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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 Englert

Dance Director/Owner- courtney@allstardancecompany.com

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. 

Vanessa Hershock

Dance Instructor

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Jackson Haughton has been trained in numerous styles of dance for 17 years, specializing in hip-hop. By the age of 17 he had already choreographed many award-winning Hip-Hop pieces for dance studios in and out of the state of Florida. He has also had the honor to choreograph and perform for a local Orlando artist in the 2019 NYC Pride festival. Jackson now proudly lives out his passions of dance and teaching, working with multiple dance studios, primarily out of central Florida. Jackson is excited for the amazing opportunity to teach at All-Star Dance Company.

Jackson Haughton

Dance Instructor

Erin Fallis is so excited to join the ASDC family this season after her fresh move to the Orlando area! She earned her BFA in Dance with a minor in Theatre (summa cum laude) in May of 2022 from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where she was awarded Outstanding Senior in Dance. 

 

She worked professionally this summer in Colorado with Pagosa Center of the Arts as Dance Captain along with performing in all three of the summer season’s repertory (Guys & Dolls, SpongeBob the Musical, and Bright Star). Erin also choreographed for both of the children’s theatre productions for the season. She also performed professionally as a Featured Dancer for TEXAS! Outdoor Musical for the 2019 and 2021 summer seasons. 

 

Erin spent her high school career performing and competing in dance. She performed in Red River Theatre Company’s Nutcracker, featured as Dew Drop and Arabian. She competed for several years, earning Top 3 at nationals, many Judges awards, and Title Finalist. Erin also trained at many intensives throughout the years including Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Florida State, and Joffrey Contemporary in San Francisco (full scholarship). 

 

Erin is looking forward to teaching and choreographing with All Star Dance Company! Check her out at www.erinfallis.com!

Erin Fallis

Dance Instructor

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Hannah has been dancing for over 15 years. Early in her dance career, she was a part of ASDC Starlight Competition Team . Later she competed with Windermere High School Dance Team where they were, at the National level, ranked Top 10 in Pom, Jazz, and Hip Hop. She is furthering her dance training by partaking in the Valencia College Dance Program this Fall and hopes to dance for UCF in the following years. Dance has been the biggest part of her life; from the friendships she made to the love of the sport - she can't wait to teach some amazing students and watching them grow in her favorite sport.

Hannah Oestreich

Dance Instructor

Kaidi Lindo was born and raised in Coral Springs, Florida. Her love for dance was sparked when she began training at age 5 with U4ria dance studio. By the age of 10 she began going to Dance Academy of North Lauderdale (DANL Dance Company) and joined their company program that intensely trains kids for the competition season. She also trained during school hours at Calvary Christian Academy by taking dance as an elective and joining NHSDA (National Honor Society for Dance). This immense technical training over the years has created a well-rounded and versatile dancer in styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary and hip-hop. After graduating high school Kaidi continued her dance journey while attending University of Central Florida in Orlando. She joined a hip-hop based dance team on campus called RUKUS Entertainment. During her two years on the team she gained experience as a choreographer and later became artistic director of the team both of which granted her great responsibility and creative reign. Opening for R&B artists Keisha Cole and Ashanti is one of the many opportunities RUKUS participated in as well as other performances and competitions in Orlando. Kaidi is now a part of Motiv Crew where her training is more industry focused. She’s gotten the chance to do more commercial work, music videos, and has headlined with the crew for World of Dance championships in LA and Chicago. Kaidi loves to dance and aspires to make a living out of what she does by teaching kids and adults and dancing alongside artists to bring their visions to life. Teaching at All Star Dance Company allows her to share her love for dance with kids and fulfill her dreams of teaching!

Kaidi Lindo

Dance Instructor

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Taylor Lariz was born and raised in Key West, Florida and began dancing at the age of two. She grew up taking dance classes at Kari's Dance Factory. She took ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Her favorite styles of dance are lyrical and hip hop. Taylor began teaching classes at Kari's in 2015. She joined her high school dance team in 2017 and became the Captain her senior year. She is currently enrolled at The University of Central Florida working towards her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Taylor has taught many styles of dance to kids of all ages. During her free time she enjoys going on the boat, reading books, and spending time with her friends and family. She is excited to share her passion of dance with her future students!

Taylor Lariz

Dance Instructor

Josh Nixon began dancing at the Centreville Dance Academy in Virginia. As a well-rounded student of dance, Josh trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz. Mr. Nixon’s professional choice was the art of Tap Dance, encouraged by his trainers Pam McCormick and Heidi Stafford. Josh joined MYTE (Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble), a semi-professional company, based in Virginia under the direction of Katie Padgett and Jason Holley where he was exposed to performing opportunities throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. Performing live, Corporate events and television commercial choreographic works, by Broadway veteran Joseph Webb and Crishon Jerome. Mr. Nixon has become a well-respected Tap Dance Instructor, with the privilege of participating in residencies, workshops and festivals in over 30 states in America and 20 countries throughout the world. His professional career has evolved to also afford him the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Artistic Director to Joseph Webb’s youth company, House of Tap. His continually evolving career has brought him to be seen in Dance Teacher and Dance Magazine features, production and performance opportunities alongside his mentors Chloe and Maud Arnold, Derick Grant, and Ted Louis Levy. Josh has performed with Chloe Arnold's Apartment 33, Ryan Johnson's SOLE Defined and Heidi Stafford's Sundays on Tap, and has recently assisted Tap faculty at Break the Floor events. Recent Credits include the Root 100 Awards, Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian Institution, MS Europa 2 cruise ship, and choreography for the national Miss America Pageant. When not traveling, Josh is pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University and running his own video production company. Josh passes on his love, respect and knowledge for tap dance as a guest instructor at a handful of Universities and studios throughout the VA/DC Metro Area as well as heading his new pre-professional tap company, SYTE & Sound.

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JOSH P. NIXON

Dance Instructor

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Rylee Lennon

Dance Instructor

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