Even as a small child I have always loved dance, I remember running around my house in a pink tutu and leotard while we were in the middle of a hurricane on Long Island. My mom eventually signed me up for dance classes when I was 9 years old. When I was not in class I was always choreographing new dances in my basement with my childhood best friend. As the years went on I never stopped dancing. I found out we were moving to Florida in 1994, my one request was that my parents make sure we move where they had a dance studio. I continued dancing through out high school. I was a member of the Oviedo Mane Attraction Dance Team and started my dance teaching career at 20 years old when I took over a middle school feeder team for Mane Attraction. It was time to see exactly how well I am able to teach and choreograph. My first competition routine placed 2nd at States in Florida. It was confirmation for me that I was meant to have some type of career in dance. In 1998 I started All-Star Dance Company, it lasted for 3 years starting with 28 dancers and ending with over 125 in two different cities in Central Florida. Unfortunately life events happened and I had to stop teaching. Dance has always been a part of me and someone told me that I would never be truly happy unless I followed my heart and danced again. So in 2011 I decided it was time to start from scratch and run my company again. It is not often someone gets a second chance at their dream so I am extremely thankful I have the opportunity to pass on my love for dance to others. All-Star Dance Company is getting ready to start our 8th season and planning our 7th recital!!
Courtney Kaye Kirby has been performing since she was just two and a half years old. Starting in dance from that very young age, she began performing in children’s theaters across the state of Oklahoma. Her early years were filled with performances at the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Stage Struck, the Sooner Theatre, and Oklahoma City University. She entered the world of competitive dance with the Encore Dance Centre and enjoyed six years of traveling and competing across the midwest. In 2010, she moved to Orlando, FL to receive a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Dance Minor at the University of Central Florida. Her collegiate experience furthered her love of all styles of dance and choreography.
Since her teen years, Courtney has also been passionate about choreography. She’s choreographed for many musicals, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Music Man. She has also choreographed original dance concert pieces, show choir routines, and a wide variety of competitive performance pieces.
Vanessa is originally from northeastern Pennsylvania where she began dancing at the age of 2. Throughout her studio years training, she won countless regional and national titles and special awards at multiple well known dance competitions; as well as student taught and eventually taught and choreographed for classes of her own. Vanessa was a member of the “Lil Torches” and “Knicks City Kids” where she danced in Madison Square Garden for the WNBA NY Liberty and NBA NY Knicks professional basketball teams. Throughout her time dancing with these teams, she also had the opportunity to perform on Good Morning America and in the center of Times Square. After high school, Vanessa furthered her education in Dance at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in fine and performing arts. From there, she moved to Orlando, FL and worked in entertainment for the Walt Disney World Company. Vanessa’s true passion is teaching dance in all genres to our younger generations. She wholeheartedly believes in each and every one of her students and hopes to surround them with the same love and happiness that dance has brought her all these years. She has been teaching and choreographing for over 13 years and is very excited to now be a part of the All-Star Dance Company’s faculty.
Giovanna Castagna began dancing at 2 years old at small studio in her hometown of Coral Springs. She trained for 16 years and spent 8 of those years on the competition time. Giovanna also assisted and later taught in these years, teaching a variety of different styles. She has trained in many styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Acro. Giovanna is currently a student at UCF studying Biomedical Sciences with hopes to become a pediatrician! To keep up with her dance training, she participates in Knights and Damsels Dance Company at UCF and partakes in many performance opportunities around campus. She looks forward to working with everyone!