Star Dance Center has been under the new ownership of Joe and 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!
Star Dance Center provides a family-friendly atmosphere and two recitals each 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.
Why Choose Star Dance Center?
If most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers who have 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 studio you decide to enroll?
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. This 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.
The top layer of the dance floor is also an important factor. A vinyl composite “marley” floor is accepted worldwide as the best surface layer for recreational to professional dance. A marley floor allows dancers to slide, with a degree of “controlled slip", but is not slippery so there is less risk of slips and falls. All of our studios have floating floors that have high density foam blocks under the floor surface and a marley top 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. Our dance classes have a maximum of 12 dancers per class. 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.
What Are the Extras Required for the Year-End Show?
Most studios put on a year-end recital in a professional theatre. Students that perform in the dance recital must have a costume for their dance number. Many studios charge a costume deposit and then an expensive balance later in the year. Our costumes are at a set price that parents are made aware of at time of registration. No extra fees later. Our studios purchase the costumes for the students, deliver them to the students right in their class and take care of any alterations. Parents do not have to worry about any costume hassles. Our costume fee also includes a participation trophy that is awarded to the dancer during the finale and we also provide a digital download of the show at no additional charge. We hold our shows in a professional theater. We provide an online ticketing website for families to purchase tickets to see their dancer perform. Our recital tickets range from $15 to $20 per seat and the buyer is able to choose their seats.
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.