Institute Overview

Star Academy is committed to creating a positive experience for all students and assisting in the development of confident, well balanced young people.
Star Academy aims to release the inner potential of its students by providing quality education in all facets of performing arts in a safe and professional environment. We aspire to instill confidence, develop self-esteem, and build life-long friendships for our participants, whether they wish to pursue a career in entertainment or just have fun and get fit. Star Academy’s trained and experienced teachers strive to achieve the best results for students of all ages, from beginners to advanced. We welcome parents to speak to our teachers in regards to identifying the best choices for their children and develop a program which best suits their needs. There will be many opportunities for students to showcase their work in mid-year and end of year concerts, term reports and parent viewing days. Should you experience any difficulties or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff. We will do our utmost to attend to your requirements promptly.

Our Team

Jenna Boffa-Maiolo

Creative Director
Jenna is the founder and Creative Director of Star Academy. With over 20 years of performing arts education, Jenna’s passion and determination for performing and teaching has led her to fulfill her dream of opening an Institute – one which brings passion, friendships and talent together. The Academy caters for students who desire to pursue a career in entertainment or simply to have fun and get fit. Jenna found a passion for hip hop, whereby she has participated in and choreographed award-winning routines on an international scale. Her love of drama has ensured she participated in pantomimes and various other activities around South Australia. While currently studying a University degree in Law and Business, Jenna strives for excellence in ensuring her students have access to the best performing arts education in the business.

Kristy Burns

Academy Principal
Kristy began her training in Adelaide at the age of two where she learnt jazz, ballet, tap and singing. She was involved with Eisteddfods, Dance and Theatrical exams and also Musical Theatre performances throughout Adelaide. After studying drama at Flinders University, Kristy relocated to Sydney to attend Brent Street Performing Arts School as a full-time student. Whilst over in Sydney, she began working professionally in commercials, corporate dance, comparing and musical theatre. In 2001, Kristy was part of the opening crew at Universal Studios, Japan where she performed as a singer, dancer and street actor for 3 years. Returning to Adelaide, she discovered a passion for teaching and choreographing. She has choreographed for corporate jobs, TV pilots, original productions, pantomimes, nightclubs and opening ceremonies, as well as providing entertainment for events such as the “Tour Down Under”. Kristy has trained under a number of dance syllabi including RAD and C.S.T.D and is a qualified C.S.T.D Dance Examination teacher. Kristy’s loves for the performing arts has allowed her to travel the world and now, pass on her knowledge and passion to her students.

Danielle Riddiford

SACE & VET Coordinator
Danielle has studied dance for over 20 years, in areas including jazz, tap, classical ballet, contemporary and hip hop. She has trained under a number of dance syllabi including Cecchetti, R.A.D and C.S.T.D and is a qualified C.S.T.D dance examination teacher. Danielle has been teaching and choreographing dance for 15 years, working with students of all ages and choreographing for competitions and live events. Her extensive dance training has given her the opportunity to perform in professional productions at the Entertainment Centre and the Festival Theatre, as well as at a number of corporate events. Danielle has a Masters Degree in Education, a Bachelor of Media and Arts Degree and a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management. Her favourite thing about teaching dance is helping students grow in confidence, discover their own potential and develop a passion for dance and performing. Currently Danielle coordinates Star Academy’s Vocational Training program, delivering and assessing Certificate II, III and IV in Dance, as well as SACE Stage I and II.

Anna Bowers

Anna’s love of classical ballet began at the age of four when her brothers had all started school and she was the only child left at home. Anna has studied classical ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and theatrical styles of dance. Her passion for dance gave her many opportunities to succeed in exams, competitions and awards. Anna teaches using various syllabus such as RAD, Cecchetti, Borovanski, ISTD and ATOD. She has been involved in, and choreographed, many musicals, shows and corporate events for a range of ages. After finishing her Bachelor of Dance, Anna also completed a Bachelor of Education. Anna is a Primary school teacher as well as a High school dance and drama teacher. Anna enjoys working with children and helping them to progress and master dance techniques in a fun and friendly manner.

Matilda Wiech

Dance & Event Coordinator
Matilda has been dancing since the age of three and she has a strong passion for the industry. Matilda has studied many styles of dance including jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, lyrical and musical theatre. Her dancing career is only just starting and she has already had many opportunities offered to her and received multiple awards. Matilda pushes her students to get the best results possible whilst ensuring classes are still fun. She aspires to instill her knowledge and experience of dance into her students to develop a strong base for their futures. Matilda is a member of the Australian Dance Theatre Youth Ensemble and has danced under choreographers such as Daniel Jabber (the Artistic Director of Leigh Warren Dance Company) and Larissa McGowan. Her knowledge in contemporary dance is flourishing and she is excited to pass on her experiences. Matilda has also competed around Australian in dance competitions for jazz, hip hop and contemporary.

