ABOUT US

Welcome to Star Struck Dance Studio.  Home of the 2016 Starpower National Champions bringing home 2 more Victory Cups from Orlando, Florida!  Star Struck was established in 1990 by Gail Willadsen-Criscione, former Miss Staten Island 1989,  and is ready to kick off its “27th” season in our beautiful newly renovated studio.  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, Modern, Hip Hop, Break Dancing, Acrobatics & Cardio for boys and girls ages 2 thru adult. We also have a “Mommy & Me” program for toddlers & are excited to announce our brand new program "A Chance 2 Dance".  A dance class for children with special needs.  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 is signed with Johnny Wright, who is the President of Weg Entertainment.  He is persuing his solo career while choreographing and guest teaching across the country.  He once again has the honor of 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 with us from the National tour of “Bring It On”.  Mr. Jeoffrey Watson, former Mr New York 2010 & our ballet teacher for the past 15 years has just signed with the National Tour of "The King & I.  We would like to welcome back Miss Jessica Epting from Broadway Dance Center and we are excited to welcome Miss Courtney Thurston from SYTYCD season 10 & Mr Nick Betty - Neagle to our staff this season.  8 of our current students, Elianna Balzano, Luke Capichana, Peyton Criscione, Marina Genna, Isabella Larca, Giovanna Marino, Serena Quadrato & Salvatore Romania, have all danced  professionally for the "New York Knicks City Kids" and the "Brooklyn Nets Kids" dance teams.  Serena Quadrato is currently making her Broadway Debut as Lavender in the hit musical Matilda.

Our award winning Dance Company is made up of 130 students ages 4 thru 19 that compete across the Nation winning countless medals and High Scores.  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 Victory Cups & the Entertainment Award for the week.  "We Did It In Disney!"  Ausin Busso won the title of "Petite Mr Starpower", with John Marielli as his 1st runner up.  Salvatore Romania won the Title of "Jr Mr Starpower" for the 2nd year in a row & Luke Capichana won the title of "Teen Mr Starpower".  Upon returning from nationals, the Company spent the remainder of the summer training with guest teachers from around the country.  Through the years they have had the honor of working with Marinda Davis, Blake McGrath,  Neil Schwartz, Ade Obyayomi, Matt Pilalis, Sam Renzetti, Amy Schulke, Alonzo Williams,  Jason Williams, Robert Moses, Carrie Locklyn & Sky Hoffman.

 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