OWNER & LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Bri Clemente began dancing at three years old at Health Quest, which soon developed into Q-Dynamics Dance Company in Flemington, New Jersey. Ages three to eighteen- Bri studied hip hop, ballet, tap, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and modern. At twelve years old, Bri shifted from being a student in the classroom to a teacher by covering hip hop classes, soon leading her to discover she not only had a passion for dancing but teaching as well. Shortly after, she continued her dance journey at FrameWorks Dance Studio to grow and develop as a choreographer and instructor.
At the age of thirteen, Bri began dancing competitively at numerous regional and national competitions, and judge’s awards proved her asset was her intense emotional connection. As a result of her passionate performances, Bri received an invitation to be a part of Cathy Roe’s Heart and Soul Dance Company along with the opportunity to perform in Starbound National Talent Competition’s opening number at their Atlantic City Nationals, with the top ten competitive/elite soloists. In her freshman year of high school, she was accepted onto North Hunterdon High School’s Varsity Dance Team and continued with them until her graduation in June 2018, where she ended her time as the captain.
During her sophomore year of college at The Pennsylvania State University, Bri joined Hot Styles Dance Company and worked closely with their State College and Bellefonte competition teams. During her junior year, she choreographed seven dances and became the founder of their mini-aged competition company. During her senior year she choreographed 23 routines that won at their regional and national competitions. While taking on these positions, she continued her dance education on CLI studios with world-renowned instructors. Some of the instructors include- Shannon Mather, Teddy Forance, Molly Long, Delaney Glazer, Lex Ishimoto, Misha Gabriel, Blake McGrath, Kathryn McCormick, Mark Meismer, and more!
Now, Bri is the founder and owner of Lucky Star Dance Company. She has dreamed of starting her dance studio since she was ten years old and is so excited that the day has arrived. Bri believes this is only the beginning of her companies future, as well as her choreography career. She cannot wait to share her love for dance the way her previous instructors did with her. She sends thanks to all the teachers, mentors, colleagues, students, friends, and family who helped get her to where she is today.
INSTRUCTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
Caroline Castora grew up dancing in the highly competitive Plano, Texas at KJ Dance. Through her almost 15 years there, she had the opportunity to work closely with master choreographers like Justin Giles, Kayla Kalbfleisch, Martha Nichols, Ida Saki, Andy Pellick, Corey Snide, Jonathan Campbell, Suzi Taylor, Madi Hicks, and Andy Blankenbueler. Caroline was also a member of Soulescape, Justin Giles premiere contemporary company, giving her the opportunity to perform at the El Portal Theater in Los Angeles at only 16 years old. Through her time at KJ, she taught all age groups in a variety of styles like contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and tap. In State College, she studies Meteorology and Journalism with hopes of becoming a broadcast meteorologist one day. Caroline is the proud President of Orchesis Dance Company, Penn State’s oldest dance organization as well as being the Director of Dance Relations for Penn State's Performing Arts Council. Caroline can’t wait to work with everyone at Lucky Star and share her love for dance with the students there!
LEAD BALLET INSTRUCTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
Victoria was born in New York, but spent a large part of her childhood playing in the rural landscapes of central Pennsylvania, where she resides now. Having a mother who was also ballet dancer, she was exposed to dance at an early age. Victoria would put on costumes and dance along with VHS tapes of CATS The Musical, and Gelsey Kirkland in ‘The Nutcracker.’
Victoria was a freelance artist and guest artist for multiple productions around New York City and Long Island. She has experience performing and teaching classical repertoire from major ballets such as; The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Giselle and more. She also performed with a contemporary ballet company for several years before moving to Pennsylvania in 2021.
But her path in dance was not a linear one. While she always studied ballet in the background, she was also drawn to activities like gymnastics, dirt bikes, skydiving and climbing precarious objects. It wasn’t until after Victoria graduated with her psychology degree that she found herself seriously considering a career in dance.
She traded her perilous pastimes for the vigor of the Vaganova method, a ballet technique and training system that fuses elements of traditional French style from the romantic era with the athleticism and virtuosity of Italian technique. It is designed to involve the whole body in every movement, with equal attention paid to the upper body, legs and feet. This approach increases consciousness of the body, creating a harmony and fluidity of movement and greater expressive range.
Victoria received a majority of her training from former Prima Ballerina, Ms. Irina Lebedeva, as well as other former principal dancers from the Mariinsky Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet. In 2012, Victoria traveled to Saint Petersburg, Russia to visit the Vaganova Academy of Classical Ballet to observe the students and expand her knowledge of this beautiful method. Furthermore, she took advantage of the most prestigious schools and teachers that NYC had to offer, including; Gelsey Kirkland, Katherine Healy, Leslie Browne, Lupe Serrano, and collegiate programs at American Ballet Theatre.
Revisiting serious training as an adult made Victoria a very analytical dancer and a pragmatic teacher. In 2015 she began teaching students of all ages and skill levels in Long Island, New York. She emphasized technique and small artistic details to help her students become more empowered performers.
Her practical and approachable teaching style also gained popularity on her YouTube channel that is dedicated to breaking down ballet technique for adult beginners. She currently has 12.5K subscribers from all around the globe, all of whom insist that “no one else explains things as well as she does!”
