OUR TEACHING TEAM

Qualified, passionate, dedicated

Katie Cooper

Founder & Principal

BA (Hons), A.IDTA, A.UKA, A.NATD

Katie loved performing from an early age, first appearing on stage and television at just 3 years old.

She regularly attended Freestyle Dance competitions and UKA Disco and Freestyle medal lessons, gaining top marks in all her exams. In addition to private singing, piano and dance lessons, Katie also sang in her local choir.

 

Katie studied acting, singing and dancing at Leeds University’s Performing Arts Academy - Bretton Hall, where she achieved her BA Honours Degree in Theatre Arts and Acting for Broadcast Media.  Her training involved acting for different mediums; stage, TV and radio in addition to a diverse range of dance styles and vocal coaching.

 

Coming top her in her year for her solo acting module Katie then went onto achieve her professional IDTA Associate Freestyle Dance teaching qualification, later gaining her UKA and NATD Associates in Contemporary Dance. In addition to these qualifications, Katie has a specialist Directing qualification from Central School, Birmingham, Musical Theatre qualifications and has worked professionally in Television and Radio.  She has lectured for the IDTA and judged dance competitions. 

 

Katie is very proud to have trained and choreographed many solo performers and teams for the West End and strives to encourage and inspire all her students every step of the way.

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Megan-Lily (Mil) 

Teacher
A.IDTA & IDTA John Dilworth Scholarship Award Winner 

Mil has been dancing since the age of 4 taking classes in many different styles.  A highly successful competitive Freestyle dancer, Mil has competed across the UK at Premiere Champion level.  She trained at Star*Struck and BOA adding Commercial, Jazz and Musical Theatre to her repertoire.  

 

Mil then went on to complete her IDTA Freestyle Associate exam under the training of Star-Struck earning 98% Distinction.  This incredible result led Mil to being nominated for and winning the prestigious IDTA John Dilworth Scholarship Award , beating over 50 nominees worldwide! 

 

Mil coaches many classes on our timetable including our competitive dance teams and solo dancers.  Her favourite dance styles are Freestyle and Contemporary and Mil's passion for dance shines through all her students!

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Sophie

Teacher
BA (Hons), Triple BTEC  Dance

Dancing since the age of 5, Sophie is professionally trained in ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) Modern, Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She has been performing in dance showcases and festival competitions up until the age of 18 where she then went on to study Dance for Commercial Performance at Bath Spa University.

 

Sophie’s degree led her to be professionally trained in Commercial, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary and Musical Theatre Jazz dance alongside Acting and Singing.

 

With a love for dance Sophie specialises in Tap and Commerical/Street and hopes to share her passions with all her students.  

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Lauren 

Teacher

A.IDTA

Lauren has been a Freestyle disco dancer since the age of 9, competing in competitions up and down the country reaching Championship level. From a young age Lauren knew that her dream job was to become a dance teacher.  When her competing career finished aged 23, Lauren was straight into studying towards her IDTA Associate Freestyle Qualification.

Lauren passed her exam with Distinction, giving her the chance to do the job she had always wanted to do.  During Lauren’s dancing career, she has attended Louie Spence dance masterclasses where she has trained along side the man himself and six other industry professionals specialising in Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Commercial.

Her choreography is exciting and  challenging and her  students love her teaching style! 

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Bridget

Vocal Coach
Dip ABRSM

A keen vocalist from a young age, Bridget thrived during her music lessons at school and was awarded a choral scholarship to study music at Durham University. 

After successfully completing her professional training, Bridget's career has included various stage performances in Opera and Musical Theatre.

 

Since graduating she provides tuition within the education sector as well as teaching at Star*Struck.

Whether singing for fun or preparing for LCM exams, Bridget inspires our young singers to unlock their talent and believe in their abilities, whilst finding their own unique style.  Bridget is passionate that singing makes everyone feel positive and gives all children the chance to feel good about themselves!

Sophie

Teacher
A.IDTA, BTEC Level 3, HNC

Sophie started dancing with Principal Katie at the age of 7, attending an after school dance club she taught.  Dance became a huge part of her life, reaching Adult Champion status in Freestyle after years of competing.

During this time Sophie also attended Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) training on their 2 year BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Dance course.

She then gained a full scholarship to attend Expressions Performing Arts (EPA) where Sophie trained for 3 years in  Musical Theatre, achieving a HNC qualification.

Since graduating, Sophie has added an IDTA Associate Freestyle teaching qualification to her credentials and passing with Distinction.  She has also worked professionally performing in Greece."

A talented triple threat performer, Sophie  is firmly focused on getting the best out of her students!  Sophie's coaching is highly regarded by all who attend her classes.

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Erin

Teacher 
Level 3 Community Health
and Sport Officer


 

Erin started dancing at the age of 4 , being taught by

Principal Katie and Patron Lian; that’s where her passion

for dance began. 
 

