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!
Rachel was born and raised here in Orlando, FL and has been dancing for over 20 years. She started dancing at 3 and by middle school her focus was primarily on ballet. She joined Cambridge School of Ballet's Junior Company which performed throughout the central Florida area at places such as Give Kids The World, hospitals, and other non-profit opportunities. Throughout college, Rachel continued to pursue dance taking a variety of styles including Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, and Tap. She also performed and choreographed for the Calvin College Dance Guild. From there, she returned to Orlando and is currently pursuing her masters in Speech Language Pathology at UCF. Rachel has been teaching and choreographing for the past 7 years and is excited to return to All-Star Dance Company’s faculty.
Devin was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and has been dancing since a young age. She grew up dancing in studios, took classes and joined the dance team at her high school, becoming versatile in many styles and finding her love of jazz dance. In 2015, she graduated from CSU Dominguez Hill with honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts: Dance, where she also had many opportunities to find her love for teaching and choreography. She has taught many styles at multiple studios in the LA and surrounding areas. Devin has worked for the Walt Disney Company at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California doing many shows, parades, media, special events and holiday enhancements, as well as multiple performance contracts with Disney Cruise Line. She is super excited to trade in her sea legs for land legs & return to teaching, this time with All Star Dance Company!
Fallon has been dancing for over 15 years with experience in competitive and ballet training. She first started dancing at the age of 2, and began competing at the age of 7 in jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap and lyrical. While competing, she has won various awards and scholarships through competitions such as Starpower and NYCDA including a triple threat award and a full scholarship to NYCDA's summer intensive where she expanded her horizons in different styles of dance. She then began her ballet career at the academy of dance arts in Red Bank New Jersey where she was trained in RAD technique and then performed with the Company of Dance Arts in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz. She then moved on to train with the world renown Joffrey ballet school in New York City where she studied pointe, pas de duex and modern in Martha Gram technique, contemporary and continued classical ballet training. Fallon then moved into the ballroom scene as a growing professional in both American Rhythm and Smooth categories. She has competed in all three styles and won various awards in American rhythm working alongside professional coaches such as Tony Dovalani. She then became a certified ballroom instructor for Fred Astaire and continued to perform in their company. Fallon has taught at various award winning studios in New Jersey for 8 years; educating both recreational and competitive dancers. Now, she continues to train students in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, modern, hip-hop, acrobatics and tap and share her love of dance with her students!