I have the privilege of being part of the Star Performers and Twinkle Stars dance family.

I feel blessed to have seen all the students grow from little ones to teenagers and now into young adults each with their own unique abilities. Naturally they are all amazing dancers, we also have some great singers, budding artists’, public speakers who love grabbing the microphone and saying a “few” words when the opportunity arises, some who still remember the first dance they were ever taught and who won what annual trophies and when, fashionistas, photographers (mainly selfies), and some who should be standup comedians.

One thing these young people have in common is their caring of each other. They are intuitive and empathetic towards their friends and others feelings.

Saturday mornings brings eagerness and excitement as they walk into the hall which is infectious. The amazing teaching staff are extremely professional, caring, patient and encouraging and do all in their power to get the best out of these young adults, and they in turn do their best to make their teachers proud.

Hard work, happiness and enjoyment fill the hall during classes. This hard work and dedication from all involved culminates in the best show ever. September is usually our annual concert time where the students don their gorgeous costumes and perform for their families and friends.

They love performing for everyone and the energy coming from the audience is evident to the students who seem to lift further with boundless enthusiasm. The theatre is always full of laughter along with tears of joy, happiness and pride from the audience and laughter at some of the little extras we get when some of the student’s personalities come to the fore.

I know my heart bursts with love and pride every Saturday and at the concerts for each and every one of these beautiful people and I would like to thank you all for allowing me to be part of the dance family and for enriching my life beyond measure.

Ros

My daughter Sarah is 32yrs old and has been dancing at this dance school for 21yrs. We joined this dancing school because we had tried mainstream dance schools and found they just didn’t cater for Sarah. They were quite happy for her to bounce along doing her own thing as they needed to concentrate on those entering mainstream eisteddfods and concert performances. We don’t live locally and travel 1 hr each Saturday from Mount Annan to attend classes. From the first lesson we knew this was the place for Sarah. Her teachers broke down the steps and pushed her to be her best. She has been given opportunities to enter eisteddfods for those like her who have special needs and she has performed each year on an annual concert. Not only has she had these opportunities, but she has had the chance to travel many times to perform interstate and overseas at Disneyland and in Hawaii. The travelling trips have not only been an amazing experience for Sarah but for our whole family. It gives us the opportunity to spend time with other families within the dance school where we can create wonderful memories that we once may have thought wasn’t going to be something our child with special needs would experience. Sarah absolutely loved going to dancing. It is the highlight of her week. When she isn’t at dancing, she is dancing along in her room to past concert videos. We can’t imagine life without this dancing school.
Leanne

 

Leanne Staff member

 

Sarah
As a lifelong friend of Justyne’s, it has been a privilege to watch Star Performers and Twinkle Stars grow into the incredibly inspirational dance school that it is today.
Watching these students grow from young children into beautiful adults has been one of the many highlights for me as a part of this team. The love that they all share in dance is something that this studio should be so very proud of.
Justyne has created a fun and safe environment for these kids to shine. The excitement on the student faces as they burst through the doors every Saturday is infectious, you can’t help but smile with them every week. I have watched these students develop the most beautiful lifelong friendships.
Our whole family has been involved in making these concerts come to life over the years. My own 3 girls – Jazzy, Lexy and Crystal have taught dance alongside Justyne for the past 11 years, with Lexy last year provided an opportunity for singing lessons. As with the students, my girls always look forward to class on Saturdays.
It has also been an absolute joy of mine to have made the costumes for their annual concerts from very early on. I know firsthand how fabulous these costumes make the students feel, so it means a great deal to me to be a part of their special day.
Without the incredible commitment from Justyne and her team, SPATS would not be the successful organisation that it is today.

Sarah Hutchinson

My 17yr old daughter, Sarah, joined at 5yrs old, she has Down Syndrome. Sarah continues to love Saturday Dance & has rarely missed a class. She & her class are keen to learn the dance steps to the music they know. The Dance Studio is also a social group for Sarah. In a supportive & safe environment, she practices social skills. Justyne & her staff, encourage Sarah & have a great rapport with all the dancers. The teachers work with a range of people in age & ability, ably meeting the demands of creative individuals.

Twinkle Stars & Star Performers is a professional Dance Studio, with a concert staged annually & the additional opportunity for dancers to participate in Eisteddfods. During extended lockdowns, the Dance Studio launched engaging online Zoom classes, with full attendance by members. Justyne has fostered resilience in both her staff & dance students, to manage these challenging times positively & successfully. As a parent, I’d be lost without the wonderful network Twinkle Stars & Star Performers has created for my daughter.

Parent of student

From the moment that Maili joined Star Performers and Twinkle Stars, we were welcomed into a very special family. Dancing has provided opportunities to make lifelong friends and connections. We’ve enjoyed wonderful family trips away with Show Group performing in front of audiences afar and Maili has even been able to participate in Eisteddfods, something that we never thought was possible. Our heartfelt thanks go to Justyne, Mrs R and all the team at Star Performers and Twinkle Stars.

Janine and Maili

Aaron has been with Twinkle Stars for many years, we saw the first concert in a small hall in Caringbah, he joined the next February. He has made many friends, friends that he still enjoys talking to today. Aaron has been on every holiday that the dance school was lucky enough to organise, Queensland, Disneyland in LA, and numerous times to Hawaii. Concerts in September every year, he loves dancing, and getting into his new costumes, he puts his heart and soul Into every dance. His favourite is Grease Lightning, he just loves swinging those hips.

From Judith

Harry joined SPATS in 2020 and absolutely loves it. The fact that he is quadriplegic, in a wheelchair, and non verbal hasn’t been an issue. He’s totally accepted, indeed, the others don’t notice his disability – they relate to him, greet him, include him and talk to him just as they do to each other. He lights up when he sees his “Dancing Ladies”, especially Justyne.

He adores Justyne and if she can’t get a smile out of him then he’s having a very bad day. It’s lovely watching him dance in his own way, and now he’s started to pull away if I stand behind and move his arms for him. He especially loves the signing dances, and his reaction to ‘1000 Years’ is wonderful. Now that I’m his dance partner I’ve had to pay attention in class, but the students outshine me every time. Luckily I’m at the back so I can copy them! Saturday mornings have never been better.

Parent of student

If you had told me 10 years ago that my son would one day enjoy dressing in fabulous costumes of colour and sparkle then dance with joy and precision on the stage of the Sutherland Entertainment Centre with his peers, I would not have thought it possible. Star Performers and Twinkle Stars Dance Studio have enabled Lars to enjoy dance and performance, in company, and share that joy. Family and friends look forward to the annual concert almost as much as Lars. Thank you Justyne, Mrs R. and all the volunteers.

Parent of student

Thank you for all your hard work. I have seen performances from other dance groups for people with special needs. One in Eastern suburbs. Twinkle star definitely shine.The way you have organised the classes, the structure, music, routines, costumes and performances are very professional. These things have given Nicole confidence. She has learnt to follow direction and work as a team. Nicole loves dance class and the performances. Thank you for your hard work to make Star Performers so professional.

Parent of student

Star Performers and Twinkle Stars Dance Studio is amazing!

The students learn much more than dancing. They learn discipline, how to follow instructions, how to co-operate with each other all while improving their gross motor skills and co-ordination and best of all while having fun. The routines are developed to suit the students needs and abilities. They also get the opportunity to perform their skills at their annual concert, just like other dancers. I am a parent and physiotherapist, professionally I am always recommending the dance studio to my clients.

Ann