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Stephanie R. Ogunnaike
Director and Founder


A native of Long Island, New York, Mrs. Stephanie R. Ogunnaike began her dance career at the young age of five years old. Stephanie studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop, in addition to dancing competitively. Stephanie has continued to study dance, attending various dance conventions and workshops studying under various dance masters.

Stephanie has been teaching dance in the Washington D.C. area since 2001. As a student at Howard University, Stephanie began volunteering her time by working in after school programs as a dance instructor. As a sophomore in college, Stephanie founded the Meridian Dance D.I.V.A.S. Competitive Dance team, an organization with the mission of providing inner city girls the opportunity to dance and perform. The D.I.V.A.S. went on to win such achievements as: three time champions of the world famous Amateur Night at the Apollo, Dance Arts Plus 2004 National Champions, and Showstopper American Dance Championship 2005 National Champions. Her former students have gone on to dance with the Jr. Redskins Dance Team, the Dance Theatre of Harlem residency program, they have performed with Debbie Allan, and have gone on to dance in College and beyond.

After seeing that there was an apparent need for a studio in D.C. that would offer students affordable quality dance instruction, and opportunities to perform in not only local recitals but outside the city and nationally on the competitive level, in September of 2005, Stephanie opened Star Makers Academy of Dance. The Mission of Star Makers Academy of Dance is to teach its students that no matter ones background, through hard work and perseverance, there is no limit to what they can achieve. Since its opening, Star Makers has been very successful at fulfilling this mission. Under the direction of Ms. Stephanie, the Star Makers Academy of Dance Competitive Team has consistently won numerous Overall High Score Awards at various regional and national competitions. Star Makers Dancers are nationally recognized for their ourstanding training, dynamic choregraphy, and showmanship on stage.  Over the years, Ms. Stephanie has continuously won numerous choreography awards, teacher awards, and top studio awards. Ms. Stephanie has also served as a judge for several national competitions and has served as choreographer at various dance workshops.

Stephanie holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in History from Howard University, with additional work towards her  Master degree in Teaching. In addition to teaching and directing at Star Makers, Ms. Stephanie is also a high school History and African American Studies teacher at a charter school in Washington D.C.. Stephanie and her husband Seyi reside in Bowie MD. Stephanie and Seyi are the proud parents of beautiful 1 year old twins... A Boy and a Girl!

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Jeanne Davis
Ballet and Pointe Instructor


Miss Jeanne is a native of Ossining, New York where she received most of her dance training beginning at the age of four. Jeanne performed with the Westchester Ballet Company dancing most of the roles in The Nutcracker, the “Duck” in Peter and the Wolf and “The Little Girl with Pig Tails” in Graduation Ball. She also had the opportunity to study at the State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase and at The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) before earning her BFA in Dance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Before leaving Cincinnati, Jeanne had the chance to train in and perform African Caribbean dance with Kai Kweol Dance Theatre. For more than 12 years Jeanne lived and taught dance in Southern California for The Talent Factory, MKR Dance Productions, Inland Pacific Ballet Academy, The Looking Glass Performing Arts Studio and Lake Arrowhead School of Dance.

In addition to teaching and dancing, Jeanne studied Tae Kwon Do, earning a Junior Black belt as well as winning a silver medal at the 2000 Tae Kwon Do Championship in Southern California. Jeanne is also certified by Dance Masters of America (DMA) in addition to completing teacher seminars with both Finis Jhung and at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) with Marcea Dale Weary.

New to Maryland, Miss Jeanne is very excited to be sharing her love of dance to children and adults of all ages. Jeanne believes everyone deserves the chance to experience the joy of movement and freedom of art that dance provides.

We are excited to announce that Ms. Jeanne is expecting her first child Summer 2014!

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Shannon White
Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop Instructor, and Competition Team Choreographer


Shannon White was born on June 10, 1989 in Atlanta, Georgia. She began dancing at the age of five and fell in love with all aspects of artistic motion. Shannon joined a dance company at age nine and perfected her performance and technique through competing on the local and national level until the age of 16. In her junior and senior years of high school, Shannon was the captain of the dance team for the marching band, ranked superior in their county.

