss Dasha's training includes, Bolshoi Theater Pre-Ballet School, B.A. Moyseev Dance Academy, Paris Jazz Academy, Broadway Dance Center, Edge, Millenium, Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway, Russian Academy of Theater Arts, and many more. She has appeared on stage in productions of CATS, Romeo & Juliet, Chicago as well as performances with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Cirque Du Soleil. She has a Masters Degree in Choreography from the Russian Academy of Ballet and credits in Music from Gnesinekh Music Institute and the Broadway Dancer Center.

Katy Cryns - Tiny Stars and Combo Instructor

Miss Katy grew up on a farm in northern Illinois, where creative outlets were hard to find. She finally caught the dancing bug in college and soaked up all she could before graduation. She loves the magic of teaching children to love dance and provides a fun and positive environment in which they can thrive. Kids appreciate her silly demeanor and she appreciates their willingness to learn through it. Much of her experience includes theatre, improv, and some TV, but she can't get enough of teaching dance!

Nicolette Sikelianos - Tiny Stars and Combo Instructor

Nicolette is a working dancer and model living in the LA area. Originally, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary.
 

While living in LA, Nicolette has performed as a back up dancer for numerous artists, as well as the performance groups. In addition, to performing, Nicolette also has choreographed countless award-winning competition pieces and has received recognition for her choreography. While Nicolette’s true passion is in dance and modeling, she also enjoys singing, acting and working out and enjoys every aspect of performance.

 

Thursday Sadler - Combo & Dance Company Instructor

An Arkansas native, Miss Thursday began dancing at the age of three and has been in love ever since. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, she assisted in opening Rock City Dance Center in Little Rock, AR, where she co-directed the nationally recognized RCDCompany alongside Kristen Pittman and was the Director of the Hip Hop program.
With talent that spans a wide variety of dance styles, Miss Thursday is known for her versatility as a choreographer and performer. She has trained extensively in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, tap and ballet.
A highly sought-after instructor, Miss Thursday began teaching dance at the young age of 14. Her students have won numerous National competitive titles and have been chosen to tour with dance conventions such as Artists Simply Human, Camp Pulse, Intrigue Dance Intensive, and WILD Dance Intensive.
Her choreography can be seen in music videos and on stage with touring artists such as Shay Mooney (Dan + Shay), Charity Vance and Frankee Razor. Miss Thursday also worked for the National Dance Alliance for 5 years as a Head Instructor, was a founding member of UnTapped non-profit tap company, and was a member of and choreographer for the Arkansas Razorback Pom Squad and RBI Girls.
Other credits include female lead in the 2013 Arkansas Emerging Choreographers Showcase, the 2015 Electric Grandma China tour videos, Frankee Razor’s "Finna Go Loco” music video, finalist judge for In the Groove Hip Hop Competition, and master teacher for Spark: The Creative Dance Project.
Miss Thursday's genuine creativity and wit set her apart. She believes in the beauty of having a unique voice as an artist. She enjoys being a positive and encouraging role model for dancers of all backgrounds, and can’t wait to experience the joy of dance with you!"

 

Elizabeth Gavalda - Tiny Stars, Combo, Ballet, and Team Instructor

Miss Elizabeth has trained in some of Los Angeles’ most distinguished dance studios; such as Millennium, Debbie Allen, Edge Performing Arts Center and Debbie Reynolds.

She was a premiere dancer with The Conservatory Ballet Theatre on a 5 year contract, where she performed in ballets such as “Cinderella”, “Little Mermaid”, “Alice In Wonderland”, was the Principal Soloist in “The Christmas Attic” and had the Principal Role playing “Jasmine” in “Aladdin” -The Ballet”.
In 2005 Miss Elizabeth was one of only 150 performers, nationwide, to be accepted into the famed Broadway Theatre Project. Throughout the years Miss Elizabeth has maintained an active role teaching dance in all styles to all ages all over Southern California as permanent and guest teacher.

 

Robert "Chino" Lopez - Tumbling & Boys Hip Hop Instructor

Living only 5 years in california Chino has worked on many amazing jobs!! From the intro to americas best dance crew, to eminem, to j lo, to transformers 3, to dexter, and how i met your mother ,these are just a few of the jobs he has been blessed to be a part of! He originally started off as a bboy then eventually transitiioned into other forms of dance including salsa. His greatest successes are working with charities and hospitals. Giving back to those less fortunate is his true passion and he is excited to share his knowledge/passion with all those willing to learn! Each one teach one!!