After relocating to Pennsylvania, Victoria continued to teach online, but she was missing the energy of being in the studio with other dancers. While researching studios, she discovered Lucky Star Dance Company! She quickly reached out to Miss Bri and is now thrilled to be a part of this school. Victoria has a passion for making ballet accessible to everyone. She hopes to inspire young dancers with her teaching, and aspires to keep the community engaged by starting up a professional performing company as well.
Carly Hope is from Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania. She started dancing at the age of two and has not stopped since. She began at Paul Klocke’s Studio of Dance and later attended Angela Bates Dance Academy. She started dancing competitively at the age of 11. Attending many different competitions and conventions, while receiving various awards/scholarships. She was fortunate to be invited to attend the worldwide dance event known as Dance Excellence three times and while there, she met and learned from world renowned teachers, competed against international studios, and danced in DisneyLand in California . As a freshman at Garnet Valley High School, she auditioned for and was chosen to be a part of the GV dance team. Through this, she has had many performance opportunities including dancing in Disney World in Florida, performing on live television, and dancing at college sport games. She is now attending Penn State where she continues to dance as part of a dance company. Carly is studying early childhood education.
Mattee Stoicheff grew up in State College, PA where she began her dance career at the age of eight and joined a local competition team when she was eleven. During her freshman year of high school, Mattee was a member of the school dance team, but now is a member of the varsity cheerleading team. Her favorite genre of dance has always been lyrical because you can easily channel your emotions into your performance. Mattee’s favorite memory from dance was rehearsals for their spring recital, where she would spend the whole day with her teammates. She loves iced coffee, bright colors, and trying new things. Mattee is looking forward to building relationships with the entire Lucky Star Family and working together towards each other’s goals!
Miss Julia is from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. She started dancing at the age of three and continued ever since. She attends Bellefonte Area High School and will be a junior next year. 4 seasons ago, Julia began her competitive experience at Hot Styles Dance Company. Julia is most looking forward to sharing her love for dance with others and growing both as a dancer and teacher at Lucky Star Dance Company.
LEAD INSTRUCTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
Mackenzie Kay Leitzell started her dance journey in State College, PA at the age of 3. She trained at local studios, where she danced competitively. She fell in love with Hip Hop when she was selected to attend the Westsiders Camp created by Hannah Gosset in Youngstown, OH. At The Westsiders Camp, Kenzie was first introduced to the history of Hip Hop and it’s foundations as well as funk styles like Waving, Popping, Locking and Gliding. In 2019 she had the opportunity to begin touring with Artists Simply Human Dance Convention as a Company Member. Under this program, she received mentorship and training from ASH faculty in all styles of dance. When Kenzie was 15 she received the opportunity to assist choreographer, and her idol, Hannah Gosset. Under Hannah’s mentorship, Kenzie was able to watch and learn how a kind and knowledgeable teacher operates. She also got to see effective ways to choreograph, connect with students, and ensure that her classroom was a safe and encouraging place. Kenzie received training from “In My Feelings”, a program dedicated to performance and emotion. She also trained with “The Westsiders Virtual Camp” where she had the opportunity to learn from masters like Speks, Randi “Rascal” Fritas, Jesse Sykes, and Tracey Wong. Kenzie is always looking to expand her knowledge of dance and recently has been training in styles like House and Waacking, which are her favorites, in hopes of passing that knowledge to her students!
INSTRUCTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER
Lucy Hodges is a Senior at The Delta Program and has been dancing for 11 years. Lucy started their dance journey in Spring Mills, PA at the age of six. Starting their training in Jazz classes, and then quickly expanding to Ballet, Tap, and Lyrical. At the age of 9 they joined a pre-professional Tap company, allowing them to train and perform all across the northeast. At the age of 14, Lucy started competing for the Hot Styles Dance Company competition team in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Modern. When they were 17, Lucy got a chance to train at the famous Millennium and TMILLY studios in Los Angeles California. Lucy has been helping out in dance class as a Teaching Assistant since the age of 11, and is excited to continue their teaching education at LSDC.
Julz Aumiller is from West Grove, Pennsylvania. She started dancing at the age of 5 and 16 years later is still doing what she loves. Julz has had the opportunity to work under numerous instructors, but has spent her most recent years teaching and dancing at Chesco Dance Center in Avondale, Pennsylvania. She was on the competition team for multiple years attending various competitions and conventions and has recently become a competition team choreographer. Julz has also had the opportunity to perform at 76er’s halftime show and Walt Disney World. Julz will be a senior at The Pennsylvania State University majoring in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education. She is excited to be able to teach full time both in a classroom and on the dance floor. Julz has recently taken over the role of treasurer on Penn State’s dance team, Nittany Dance Project. Julz is beyond excited to join the Lucky Star family in hopes to inspire others and make a positive impact on the new generation of dancers.
INSTRUCTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER
Aurora White started dance at the age of thirteen, taking tap originally to get more roles in musical theatre. Quickly dance became her main focus. With guidance she began training up to 4 hours a day at home. At 15 she was taking as many dance classes possible in all genres including ballet, tap, modern, contemporary, hip hop and acro dance. Many teachers saw her dedication and asked her to compete the following season. Aurora advances at storytelling and was often recognized for emotional commitment in her dances. Behind the scenes she was either choreograhing her own solos, assisting on larger group dances, or filling in for teaching classes.Aurora has been through many hardships and dance has always been a way for her to express herself. The studio has always been like a second home to her and she is so excited to join a new family at Lucky Star.