Little Stars Dance Studio

Learning to dance, dancing to learn.

About Us

The early childhood stage is a critical time period in a child's life. At Little Stars, we mold and shape students not only to be the best dancers they can be, but the best students they can be. Our curriculum not only contains skills to learn in the art of dance, but academic skills as well. Expect your child to leave us learning how to plié, but also learning what a syllable is. Every week, the dancers are introduced to fun themes and activities. Our dancers love participating in our themes! Believe us when we say your child will love it! We've had some cry when class is over!

Why Us?

Here at Little Stars Dance Studio, our mission is to provide dance lessons in a loving, free and safe environment.
The goal is to teach more than just dance skills, but skills needed for social, educational and life environments. You can expect your child to build several positive relationships with staff and students while falling in love with the art of dance.
Hesitant about not being able to see how your child performs in class? Don't worry! We have a live video feed on our television in the Lobby. You can watch the whole class while sititng and relaxing in the lobby!

Staff

Miss Kimmy

Owner/Director

Miss Kimmy loved to dance from the moment she was born. As children, Miss Kimmy, her sister and neighborhood friends created a dance group and performed their made up routines for loved ones. At the age of 8, Miss Kimmy's mom decided to sign her up for dance classes at the Jean Ferrill Dance Studio in Newark, Delaware. She fell in love with the art of dance and trained in ballet, tap, jazz and pointe until the age of 18 under Miss Jean. While attending the Jean Ferrill Dance Studio, Miss Kimmy joined the performing company and performed every Saturday at nursing homes around Delaware. Other performances included special events, the Macy's Day Parades, and recitals. In 2007, Miss Kimmy played the lead role of Mowgli, in the studio's production of The Jungle Book. In 2008, Miss Kimmy graduated from Hodgson Vo-Tech High school and attended Lincoln University. While attending Lincoln, Miss Kimmy joined the school's Hip Hop Dance team and became the captain her junior year. After graduating from Lincoln University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education, Miss Kimmy became a full time preschool teacher at The Learning Express (where she started in 2007) and a dance teacher at the Western Family YMCA in Newark. Miss Kimmy then realized that she wanted to combine her love for children and dance to create a dance studio where younger children had the opportunity to learn, grow, and fall in love with the art of dance. Thus, the idea of Little Stars Dance Studio was born! Miss Kimmy currently is still a preschool teacher at the Learning Express Preschool and dance teacher at the Y.

Miss Haley

Cheerdance Teacher


Beginning at age 3, Haley started her journey in dance at Jean Ferrill's Dance Studio. She continued to study dance for ten years within this company while completing philanthropy dance work & performance. Later in her dance career, she studied at several studios, broadening her teaching and technique knowledge. Haley particularly has a love for ballet. She has studied various methods such as Cecchetti, Vaganova, & Balanchine. Currently, she is studying ballet at The University Of Delaware as a dance minor, as well as Delaware Dance Company, and Victoria's Dance Stars. Haley hopes to share her knowledge, practice methods, and favorite technique guides with other dancers to provide a fun and challenging dance education environment.

Miss Gabbi

Assistant Teacher

Miss Gabbi has always had a love for dance whether it be dancing in her driveway to Disney songs, or in a studio. She began dancing at the age of four at Kathryn Ciminello School Of Dance in Newport, where she remained until 2015. The last 3 years Miss Gabbi was at KCSOD, she spent her time rehearsing and also student teaching classes. She focused on the genres of tap, jazz, ballet/pointe, and contemporary. While attending St. Elizabeth High School, Miss Gabbi was involved in the dance team and many musicals and plays. During her senior year, she helped choreograph the spring musical "Legally Blonde". Miss Gabbi graduated June of 2015 and is now attending Wilmington University chasing after a degree in criminal justice, still dancing and teaching.

Miss Kayla

Teacher

Miss Kayla has been dancing since she was five years old and continues to take dance classes to this day.  She danced most of her life at Delaware Dance Company as well as other dance studios in the area.  Miss Kayla also took gymnastics classes from age five until age fourteen at the Little Gym and tumbling classes, for two years, while being a part of her high school cheerleading squad at Caravel Academy.  Miss Kayla’s two passions have always been dance and gymnastics and it brings her so much joy to be able to now teach what she has always loved to do.

Miss Harriet

Teacher


Harriet has been dancing since the age of four when her mother enrolled her and her sister in dance lessons after attending a dance birthday party. After moving to Delaware at age 5, Harriet continued her dance education at American Dance Academy in Hockessin, DE studying ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. Throughout the years as a dance student, Harriet had the opportunity to take many master classes in a variety of dance styles, attend dance workshops and conventions and compete with tap and hip hop in high school. Besides competing with Kryptonik hip hop dance crew through her studio, Harriet was a part of the first annual Beat Addikts United hip hop dance showcase. At the University of Delaware, where she studies Dietetics and Dance, Harriet is one of the lead choreographers for the hip hop dance club and Isodynamic hip hop dance crew, as well as a participant in the annual dance minor concert. Through dance on campus, she’s had the opportunity to perform on campus and in the Delaware area and continue her dance education from dance professionals in a variety of dance styles. Besides teaching open dance classes on campus, Harriet’s teaching experience includes assisting summer dance camps, classes at local studios and after-school dance clubs. Harriet is extremely humbled and excited to continue her love of dance and teaching at Little Stars Dance Studio.

