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Meet the Faculty

 

Under the leadership of Erin Sanfelippo, the faculty at Star Dance Center brings years of dance industry experience combined with a love of teaching. Every student receives thoughtful, individualized attention from highly-dedicated teachers whose mission is to help them reach their highest potential.

 

Erin Sanfelippo

Erin Sanfelippo
STUDIO OWNER | INSTRUCTOR

Miss Erin Sanfelippo has been happily teaching dance and theater classes to children all over Southern California for 23 years!.

A graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, Miss Erin’s performing career includes dancing and singing all over Southern California, in commercials, television, industrials and for Disney; working with such celebrities as Adam Lambert and Fred Willard and many of today’s Broadway stars.

In 2005, Erin took over Star Dance Center here in Newhall and the studio has continued to grow for 15 years, voted Best Dance Studio in the Santa Clarita Valley by The Signal.

Miss Erin’s work with preschool dancers is featured in her animated dance class film “Miss Erin’s Magical Dance Class,” which features original songs and vocals from Miss Erin.

Erin truly believes that the joy of dance should be shared with all ages and is passionate about sharing her love for dance with as many students as possible.

 
Annalia Alba

Annalia Alba
INSTRUCTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER

Miss 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 toddler 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 famous 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.

After all her years of training and performing, Annalia discovered her love for teaching. Seeing children improve under her instruction is very rewarding to her! She also loves getting to be a role model for her students and somebody they can come to with anything. Dance taught her so many life lessons and she sees it as a blessing to get to pass those along to her students as a teacher.

Chino Lopez

Chino Lopez
INSTRUCTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER

Robert “Chino” Lopez got his start in dance as a hip hop street dancer in Arizona. He eventually transitioned into street salsa in the club scene, battling at clubs, jams, and competitions. This opened the door to other forms of dance like Hip hop choreo, Ballroom, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Samba, and many other styles. After moving to Los Angeles he formed the Latin fusion group Angeleno Funk, winning and competing in many Latin competitions.

He has worked with artists such as Eminem, J-Lo, Ingrid Michaelson, Jhene Aiko, Jody Watley, and Sergio Mendes just to name a few. He has been featured on "America’s best Dance Crew," "Dexter," "How I Met Your Mother," "Indiana Jones," "Transformers 3," "Honey 2," "Austin and Ally," "Bizaardvark" and many commercials from Nike, Verizon, Guess, Boost and many others.

Mr. Chino passionately shares his knowledge with anyone willing to learn.

Christina Noland

Christina Noland
INSTRUCTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER

Miss Christina began dancing at the age of seven, training in Tap, Jazz, Polynesian and Tahitian dancing. At the age of eleven she began dancing competitively and continued her training studying Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz and Polynesian and Tahitian dancing. As a teenager she began training at The Edge and Millennium Dance Complex. Miss Christina Studied Ballet, Modern, and Pilates at Walt Disney’s California Institute of the the Arts where she was a dance major.

Miss Christina has a love and passion for performing on stage and has been in shows such as “Big River”, “Chicago”, “The Phantom”, and her favorite “A Chorus Line”.

Miss Christina has been teaching at Star Dance for 16 years, teaching Tap, lyrical, Jazz and hip hop. She was also a choreographer for the competition team for many years. She has won numerous awards for her choreography and costumes. She is also a certified Paula Morgan Technique instructor.

One of Miss Christina’s greatest joys as a teacher is getting to share her love of dance with her students. As a teacher her greatest reward is watching her students grow as dancers and seeing the joy and smiles on their faces when they are dancing. She hopes to be an inspiration to her students as well a positive role model in their lives.

Elizabeth Galvada

Elizabeth Galvada
INSTRUCTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER

Miss Elizabeth began to dance at the age of 3, in Miami, FL. At the age of 9, she moved to California with her mother where she continued her training in dance at Hama’s Dance Center in Studio City on a scholarship training in Jazz, Jazz/lyrical and Ballet. Her main training there was with Hama himself who taught the Luigi technique. Her Ballet and technique teachers were Amy Schadt and Kristin Wilkinson. She also took classes with Jazz legends Jaime Rogers, Michael Owens, and Jerry Evans on many occasions.

At 13 years old, Elizabeth got into a Performing Arts Conservatory (AVPAC), where she was required to train in all styles of dance, voice, drama (stage and film) and toured with their Company as well. Elizabeth had the majority of her dance training with the founders of “Therabarre” Marlene Hall and Josh and Emily Smith. This is also where she started to assist with baby classes and her passion grew for working with children.

Elizabeth became a premiere dancer with The Conservatory Ballet Theatre 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”.

Over the years Elizabeth was invited to several summer dance intensives such as ABT, Alvin Ailey, Joffery Ballet and Miami City Ballet. In 2005, Elizabeth was one of only 150 performers nationwide to be accepted into The Broadway Theatre Project ... what “Playbill” refers to as “the world’s most prestigious musical theatre arts education program for high school and college students". Elizabeth went on to perform in many shows, as well as working at Disneyland and Universal Studios.

These are only a few of the many experiences that have fueled passion for the performing arts and the love of bringing her knowledge to young inspiring performers.

Hayley Hayutin

Hayley Hayutin
INSTRUCTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER

Miss Hayley began dancing at the age of 5 right here at Star Dance Center! She had immediately found her passion and began to take classes in all styles of dance. Hayley is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, musical theater and acro. She joined the competition team by age 7 and enjoyed competing in all the way up to her final year of high school, winning many top awards with her team over the years.

At the age of 13 she began to assist various classes at the studio. At age 16 she completed a course to become a Certified Assistant Dance Teacher. Once she graduated from High School she began to teach her own classes. Hayley loves teaching dance and still loves to perform as well! At age 19 she fulfilled a long time dream when she was hired as a performer at Disneyland.

Hayley is also a Certified AcroDance Preschool instructor and is in the process of completing her Personal Trainer Certification.

Mechelle Ferris

Mechelle Ferris
INSTRUCTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER

Miss Mechelle has been with the Star Dance Family for the last 15 years and is happy to be part of such an amazing, nurturing studio.

Mechelle was born and raised on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. She began her dance life at the age of 5 with a dance company in the USVI. She was with them for 16 years, focusing on the styles of Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, and Modern.

Mechelle continued dancing with her USVI company and performed in many productions, including The Nutcracker Suite, before moving to California. There, she continued dancing by attending classes at the Millennium studio in NOHO and being part of her high school dance team. When she graduated high school, Mechelle joined a dance company at Moorpark College and also stared teached dance at a local studio. That was when she knew that her love for dance had grown, as she enjoyed sharing that same love with others.

Mechelle is versed in teaching all styles of dance, but her specialty is Hip Hop and Jazz. She has three amazing children who also dance in her footsteps. They have grown into such amazing professional dancers thanks to Star Dance. She is blessed to find a studio like Star to call her home!

Nicolette Sikelianos

Nicolette Sikelianos
INSTRUCTOR | CHOREOGRAPHER

Miss 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 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 recently found a new found passion for fitness and enjoys every aspect of performance.