Christi began studying dance at the age of 5 and continues her education on a yearly basis.
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.
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Courtney Frost is a 2008 graduate of Byrnes High School and attended college at the USC Upstate.
In high school, Courtney became addicted to Irish, also known as Riverdance, and wanted to compete her first Irish solo—so in 2004, in Myrtle Beach, she did! She received a First Place Diamond Award, and much to her astonishment, Courtney also won the State title out of eighty dancers. Her incredible performance was featured in a great deal of the competition’s advertising over the following year.
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 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.
Morgan is a 2013 graduate of Chapman High School.
Thoughts from Miss Morgan: “I can honestly say that working with the kids on a daily basis is very rewarding and I cherish the relationships I’ve built with the kids over the years. They have truly impacted my life greatly. I look forward to the beginning of each school year and the summer with the kids!”
Donna James Mason is a graduate of Byrnes High School.
She has been married to Dickie Mason of Lyman for 45 years. She is the mother of Christi Mason Stanton and the late Madison Mason. She has 3 grandchildren, Seren Stanton, Skylar Mason and Cody Mason. She is a USC Upstate graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Donna is a semi-retired nurse of 44 years and works as needed at Hospice. Her accomplishments include past Assistant Director of Nursing at Camp Haven (Magnolia Manor) and Camp Care (Lake Emory), also Case Manager & Quality Assurance Nurse at Hospice Carolina Foothills (Hospice of Rutherford County). Donna is excited to be working as a lead teacher at StarKidz AfterSchool Program.
Judy has been a member of the StarKidz family since her daughter started there in 2007.
Allison Cooke is from Shelby NC where she was a star softball player in high school.
Allison has spent many years teaching in various pre-schools and is excited for the opportunity to work with StarKidz .
Melissa is married with 2 children and has been a member of the SMDC family since 2008.
Chase Lawter is a senior at Boiling Springs High School where he has a 3.7 GPA.
Taylor Connolly has been a part of the StarMakers family since 2007.
After four years of competing on the GottaDance Academy Competition Teams, Taylor’s family packed up and moved from California to South Carolina where she was pointed in the direction of StarMakers.
From 2007 to 2012, Taylor had the opportunity of competing in numerous solo routines along with competing on the local, state, and nationally ranked Jazz, Tap, Clogging, Hip Hop, Irish, and Top 5 company teams.
Since 2007, Taylor and her teammates have made numerous appearances on Your Carolina with Jack Roper and Fox Carolina News. In 2010, her Top 5 team was granted the opportunity to travel to New York and audition for Paula Abdul’s reality show, Live to Dance. Also in 2010, Taylor was hired on as an instructor and staff member at StarMakers teaching Jazz technique classes, ballet/tap/jazz combo classes, performance hip hop teams/ Taylor also acts as assistant to fellow jazz instructor Blake Sanders and to Miss Christi, with the Sr. Hip Hop and Tap company teams.
StarMakers has not only been a place to further her career as a dancer/dance instructor, but has become a true second home and second family. Taylor could not be more thankful for all of the open doors that dance has provided in her life.
Anna Grace Hatchette
Anna Grace is from Spartanburg, SC.
Kyleigh has been dancing at StarMakers for 14 years.
She is a member of Sr. Clog, Sr. Elite Clog, Sr. Tap, Sr. Irish, Sr. Irish Elite, Hiphop Company, HipHop Elite, Jazz Company, and Jazz Elite. She graduated from Dorman High School in 2016. She is currently a student at Converse College where she will graduate in 2020. Kyleigh is majoring in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance. Kyleigh is excited about working as a teachers assistant at StarKidz.
Marianna has been at StarMakers for 6 years.
Nikki has danced at StarMakers for 15 years.