 

Aubrienne O'Meara - Tiny Stars and Combo Instructor

Aubrienne O'Meara began dancing at the age of three, and recognized dance as her passion not long after. She attended Orange County High School of the Arts grades 8-10, then completed her high school years at South Orange County School of the Arts where she was awarded Top Student Choreographer. Aubrienne has her wonderful instructors at Focus Dance Center, under the Direction of Monie Adamson, to thank for the majority of her dance training from the time she was ten years old.
 
Aubrienne recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Performance, and a Minor in Education. During her freshman year of college, Aubrienne danced with Tessandra Chavez's Contemporary dance company, Unity Dance Ensemble. In the summer of 2012, Aubrienne trained with The Joffrey Ballet School, working with industry professionals such as Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Anna-Marie Holmes, Josie Walsh, Julie Bourne, Havic, and Dante 7. She has made appearances on FOX's reality TV show, "Mobbed." She currently teaches dance for students from ages 2-adult at various dance studios across Orange County and Los Angeles, as well as guest teaching and choreographing for high schools. Aubrienne was also a member of the Irvine Valley College (IVC) Performing Dance Ensemble, formerly under the direction of the late, Marie De La Palme, and now working with choreographers, Michel Gervais and Raul Cruz. Through the IVC Performing Dance Ensemble, she was given the opportunity to travel to Texas where she performed as a soloist in a piece for the American College Dance Festival.
 
Aubrienne is proud to say that she has been working alongside renowned Choreographer, Professor, Producer, Director, and MFA, Tiffany Billings for the past four years. Aubrienne began dancing with Tiffany Billings' Dance Ensemble in 2012, and in the summer of 2013, was appointed Assistant to Tiffany Billings. As her assistant, Aubrienne works with Tiffany on her monthly dance showcase, Club Jeté, featuring LA's top choreographers and performers, as well as assisting Tiffany with a variety of master classes, workshops, shows, and administrative work.
 
In addition to her dance endeavors, Aubrienne has completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, under the guidance of the well accomplished and respected, Tamal Dodge, at his studio Yoga Salt, in Marina del Rey. Additionally, she completed a 35-hour SmartFLOW Yoga training intensive under former Martha Graham dancer, Annie Carpenter.
 
Some of Aubrienne's most recent ventures include teaching at Star Dance Center, Abby Lee Dance Company, and Melody Makers, as well as having the privilege to work alongside accomplished mentors, Joe Loera and Richard Elszy. Having newly relocated to Hollywood, CA, Aubrienne is eager to combine her passions of dance, yoga, and teaching, and see what the future has in store!

Katherine Murphy - Ballet Instructor

Katherine Grace Murphy began her Vaganova ballet training at Classical Ballet Academy under the direction of Maria Lazar and, later, Dmitri Kulev. She later studied modern dance under teachers such as Sean Green, Jennifer Baukaus, and William Lu. Katherine finished her education with the BFA Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts and Alonzo King Lines Ballet’s professional summer intensive. Katherine has performed with various companies and for various shows including as a soloist in Ballet Bellevue, a core member of Coriolis Dance, and Charlotte Katherine & Co. She also brings her understanding of dance to various artistic mediums such as choreographing music videos and producing dance films. As a teacher of ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and contemporary, Katherine has been on faculty at various dance schools along the west coast teaching students of all ages for over seven years. Katherine’s true love for dance lies in the practice itself. She brings her attention to technique and affection for the act of dancing to the work she does with her students in class.

