Our highly-skilled, caring, and professional staff has many years of dance and teaching experience. Our staff is committed to providing the best dance experience for the professional dancers and performing artists of the future.
Kristal Gilbert – Ballet, Tap, Jazz and African
Kristal has been dancing since the age of 2 following where ever her mother Lorna has taught. Kristal was a member of the first performing workshop at Five Star Dance Center where they performed numerous times locally as well as in the tri-state area.
She’s a graduate of Dominican College with a BS in Athletic Training. Along with teaching at Five Star she is currently working as a Human Resource Advisor for Sandvik Inc. She is also a licensed Massage Therapist.
William J Gilbert – Drummer, Video Production
William J Gilbert, AKA the Billionaire traveled with his mother to dancing school to watch her teach class. He watched the drummers and wanted to drum. At age 8 he started to drum and has not stopped. Not only is he a great drummer he is also an entertainer. He started to feel his way into acting in his first year of college. While doing small plays and taking classes the love for the craft grew.
He later worked on movies and music videos such as Spider Man 3, Music and Lyric, American Gangster, Lil Kim’s “Put Your Lighters Up,” Jay-Z’s “Lost One’s Video”, and more. In 2007 he started his own Video production company Dream Hygh Entertainment doing music videos, movies, recitals,parties etc. He continues to entertain with his stand up comedy through out the tri-state area, opening for comics from Bad Boys of Comedy, Comic View, One Mic Stand, and the Apollo . He’s performed at top New York comedy clubs and has his own monthly comedy show in New Jersey.
Sekou O’Huru – Drum Teacher
Sekou was born and raised in New York City. With a musician father and a mother who is a dancer, he learned the arts at an early age. At the age of four, Sekou was already learning to play the Djimbe drum and by the age of five he was performing on stage. By the time he turned twelve he was teaching drum classes at the ifetayo Dance School in Brooklyn. From 1992-1995 Sekou attended the Julliard School of Music and attended William Paterson University as a music major.
Sekou is a member of the El Shabazz Djimbe Orchestra and he has toured around the world with Batoto Yetu Children’s Africian Dance Company. In addition to Sekou’s elaborate resume he is proud to perform and instruct within various organizations such as Alvin Ailey Arts and Education, Broadway Dance Center and last but not least Five Star Dance Center.
Pamela Peterkin-DeVore started her dance career at age 7. She studied ballet, tap and jazz at Paulette’s School of Dance in Paterson, NJ. When Pamela was 10 years old, her dance teacher advised her mother there was nothing else she could teach her and recommended professional dance training. Pamela’s mother enrolled her in the School of the Garden State Ballet where she trained under the direction of Fred Danielli, Steve Danielli and Kyne Franks. At age 13 Pamela became a member of the GSB Gallman’s Newark Dance Ensemble and trained and performed under the direction of Alfred Gallman. Pamela became a principle dancer at age 15. After high school Pamela auditioned and received a full scholarship at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center where she studied modern dance and ballet under several dance masters. She was later offered a position in Ailey’s 3rd company where she trained and performed under the direction of Kelvin Rotardia. After a few months she auditioned for Ailey’s 2nd company where she trained and danced under the direction of Sylvia Waters.
Pamela’s second adventure was Broadway. Pamela joined he cast of “God’s Creation” an off-broadway musical where she starred as “Eve”. She performed and danced in the production for 6 years.
Pamela decided she wanted a more relaxed lifestyle so she fell in love and married. With this union came 2 beautiful daughters.
Pamela made her choreographic debut with the Teaneck Terpsichoreans where she was the resident choreographer and assistant director for 20 years.
Presently, Pamela is working with Dance Evolution in Hackensack, Community Baptist Church’s praise dance ministry and Teaneck High School’s Dance Ensemble.
Pamela is pleased to have the opportunity to teach ballet at Five Star.
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards has been apart of almost every major Tap movie or show that has appeared in the history of tap dance since the 80’s. Accolades include an Astaire Award for Best Performance in After Midnight on Broadway, Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance, The Hoofer Award from The American Tap Dance Foundation, Best Actress nomination in the lead role in the award-winning Independent film “The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang”, and appearing as the cover story for Dance Magazine. In addition Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards continues to appear as a special guest for shows and festivals around the world. She was elected to the Advisory Board as the Tap Advisor for Dance Magazine and the official Tap Spokesperson for Capezio along with her family, with features in their international advertising campaign. Mrs. Sumbry- Edwards was also the private tap instructor to the iconic Michael Jackson over the course of 11 years.
