Cindy began dancing at the age of 4 and became a dance instructor at the age of 15. She taught for 9 years at The Dance Studio in Orange Park under the direction of Linda Strickland while finishing high school and college. In 1985 Cindy was first runner up in the Miss Clay County Pageant with dance being her talent. During college she studied dance at Jacksonville University for one year and as soon as she graduated from the University of North Florida she opened her own business and took her talent to daycares offering parents the convenience and joy of their children dancing without the commute. Once Cindy began teaching high school, she added the role of dance team coach and led both the Clay High Devil’s Dance Team as well as the Golden Girls at Fleming Island High School. Cindy married her high school sweetheart, David, on May 17, 1986 and has 3 incredible children.
Lauren McClure, Instructor
Lauren began dancing at the age of 4. She has trained in ballet, contemporary, pointe, tap, jazz and hip hop. She danced on both the Green Cove Springs Junior High and Fleming Island High Dance Teams. She has competed at several local competitions and has participated in numerous conventions to expand her dance experiences. She has been an instructor at All-Starz Dance Studio since 2003 and spent 3 years as a Jacksonville Jaguar Cheerleader. Lauren graduated from the University of North Florida majoring in Elementary Education, is currently a teacher at Shadowlawn Elementary and married her high school sweetheart, Kevin, on May 7, 2012.
James Byron Weathington, Artistic Director was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, started his dance career at the age of eighteen at a local dance studio, All-Starz Dance Company. He was awarded a full scholarship to perform with their “Elite” dance company. After competing with them and winning numerous competition titles, he went on to attend Jacksonville University, receiving a talent scholarship to attend their dance program. He studied at Jacksonville University for almost two years and then decided to branch out of Jacksonville to further his career. In late 2017, he auditions for the School of Dance at Florida State University which awarded him a full scholarship. He trained with Florida State for two years where he studied under many professional dancers, such as, Anjali Austin, Suzanne Farrell, and Gwen Welliver. Florida State helped James become aware of his body, perfect his technique, and hone his craft. Also, during Florida State James was offered full scholarships to attend award winning dance company intensives, such as, Complexions which is a contemporary ballet company resided in New York City. After College James’ has devoted his time to push dancers outside of their comfort zones to help them become the best artist they can be. James believes a dancer with a strong technical background can accomplish any style or technique of dance. His goal is to train dancers in a way to encourage them to always do their best and notice their improvements. James promotes wants a positive competitive atmosphere with positive attitudes and healthy competition.
“Dance has been my passion since the first modern class I took with Linda. I have been chasing that dream ever since and I am extremely excited to share my passion for dance with your children.” ~ Cindy
Madison Terhune, Instructor
Madison started dancing at All-Starz Dance Studio at the age of four. She is trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and lyrical. She continued her dance training and began competing in many regional and national competitions, as well as taking classes from many well known dancers and choreographers. She started teaching at All-Starz Dance Studio in 2017. She currently is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of North Florida and wants to continue her education and become a pediatric occupational therapist.
Brooke began dancing at the age of two. She has trained in many styles of dance including contemporary, modern, jazz, lyrical, tap, clogging, and hip-hop. Brooke is a former competitive dancer and choreographer where she taught both recreational and competitive dance. Brooke has taken advantage of the opportunities to train under the direction of many talented artists and choreographers that have contributed to a higher level of Dance Education. After completing her Associates at Polk State College, Brooke advanced her knowledge of Dance Performance at the University of Florida where she is currently pursing her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education and Performance as well as her undergraduate certificate in Dance in Medicine through the UF Center for Arts in Medicine Shands Hospital.
Originally from the Turks and Caicos Islands, Dion Pratt Jr has been dancing since he was 14 years old. Starting his training in the Fort Myers/Lehigh Acres area, he has studied in Modern, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop. After obtaining his Associates Degree at Florida School of the Arts, he relocated to Jacksonville to pursue his BFA which lead to him venturing into a professional hiatus from school. His most recent opportunity was a contract with Creativiva Caribbean in 2019. Dion looks forward to this season of growth and fun with All-Starz Dance.