Welcome to Star Struck Dance Studio. Home of the 2014 Starpower National Champions bringing home 4 Victory Cups! Star Struck was established in 1990 by Gail Willadsen-Criscione, former Miss Staten Island 1989, and is ready to kick off its “25th” 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, Modern, Hip Hop, Break Dancing, Acrobatics & Cardio for boys and girls ages 2 thru adult. We also have a “Mommy & Me” program for toddlers. 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. All of our staff were trained right here at Star Struck & we would like to welcome Miss Jessica Epting from Broadway Dance Center to our staff. Miss Jackie Guidera-Coladonato, Maria Boshnack & Nicolette Petely are all former dancers for the Brooklyn Nets & 5 of our students are currently dancing professionally for the Nets Kids & The Knicks City Kids dance teams; Elianna Balzano, Peyton Criscione, Isabella Larca, Serena Quadrato & Salvatore Romania. Miss Lindsay Udin heads our recreational program with Miss Gabriella Boshnack who just returned from the National tour of “Bring It On”. Mr. Jeoffrey Watson, former Mr New York 2010, heads our ballet program & Mr. Frankie Zulferino is pursuing his solo career while choreographing & guest teaching across the country. He will be on tour teaching at the WILD Dance Convention this season. He was the choreographer for the “Struck BoyZ’ who appeared last season on Americas Got Talent.
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. (Company members are chosen at the discretion of Miss Gail and her staff). We have captured the National title on both the East and West Coast. Miss Gail and her instructors are the proud recipients of Choreography Awards for their outstanding work. This year the Company competed at many local Regionals & Starpowers Nationals in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina bringing home 4 Victory Cups. We came with 3, left with 4, making Starpower history. They also won the Entertainment Award for the week, while they proudly represented in 15 categories at the Battle of the Stars capturing 1st place in 9 of them. They spent the remainder of the summer training with guest teachers from around the country that included Marinda Davis, Sam Renzetti, Ade Obayomi, 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. Our very own Tommy Bracco just finished performing in the Broadway smash hit NEWSIES. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of your child’s dance education & we look forward to another successful & memorable year! We are very proud of the reputation we have built and we thank you for choosing Star Struck. Welcome to our family and enjoy your year!