Josie Starr
Artistic Staff

(She/Her)

Josephine (Josie) Starr, born and raised in Marshall Missouri, began her dance training at Broadway Bound Dance Studio. By age 5 she began her track as a competitive dancer and training under her mentor Torey Spitzig.

By age 13, she began her journey as an instructor and began teaching various styles at a recreational level. After high school graduation in 2017, she began studying at Webster University. While at Webster, she has had the privilege of working with artist such as, Xi Zhao, Gregory Dawson, Tara Webbe Filomena Cacciatore, AntonioDouthit-Boyd, Michael Uthoff, Monica Newsam, Beckah Reed, Maggi Dueker, Jennifer Welch Cudnik, Betsy Brandt, and many others both in classes and performance opportunities.

Outside of Webster she has had the opportunity to train with companies across the United States, some of these include Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Backhaus Dance, Visceral Dance Chicago and the
Joffrey Ballet.

Josie graduated Webster University in December of 2020, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance with an emphasis in ballet. She now dances for Consuming Kinetic Dance Company located in the St. Louis area. Josie is excited to continuing sharing and growing at DPU this season!

Classes

Jr. Contemporary

A movement based class that focuses on modern and “out of the box” thinking for stylistic purposes in movement. Dancers will learn organic movement, self-expression through artistry and improvisational skills.

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Seedlings

A 60 minute combination class teaching Tap, Jazz and Ballet fundamentals. This class focuses on basic technique, rhythm and creative movement. Seedlings accommodates dancers 3-5 years of age. Dancers will need black tie up shoes and pink canvas ballet shoes for this class.

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Seedlings

A 60 minute combination class teaching Tap, Jazz and Ballet fundamentals. This class focuses on basic technique, rhythm and creative movement. Seedlings accommodates dancers 3-5 years of age. Dancers will need black tie up shoes and pink canvas ballet shoes for this class.

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Sprouts

A 30 minute introductory class teaching fundamentals of Tap steps, Ballet positions, creative movement and listening skills. Sprouts accommodates dancers 2-3 years of age. Dancers will need black tie up tap shoes and pink canvas ballet shoes for this class.

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Blossoms

 A 60 minute combination class teaching Tap, Jazz and Ballet fundamentals. This class focuses on strength, coordination and creative movement. Accommodates dancers 5-7 years of age. Dancers require black tie up tap shoes and black jazz shoes for this class.

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Acro II

An intermediate level Acrobatics class that is designed for dancers with some gym- nastic experience. Dancers will learn more advanced tumbling skills. Dancers should have the following skills but are not limited to: a front limber, back limber, one handed cartwheel and con- sistent handstand to be placed in this class. Designed for dancers of any age. Dancers will require […]

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Acro I

A beginning level Acrobatics class that is designed for dancers with little to no gymnastics experience. Dancers will learn correct body alignment and basic Acrobatic skills.

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Mini Hip Hop

 A movement based class that focuses on fun, energetic stylized dancing. Dancers will learn fundamentals of isolations, grooves and a wide variety of backgrounds of the style through progressions across the floor, combinations in center and freestyle skills. De- signed for dancers age 5-7 as an introductory class. Dancers will require tennis shoes they DO NOT wear outside of the […]

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Open Level Acro

An Acrobatics class designed for any level with any gymnastic experience. Dancers will work at their own pace and level in this class. This class is for all ages, ability levels and is best used as a supplement Acrobatics class. 

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Acro I

A beginning level Acrobatics class that is designed for dancers with little to no gymnastics experience. Dancers will learn correct body alignment and basic Acrobatic skills.

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