Learning to dance, dancing to learn.
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 live video feeds on our televisions in the Lobby. You can watch the whole class while sitting and relaxing in the lobby!
About our staff
All of the Little Stars staff are trained in their respective genres of dance and have years of teaching experience. Each teacher goes above and beyond for our students and loves them like our own. Their creative lesson plans help mold our Stars into the best students and dancers they can be! Our staff stay current with dance trends and often still perform and teach at several other studios and shows. All staff are given a background check before teaching and working with our students.
Along with Miss Chrissy, Miss Kimmy began at a young age making up dance routines and performing for family events while also cheerleading for a local football league. From there, Miss Kimmy's mom noticed her love for dancing and signed her up at the age of 8 at Jean Ferrill's Dance Studio. While there, Miss Kimmy trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Pointe until the age of 18 and had the pleasure of attending Master classes with several outside instructors as a student. As a student, Miss Kimmy joined the studio's Performing Group that performed at local events and Nursing homes every Saturday. Miss Kimmy also had the opportunity with another dance studio owner to visit Broadway Dance Center in New York and participate in classes with world renowned choreographers. In 2007, Miss Kimmy had the opportunity to play her favorite role to date as Mowgli in "The Jungle Book." During college, Miss Kimmy wanted to continue her love for performing and joined Lincoln University's Dance team where she eventually became the Dance Team's captain. As the captain, she started a Christmas Competition to benefit the less fortunate, that still goes on today. During her senior year, she continued to take Ballet and Pilates classes locally every week when she came home. After graduating in 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood, Miss Kimmy joined the Western YMCA as a dance teacher and returned to the Learning Express as a fulltime preschool teacher. in 2015, Miss Kimmy thought of the idea of combining her love for Education and Dance, and thus Little Stars Dance Studio was born! Miss Kimmy still strives to balance Education with Dance and loves teaching her littles! She loves each and every one of her Stars and strives to put on the best production at the end of the year! When Miss Kimmy cannot be found dancing, she enjoys photography and spending time with her lovely husband, Mr. Eric (who you can sometimes catch in our June productions)!.
Miss Cynthia began her dance career at the age of 3 and is formally trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin Ballroom, Contemporary, and Stepping. A graduate from Delaware State University’s Master’s of Social Work program, Miss Cynthia is not new to the campus performing arts. As a member of the Kean Dance Theatre and The Well Performance Project, Miss Cynthia 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. Miss Cynthia'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”.
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 taught the 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.
Tiffani has an extensive performance and choreographic background as well. 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 Ciara began dancing at the age of 4 at the Western Family YMCA. She quickly fell in love with dance and took every ballet, tap, and jazz class she could for the next 8 years and expanded into modern dance later. Starting at the age of 12, she began assistant teaching, up to five classes a week. Ciara loved helping the younger students learn and grow and realized that was what she wanted to do. When she was 15, she transferred to Delaware Dance Company, where she continued to study ballet (pointe) and modern. Miss Ciara also completed three seasons of Varsity-level cheerleading in high school.As soon as she turned 18, Ciara was hired as a dance teacher at the Y where she teaches ballet, modern, and acro-dance. In 2016, Miss Ciara was hired at Little Stars where she has taught classes including: Mommy and Me, Creative Movement, cheer-dance, and all levels of acro.In 2018, Ciara graduated with an Associate’s Degree in General Business from Delaware Technical Community College, and was promoted to the coordinator for the School of Dance at the Y. Currently, she is a junior at Goldey Beacom College, on academic scholarship, studying business administration with concentrations in marketing management.
