We couldn't be more pleased with this group for our 2017-18 season! We are so appreciative for each and every one of our staff members that give their all to every Music City dancers.

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Kirstin Hawk - Co-Owner

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A lifelong dancer, Kirstin began her dance teaching career combining her love of dance with her degree in early childhood education. While a veteran of teaching and judging studio dance, she recognized the need for dance in public schools and founded many of the middle and high school dance teams in the greater Nashville area resulting in 7 state and a national championship. Kirstin grew up in Murfreesboro, Tn and has been dancing her entire life. Along with Valerie Reynolds, Kirstin founded the Music City All Stars Dance Team, the first and only team based All-Star team in Middle Tennessee. Her award winning choreography has resulted in over 20 national UDA Championships and finalists in the USASF Dance Worlds across the jazz, lyrical, hip hop and pom categories. She is currently serving on the national advisory board for the United States All Star Federation. Kirstin has a strong passion for watching dancers grow in a positive learning environment. She continues to share her knowledge as well as attend many teaching conferences each year. 

Valerie Reynolds - Co-Owner

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Valerie was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Her mother started her in dance at the early age of 3 as a way to burn her excess energy. It started then and continues today. Dance took her to The University of Tennessee, where she became a member of their nationally ranked dance team. While on the team, she earned a full scholarship for all four years. After experiencing UTDT, she made the transition to work summer camps as an UDA instructor, which she continued for the duration of her college career. This lead to many opportunities to travel the US teaching young dancers, acting as Head Instructor, and organizing camp activities. She also coordinated 200 dancers for the London parade, choreographing material for camp and prestigious judging opportunities for The National Dance Team Championship held in Orlando, Florida.
She then discovered that coaching was truly a calling at the collegiate level. She progressed as the co-head coach of The University of TN dance team for two years. While coaching, Valerie celebrated as UT made a name for itself as the first National Championship obtained by the dance team in 2007. She returned home to Nashville and it did not take long for dance to re-enter her life as she has worked with local high schools in choreography. Now she is the co-owner of Music City All Stars since 2008. Our All Star teams have experienced much success. Valerie lives in Brentwood with her husband, Jacob, daughter, Lovette, and son, Valor. Looking forward to the future, she hopes that her work experience and knowledge will benefit the local dance community.

Andrea Goble - All-Star Director

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Andrea was born in North Carolina where she began dancing at age 5. She started competing after only one year of dance and has been in love with it ever since. Andrea moved to Brentwood at a young age. Here she continued dancing by training and competing at DC Dance Factory. She was also a member of the WMS Dance Team and the RHS Dance Team. While on the team she competed with them at state and national level competitions. They earned three TSSAA State Championships and several high rankings at the UDA National Competition. Once graduating high school, Andrea studied at UTK where she completed her degree in Retail and Consumer Sciences. There, Andrea was a member of the nationally ranked Tennessee Dance Team. While finishing her college career Andrea worked at Revolution Dance Studio where she taught a variety of dance classes to kids of all ages. She currently lives in Brentwood and coaches at Music City All Stars. She loves being able to share her passion for dance through coaching and works to demonstrate her love for the sport by having a positive impact on her students.

Kara Harper - Office Manager

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Kara was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN. She has danced since the age of 3. Throughout high school, Kara was very involved not only in her studio but as well as her high school dance team. After graduating high school she then went to college where she got a degree in Phlebotomy. Kara now is so excited to be working at Music City Allstars, where teaching the kids her love for dance, is her first priority. Kara coached her first year here at Music City where her mini team took 1st place at the UDA national dance competition. Currently, she runs our front desk 24/7. Not only does Kara love her Music City family, she also loves being a mother, to her son, Kyler and daughter, Hartile. She looks forward to helping your dancers believe in themselves and reach their goals during the 2017-18 season!

Katie Stricklin - Teacher

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Katie is a veteran to all aspects of the dance industry and from a very young age found a passion in the competitive cheer and dance world. Whether it was a member of a team or a choreographer, She has over 15+ years in the Spirit Industry. Katie currently coaches the varsity dance team at Wilson Central High School in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Wilson Central is the 2015 reigning TSSAA State Champions and also the reigning 2016 JAMFEST Super Dance National and Grand Champions. When not coaching Wilson Central Katie teaches and coaches at Music City All Stars in Brentwood, TN. Katie began dancing at the age of 3 studying ballet, jazz, and tap. During her high school years, she danced with Southern Extreme All Stars. While a member on Southern Extreme, the team competed in HipHop, Pom, and Jazz. They received over 20 National Titles, 9 Grand Champion Titles, and Placed 10th at Worlds in 2007.
After high school, Katie attended the University of Tennessee-Martin from 2008-2010 where she studied Dance Education. She was also a member and scholarship recipient of the UTM Dance Ensemble. While here she choreographed multiple pieces and also studied contemporary, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and ballet under Sarah McCormick. In 2010, Katie received a full scholarship for the Bethel University Dance Team. During her time at Bethel Katie helped lead the team to place 7th at UDA College Nationals in 2012. Bethel Dance Team also had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles and study under many world renowned choreographers; Nick Demoura, Mykell Wilson, Mandy Moore, Tabitha, and Napoleon, etc.
During college, she also worked with Universal Dance Association as an Instructor. Katie had the opportunity to travel and teach camps for high school and college dance teams for 3 years while with UDA. Katie graduated in 2012 with a Degree and Focus in Dance. She moved to Nashville 3 weeks later to begin pursuing her dreams.
Katie signed with XCEL Talent Agency out of Atlanta in 2014 and since then has had the opportunity to travel and work with many amazing artists and choreographers. Most recently she was a featured dancer in Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip with choreographers Rich and Tone Talauega, as well as a featured dancer with Christina Aguilera on the hit ABC show "Nashville". Katie is also a judge for Jam Brands and has been working for the company for the past two years. She had the opportunity to travel to Japan and judge for JAMFEST Japan in October 2015. Katie found her love for choreography during her high school years and has continued to grow and evolve over the years.

