Dance has always held a special place in my heart! When I think of the All Starz Dance Academy, I am reminded of nothing but wonderful memories! The years spent at this studio created some of the best experiences that I could have ever imagined and helped to shape the person that I am today! The All Starz studio felt like home to me, and I looked forward to my lessons every week. The atmosphere of the studio was welcoming and encouraging, which helped me to not only grow technically, but physically and mentally as well. It is because of Ms. Melissa and the many teachers at All Starz that I was able to continue with this artistry after high school. From participating in the WKU Step Off to pursuing lead roles in the summer musicals of “Grease” and “Annie”, All Starz has given me the confidence to reach high and dream big!
I grew up always loving dance! We had many studios to choose from when I was growing up but once I knew my former teacher, Mrs. Melissa from another studio was soon opening up her own studio I told my mom I knew she was the right choice! I tried out for the Superstarz Dance Team in 7th grade and that's when I fell in love with dancing. All Starz was a new studio but we came together under Melissa's teaching and began to grow into strong dancers. The two things I loved most at All Starz was the choreography and the atmosphere. Melissa is the type of teacher that loves creativity and artistry. Our routines were always so different and so it made dance fun! I learned through my years of dance at All Starz that it is not always about being the one with perfect technique, but it is about expressing ourselves and dancing with passion. The atmosphere was also always a joy to be in. I can honestly say we were all friends and the drama that most studios faced was never an issue. I not only thank All Starz and Mrs. Melissa for my progression in dance but also for the awesome memories.
When I quit gymnastics in 9th grade, my best friend (McKenzie Carter, All-Starz Alum) convinced me to try out for All-Starz competition team. This was my first real exposure to dance. Despite my nerves, I immediately fell in love with dance and found that the stage was my home. I have All-Starz Dance Academy and all the amazing people associated with it to thank for that. Thanks for helping me realize one of my passions and for all the priceless memories!
The years I spent dancing with All Starz Dance Academy were the best part of my high school experience. I grew close with an amazing group of teachers and students that I still keep in touch with today, and the opportunity to assist with the younger classes helped me decide to pursue a degree in education. I love to remember it all: from late nights at the studio with friends, to the time my costume broke on stage during my senior recital, the memories are countless. Even though I’ve been out of the program for nearly three years, every time I hear “It’s Raining Men” I have to get up and dance!