Shannon explored a different aspect of movement in college where she performed as a Howard Bision cheerleader for three years at Howard University. She has recently graduated Cum Laude from Howard with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Shannon has been dancing for R.A.M.P.A.G.E. performance group for two years and serves as the Associate Artistic Director for R.A.M.P.A.G.E.

Shannon expands her love for artistic motion into other art forms including drawing, singing, and makeup artistry. She also writes fashion features for various online and local magazines. In the future, Shannon hopes to continue to dance professionally and is looking forward to future stage and film opportunities.

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Charity Metzger
Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical,  and Conditioning Instructor


Charity CB Metzger received her formative dance training from New World School of the Arts high school in Miami, Fl were she was awarded the Dean’s Award, Exemplary Artist Award and was a Merit Award recipient for the National Foundation of the Arts. She went on to study at Howard University in the Dance Major Program, under the advisement of Dr. Sherrill Berryman- Johnson. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen’s Allen Sister’s Scholarship. Additionally, Charity has studied at Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Paul Taylor, and Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions Program. She was a member of Philadelphia Dance Company’s Apprentice Company, D/2, performed with the first company and was a senior dancer with Tony Award winning choreographer Garth Fagan Dance Company in Rochester, NY.

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Shannon Little

Twirly Twos, Baby Ballet-Tap, Jazz, and Tap Instructor and Competition Team Choreographer

Shannon Little is a native of Southern MD, and this will be her second year as a Star Makers instructor. Shannon began dancing at the age of the two and has trained extensively in various genres, developing proficiency in jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern styles. She has numerous years of competition and performance experience, along with strong capability in choreography and instruction.

Shannon received a B.A. in Philosophy and Certificate in African-American studies from the University of Maryland at College Park. During her time at UMD, Shannon was a member of Dynamic Hip Hop dance team (2008-2011) and the Founder/Artistic Director of Prima Dolls dance team (2011). She also danced professionally with Capitol Movement Inc. during her senior year (2012) where she had the opportunity to work under many esteemed choreographers. Shannon continues to study her craft and is currently a member of Until Further Notice (UFN) dance company.

In addition to teaching, Shannon is also a Museum Educator and a Visual Artist (shannonsartwerkk.com). Shannon absolutely loves her Star Makers family and is very excited for the upcoming season!

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Gwendolyn Gardner

Competition Team Choreographer

Bio Coming Soon!

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Frantz Augustin

Competition Team Choreographer

Frantz Augustin hails from Alexandria, Virginia where he trains in a Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Ballet, to name a few. From an early age, Frantz demonstrated that he was a naturally gifted dancer and choreographer. Frantz began his dance training at the young age of four, he began as an assistant teacher at the age of fourtneen, and began as a choreographer at the age of sixteen! In his short career as a choreographer, Frantz's work has consistently been recognized on the regional and national level. Frantz's pieces have won overall high score at many competitions, and his soloists have gone on to win titles. 

Frantz is the winner of numerous national dance titles and scholarships. In 2014 he won the opportunity to serve as an Assistant with Artist Simply Human. During his tenure, Frantz had the honor of assisting such dance masters as Toyko, Dee Caspary, Misty Copeland, Lisette Bustamante, Braham Logan Crane, Jason Samuel Smith, Dwight Rhoden and Christopher Huggins. In 2014, Frantz was named as Capezio and Dance Spirit Magazine Future Star. Frantz's future aspirations include traveling to LA to work professionally in the dance industry.

Office Staff

Oluseyi Ogunnake (Mr. Seyi)
Accounts Manager

Melissa Simmons  (Ms. Melissa)

Office Manager

 

 

Star Makers Academy of Dance - Washington DC

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13711 Annapolis Rd #105 | Bowie, MD 20720 | info@starmakersdancedc.com | (240) 245-4350

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