ABOUT US

Welcome to Star Struck Dance Studio.  Home of the 2018 Starpower National Champions bringing home 2 more Victory Cups to add to our collection.  Star Struck was established in 1990 by Gail Willadsen-Criscione, former Miss Staten Island 1989,  and is ready to kick off its “29th” season.  Star Struck has built an incredible reputation being recognized as one of the top companies in the nation.  Known for our explosive energy and versatility, Star Struck focuses on teaching not only the technical aspect of dance but the true passion for performing.  We offer a well rounded program for all levels of dance with classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Break Dancing, Acrobatics & Cardio for boys and girls ages 2 thru adult. We also have a “Mommy & Me” program for toddlers &  "A Chance 2 Dance" class for children with special needs.  We offer "Open Classes" every Thursday night with guest teachers from across the country open to all dancers.  Our season begins in September and our end of year recital is held in the Concert Hall at the College of Staten Island in June.  With an enrollment of 800+ students, our professional and personable staff will make your dance training experience a fun and memorable one.  Most of our staff were trained right here at Star Struck.  Our very own Frankie Zulferino was chosen to choreograph the closing number this summer at the Pulse in Las Vegas & had the distinguished honor of choreographing the opening number at the Industry Awards in LA.  He presently is heading his own show at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City & he will be teaching at the Wild Dance Convention this season.  Jackie Guidera-Coladonato, Maria Boshnack & Nicolette Petely are all former dancers for the Brooklyn Nets.   Miss Nicolette can be seen on VHI's "Hit The Floor" & "The Lip Synch Battle" while Miss Maria recently captured the title of "WBFF Pro Fitness Diva".  Miss Lindsay Udin heads our recreational program with Miss Gabriella Boshnack who is back  from the National tour of “Bring It On”.  Miss Jessica Epting from Broadway Dance Center & Miss Stephanie Noble head our ballet program & Mr Matt D'Orazio runs our fitness & cardio program.    We proudly have students dancing for the "New York Knicks City Kids" and the "Brooklyn Nets Kids" dance teams.  Serena Quadrato is back with us after making her Broadway Debut as Lavender in the hit musical Matilda & her & Salvatore Romania were featured as Lip Sync Shorties on Nickelodean.

Our award winning Dance Company is made up of 120 students ages 4 thru 19 that train at conventions & compete across the Nation winning countless medals and High Scores.  Our dancers hold prestigious titles such as "Protege", "Apprentice" & "VIP".  This hard working staff has been the proud recipients of numerous Choreography and Entertainment Awards.  This year the Company competed at many local Regionals.  We attended Starpower Nationals in Orlando, Florida bringing home 2 more Victory Cups.  Star Struck was awarded the SDA top scoring 12-14 & 15-19 routine in our region & won the 2018 Entertainment Award    The Company has the privilege of  training with guest teachers from around the country; Marinda Davis, Blake McGrath,  Mia Michaels, Alex Wong, Charles Fournier, Anika Nash, Eric Sarapdon, Theresa Stone, Neil Schwartz, Ade Obyayomi, Matt Pilalis, Sam Renzetti, Amy Schulke, Alonzo Williams,  Jason Williams, Robert Moses, Carrie Locklyn, Sky Hoffman, Neil Schwartz, Megz Alfonso, Carlos Neto, The Wolf Pack, Vinny Braccia & Tommy Bracco.. 

 The “SSDS” Company is not only a dynamic team, but more importantly a beautiful family.
Many of our students have gone on to pursue professional dance and teaching careers.  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of your child’s dance education & we look forward to another successful & memorable year!  Thank you for choosing Star Struck. 

Welcome to our family and enjoy your year!

Dancingly Yours,

Gail Willadsen-Criscione