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 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 Fuqua

Office Manager

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 Stoehr

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

Jordan Sisk

Jordan Sisk is an instructor and the Director of Mini Starz at StarMakers Dance Company.

Caitlin Lydia

Caitlin Lydia has been a part of the StarMakers family since the age of 5.

Rockey Gaines

Rockey is a Tumbling Instructor at StarMakers Dance Company.

Shauna Hines

Shauna Hines is the Power Tumbling Coach and Tumbling Instructor at StarMakers Dance Company.  

Taylor Connolly

Taylor Connolly is an instructor and the Company Team Manager at StarMakers Dance Company.

Courtney Frost

Courtney Frost is an instructor and the General Manager at StarMakers Dance Company.


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 is a studio instructor at StarMakers Dance Company.  

Hoyt Starkey

Hoyt is a Clogging Instructor at StarMakers Dance Company.

Ashlee Ratigan

Ashlee is the Jazz and Ballet Technique Coordinator at StarMakers Dance Company.

Claire Shirey

As an Open Champion Irish dancer from Atlanta, Georgia, Claire began dancing in 2001 then transitioned to competing competitively in 2004.

Rachel Brown

Rachel is an alumni with StarMakers. 

Karl Drake

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