Meet Our Staff


Christi Stanton

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 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. 

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.  StarMakers also has a Nationally ranked power tumbling team.  

Christi’s dancers have had the opportunity to perform around the globe.  The have danced at Disney World, New York, Carnival Cruise Lines, Ireland, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with other numerous local festivals and events. 

StarMakers has opened up so many opportunities for their dancers/tumblers.  Numerous dancers/tumblers have pursued higher education on dance scholarships.  StarMakers recently became the director of the Wofford College Dance Team and are very excited about the opportunity to partner with a local college to enhance their current dance program. 

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 Fuqua

Studio Administrator

Kelly has been a part of the StarMakers family for 15 years.  She started out as a dance mom and has served as the Office Manager for StarMakers and StarKidz for the last three years. Before beginning her career with StarMakers, Kelly worked from home for 20 years doing medical transcription. She is married to Jimmy Fuqua and they have two daughters Rebekah, who is married to Chandler, and Rachel, who is married to Garrett. Rebekah and Chandler have blessed them with the best gift ever, their first grandchild, Emilia.  Kelly looks forward to many more years of growing with StarMakers.

Char’Lee Stoehr

Char’Lee is the Company Clogging Director at StarMakers Dance Company.

Jordan Sisk

Jordan is the Director of our Mini Starz program and also the Assistant Coach for the Dance Team at Wofford College.

Beth Graves

Beth Graves is a tumbling coach at StarMakers Dance Company.

Courtney Frost

Courtney Frost is the Executive Assistant at StarMakers, Director of the Irish program at StarMakers, Director of the AfterSchool Projects within the school districts at StarMakers and the Director of StarKidz Summer Camp and Afterschool Program.  

Shauna Hines

Shauna Hines is the Tumbling Director at StarMakers Dance Company.  

Taylor Massey

Taylor is the Director of the Tap program for StarMakers.

Karl Drake

Mr. Karl has studios in Alabama, China, Florida, Georgia, Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.   

 

Blake Sanders

Blake is the Jazz Company Choreographer at StarMakers Dance Company.  

Ashley Cloonan

Ashley Cloonan is a studio instructor at StarMakers Dance Company.

Kyleigh Southers

Kyleigh Southers has been dancing for 18 years. She started dancing at Starmakers Dance company at age 4.

Hoyt Starkey

Hoyt is a Clogging Instructor at StarMakers Dance Company.

Ashlee Ratigan

Ashlee Ratigan is the Director of the Ballet and Jazz Programs at StarMakers Dance Company.  

Anna Johnson

Miss Anna T.C.R.G began traditional Irish Dancing lessons at the age of 3 which instilled in her a love of the dance that has carried throughout her life.

Rachel Brown

Rachel is an alumni with StarMakers.