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 began her dance training at the age of 4 specialising in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary and lyrical. 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. At the age of 11 she began assistant teaching and it was then when she discovered a passion for teaching dance and working with children. Danielle has been teaching and choreographing dance for 15 years, working with students of all ages and choreographing for competitions and live 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 performing. Currently Danielle teaches SACE Stage II Dance and CSTD classes.

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.

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 Lafaele has been dancing since the age of 10 and completely fell in love with the arts by the age of 17. Lulu trained in all genres, full time for 2 years at Gravity Dance. Since graduating Lulu is now her own performer, choreographer, and creative director. Trained in many genres but her main focus and passion is Hiphop. Lulu directed and choreographed for her dance crew “Madjestic Dance Crew” that placed 1st at the last HHI Dance Comp here in Adelaide. Lulu has been busy sharing her unique style throughout Adelaide, choreographing for events, Elite competition teams, performing at events, shows, her most recent show credits include: Adelaide Fashion festival, showcasing for designer Tiff Manuel & backup dancing in the new Aus TV series, Stateless, starring Cate Blanchett.

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.

Laurie Rea

Laurie was trained as an actor in the UK, receiving his Media/Performance Diploma at the University of Salford and undertaking further training at The Academy of Live & Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London. Since his training as an actor, he has had feature roles in theatre, television and film and has been fortunate enough to work alongside some very prestigious directors and actors. As well as working as an actor, Laurie has also worked as an acting agent and teacher. Laurie is also a keen writer of both plays and screenplays and hopes to have more of his work produced in the future.

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.