Starz Dance School

About Us

Tots in Motion

Tots in Motion was started in 2008 to provide working parents the opportunity to introduce their child to the joy of dance through their respective preschool facility. What began in one preschool location in the East Valley has now grown to numerous schools throughout Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, Ahwatukee, Gilbert and Tempe.

As part of Starz In Motion, the Tots in Motion program is brought to your child’s facility where he/she is already comfortable and can dance with friends that he/she already knows.  Our nurturing dance educators are not only trained in the art of dance but also have numerous years of experience working with children.

What to Expect:

Class times range between 30-45 minutes, depending upon class enrollment and location.

The classes are high energy physical activity that incorporates jazz, ballet, hip hop and tumbling technique and terminology, focusing on coordination and gross motor skills. They begin with a warmup, stretching, and a muscle building game. We progress to across the floor movements where our dance educators can focus individually on each child.  Next, we bring out the tumbling mat to work on flexibility, core strengthening and tumbling activities. After a fun round of freeze dance, we conclude our class with a discussion of what we have accomplished on that particular day. All of our activities are gender neutral and enjoyable for everyone!

In addition to our dance curriculum, we focus on key character-building elements such as respect, patience, teamwork, confidence, self-esteem, and perseverance.

Twice a year parents are invited to observe a class at their facility. We also offer the opportunity to participate in a formal spring performance (additional costume and production fees apply).

Tuition: Tuition is paid monthly. Contact your facility director for appropriate fees.

Dance Educators

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Mariann Paul
Mariann Paul
Owner / Artistic Director
Mariann Paul received her early training with Helena Baron, and Paul Sutherland and Brunilda Ruiz of the Joffrey Ballet. As a principal dancer with the Baron Ballet Company she has performed at the PNC Bank Arts Center and in New Jersey and regional dance festivals throughout the Northeast. She has won numerous awards for choreography at competitions, and has been an adjudicator for the Star Systems National Talent Competition. Always open to new ideas and innovations in dance, she has attended the Vaganova Seminar at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society, Jazz Dance World Congress, David Howard Ballet Workshop, Broadway Dance Center Teacher’s Workshop, Rhee Gold’s DanceLife Teacher Conference, the Dance Teacher Summit and the IDEA Conference. As the owner and artistic director of a successful dance studio in New Jersey for over 38 years, Miss Mariann brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of dance and the dance community to Starz Dance School.
Dance Educator
Lisa Grossi began her training at the age of ten and has been in love with dance ever since. She has experience in Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Tumbling and has competed in numerous national events. Miss Lisa has also trained at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Her love for dance and children inspired her to begin teaching. “Dance was such an important part of my life growing up. It kept me healthy and gave me high self-esteem. I was able to see what I could accomplish if I worked hard. Because of dance I met most of my closest friends. I look forward to passing on my passion for dance to your children and watching them grow!” Miss Lisa currently lives in Chandler with her family and is excited to begin her seventh season at Starz Dance School.
Dance Educator
Rachel Forney trained as a gymnast, dancer and cheerleader throughout her life. She has experience in sideline cheerleading as well as competitive cheer. Miss Rachel enjoys working with beginners new to tumbling as well as the most advanced students working to achieve challenging skills such as aerials and back handsprings.  She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State and is excited to begin her 6th season at Starz Dance School.