Gold Starz Dance School was set up in 2011 by Keir French. Having been involved in the dance scene for some time he wanted to set up a school for his daughters to take over once old enough. The aim of the school initially was to provide low cost dance classes in an area that needed an affordable out of school activity. And, whilst this is still the aim, Gold Starz have now performed at Sadlers Wells, The Castle Theatre and other venues and projects are in the pipeline. IDTA & ADFP affiliated, the school is now running well with an amazing young team of teachers. So, if you want your child to perform on some of the best stages in the UK or if you want them to keep fit and make friends then Gold Starz is the place to be.
All Classes take place at:
Unit 2, Colletts House
We regularly hold fundraising events and half of any monies raised goes to our chosen charities which are currently Cransley Hospice and Chelsea’s Angels. For more information regarding this, please contact Laura Holloway
What to wear
Most of this is explained in our Child Protection Policy which can be found below but to start with, tracksuit bottoms, leggings (black), shorts, leotards (black or pink), t-shirts or vests (preferrably black or yellow), trainers (street), plimsoles or bare feet (freestyle) or even jazz shoes if your child has them.
Once children settle in we can look at uniforms and appropriate footwear etc.
Gold Starz Dance Child Protection Policy
Gold Starz Dance School, NOT Gold Stars is a dance school teaching disco freestyle, street dancing and rock n roll. Our Dancing teacher is qualified with the IDTA and we will be teaching freestyle disco, rock n roll and street dance in Wellingborough, Northants.We are also starting to run after school clubs as well as organise kids parties. Gold Starz Dance School hopes that by teaching all types of dance including freestyle disco, street and rock n roll it will help to contribute to the community in Wellingborough and will represent Northants in future competitions. Click here to download the child protection policy.
Registered Address: 13 Leigh Hill, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes MK4 2BJ
Gold Starz Dance School is the brainchild of Keir French. Keir is the school Principal and Director. As a qualified I.D.T.A. Teacher, Keir has been involved in dancing for many years now at Milton Keynes and now Wellingborough. Both his daughters love to dance and have also been, and still are, involved in dance. Keir has won titles in the IDTA Freestyle UK Dance Championships held every year in Blackpool and is also a qualified ADFP Adjudicator.
Keir attended Oakway School and used to live on the Hemmingwell Estate in Wellingborough so knows the area well. The building we dance in is ours, giving us more scope and possibilities to help the kids achieve their goals.
My name is Danielle French and I am the freestyle and contemporary teacher at Gold Starz Dance School and will be the owner in the future.
I have many years of dance experience. I started when I was 18 months old, and started competing when I was 5. I have been in many shows at Milton Keynes Theatre, including Dick Whittington, where I worked alongside Stavros Flately and Joanna Page.
In 2014 I came 2nd in the country at the Freestyle National Championships, and in 2015 I came 5th in the World Championships Freestyle Competition. I have successfully been awarded a full scholarship, 3 year course at Bodyworks Dance Company starting in September 2015 to earn a degree in dance and musical theatre to pursue my career as a dancer.
I look forward to working with the Gold Starz Dancers and helping them achieve their ambitions.
My name is Tamara Dornan, I have been a rhythmic gymnast with Nene Valley Rhythmic Gymnastics Club for many years and part of the County Squad. I am now a fully qualified Gymnastics coach and adjudicator. I am new to teaching but I am enjoying it so far, making the sport balanced between both fun and disciplined also enhancing and progressing peoples talents. I’m looking forward to teaching Gold Starz dancers and helping them reach their full potential!
Starting dance at the age of 8, trying out many dance styles and soon realised none were for me, I went on to find street dance where I felt free and myself, I could be different personas while still being me, it helped me gain confidence as well as gain a different kind of technique.
Throughout my history I went on to do level 3 dance at Northampton college, studying for 2 years, On top of college I continued to dance in 2 strong dance crews competing I have had multiple opportunities throughout my years of dance.
Opportunities such as dancing with famous choreographers like as Parrish Gobel, Wildabeast and more while collecting multiple trophies at battles such as HDI Camp, it didn’t stop there, I managed to claim titles along the way, travelling the world representing England at the age of 14 going to countries such as Spain, Denmark, Italy and others, collecting and building my knowledge of street dance in a wider range allowing me to prepare for my future.
Being a new teacher and having such a wide range of knowledge in my style of dance i wanted to give back to people and Gold Starz is the best place for that,to be part of a tight connected dance school was a privilege it wasn’t just dance it was home from home a welcoming family with so much fire and passion when they dance ,who all supported each other. I can honestly say I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the school and I’m excited to be part of it.
Chris trained at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, Circus Space and the Central School of Speech and Drama.
He had his West End debut at age 15 playing Snake in Oliver! (London Palladium) and after completing his training had many roles in international tours and West End productions such as:- The Lord of the Rings (original cast, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Broadway (Palace, Myrtle Beach, USA), Spirit of the Dance (international tour), Nintendo’s Pokemon (creating the role of Ash which resulted in a residence at the Aladdin Casino, Las Vegas), West Side Story, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (Adelphi Theatre) where he was also aerial/acro supervisor, Die Meistersinger (The Royal Opera House) where he was once again aerial/acro supervisor, and many others.
Chris also worked at the Greenwich Millennium Dome with Andrew Watson (director of creation for Cirque du Soleil) in which he starred in Ovo, the central arena show, as an aerialist 42m high. This gave him a taste for altitude and he is now a qualified skydiver!
His other work includes:- Rebuild the Roundhouse (Roundhouse), aerial specialist in Phflaster Specktakel (Linzer Summer Festival, Austria), various pantos around the UK and television/radio in the UK and abroad.
His audio recordings include:- The Lord of the Rings (world premiere cast).
In 2012 he worked with director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and performed in both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Since the Olympics Chris has worked on many other projects and at the moment is on a UK tour in the circus musical “Barnum” produced by Cameron Mackintosh and starring Brian Conley where as well as performing he is also circus captain for the show.
Chris has trained in skills such as:-Acrobatics, Stilt Walking, Poi, Staff, Tightwire, Stage Combat, Trapeze (Swinging, Fixed & Flying), Aerial Hoop and Silks to name but a few! Chris comes to Gold Starz to teach Dance Acro
Junior Teachers & Assistants
Courtney is a junior teacher and does amazing work with our little ones. They all love her. Courtney has been with Gold Starz for many years, is one of our longest serving dancers and been trained by Keir & Danielle to offer the best help and advice to children joining the school. She is well respected by all her peers.
Melissa assists in Street and also looks after our Little Starz Street Kids. Melissa has been with Gold Starz since 2013 and has been trained by Jamie Mitchell (Cartel) and currently by Dan Fullard.
Sophie has also been at Gold Starz for many years and assists with the Little Starz as well as looking after the Gold Nuggets (Our toddlers) as they find their way in the dance world.