Staff


Our staff includes a diverse set of instructors who specialize in various forms of dance and dance education. Each of them is unique in their own way.

LindsayLindsay Albers – Owner and Starz in Motion Director

Lindsay’s dance career began at the age of two when she took her very first dance class. Like all little girls, the tutu and ballet shoes suited her well. Lindsay spent most of her childhood in other sports, but at age nine she focused her attention to dance and hasn’t turned back since. Her parents opened up a dance studio in 1998, which is where she received most of her training and danced competitively for 6 years. Her love for teaching began at age 12, when she became an assistant teacher. Since then, she has been a dance company instructor and has taught hundreds of children throughout the valley. Lindsay feels privileged to share the gift of dance with others every day. Lindsay’s talents also led her to New York City where she lived and assisted Master Teachers such as Frank Hatchett and Dan Karaty at the renowned Broadway Dance Center. In addition to her background in dance, Lindsay has a business degree from Arizona State University. She has also worked as the Assistant Director at Primrose School of Ahwatukee, where she learned a successful philosophy in early childhood education. Her goal as the Owner/Director of Starz in Motion is to provide every student with a positive dance experience that brings joy and enhances self-esteem.

LisaLisa Grossi – Lead Teacher, Tots in Motion Director

Miss Lisa has been teaching dance to children for over 8 years. She started her own dancing career at the age of 10 and has been in love with it since then. Her previous training has included Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Tumbling. She has competed in many national competitions and trained at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Her love for dance and children is what has brought her to teaching. “Dance was such an important part of my life growing up. It kept me healthy and gave me high self-esteem because I was able to see what I could accomplish if I worked hard. Because of dance I met most of my closest friends who I have stayed close with even today. I look forward to passing my passion for it to your children and watching them grow!” Miss Lisa currently lives in Chandler with her family and is excited to get to know yours!

 

Lindsey W smallLindsey W – Lead Teacher

Miss Lindsey W is an Arizona native who has had the opportunity to perform in an array of different venues.  She has performed yearly at the state fair as well as gone on to larger stages such as music videos and national commercials. Lindsey was a competitive dancer who won various awards, notably she was awarded a scholarship to Tremaine Studios in Los Angeles which produces and houses many of the country’s top dance talent.  Lindsey’s formal education took place at the University of Arizona as well as The Edge Performing Arts Center and Ballet Arizona.  Her teaching career began early in high school and quickly developed a love for both dance instruction and choreography. She has continued to teach throughout the years and enjoys teaching all ages and an assortment of different styles.  She has choreographed several award winning competition dance numbers, theater performances, touring stage shows, and has been the artistic director for two performing companies.  Teaching dance remains one of her greatest passions and Lindsey is dedicated to creating a fun learning environment and sharing her love of dance with new dancers.

 

SaraSara O – Lead Teacher

Miss Sara was trained in classical and contemporary ballet on the east coast under such teachers as Kip Martin (formerly Cincinnati Ballet)  Alexei Charov, Natalya Charova, and John Sherman (all current or former PA Ballet). She supplemented her ballet technique with classes in various modern and contemporary jazz styles. She participated in the work/study program at Koresh Dance Studio in Philadelphia, PA, and while there, trained in the Koresh style of modern jazz with Roni Koresh and Melissa Rector. A strong desire to learn more about movement, physiology, and healing for dancers motivated Sara to become involved with and certified in both yoga and therapeutic massage. Now based in Phoenix, Sara enjoys taking class, teaching students of all ages and levels, and creating choreography for multiple styles and audiences. She has spent the last few years working with competition dancers and directing/choreographing for performance teams.  She wants to impart to her students a respect for the body and its abilities through challenging classes supported by a strong working knowledge of anatomy, movement, and the classical dance vocabulary.

 

AshleyAshley S – Lead Teacher

Ashley Smith began her dance training at an early age. She studied all forms of dance and grew up as a competitive dancer in the Phoenix area. She received a scholarship to attend Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in Dance. Ashley continued her dance training at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC along with Chicago’s Lou Conte Dance center, River North Chicago, and The Giordano Dance School in Evanston, IL. After graduating from college, she received a full scholarship to study and perform at the Giordano Dance School in Evanston, IL as a member of Giordano 3. While living in Chicago, Ashley had the opportunity to perform and work with numerous dance companies and choreographers and eventually landed an incredible opportunity of touring internationally as a professional dancer/entertainer with DisneyLive!’s “Mickey’s Rockin Road Show”, A Feld Entertainment Production. For five years, Ashley toured internationally and performed in over 25 different countries along the way. She currently teaches all forms of dance and enjoys sharing her lifetime passion of dance and her technical knowledge with her students. She loves to inspire and motivate others to be their best and is ecstatic to share her love of dance and fitness with those around her!

 

Megan Owens 150hMegan O. – Teacher

Megan began teaching dance in 2012 with Tots in Motion. She grew up dancing in Arizona, where she started at age 5. Megan competed nationally in Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop as has founded her training from her ballet roots. From a young age she loved being up on stage and performing, something she enjoys sharing with her students now. In 2015 she received a Bachelor of Science degree from ASU and spends her days teaching and in the digital marketing space. After a day in the office, she looks forward to teaching and sharing her passion of dance with her students!