Miss 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, hip hop and lyrical. Throughout the years as a dance student, Harriet had the opportunity to take many master classes in a variety of dance styles at her home studio as well as attend dance workshops and conventions. Some of these include NYCDA, Onstage, Revolution Talent and Pulse on Tour where she had the opportunity to learn from America’s Best Dance Crew’s Ian Eastwood, Radio City Rockettes, various dancers from So You Think You Can Dance, High School Musical, and Disney Channel/ Nickelodeon’s choreographer Chuck Maldonado. Besides competing with tap and Kryptonik hip hop dance crew through her studio, Harriet was a part of the first annual Beat Addikts United hip hop dance showcase, which unites elite hip hop dancers in the tristate area. At the University of Delaware, where she studied Dietetics and Dance, Harriet was one of the founders and lead choreographers for 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 including ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater and modern. Harriet also contributed to the book “Undergraduate Research in Dance: A Guide for Students”, which is a national publication to be released in 2019.Besides teaching open dance classes on campus, Harriet’s teaching experience includes assisting summer dance camps, after-school dance clubs and currently teaches ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop at multiple studios in the area. Harriet currently keeps up her dance training by assisting and training with dance professionals of Beat Addikts United/ Flomotion Dance Company/ Padua Dance Team, continues ballet and modern training with the University of Delaware Dance minor director and attends various dance workshops on the east coast. Harriet is a member of Flomotion Dance Company where she trains and performs hip hop dance at events such as Delawareness fundraising showcase for Autism Delaware, Beat Addikts United annual showcase and events in the greater Philadelphia area. Harriet’s choreography has most recently been selected to perform with Labyrinth Dance Company, a greater Philadelphia based professional contemporary and jazz dance company. Harriet comes prepared to each dance class with a thorough lesson plan and outline of curriculum for the whole dance year with correct dance terms and technique. She likes to work with students recreationally or competitively in an array of dance styles to challenge themselves but most importantly feel confident in their growth as a dancer.
As a new Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, she is excited to combine her passions of health and dance. Harriet is extremely humbled and excited to continue her love of dance and teaching at our studio!
Miss Gabbi has been dancing since the age of three and has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. In her teens she assisted at Kathryn Ciminello School of Dance while taking classes at the same studio. A soon to be graduate of Wilmington University Miss Gabbi has stuck with learning and teaching dance. Miss Gabbi has furthered her dance knowledge by partaking in several conventions in New York and Philadelphia, and has also participated in a workshop led by the 76ers dance team. In high school she participated in the dance team and many of the musicals. During her senior year of high school Miss Gabbi was asked to be apart of Salesianum’s production of “Grease” the musical as Patty Simcox and also assisted with the choreography. While in college Miss Gabbi choreographed Mount Pleasants production of “Oklahoma!” and has now been assisting/teaching at Little Stars Dance Studio for three years.
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.
Along with Miss Kimmy, Miss Chrissy began at a young age making up dance routines and performing for family events while also cheerleading for a local football league. In high school, Miss Chrissy joined the school's dance team and helped choregraph routines performed for school events. In college, Miss Chrissy continued her love for performing and helped start the college's first Step Team that performed at local events. Now helping at Little Stars, Miss Chrissy loves to assist with Cheerdance and help out with the littles! And the littles all love her!
Miss Mandie began dancing at the age of two at a local studio. When she was ten she joined their company where she studied ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, pointe, modern, and Hawaiian. While a member of her studio's company she performed in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade with Disney and Channel 6 as well as Disney World, parades, and various competitions. For high school Miss Mandie attended the Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts where she studied dance, receiving training under esteemed instructors including former Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer David Klaus and former professional modern dancer Althea Leslie. While in high school Miss Mandie also received the choreography award from her studio.After high school Miss Mandie was a member of the Revere Dance Company whose main focus was contemporary during the 2013-2014 season. During that time Miss Mandie was also a judge/adjudicator for the That's Entertainment Dance Competition.Miss Mandie began teaching in 2009, instructing all age levels and genres of dance. She has taught at many studios all over New Jersey and Delaware. Mandie has also hosted several all inclusive master classes for ballet and contemporary at studios in New Jersey. She loves to share her passion for the arts with the next generation of dancers.
Miss Lisa is more than a mom to Miss Kimmy and Miss Chrissy. She is a mom to all! Miss Lisa welcomes all that walk into the studio with a warm heart and loves all of our Little Stars as her own!