Faculty

Jaclyn Dougherty

Miss Jackie danced at Stars since it opened in 1988.  She went through the apprentice teaching program and was on the Stardancers Competition Team. Miss Jackie also took classes with Joe Lanteri, Suzi Taylor and Michelle Assof in NYC at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center.  After graduating from Germantown Academy, she spent a year in Los Angeles studying under Doug Caldwell, Jason Parsons and Joe Tremaine among others at Tremaine Dance Center, The Edge Performing Arts Center, Debbie Reynolds Dance Center and the Performing Arts Center.  After LA, Miss Jackie attended the University of the Arts and graduated with honors with a BFA in Dance Education studying under Stars faculty member Wayne St David as well as Faye Snow, Molly Misgalla and Roni Koresh.  Her choreography for the Stardancers competition team has received numerous choreography awards and special recognition.  In 2014, Miss Jackie took the step to become the director of Stars Dance Center.  She is so proud of her faculty and dancers and loves spending time with her dance family.  

Beth Hansen

Miss Beth danced professionally for both the Philadelphia Civic Ballet Company and the Antonini Company of New York.  She started her teaching career in New York working at several local studios.  Upon moving back to Abington she attended Temple University as a dance major.  She opened Stars Studio of Dance in 1988.  She was the owner, director, operator, teacher, chief cook and bottle washer for 26 years.  She loves to teach dance and continues to do so at Stars Dance Center.  

Wayne St. David

Wayne David is the curricular head of Jazz Dance and an alumnus of The University of the Arts where he celebrates over three decades of teaching dance. He has been an ambassador for the arts and culture for over forty years. Mr. Wayne (as he is known to many) is well known for his ability to teach many levels from pre-school to professional. He has taught master classes nationally and internationally for universities, colleges, public school systems, new arts initiatives projects, summer and winter intensives, art organizations, professional dance companies, theatre repertory, community-based programs, after school programs, inner-city dance camps, grass-roots programs and performing arts schools.

 

David has served as artistic director, program coordinator, choreographer, national competition judge, coach, mentor, facilitator and speaker for dance panels and conferences, artistic advisor and on the board of directors for many art institutions. He has choreographed for concert dance, musical theatre, commercial productions and art and entertainment venues throughout his career. His professional choreography has been seen around the world. Most recently David has set works in Liverpool, London, and Chile. He has received numerous honors for his efforts, including the Louis Beitzel Award for Distinguished Teachers, The Cultures Build Communities Ground Award, The Independence Foundation Cross-Cultural Movement and Grounds Arts Fellowship Award, The Pennsylvania Humanities Council Fellowship Award and The Faculty Award for the Unwavering Commitment to Dance Education. In 2015 David was inducted into The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the first and only charter at an arts university.

Gary Jeter

Gary W. Jeter II began dancing in 1997 at Pebblebrook High School for the Performing Arts in Atlanta, GA.  Gary attended the Alvin Aiiley fellowship summer program and he received a full director’s scholarship to the University of the Arts where he graduated in 2003 with a BFA degree.  After graduation, he was asked to join Philadanco where he was a principal dancer from 2003- 2007.  In addition to also dancing with Eleone Dance Theater Gary has choreographed works for the Eleone Dance Theater, Danco 2, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia Dance Theater and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.  Gary danced with Complexions from 2007-2014 where he is still an Artist in Resident.  Gary has been a member of BalletX in Philadelphia since 2014. 

Miles Yeung

Miles, originally from Oklahoma City, is an alum of the University of the Arts, completing his BFA in Modern Performance in 2014. He has performed with Brian Sander's JUNK, "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographer Stacey Tookey, Helen Simoneau Danse, and the New York City production of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Miles is currently based in Philadelphia where he teaches and creates his own choreographic work.

Alyssa Corrigan

Alyssa Corrigan is thrilled to be back at Stars Dance Center, where her dance journey began in 1993.  After Stars, Alyssa attended Montclair State University and graduated with a BA in Dance Education. Alyssa’s favorite dance styles are Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary.  Her favorite thing about dance is being able to share her passion through expression and movement with others.  Performance credits include: Works A Foot, Dance Collage, Danceworks, New Jersey Emeralds Dance Team, Canvas Shoe Ballet, LeFusion Dance Company, Just Dance Team and The American College Dance Festival.  Miss Alyssa has spent the last 12 years teaching dance at a variety of studios, recreation centers, public schools, after school programs, dance companies, college dance teams and more.  Teaching experience includes: Perth Amboy Public Schools (NJ), Pitt County Public Schools (NC), Broadway Performing Arts, Gateway to the Arts, Dance Innovations, West Hudson Council for the Arts and Shippensburg Dance Team.  While teaching in public schools, Alyssa expanded her skills outside the classroom by becoming a member on the school-wide Leadership Team and the Intramurals Committee Chairperson.  This past summer, Miss Alyssa was the Camp Director at White Manor Country Club. Recently after two years in North Carolina, Alyssa moved back to PA to raise a family and continue inspiring through dance.  Miss Alyssa lives in Roxborough with her husband-Ryan, son-Declan and dog-Tyson. “Being a dancer is an extension of being a human being”.  

Jess Adams

Jess Adams is a professional dancer from Oreland, PA. Jess graduated with a BFA in Dance on 2016 from the University of The Arts in Philly. After graduating, Jess worked as a dancer and aerialist for Norwegian Cruise Lines, touring the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Columbia, Mexico, Alaska and Canada.  

 

Currently, she is an Associate Artist for Almanac Dance Circus Theatre in Philadelphia.  Since joining Almanac in October 2017, she has performed collaborative acrobatic dance, singing and theater shows at The Fillmore, the Asian Arts Initiative, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Convention Center, the New York Botanical Gardens, and will perform during this year’s Fringe Arts Festival. 

 

Jess is also an aerialist in training at Secret Circus where she performed her first dance trapeze act entitled Lights in June.  As a solo performer/choreographer, Jess performed her 2017-2018 work Un-Numbing at The Trocadero, Koresh Dance, and the Community Education Center. 

 

Jess first began teaching dance at Stars in 2010 and since then, has taught and choreographed for various studios. She is beyond excited to teach at Stars Dance Center, where she grew up training and competing, once again! 

Emma Riling

Emma Riling has been dancing at Stars for 15 years.  Emma recently graduated from Stars Dance Center and Abington Senior High School last year. This season will be her third year teaching! She is so excited to be able to teach young dancers and jump start their dance career! Miss Emma has been on the competition team for 10 years, earning many high scores and special awards! She will be attending Montgomery County Community College to pursue her dream of becoming an art teacher. Other than dancing, Miss Emma is a fantastic artist. She can't wait to continue teaching at Stars!

Sydney Pasceri

Sydney Pasceri has been dancing at Stars for 14 years.  This season will be her first year teaching! Miss Sydney has been on the competition team for 11 years, earning many high scores and special awards! This past year, her solo won First Overall twice and she also earned Miss Teen Energy. Miss Sydney has also participated in many intensives and programs outside of Stars to gain experience. She is very excited to pass on the dance knowledge she has learned at Stars to the dancers and inspire them to continue dancing! In addition to dancing, Sydney enjoys performing in musicals, working out, and spending time with her family. 

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