 

 

Rachel HeadshotRachel - Teacher

Rachel has been teaching cheer and tumbling for the last two years at Starz in Motion. She has been trained as a gymnast, competitive cheerleader and dancer throughout her life. She is currently a student at Arizona State University studying business. Rachel loves to work with children! She often volunteers at Cornerstone church in the children’s ministries and has been a camp counselor for 5th grade girls. She has also been on two mission trips to Kenya, Africa assisting at a children’s home.  Rachel has a passion for being with children and really enjoys teaching things that she loves. She is looking forward to this upcoming year!

 

Haley GadberryHaley G - Teacher

Haley began her dance training at the age of 4 and danced competitively until 8th grade when she transitioned into a ballet-focused dance program at Walkerdance Ballet Theatre in North Carolina. While at Walkerdance, she performed in The Nutcracker as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Queen of Sweets. She also had the opportunity to attend master classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York and at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Haley graduated from Grand Canyon University where she studied Entrepreneurship and Dance Education. In addition to studying dance technique and teaching principles, she performed in GCU’s Ethington Dance Ensemble in works by both faculty and guest artists. She has been teaching for 9 years and has choreographed many dance and musical theatre productions, including The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Les Miserables, and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Haley loves teaching and strives to provide an atmosphere in which students are challenged to grow in their technique as dancers as well as individuals.

AlexAlex H – Teacher

Alexander Ho got inspired with dance senior year at Hamilton High. He first self-taught by dancing in his garage and watching YouTube videos, but decided to start taking dance classes by learning the basics of Jazz and Ballet. And joined a hip hop team called the Public Alliance at Hamilton High School. After graduating from high school, Alex attended CGCC where he is pursuing the major of business and dance. Alex joined the CGCC’s dance company, called TranscenDance where he enjoyed learning and expanding his styles of dance. Today, Alex is a dance instructor at Experience Arts and Starz In Motion. When he’s not teaching he spends his time dancing with his crew called Jukebox at the Jukebox Dance Studio. And being part of the Jukebox Crew, he competed in competitions such as: Hip Hop International and World of Dance. Alexis ready to share his passion of dance to Starz In Motion and his goal as a choreographer is to spread the love of dance and to inspire others.

 

 

NathanNathan B - Teacher

Nathan Bennett, originally from a small town in Michigan, began his training at the age of six. He started off his career in gymnastics at his hometown dance studio, Miss Lore’s School of Performing Arts, but by his second year he began to compete in multiple genres of dance and eventually began to compete in all. Quickly finding his passion for dance, he immersed himself in the realm of competition dance and competed all the way through high school. After graduation, Nathan went to Oakland University where he graduated with his BFA in Dance. During his career at Oakland University, Nathan performed with Oakland Dance Theatre, Repertory Dance Company, and Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. Starting in middle school, Nathan began as an Assistant Teacher at Miss Lore’s and while in college, he taught at various middle schools, high schools, and dance studios throughout Michigan. After graduation from Oakland University, Nathan taught and choreographed recreational and competition dances at for two years and then moved to Arizona, where he now resides, to continue teaching and choreographing both recreational and competition dances. Nathan loves being goofy and sharing his passion of dance with all of his students while helping them become the best dancer that they can possibly be.

KimiKimi S - Teacher

Miss Kimi started dancing at age 3 in the suburbs of Chicago. Her performing arts education has included studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Tumbling, Swing and other Ballroom styles, as well as acting and singing. She danced competitively in high school and college, and has performed at local festivals and bigger venues, such as Disneyland. She is currently a member of Camalo Dance Company – a philanthropic, 18+ dance company based in Arizona. Kimi has been teaching dance in studios for 12 years, and she also choreographs for local high schools and community theater programs. She loves sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages, and enjoys helping them grow into well-rounded performers.

 

Mattie LMattie L - Teacher

Mattie Larkin, a Hamilton High School student, has been dancing at Starz In Motion for the past 4 years, and has been assisting/subbing children for 3. Mattie has been trained in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrcal/ Contemporary, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Tumbling, and is very excited to teach your children all she knows! Along with Starz, Mattie is also a member of the Intermediate dance team at Hamilton High School, which focuses on hip-hop and jazz technique. She is very involved at Hamilton, as she also is a member of the Badminton team, National Honors Society, and is the President of Cool2BeKind Club, which focuses on promoting kindness and anti-bullying. Along with dance technique, Mattie also loves teaching children about being kind and making friends with others, as these values are very important to her. She is so excited to be teaching your little ones this year at Starz!

 

 

MattMatt Albers – Resident Ninja

Matt started dancing as a child and has trained in various forms of contemporary dance such as jazz, lyrical, and ballet.  He has also trained in other dance forms including hip-hop, pop and lock, break, tap, and others.  He competed in many national dance events including winning top awards from the International Dance Challenge, Celebrity Dance Competition, and others.  Matt also led and choreographed for an all male dance company which performed throughout the nation in cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, and elsewhere.  He has attended the summer internships at Broadway Dance Center in New York and trained at Edge Performing Arts Center and Debbie Allen Dance Academy in LA.  Matt assists Lindsay Albers with day to day operations at Starz in Motion.  He is very excited to bring such a fresh approach to the East Valley and believes that by focusing on the students, teachers, community, and curriculum he can help cultivate a top-tier dance school where people come to have fun and learn about dance and the performing arts.