Kelly Alvarez - Ballet Instructor

Kelly Alvarez is a native of Los Angeles and has performed with companies such as PTERO Dance Theatre, Winifred Harris' Between Lines Dance Co., Brockus Project Dance Company, and MULTIPLEX Dance, and for notable choreographers such as Christopher Huggins, Curt Haworth, Kim Bears-Bailey, Brian Sanders, Rei Aoo, and Manfred Fischbeck, among others.  Kelly completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of California, Irvine and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance with honors from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Kelly is certified in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum.  Since receiving her comprehensive Pilates certification in 2007, Kelly has taught Pilates and worked as a physical therapist's aide in various studios in Southern California and was an on-set Pilates instructor to Michael Jackson's dancers in preparation for the famed "This Is It" world tour.  Fusing her experience in kinesiology, injury prevention, and rehabilitation with her long history of diverse dance training in ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz, Kelly approaches each dance class with an eye for correct body placement and mechanics, while also emphasizing the importance of performance qualities. She aims to inspire each student to give their best in each class, providing opportunities for students of different learning styles to grasp and absorb the material. Kelly strives to give her students "the smarts, the strength, and the passion!" Kelly is currently an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Loyola Marymount University as well as guest faculty at the American Ballet Theatre Gillespie School and has also taught at The University of California, Irvine and at Cypress College.

Annalia Alba - Tiny Stars & Combo Instructor

Annalia has been dancing since she was 4 years old and teaching since she was fresh out of high school. Since age 18 she has been training and choreographing for multiple competition/performance teams. She has a very versatile training background including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Breakdancing, Acting and Theatre Improvisation, Singing, Songwriting, and Piano/Guitar. She has taught all ages, ranging from 2 years old to 17 years old, as well as all levels/abilities, including those with learning disabilities. She has years of experience teaching Pre-School/Toddler level Tap, Ballet, Tumbling, Hip Hop and Jazz; while her specialties are Technical Training, Leaps and Turns, Core/Flex/Conditioning, Competition Level Choreography, Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and Musical Theater.

Annalia grew up performing as an actress, singer and dancer in Los Angeles, CA. She trained under infamous choreographers and was immersed in the entertainment industry from a young age. She had amazing performance opportunities, like dancing for Nigel Lythgoe (producer of SYTYCD) at several charity events, performing in a Nickelodeon movie with Justin Bieber as a dancer, singing at the House of Blues, dancing in Choreographer's Ball Carnival and was a background dancer for up and coming LA Pop Artists.     

She later attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Entertainment Industry Studies with a minor in Music Business, all while working full time teaching competitive dance teams. She is currently pursuing a career in pop music herself, but will always remain in the dance studio, as it is her first love.

Vanna Ruiz - Tiny Stars Instructor

Vanna Ruiz grew up dancing hip hop almost her whole life just for fun at talent shows at first. She realized how much she loved it and as she got older she decided to pursue it as a career. Vanna has studied dance in the Bay Area at dance studios, community dance teams, workshops, tour conventions, and San Jose City College. She was a member of her first hip hop team in her home town Morgan Hill, CA, called HIP HOP CRAZE. When she was 16 years old, where she got chosen to be one of the 12 dancers out of 30 to perform on national television on the show BET “W.O.W” in 2006. After that amazing opportunity to fly out to New York CITY to dance on television was the moment she realized she wanted to later move to LA and do this for the rest of her life and she did. Vanna has received a scholarship award for Top 10 Dancers of 2008 at tour dance convention HOLLYWOOD VIBE and got the opportunity to get trained by and worked with famous choreographers in Los Angeles. Vanna has been on small commercials, music videos, and worked with artists, Too Short, Jillisa Lynn, Ja Rule, Adrienne Bailon, and Rudy Mancusco along with choreograpers such as Shane Sparks, Phlex, Brooklyn Jai and many more. Her goal besides pursuing her own dreams is to help others find the strength to not be afraid to chase their dreams and that anything is possible with a lot of hard work, consistency and positive attitude. To help teach kids to always treat dance as a passion first before a profession. She wants to inspire people, especially children to try not to take the wrong path in life but instead to express yourself through art. Vanna doesn’t want to be just a dance teacher but also a great role model for her students.

 

Testimonials

"Jenna loves her class & can't wait to go! She's been dancing for 2 years at Star and loves the dancing, the teachers and the recitals."

Robin Flannes, Canyon Country, CA

 

"My daughters love Star! The teachers are very patient and nurturing with the young ones. My kids love dancing there and they feel like stars!"

Heather Imo, Saugus, CA

 

"My daughters look forward to class all week long! Not only do they love dance class, but they are both excited for the recitals too!"

Robin Stewart, Canyon Country, CA

 

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