ABOUT US

 

The Starlight Company Mission Statement

After spending time in a variety of careers, from Marketing to Teaching to Hospitality, we decided to join forces bringing together our skills & experience to create something we believe can make a real difference.

We all have a great passion for what we do. We have lived & breathed dance, performance & fitness since young ages. And so Starlight was borne – we want to share our love with everyone no matter what age or sex because of the great benefits moving and shaking can bring to all aspects of life!

Try our different classes to discover how they can bring you joy, confidence, a healthy lifestyle, new social circles and motivation to have a great life.

We are awaiting new members to join our expert, friendly teachers and happy existing customers!

Whatever your style, shine!

 

KIM OWEN

Kim Owen, of The Starlight Company

Kim Owen

Kim started dancing at a young age and began her Musical Theatre Debut at 6 years old playing Gretal in The Sound of Music with Hereford Musical Theatre Company (HMTC) at the old Hereford Nell Gwynne Theatre. She has never been far from the stage since continuing to take Principal roles with HMTC her last being Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie as well as Hereford Amateur Pantomime Society, Bottleneck Theatre Company and The Little Princess Players.

She has also choreographed shows for all of the above companies as well as the hugely popular Hereford Gang Show and Hereford Sixth Form College, where she now teaches GCSE, AS and A2 Dance along with A2 Theatre Studies & Grade 6 and 8 Musical Theatre.

Kim trained in Hereford and qualified with an Advanced GNVQ in Performing Arts before leaving for the bright lights of London for 3 years at The Stella Mann Dance College. She graduated from there with her Teaching & Performing Diplomas as well as a Teaching certificate with The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and further Teaching qualifications with The Imperial Society Teachers of Dance (ISTD).

Kim is renowned in Hereford as one of our best Dance Teachers, she has entered many children and adults in to Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz exams ranging from age 3-65+

BECKS WHITE

Rebecca White, of The Starlight Company

Rebecca White

Having started dancing at the age of 3 Becks hasn’t stopped since! She has achieved many grades in ISTD ballet, tap and modern as well as GCSE Dance. Becks has been an active member of HMTC joining the company in 1999 for The Wizard of Oz, she has since been a lead dancer in productions as well as taking Principal roles in The Boyfriend, Crazy for You and 42nd Street. Becks has also choreographed productions for the company and now assists the company (voluntary) in Marketing & Publicity  having worked in Marketing for 8 years since graduating from Cardiff University with BA (Hons) in English Language as well as a Professional Diploma in Marketing.

When not dancing, Becks works in the family Estate Agency business in Hereford, Andrew Morris Estate Agents as Marketing Consultant.

Becks has been involved with Young Enterprise in Herefordshire and has been a Business Advisor for Herefordshire College of Technology since 2006 winning West Midlands Business Advisor of the Year in 2008.

Becks is REPS accredited with Exercise to Music Level 2. She is a fully qualified Zumba instructor & is a ZIN member as well as being trained in Zumba Kids, Spirals, Ballroom Blitz, Fitsteps, Street Fit, Ballestics, BarreConcept. She is also a Level 3 Classical Yoga Instructor. Becks is a qualified member of the EDMP (Exercise Dance and Music Partnership) and she teaches a variety of Dance-based fitness classes and Yoga around the county as well as being a keen runner herself, completing the St Michael’s Hospice Hereford Half Marathon twice. Becks is also kept busy by her young daughter Elizabeth.

A lifetime highlight for Becks was that she appeared on “Strictly – It takes two” dancing the Chachacha with Lionel Blair on the Strictly dance floor before the live Saturday night show. More recently she appeared on Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 Drive Time show giving advice on learning dance steps at home.

 

VICKY LIGHTOWLER

Vicky Lightowler

Vicky began her dance training at the age of 3 at the Hereford Ballet School until she was 18 and she obtained an Advanced GNVQ in Performing Arts at college before moving to Liverpool to continue her training.

She studied at The Merseyside Dance & Drama Centre and graduated from there with a Professional Diploma in Dance as well as ISTD qualifications in Tap, Dance and Modern Theatre.

Vicky has experience in varying dance techniques as she completed her Advance National which includes such styles as Irish & Greek, Ballroom & Latin.

After Dance College Vicky went back to work at the school where it all began for her (Hereford Ballet School) and she taught there for 5 years as well as choreographing school performances and preparing and entering pupils for exams.

Vicky is a fully qualified Street Fit instructor as well as Zumba and Zumba Toning instructor & is a ZIN member taking many of her own classes around the county including into other Herefordshire schools & colleges including Hereford Academy and Hereford Sixth Form College. Her great love is Tap and she performed with HMTC in April 2011 in Crazy for You and 42nd Street in November 2013.  When not dancing Vicky is a mum to her son Tom.

LAURA LOWE

Laura Woolley

Laura Lowe

Laura joined The Starlight Company as an instructor in April 2013. She has been dancing from a young age in all disciplines from Ballet to Ballroom. She has also performed and choreographed musicals with Hereford Musical Theatre Company. She is an Exercise to Music Instructor, PT Instructor, Lifeguard Trained and Aqua Instructor. Laura is fully trained in Zumba and Fitsteps. She is Training to be a Master Fitsteps Instructor. 

 

 

 

 

 

SOPHIE FEATHERSTONE

SOPHIE FEATHERSTONE

Introducing our new teacher, Sophie Featherstone. Sophie has been dancing from a very young age and graduated July 2016 with a First Class Honours degree in Physical Education, she is a Level 2 Rhythmic Gymnastics coach and whilst starting her teaching career, will be taking all of her DDI examinations – so lots to add to the Starlight portfolio! She will be taking the Little Stars and Junior Stars classes whilst Becks is on maternity leave in February 2017 but also taking her own classes as well, including our new Improvers Tap Class on a Monday evening!

 

 

JUDITH MILNER

JUDITH MILNER

Judith will be taking our Adult Tap Class from January 2017. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old, and went on to study dance in London where she became a dance teacher. She has been involved with Hereford Musical Theatre Company since her days in the Youth Theatre and has been a lead dancer in many performances and choreographed Carousel in 1999, Kiss me Kate in 2005, Sound of Music in 2012 & was Joint choreographer of the toe-tapping Crazy for You in 2011. Her first lead role was in 42nd Street, 2013 being her favourite musical with all the tap dancing! When not dancing Judith is busy working as at Philip Morris in Hereford High town and looking after her 2 boys, James and Daniel.

 

 

 

ASHLEIGH-MARIE NICHOLLS

Ashleigh Marie Nicholls

Ashleigh joined Starlight in January 2017 taking Zumba on a Wednesday whilst Becks is on maternity, but she also has her own classes as well! A fully qualified Fitsteps instructor and soon to be Zumba Instructor, Ashleigh is full of energy and enthusiasm! She completed the 24hour Spinathon at thePoint4 in February 2017, riding a spin bike for 24 hours and raising lots of money for The Royal National College for the blind.