Sarah Shillinglaw - Teacher

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Sarah was born and raised here, in Franklin, TN. She danced on her dance team at Centennial High School and competed with a local dance studio, for 10 years. During college, Sarah was a member of the University of TN Dance Team, graduating with 3 National Championship titles. She also worked for Universal Dance Association as an Instructor, Head Instructor, and Judge for 4 years. After college, she helped develop a competitive dance program at a local Knoxville studio and was the technique coach for a nationally ranked high school dance team. In 2013, Sarah decided to move back to middle Tennessee and has continued to assist in preparing various dance programs for their competition season, by teaching technique, choreographing, and “cleaning” routines. While technique and cleaning routines are her specialty, her favorite part of teaching is watching her students grow and overcome obstacles.

Brandon Conger - Ballet Teacher

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Originally from Nashville, TN, Brandon grew up performing with Opryland, Tennessee Repertory Theater, The Circle Players, DC Dance Factory, and studied extensively at Nashville Ballet. He was awarded Best Technical Dancer and Most Outstanding Male Dancer in high school. In 2001 Brandon received the Van Ault Scholarship at the Tennessee Association of Dance and in 2008 was awarded the Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. His summer studies included Nashville Ballet, the Kirov Ballet in Washington D.C., the Juilliard School and American Ballet Theater in New York City. Brandon has studied and performed with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, Boston Ballet II, and Ballet Memphis. At New Ballet Ensemble and School (2006-2011) and at Dance Dynamics in Memphis (2011-2016) he was a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. In August 2016 he accepted the position of Ballet Director at Music City All Stars in Nashville.

Chloe Poole - Teacher

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Chloe Poole was born and raised in Nashville Tennessee. Her passion for dance began at an early age. She has extensive training in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and tumbling. Chloe grew up dancing and competing all over the country. She holds many overall competitive titles for her solos, and has danced multiple lead roles such as "Clara" in "The Nutcracker", and "Tinker Bell" in "Peter Pan." She has trained with well-known dancers and choreographers such as Tyce Diorio, Laureann Gibson, Emily Shock, Dana Wilson, Joey Dowling, Taja Riley, Dave Scott, and Mia Michaels. She has received multiple scholarships to conventions and enjoys furthering her dance training every chance she gets. Chloe is an alumnus to the World ranked team, Music City All Stars. She has had the joy to coach for the MCAS program throughout the past few years(2014- current.) She stays busy instructing competitive classes all around the Nashville area for studios, workshops, and schools. She has helped lead her teams to National Championship titles as well as receiving numerous choreography awards for her work. Chloe is very passionate about children and specializes in working with young aged dancers. She hopes that her passion for dance will reflect on to her students, and is so excited to get to play a part in their dancing journey. 

Camryn Palmer - Teacher

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Camryn Palmer grew up dancing at a family run studio, Ann Carroll School of Dance in Franklin, TN from the age of 3. She transitioned studios to train with the World ranked dance gym, Music City All Stars located in Brentwood, TN. Upon her time dancing there she has won 5 UDA National Championships, One Up, Cheersport, Encore, and Jamfest National Championships as well. She also competed solos and was awarded "Highest Score" awards for her solo competitions during her Junior and Senior year. Camryn has assisted Meagan McGrath from Mather Dance Company, Toya Ambrose and has trained with Shandon Perez, Shannon Mather, Karl Mundt, Denise Dicharry, Hannah Wintrode, Krista Miller, Tina Caspary-Cyphert, Travis Wall, Molly Long, Jessica Richens from So You Think You Can Dance, Alexis Gilbert, Zachary Ong, Juli and Kaci Yamanaka, Emily Shock, Patrice Corral, Denise Wall, Katie Watts, and Brandon Bryant from So You Think You Can Dance. Camryn also received many scholarships at dance conventions such as Pulse, NYCDA, DMI, Jump, NUVO and many more. She was also selected by USASF Dance Worlds as a top 10 finalist and later 1 of only 3 dancers to receive the USASF Worlds College Scholarship out of hundreds of applicants. Camryn then went on to pursue a dance career for the 14-time National Championship team, The University of Memphis Pom Squad with a full ride scholarship. One of her greatest accomplishments was placing 2nd in Division 1A Hip Hop in 2016. This year Camryn is going to be a Senior at the University of Memphis majoring in Healthcare Management and plans to graduate next Spring with a 4.0 and honors diploma. She currently continues her work with Music City All Stars where she is the Recreational Team Director as well as a continued dancer on their Open Team. She feels blessed to be able to share her passion with others.

Lance Bowie - Tumbling Teacher

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Coach Bowie is a 7-year veteran coach with Vanderbilt Cheerleading.  Originally from Anchorage, Alaska he is known to be the first Alaskan male gymnast to compete at the Junior Olympic level.  Lance is a graduate of the University of Washington and was team captain for the UW Men’s Gymnastics team for 3 years.  He earned his degree in Geographic Information Systems.  Outside of Vanderbilt Cheerleading, Lance serves as the tumbling and conditioning coach at Premier Cheer in Tennessee.

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