Caroline Lawson

As a young dancer Caroline trained and toured with the Tasmanian State Ballet Company and the VCA School of Dance in Melbourne. She has worked for many years choreographing and performing in her own productions under the working title ‘Dancenet Contemporary Dance Collective’. She coordinated and produced numerous shows for corporate entities including Michael Jackson’s Official Welcome to SA, The International Women’s Business Conference, The SA State Opera, the Barossa Wine Fair and many more. Caroline has choreographed many short and full length dance pieces for stage and screen. She has worked with professional dancers, artists and musicians, with her work being performed at various theatres in South Australia. Caroline has been a dance teacher for over 30 years, with experience teaching all ages from beginner to professional in classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz and hip hop. She looks forward to joining the Star faculty and working with students to challenge and inspire them!

Lulu Lafaele

Hip Hop
Lulu was born and raised in Auckland, NZ and has been dancing since 12 years of age. After graduating high school she studied dance full time completing her Certificate IV in Dance. She has numerous credits performing and choreographing and has worked with internationally known choreographers. Lulu works professionally as a dancer and hip hop choreographer. We are very excited to have Lulu joining Star in 2019 to teach hip hop to our competition crews and solo hip hop performers. Lulu looks forward to introducing new styles and techniques to students.

Miranda Aristides

Miranda has been singing and dancing (jazz & tap) since the age of five. She started formal singing training in 1993 and has been a singing teacher since 1998. She has had extensive experience teaching beginners, children, adults, groups and advanced students. Miranda has performed in many concerts throughout the years and won the 2001 SA National Amateur Song Contest Duo Section and the Adult Section in the same competition. Her solo achievements include Carols By The Sea, Multicultural Festivals, community functions, fashion parades, birthdays and many weddings. Miranda’s passion lies in singing teaching, encouraging and building the singer’s techniques in order to achieve their goals. She has taken part in stage managing and directing singing concerts including personal guidance and encouragement for the budding singers.

Natasha Parletta

Natasha developed her passion of singing at the age of six. She has been trained in jazz, tap and vocals including singing in Italian. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Natasha has been involved with many productions/concerts at many entertaining venues all over Adelaide, such as The Entertainment Centre, Musical Theatre productions, Carnevale, birthdays, weddings, corporate gigs and many other community events. Natasha has a Bachelor of Education and is a registered South Australian Teacher. Natasha loves sharing her passion of singing and performing with her students.

Ellie Katsaparas

Ellie’s first words were a song her grandfather taught her which shaped her life from then. Throughout her schooling, Ellie trained to advance herself to qualify for the undergraduate program in music in Jazz Voice. She trained for three years at the Adelaide Conservatorium with qualifications in Singing Teaching which then transitioned into a degree in Music Education. Her specialties are Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Musical Theatre and Popular Music. Throughout her schooling, Ellie has performed in many diverse solo and group performances such as acts in the Fringe, Cabaret Festival, live shows on Jazz Radio Adelaide, private and public functions and been part of the Jones Commentary Choir which has held Gospel shows for the Fringe and at the Adelaide Entertainment Center. Ellie is proficient at identifying the appropriate resources required for a students and then ensuring that they are used efficiently and effectively. She prides herself on being able to offer high-quality lessons to students and ensuring that she is not only a great teacher but also a motivator throughout the whole experience. Her passion inspires her to sing and teach to her best ability.

Tiana Riemel

Tiana is studying Music and Education at Tabor University and has a Level 1 Primary Kodaly Certificate and was awarded the SA Kodaly Music Scholarship award. Tiana also performs regularly singing at live events and functions as well as working as a DJ. She is very excited to be working at Star Academy on Wednesdays doing Private Singing, Inter Musical Theatre, and Mini Musical Theatre. Tiana hopes to inspire her students to love music and singing and develop their confidence with performing.

Amber Greening

Amber competed in artistic gymnastics in her early years, being awarded state champion at age 10 for South Australia. For the past five years, Amber has worked with children teaching cricket, tennis, children’s yoga and gymnastics. Amber has always had a strong passion for gymnastics which lead her to obtaining accreditation in teaching gymnastics. She is also accredited to teach children’s yoga and has been running her own specialised children’s yoga program in kindergartens and schools for the past 3 years. Yoga has been very beneficial in Amber’s acrobatics programme. Being an ex-gymnast, Amber is aware of the importance of looking after our bodies and strongly believes in teaching children the connection of our minds and bodies and developing a strong sense of individuality and self-confidence from a young age. Amber is also currently studying dyslexia therapy and looks forward to further developing our Star Students in 2017.

