Having started at an early age of 2 years, dancing continues to be my passion and I love passing this knowledge onto the younger generation.
I have completed exams in Theatrical, Modern Jazz, Tap, R.A.D/C.S.T.D Ballet winning the State Award twice for the highest marks achieved. I have also studied Acrobatics, Contemporary and Musical Theatre.
Participating in numerous competitions, corporate and stage shows, television appearances etc, I love performing and being on stage and to be able to share my experiences with the children that I teach.
I started dancing at the age of four in the areas of jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary and hip-hop. Each year I have participated in CSTD examinations and competitions and received many awards over the year, my greatest being, first for my open under 16 modern solo. In 2014 I completed my Modern Jazz Teachers Certificate in which I have used to teach at All Star Dance Studio under the direction of Michelle Edwards. The past three years of teaching I have worked with multiple dance levels and love helping every student grow and develop a style of their own. I also incorporate my love for health and fitness into all my classes as I believe it is so important to a dancer. As well as teaching, I am currently in my final year of a degree in Accounting and Business Law and cant wait to work in a full time job and still have that love and enjoyment of dance available to me whenever I like.
Michelle has had 37 years in the entertainment industry as a student, performer, choreographer and teacher. Her love of dance inspired her to open All Star Dance & Performance Centre 21 years ago with the dream to pass on the passion and knowledge for dance she already knew and continues to expand on everyday. The success of the students on stage, in the classroom and especially on a National scale is the reward that drives her to make All Star a leader in all areas of Dance in Western Australia. Michelle trains students daily in Jazz, Tap, Classical, Acrobatics and Contemporary also entering these students for Examinations in these genres.
Michelle is the Director & head choreographer of All Star Dance & Performance’s annual Christmas concert as well as being part of the Production team for the annual CSTD Convention.
Michelle has travelled extensively through the Asian region to help promote and teach not only students but also teachers wanting to learn the CSTD Syllabus as well as Adjudicating many International Competitions.
Michelle studied extensively in Jazz, Tap and Classical (R.A.D. & C.S.T.D.), and Acrobatics She has also studied singing and completed numerous summer schools worldwide as a student and a teacher. Michelle completed 2 years training with the Graduate College/Swanbourne Program for Advanced Classical students, studying Classical (Russian), Contemporary; Spanish, Character, Repertoire, Music, Dance History and Dance Analysis. Along with her training Michelle was a huge part of the Corporate Dance scene for many years appearing in many Cabaret shows, television appearances and sporting events.
She holds her CSTD Full Teachers Diploma in Theatrical, Tapping, and Classical, the prestigious Blue Sash Award (the highest award for theatrical dancing), and have completed all theatrical, tap and classical (R.A.D. & C.S.T.D.) examinations.
I began dancing at the age of 3 studying jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics and musical theatre. I have completed C.S.T.D exams in jazz, tap and ballet and competed in numerous competitions Australia wide. I realised I had a love for teaching children which led me to 4 years at uni studying early childhood teaching.
I have been with All Star since the beginning, first as a student and now as a teacher and parent. It's been a privilege to watch the studio grow into what it is today and a joy to be able to share my passion for dance with the students at All Star.
Assistant Dream Maker - Madeleine Vercoe
Katie has been dancing for over 35 years and is an acclaimed performer. Having started her dancing career performing with Sammy Davis Junior at age 3, she has gone on to achieve many dancing accolades.
Katie trained at the Shirley Halliday Dance School for 12 years studying all genres of dance including, Jazz, Tap, Classical (RAD & CSTD), Contemporary, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre. In addition to dancing, she studied singing, acting and music. She continued her training at Dance Arts Studio for a further 8 years where she developed a passion for teaching and choreographing. Katie won numerous dancing awards at various local and interstate competitions, and examination awards including the State CSTD Classical award. After the closure of Dance Arts Studio, Katie began free lancing as a teacher and choreographer and has since taught at numerous dancing schools, summer schools and workshops in Perth, Singapore and Hong Kong. She also adjudicated the Asia Pacific CSTD competition in 2012.
Early in her career Katie performed in various professional musicals including Scrooge the Musical, Annie and Anything Goes at His Majesty’s Theatre. As well as dancing for the Perth Wildcats and AFL West Coast Eagles, Katie spent several years as a dancer in the ‘Steve Armstrong and the Fabulous Flirtettes’ show. In 1998 Katie joined international show band ‘One Step Ahead’ as a dancer, singer and musician, which saw her perform all around Australia, China and Singapore for more than 12 years and supported many famous artists including Sting and John Farnham. Katie was also a member of the winning State hip hop crew ‘The Tribe’ and in 2008 she trained in Los Angeles on a hip hop scholarship.
Katie has completed all CSTD examinations including the Blue Sash Award (the highest and most prestigious theatrical examination) and has also completed RAD Classical examinations including the Advanced RAD (A.R.A.D) examination.
Jess Edwards - Junior Assistant Teacher
Christie Blizzard took her first dancing lesson at two years of age. By the age of ten, she had won several talent quests and was taking dancing and singing lessons with the Johnny Young Talent School in Perth. At 12, she was cast as Young Cosette in Cameron Macintosh’s Les Miserables and went on to play Emmy, Gretta Scacci’s daughter in the State Theatre Company’s A Doll House, Oliver in Oliver and lead roles in 2 out of the 4 one-act plays for WA Theatre Festival.
In her teens, Christie studied via correspondence as she worked fulltime on the TV series Ship to Shore and had numerous guest roles on Bush Patrol, SBS’s Under The Skin and was cast as the lead role of “Dollars” in the Sharp Detective Agency, whilst appearing in countless TV commercials and voicing many successful and renowned radio advertising campaigns.
Christie left school and completed her BA in English at Curtin University whilst anchoring live television talk shows, interviewing the likes of Destiny’s Child, working in drive-time radio for Groove FM and appearing in media campaigns including having her very own “scratchy”!
Not just a performer, Christie is a businesswoman. Teaching dancing since 14 as an assistant teacher at Johnny Young and The Hot Shoe Dance Company and then running the dance class program for PCYC WA, Christie opened her own dance studio that boasted over 400 students and held the contracts for all the major nightspots in Perth.
Christie has developed, designed, choreographed, staged and performed in hundreds of shows throughout Australia. Appearing on TV, stage and still regularly works in the media on Today Tonight and recently Network Ten’s prime time series The Renovators.
However, her greatest achievements are her two daughters, now both in fulltime school, Christie is turning her attention to sharing her performance skills and her experience as a professionally performer 20 plus years.
As a Perth local Cassie has trained under the CSTD and RAD syllabi since the age of 4, completing her Blue Sash award in 2016. Cassie has competed both on state and national levels, claiming many awards throughout her competitive career. Specialising in Acrobatics and Performance she was one of the founding members of Twisted Vaudeville Circus, performing as "Miss Honey Twist" in addition to various local and international contracts as an acrobat/performer .
- CSTD Blue Sash - CSTD Advanced Theatrical - CSTD Gold Cross Advanced Tapping - CSTD Intermediate Ballet - RAD Intermediate Ballet - CSTD Modern Jazz 8 - Overall WA State Champion 2009 - National Acrobatic Champion 2009