Dormeshia’s career includes acclaimed runs on Broadway and off-Broadway in shows such as Black and Blue, the Tony Award Winning Bring In Da’Noise, Bring In Da’Funk, International Tour of Bring in Da’Noise, Bringin Da’Funk (dance captain/principal dancer/understudy to the lead role), and Imagine Tap! (featured soloist). Other performances include the national tour of Wild Woman Blues and Debbie Allen’s SAMMY (the life and times of Sammy Davis Jr.). Film credits include “TAP” with Gregory Hines, Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled” (Assistant Choreographer), and “The Rodgers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty”. Choreography credits include Michael Jackson’s music video “Rock My World”, Apollo Club Harlem (tap choreography) and the Sophisticated Ladies which is featured weekly at the world famous Cotton Club in NYC. She was spotlighted in a commercial for Tops, featured on MTV’s hit television series MADE and had a leading role in After Midnight on Broadway. Dormeshia has been and continues to be revered as one of the most dynamic performers in the industry today.
Kalena Brown was born in Bronx, NY and raised in New Jersey. She is an Alumni from Penn State University with a dual degree in Dance and Psychology (BA). She began dancing at the age of 5 years old. She attended Five Star Dance Center during her early childhood years. She was a part of the Repertory Company at Center for Modern Dance (CMDE) in Hackensack, New Jersey. In 2010 she attended the NYU Tisch Dance Program for high school students called Dancemaker. During the summer of 2012, she attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Professional Division Summer Intensive Program where she studied with some of the most prestigious choreographers and teachers such as Keith Alexander and Quenia Ribeiro. Kalena was apart of the Afi-Mojah Dance Company at Penn State where she danced and performed around Pennsylvania. She was a member, fundraising chair, and choreographer of Ambitions Dance Organization at Penn State. Also during her years at Penn State, she attended the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) where she networked and took dance classes to broaden her horizons of dance. Kalena is currently a dancer at the dance company, Forza Malizia Dance Company in NYC where she performs different genres of dance.
Kalena wants to pursue a career in dance therapy and open a studio where she is able to practice dance therapy and teach. She attributes her knowledge of dance to her opportunity to attend various intensives where she has studied West African Dance, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance. Working with this company, Kalena plans to continue to grow as a dancer, dancer teacher and as an individual and continue to pursue her passion and goals. She wants to give back to children and people to foster self-confidence, discipline and enrich their physical and mental health.
LEANNA BARNES – Hip Hop, Jazz, African, Tap
Leanna has been dancing since the age of three. She began taking classes at Five Star at the age of seven. She’s a graduate of Teaneck HS where she was enrolled in the Dance Academy, a member of the Terpsys and Dance Ensemble. Currently on Staff at Five Star Dance Studio along with Terpsys, Dance Ensemble, and the after school dance team at Hackensack Middle School keeps her very busy. Leanna loves giving back to the community and loves working with children. Dance is not what she does, it’s who she is. Her love, passion and gift for dance, inspires her to help others find theirs.
ALLISON WILLIAMS FOSTER – CEO of I STYLE MODELS MANAGEMENT – BALLET, MODELING
ALLISON began dancing at the age of 4 under the tutelage of Arthur Mitchell and Karl Shook. She was one of the first 12 students to start The Harlem School of the Arts. Harkness Ballet, NY School of Ballet, Dance Theatre Of Harlem, were the foundation for Allison’s dance career. At age 9, Allison was a principle ballet dancer for the Harlem School of the Arts, resident Dance Company. Ms. Williams Foster worked at the MET at the age of 9, as an Usherette for Opera Divas, Marian Anderson and Shirley Verrett. Allison Joined AFTRA (American Federation of Radio and Television Artists) at age 11, for her vocals on the theme song of “SESAME STREET”. By the time she was 13 yrs old she joined Tony Award Winner George Faison’s dance company, “Universal Dance Experience”, alongside Debbie Allen and was the youngest member of the company. At age 15 Allison was co-founder and principle dancer of Kinetic Energy Dance Company, with the late Kevin Austin Hunt. During her career she has worked with many established choreographers.
By age 18, she toured with Van McCoy & The Hustle Dancers, opening for The Four Tops, Natalie Cole, Shirley Bassey, and Faith Hope and Charity to name a few. In 1977, The Grammys were Satellite from Lagos Nigeria for Stevie Wonder’s “, Songs in the Key Of Life.”, in which Ms Williams Foster was on tour. Allison made her “Broadway” debut in the original Broadway hit, The Wiz as the “Tornado Eye”. Guys and Dolls, Mahalia, Dancin, Pippin, Sing Mahalia Sing, Spider Woman, DreamGirls, Sweet Charity, Jelly’s Last Jam. Performances with Michael Jackson, Stephanie Mills and Liberace’ are a few of her stage accomplishments.
She has appeared in both radio and Televison commercials, choreographed an episode of “The Cosby Show”, “The Wiz” touring company, Ntozake Shange’s Betsy Brown and the DreamGirls revival. Allison has modeled for campaigns such as Dark N’ Lovely Hair products, a recurring role as a singer on “One Life to Live”, as well as many radio voiceover commercials.She has been a featured dancer in Music videos with recording artists, Cameo and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
Her Background vocals are recognized for artists such as, Neyo, Chrisette Michele, Change(Luther Vandross) Christopher Williams, Jeff Redd, Me’Lisa Morgan, Bobby Brown, Rick Brennan, Randy Muller of Brass Construction and GQ (Rahiem LaBlanc) traveling both nationally and internationally appearing before the King of Morroco by request as well as the Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. She currently is a featured vocalists with New York City’s major bands, “The Stingers” and “SkinTight”.