Stefanie Rossi

Stefani graduated from the Adelaide College of the Arts with an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Acting) in 2012. She has since studied with 16th Street Actors Studio (Melbourne) as well as Rob Marchand and Tony Knight (Adelaide). Stefanie has numerous theatre, television and film credits and continues to work in the industry. Stefanie has also worked for Camp Quality as a Coordinator/Puppeteer and in 2016, Stefanie started up media/production company Leading Line Productions with partner Marc Clement. She currently works with the Paediatric Mental Health Training Unit at Adelaide University, The Bone Health Foundation in their educational primary school show and is very excited to be starting classes as STAR Academy teaching acting. She is also currently working on up-coming film series Warpath -Chronicle–, taking on the role of Amarosa as well as Co-Producer/1st Assistant Director/Co-Head of Casting. Stefanie looks forward to sharing her experience working as a professional actor and encouraging students to develop their confidence and passion for performing.

Laurie Rea

Laurie received his drama training at both Salford University and the Academy of Live Recorded Arts in the UK. He 20 years experience working professionally in the acting industry with numerous credits in theatre , TV and film. Between 2009 and 2016 Laurie worked as a drama teacher in the UK before moving to Australia in 2017. Laurie also worked as an agent for ‘Hat Acting Management’ between 2009 – 2015, working closely with casting directors and production companies giving him unique insight into utilising actor’s skills to their full potential in order to find them work in theatre, film and television. He has also worked as a drama lecturer in the UK. Laurie is an excellent addition to the Star team with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience. His classes are always engaging and full of fun! He looks forward to developing the student’s acting technique and inspiring them to be confident performers.

Bella Di Matteo

Administration & Dance
Bella has been taking classes in Performing Arts since the age of three. She undertook classes in singing, acting, ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She has appeared in many commercials and performed in the Special Olympics opening ceremony in 2008. In 2009, Bella received a performing arts scholarship at St Peter’ Girls. In 2011, she began new training at Star Academy where she has taken classes in singing, acting, ballet, hip hop and contemporary. From there she has been in many musicals including: Oliver, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Candyman, 42nd Street (where she had a main role as Andy Lee) and Choreographed The Wizard of Oz performance for Shane Davidson. Bella is now apart of the Advanced Elite Team at Star Academy and is also been a teacher since 2014. She has her Certificate II and III in Dance as well as accomplished CSTD grade 4, 5, 6, and 7 in Jazz and is currently studying grade 8. She performs regularly around Adelaide and truly has a passion for the arts. Bella wishes to pass her enthusiasm for performing to her students.

Ruby Lombardi

Ruby has been dancing since the age of three and has always held a very strong passion towards the performing arts industry. She has studied diverse styles such as hip hop, jazz, ballet and contemporary, as well as acting and singing. She has competed in Eisteddfod and Candance competitions both in solo and group, receiving various awards. Ruby strives to help her students reach their full potential and also instill the same passion and love for the arts as she has. She not only wants to develop their skills in technique but also help nurture confidence and passion. Ruby holds a Cert II in dance and will undertake her Cert III in 2017. She has also participated in CSTD Jazz Exams in Jazz. Ruby has performed in numerous venues around Adelaide and uses these experiences to help her students become better performers. Ruby is excited to work in a place that is not only a school, but a place students can call home.

Our Studio

Star Academy has set a new precedent for Performing Arts Studios in Australia, from its contemporary décor to its modern facilities.
Star Academy hosts three dance studios, one drama studios and two singing studios. All Star Studios are fully equipped with mirrors, wooden floors, high ceilings, superb sound facilities, ballet barres, microphones, laptops and wifi and personal lockers for all our students. Star Academy’s newly refurbished lounge area is a place for parents and guests to wait and enjoy a coffee or tea and nibbles from our Star Canteen. Healthy snacks are available for students. Guests are invited to read a magazine or keep up to date with the latest Star News via our notice board or sit back and watch television on our 50 inch plasma. All institute information, news and events are displayed throughout our lounge as well as our Star Academy merchandise display. All merchandise can be purchased or ordered from the reception desk. Our safety features include a one-way door and intercom system to ensure maximum safety for our students. Students will not be permitted to leave the premises unless a member of our Star Team has seen the students exit with a parent or guardian.