Meet Our Faculty

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Maria Foster

Founder, Director and Head Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach


Maria has had a wealth of experience teaching dance and rhythmic gymnastics.


Maria is a High Performance Level 5 Coach and an International Brevet judge.



Maria founded i-star Academy in 2007.

Becca Hollis 

Welfare Officer


Administration/Reception Assistant


Rebecca Earl

Administration Assistant


Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach  Level 2

Naomi Pegden

Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach  Level 2

Tumbling Coach Level 1

Trampoline Coach Level 1

Dance Choreographer


Amanda Lucas

Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach Level 2

Trampoline Coach

(Level 2)


Michaela Stakim
Michaela has been dancing since the age of 6 and completed her professional dance training in 2013 at Tiffany Theatre College. She has studied a wide variety of styles including contemporary, commercial, jazz, ballet, modern, tap, street, hip-hop, pas de paux, musical theatre, freestyle disco, Bollywood, ballroom and Latin. Since graduating Michaela has toured  India performing in music videos, films and on live TV, Singing and dancing in musical theatre style productions on cruise ships and in hotels. 
 Michaela is currently training in London with Denzel Daniels contemporary company where they explore and experiment a fusion of styles and learn to use the body in new interesting ways. 
Julia Jones

Dance Teacher and Choreographer - Ballet, tap, Lyrical


Dance Squads.

Julia started dance at a young age and competed in dance competed and performed until the age of 18.

Julia then went on to train at the Margaret Howard Theatre College gaining performance and teaching diplomas - DDI and DDE.

Brian Gillespie


Dance Choreographer.

Brian is a guest choreographer at i-star Academy whose contemporary piece 'Sorority' recently qualified for the World Dance Championships in New Work August 2016.

Brian is an Artistic Director and Choreographer of a London based contemporary dance company B-Hybrid Dance.



Anna-Lise Hearn

Dance Choreographer

Anna-Lise runs her own London based dance company Anna-Lise Marie Dance which is a collaborative and eclectic company that are produce visually stunning and thought-provoking work. 

Anna-Lise is a guest choreographer at i-star Academy.

Ashleigh Perrie


Dance and Rhythmic Gymnastics Choreographer.



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