NATASHA DAVIS – BALLET, TAP, AFRICAN, JAZZ
Natasha Davis started dancing at the age of 7 at Five Star Dance Center. After a short break, she later returned to join Five Star’s Performing Workshop and gained training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, African, and Modern. At the age of 16, Natasha was the offered the opportunity to teach her first dance class as a student teacher at Five Star, Beginner Tap. This is where she discovered her passion for sharing the arts with the youth. She continued to study dance at Five Star and student teach until she graduated from high school and moved on to college. Natasha attended Virginia Commonwealth University to study the field of Forensic Science. Even though she did not select a major in the arts, she continued to practice her craft and joined the Ebony Quest Dance Group. In addition, she taught several workshops as a freelance instructor at the Fairfield Art of Dance in Iowa. While Natasha enjoyed her endeavors in Virginia, she grew homesick and returned to New Jersey to finish her studies at William Paterson University of New Jersey where she earned a degree in Applied Mathematics. While studying at WPUNJ, Natasha joined the Emancia Modern Dance Group of NY, under the instruction of Marcia Warner, and performed for two seasons. Natasha currently works in the field of Market Research, but continues to share her love of dance with the world. In addition to her work at Five Star, she volunteers with the Englewood Junior Cheerleaders and provides freelance dance instruction and choreography as requested.
DEJA DAMONIQUE MCNAIR – Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop
Deja Damonique McNair was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and later grew up in South Plainfield, New Jersey where she began the journey of wanting to pursue dance. Deja has been dancing since she was 4. She started off dancing in church, being the youngest member of the Shiloh Baptist Church Vessels of Praise. She always had a passion for dance making herself known in many different dance studios, volunteering to teach dance or assisting different choreographers to not just make an appearance in the dance world but to grow and get better. She attended high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts located in Georgetown , Washington DC where she studied dance mainly focusing on ballet, modern, and African. She later graduated in 2013 knowing straight out of high school what her goals were and very eager to achieve them. She is currently a senior at Montclair State University as a Bachelor of Fine Arts dance major. She is expecting to graduate this May of 2017. She has big dreams to become a professional choreographer as well as earn acceptance into a more contemporary/modern based dance company. She also enjoys a lot of commercial dance work as she has auditioned for Americas Got Talent, ShowTime at the Apollo, background dancing for many artist, and many more to make a name for herself. As she finishes up her last year of college she plans to grow and mature through the molding of her dance career. ” I dance because the movement expresses the words I can’t express out my mouth”.
DEVANICE CREDLE – MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY
Growing up, Devanice was always a ball of energy, to combat that, her family put her in Five Star Dance Center at the tender age of 4 years old. From then on, Devanice found the love of her life and began her dance career. Her family left Bergen county for Morris County after 8 solid years of dancing with Five Star. With her big move to Budd Lake, New Jersey she expanded her love for movement and choreography to cheerleading. Then, she took on another endeavor by helping reorganize Mount Olive High School’s Step Team where she became the Captain and choreographer. Following high school, Devanice went to Bergen Community College where she dabbled in a few of the dance programs they had available. Ultimately, she joined the Chosen Few Dance Company, where she fell back in love with dance. Unfortunately, her busy work schedule as an HR director at the time was quite the load in compilation with the company’s schedule, so she took another hiatus from dance. Finally, she was reunited with Five Star Dance Center’s Director, Lorna Mack, and was ecstatic to begin giving a new generation of dancers everything that she loved.
BRIAN K. HAWTHORNE – MODERN
Brian K. Hawthorne is a Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Educator and Playwright. He began dancing at the age of 14 at The Independent Dance Theatre and received his formal training in Classical Ballet & Modern at The Juilliard School in Lincoln Center, NYC. Brian has performed and choreographed around the world, including countries as far as, Canada, Germany, Italy, Rotterdam & Spain. He has worked with several singing artists, dance companies, institutions and churches. He was a company member of Jubilation!, former Co-Director of The Allen Liturgical Dance Ministry at The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, Performing Arts Director at The Queens Police Athletic League NYC, and has performed off-Broadway as Joseph in “Nativity, A Life Story”.Brian’s primary love of Performing Arts is that of being a teacher and doesn’t measure his accomplishments by his own works but rather that of the accomplishments of his students whose achievements span the globe. He has taught students at several Schools of Dance in the Tri-State area such as The Independent Dance Theatre, Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, The DeVore Dance Center, The Artist Collective, Tap Dance Only, InnerVisions Theater Arts Center, and now proudly adds the Five Star Dance Center to his resume and eventually its’ students to the list of prestigious performers of the professional World of Dance!