After performing at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, Erin  knew that dance would be something she would like to pursue on a professional level.
 

After training in Lyrical , Contemporary, Street , Musical Theatre and Jazz , Erin started training specifically in Ballet during 2015 and appearing in productions including ‘ Alice in Wonderland‘ and ‘Beauty and the beast’.  She has also been coached by some of the best Ballet teachers in the UK such as Julie Felix and Olivia Pickford in addition to attending ballet seminars including Malvern Ballet .


After dancing for a decade, Erin decided to pass on her love of dance and performing to the next generation and teach: 

 Erin is now a qualified community health and sport officer, teaching full time in  primary school.
 

She has been teaching Dance and Musical Theatre for over 2 years and is a SEN(D) specialist teacher. 

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Maisie 

Teacher 
A.IDTA

Maisie has grown up taking classes at Star-Struck since the age of 9 and has been at the heart of our school ever since!  Growing up Maisie trained in a variety of styles including Musical Theatre, Jazz, Freestyle, Cheer, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Commercial, Acting and Singing, taking numerous exams in several genres. 

 

In 2017 Maisie was selected out of thousands of medalists nationwide to take part in the IDTA Freestyle Dance Scholarships.  She has performed in a selection of shows locally including the Birmingham Hippodrome and The MAC and has been part of the New Alexandra Theatre Stage Experience in 5 productions; her first part being a principal orphan in 'Annie' at the age of just 10.  She has performed in London many times at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall and Her Majesty's Theatre and danced at the Blackpool Opera House and Disneyland, Paris!

 

Now a professional teacher, Maisie holds an IDTA Associate qualification in Freestyle Dance

achieving 96% Distinction.

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Sammy

Reiss

Teacher 
A.IDTA, UKCA
Teacher 
A.IDTA

Sammy joined Star-Struck at 7 years old and hasn't looked back since!  She has trained in a diverse theatrical spectrum including Musical Theatre, Singing,  Gymnastic Dance, Cheerleading, Street, Contemporary and Jazz, achieving top marks in all of her exams.

 

A true triple threat performer, Sammy has graced  the stages of the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and Birmingham's Hippodrome and MAC Theatres.   For the past few years Sammy has also performed at The Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham with Stage Experience,  taking part in 'Grease', 'West Side Story', Boogie Nights and 'SInging in the Rain'.  She has been a regular performer at Her Majesty's Theatre and has danced at Disneyland, Paris.

 

After a successful time at BOA (Birmingham Ormiston Academy) Sammy took her professional training with Star-Struck and was awarded 95% Distinction by the IDTA in her Associate Freestyle.  Shortly afterwards Sammy gained top marks in her professional Cheer qualification.

Reiss stepped through the Star-Struck doors when he was 8 years old, attending a Summer Camp befoe joining regular classes.   Over the years Reiss has trained in Freestyle, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Street and Musical Theatre passing all of his exams with top marks and some fabulous comments by examiners.

 

Reiss excelled in his acting, singing and dancing and 

as a result has danced in many venues in the UK including The Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty's Theatre, The Birmingham Hippodrome and the Blackpool Winter Gardens.  He has also performed in Disneyland, Paris.

 

Reiss successfully completed his professional dance teacher training with Star-Struck and was awarded 97% Distinction by the IDTA in his Associate Freestyle.

“Star*Struck has been my second family for many years and I can honestly say that it’s warm and welcoming atmosphere is second to none; there hasn’t been a time since I started where I’ve felt more supported than at Star*Struck Academy”.

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Jessica (Jess)

Teacher 
A.IDTA

Passionate and positive, Jess has performed all over the country and abroad at Disneyland Paris.  She achieved Dance Captain status when making her debut at the Royal Albert Hall and has recently performed in the curtain raiser for Matthew Bournes Swan Lake at the Birmingham Hippodrome.  

 

Recognised for her talent at secondary school, Jess was appointed  and Student Director and Choreographer of many school productions including Fame, Into the Woods, The Sound of Music and Grease.  Growing up she followed the IDTA Freestyle syllabus and was taught by Star*Struck Patron Lian, proudly achieving a nomination for a Freestyle Scholarship in 2016.

 

She has choreographed multiple numbers for several Charity Concerts at Birmingham Symphony Hall and was Director Assistant during her final year at Birmingham Ormiston Academy,  choreographing a number for their Jazz Company 'Rhythmia' in their showcase at the Symphony Hall.

 

 Jess recieved Triple Distinction* for her Extended Diploma in Dance and is currently training for her Degree in Musical Theatre at Institute of Contemporary Theatre.   In 2020 Jess completed her professional training with Star-Struck, achieving a Distinction in her IDTA Associate Freestyle qualification.

Her warmth and friendly nature inspires all who learn from her!