Miss Ashley and Miss Kendall

Assistant Teachers

MIss Ashley and Miss Kendall are our Saturday assistant teachers and enjoy helping out with our littles!

Miss Ciara

Teacher

Miss Ciara grew up dancing at the Western Family YMCA, starting at age four. Taking every class, she could sign up for, she found she loved jazz, modern, and ballet the most.  Later she continued her dancing at Delaware Dance Company, and then with three seasons of varsity level cheerleading in high school. Ciara had started volunteering assisting dance classes when she was 11, and continued to do so for years, up until she turned 18 and got her very own classes to teach. She loves teaching, having the opportunity to help her students learn, grow, and develop a love of dance the way she has, and of course the sparkly tutus make it even more fun!

Miss Kelly

Assistant Teacher and Office Help

Miss Kelly has her creative beginnings in childhood, growing up in a family of professional musicians. Learning backstage craft, sound principals and the rudiments of costume design set her on a pathway to her own seamstress business, where she made everything and anything from t-shirts to wedding gowns and upholstery. Using this as a springboard to college she traveled through life, along the way licensing as a professional nanny, single-handedly running and operating a D.J. business and learning office skills. She even for a time worked as a model for a division of Elite where she specialized as a runway and dance/mannequin model. She even found time to do a few spots in films and commercials.  Along the way her path crossed with that of Miss Jean Ferrill. What began as a sojourn into outfitting a show became, over time, employment as her office manager, costumer, publicist, organizer, and assistant and music technician.  Many hours spent volunteering her skills and working backstage in capacities such as stage hand, music technician, to stage manager, at Wilmington Drama League, Everett Theater, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, and other venues added to her knowledge and experience. She had over all this time participated in theatrical performances (her favorites being St. Lucia and Mrs. Claus) and under Miss Jean’s support began to refine her knowledge of the art of dance. Presented with the opportunity to take Master classes she learned quickly and expanded her education to both Koresh Studio and BDC of NY. For a nearly decade she assisted and taught solo preschool and junior level classes for Miss Jean in ballet, tap, and beginner jazz.

Miss Tiffani

Teacher


Born with a talent for theater and dance in her blood, Miss Tiffani began training at age 4 with Miss Jean Ferrill. Within 2 years her hard work found her already taking every available class and a member of her Performing Group. Soon thereafter, she began training as a student assistant for this studio and over her 13 years there earned a spot not only as a primary assistant but also as Hip Hop Instructor and Modern Instructor. By her high school years, she was also a Dance major, Vocal minor at Cab Calloway School of the Arts as well as a member of their Dance Company.  She has studied all genres of dance extensively at DeSales University, Koresh Dance studio, Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center where she has earned certification from their Teacher’s exclusive workshops, as well as attending all dance master programs she could possibly attend. She has learned from Brian Friedman, Shane Sparks, Luam and Mia Michaels to name only a few. She has also the taught Cab Calloway School summer school dance program. Her crowning achievement in dance education came the year she earned one of only 2 worldwide scholarships for summer study with the Rockettes. Her success during that program led her to being invited to intern with them the following season. Her soprano/alto voice has been primarily honed with Kathy Cammett of Golden Voice studio and included opera as well as theater vocal training.

Her lead parts include Nana the dog for “Peter Pan” at the Grand Opera House for Delaware Theater Group, Kim understudy and Sad Girl 2 for Everett Theater’s” Bye Bye Birdie”, Belle understudy for “Beauty and the Beast”, lead dancer for Wilmington Drama League the Wiz, Diana in Dido and Aeneas for Opera Delaware, featured dance for Unicity Arts Festival, Norwegian Cruise Line on board variety show, performances at Radio City music Hall, Beacon Theater in NY and many, many other acting/singing/dance performances too numerous to list . Her most recent appearance was in Busch Gardens Theme Park in Williamsburg Virginia in their Halloween Scare Squad. Her choreography has been for Opera Delaware’s Mulan, Aladdin, Dido and Aeneas as well as for the Rainbow Chorale Group in addition to her choreography work for individuals.

Miss Cynthia

Teacher

Sandhya Celestin, began her dance career at the age of 3 and is formally trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin Ballroom, Contemporary, and Stepping. Stepping is a form of creative movement stemmed from the African Culture where, rhythm is not provided from music but more so, influenced by sounds from one's body. A graduate from Delaware State University's Master's of Social Work program, Sandhya is not new to the campus performing arts. As a member of the Kean Dance Theatre and The Well Performance Project, Sandhya studied under Louis Martinez and Dawud Jackson; members of the Latin American Dance Company and original members of Kean Dance Theatre, Union, NJ. In addition to the countless productions in which she performed, she also has experience in directing and choreography for over 10 years. Performances and shows ranging from various sports events, musical theatre productions, competition teams, as well as coordinating various ceremonial events. Sandhya's dance attributes also include performing with Jennifer Archibald of New York's "Archibald in Company", as well as being the current member of Wilmington, DE's own Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre."