Meet Our Staff
Owner / Director
Christi began studying dance at the age of 5 and continues her education on a yearly basis. She began teaching at the ripe age of 19 in her parents’ garage. This small studio grew into a state of the art, 10,000 square foot facility in Inman, SC that houses over 400 young dancers and tumblers each operating day, which expanded further in 2008 to include StarKidz After School and Summer Camp program. In 2017 Christi opened up StarMakers sister school, Realta School of Irish Dance in Landrum, SC.
Christi has choreographed award-winning routines for numerous dance studios, colleges, and theaters, including a principal role in USC Upstate’s Steel Magnolias. Her studio has been voted one of the TOP 50 STUDIOS IN THE NATION by Dance Teacher’s Magazine and Dance Spirit Magazine and awarded numerous state and national titles for several years consecutively.
Christi is married to Nathan Stanton and has a daughter, Seren Mason Stanton. Christi would like to thank God, her family, staff, students, parents, and friends for blessing her with an amazing career.
FUN FACT: Christi is an All American Clogger and member of the American Clogging Hall of Fame.
Work at StarMakers!
Are you interested in working at a world-class dancing facility in Spartanburg, SC? Email your resume with a brief cover letter describing yourself and your qualifications to [email protected].
Kelly has been apart of StarMakers for 12 years. She started out as a dance mom and now has the privilege of being apart of the StarMakers staff. She is married to Jimmy Fuqua and they have two beautiful daughters Rebekah and Rachel. Rachel danced at StarMakers for 9 years and now is dancing at Mars Hill University on the Bailey Mountain Clogging Team.
Char’Lee is the Company Clogging Director at StarMakers Dance Company.
Through dance, Char’Lee has traveled to folk festivals around the world, including trips to Spain, Germany, Canada, and Costa Rica. She has had the honor of dancing with several folk bands including Nickel Creek and The Duhks. She has directed the National Champion Bailey Mountain Cloggers of Mars Hill University as well as the National Champion StarMakers Dance Company. She enjoys sharing her passion of percussive dance with all the children she is privileged to teach, and she takes pride in the quality dancers produced by StarMakers Dance Company.
Char’Lee graduated with her Doctorate of Chiropractic in March 2013. She enjoys teaching kids and their families about healthy lifestyles. She owns Align Life Chiropractic in Greer, SC. She currently lives in Greer, SC, with her husband and son.
Jordan Sisk is an instructor and the Director of Mini Starz at StarMakers Dance Company.
Jordan has the privilege of teaching at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind where she is able to share her passion of dance.
Jordan Says: “I have danced for as long as I can remember, in many different places…Disney World, Dollywood, Bowl games! Dance is such a passion for me, and I also love kids. That makes my job the best job ever! I have always had an aspiration to teach children and the best feeling in the world is knowing that I am using my talent to reach out to children and teach them the art of dance!”
She is married to the love of her life Hunter and they have a beautiful baby girl Huntly.
Caitlin Lydia has been a part of the StarMakers family since the age of 5.
Rockey is a Tumbling Instructor at StarMakers Dance Company.
After high school, Rockey continued to cheer and began coaching as well. Rockey has now coached and cheered since 2003. Within those years, Rockey has coached all-star cheerleading, competitive recreation, and high school squads. Rockey has also been a Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) instructor.
Rockey has won many national titles and competed at the World Cheerleading Competition in Disney four times. Rockey currently resides in Travelers Rest where he has his own tumbling facility. He enjoys training kids in various places across the upstate.
Shauna Hines is the Power Tumbling Coach and Tumbling Instructor at StarMakers Dance Company.
In 2010, Shauna married Jeremy Hines, and together they have three wonderful children: Ryan, Jaydon, and Shaylee. In 2014, they decided to leave the army. Now, after thirteen years, Shauna is returning to the sport she so passionately loves. In addition, Shauna is currently attending Strayer University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Entrepreneurship.
Favorite Quote: “A true champion is someone who wants to make a difference, who never gives up, and who gives everything she has no matter what the circumstances are. A true champion works hard and never loses sight of her dreams.” – Dot Richardson
Taylor Connolly is an instructor and the Company Team Manager at StarMakers Dance Company.
Courtney Frost is an instructor and the General Manager at StarMakers Dance Company.
She has won numerous overall awards when she was competing as well as the title of SC State Dancer. Some awards that her competitive teams have won are Overall Entertainment, Overall High Score of the day, and First Place Overalls.
Courtney has also danced in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and at Walt Disney World; been seen on Your Carolina, and performed at many other local venues. With dance being such a huge part of her life, she was thrilled to became part of the StarMakers staff as an instructor. She continues to work as an instructor since 2008 with Company Teams, where she specializes in clogging and Irish. Her love and passion for dance, as well as children, will continue to be a huge part of her life for many years to come.
Blake is the Jazz Company Choreographer at StarMakers Dance Company.
Blake was selected as a member of the 2008 America’s Clogging Hall of Fame clogging team in Maggie Valley, NC. He has been dancing since 1998 and has won numerous titles and awards throughout his dance career. He has auditioned for numerous shows and companies throughout the US. His most memorable auditions were Celine Dion’s A New Day show in Las Vegas, Alvin Ailey’s Dance Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, So You Think You Can Dance (Season 6), and the revival of A Chorus Line on Broadway. Blake has performed with the 80’s pop group, The Pointer Sisters, and was able to dance for Raven-Symone at Debbie Allen’s talent search in Los Angeles, CA.
Blake resides in Greenville, SC, where he is the co-director of the award winning Starz Artistic Cloggers and on staff at Dianne’s School of Dance where he teaches lyrical/contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and clogging. Blake is currently pursuing his doctorate in Microbiology at the University of Virginia.
Ashley Cloonan is a studio instructor at StarMakers Dance Company.
Ashley is elated to return to StarMakers to teach and share her passion for dance. She resides in Chesnee with her husband and daughter. Ashley currently teaches 2nd grade in Spartanburg District 1, where she strives to incorporate dance and the arts into her regular classroom curriculum.
Kyleigh is a studio instructor at StarMakers Dance Company.
Kyleigh is a sophomore at Converse College. Kyleigh is studying in early childhood education and minoring in dance. She has been a part of StarMakers for 15 years and a graduate of Dorman High School Kyleigh enjoys teaching all ages of children and expanding there dance knowledge.
Hoyt is a Clogging Instructor at StarMakers Dance Company.
Ashlee is the Jazz and Ballet Technique Coordinator at StarMakers Dance Company.
Mrs. Ratigan has studied under teachers from the International Ballet Academy, Central Florida Ballet School, Columbia Ballet School, and many other master teachers from New York and Los Angeles. She has also had the opportunity to perform in numerous shows such as the Miss South Carolina Pageant, Florida Citrus Bowl Half Time Show, Star Systems Competition Television Show, and most recently was a dancer/swing for the Walt Disney World Co. in Orlando, Florida where she danced with stars such as Anika Noni Rose at the opening of Princess and the Frog and Michael Phelps in honor of his Olympic Gold Medals. Her choreography has been showcased at the South Carolina Dance Association’s Kaleidoscope, The American College Dance Festival, and other venues throughout South Carolina. Mrs. Ratigan was named the South Carolina Dance Association’s state Dance Teacher of the Year in 2014. Her students have received scholarships and recognitions from the Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance Company, the Regional and National High School Dance Festivals, and some of the top colleges and universities such as the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She currently sits on the board for the South Carolina Dance Association and the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
She completed a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from Winthrop University in December 2016. She is married to Patrick Ratigan and has two wonderful dogs Aubie and Gunner.
Lindsey is an Irish Instructor at StarMakers Dance Company and Realta School of Irish Dance.
Megan Blanton is an instructor and the Public Relations Coordinator at StarMakers Dance Company.
Megan Blanton has been dancing since she was the age of three. She started taking classes and competing with Starmakers in 2006. She performed and competed in Clogging, Tap, Irish, Jazz and Hip-Hop. She assisted with dance classes and worked at StarKidz until she moved for college. She went to Anderson University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Dance. While at Anderson, she choreographed for dance studios in the area and theatres including the Christian Youth Theatre of the Upstate and The Market Theatre. She performed and was dance captain for shows like Mary Poppins and White Christmas. She assisted in dance classes at Anderson University and her choreography was showcased in multiple performances such as Saint Joan, Me and My Girl and the annual Presidents Gala. Megan teaches ballet at our sister school, Realta School of Irish Dance.
Mr. Karl has studios in Alabama, China, Florida, Georgia, Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
In addition to competitive achievements, The Drake Irish Dance Troupe travelled all the way to Shangai China in March 2013 where they performed at Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre and Dulwich College Shanghai, China.
Currently they hold the title of World Champions.
Kenley is an Irish Instructor at Realta School of Irish Dance and StarMakers Dance Company.