Successes

See who is in our hall of fame and list of successes

Rosemary Wiltshire (Trowell) joined the world famous Tiller Girls and extensively toured the UK on both stage and TV.

Gillian Lester (Singfield) completed her training after which gained her teaching qualification with the IDTA. She then went on to open the Lester Academy of Dance and Movement in Kent and worked as deputy head mistress at the King’s School, Rochester.

Helen Johnson (MacNally) currently senior examiner for the IDTA and principal of British Academy of Dance and Drama (BADD).

Sonia Spearing graduated and appeared in various professional pantomimes around the United Kingdom and also worked for the Butlin holiday organisation.

Cheryl Stampe (Ling) completed her training after a successful career and is now head of dance at Fort Pitt Grammer School for Girls in Kent.

Irene Oliver (Gardner) completed her training and furthered her career by teaching in the past for our Lordswood branch before opening her own school and freelancing in the Medway towns.

Teresa Welch graduated and worked at Sun City in South Africa and P & O Cruises for many years. She now runs a large successful school in Surrey.

Kim Cross graduated and went on to become head girl dancer for the Jim Davidson show both on television and stage. She also featured in Russ Abbott, BBC seaside specials and spent over five years working for ITV with both the young generation and programmes such as live from Her Majesty.

Lorraine Brown graduated and toured in a singing/dancing duo with Gary Bartles in some of the World’s most prestigious hotel chains.

Debbie Baker graduated and went on to entertain as principal dancer for Saga cruises and Cunard cruises with the Peter Gordeno dancers. She also worked as Co-Director/Choreographer with P&O cruises.

Tony Hall went on to become lead male vocalist with Starquest Entertainments and works in various Worldwide entertainment venues.

Karen Burton (Woolmer) completed her training after performing in many Starquest Entertainments productions. She went on to gain her teaching qualifications and currently runs the Karmann School of Dance in Kent.

Tracy Rain graduated and went on to perform in various summer season productions as dancer for Starquest Entertainments in UK venues.

Mandy Burgess went on to work as featured adagio performer in Spain. She then went on to cruise the World for Cunard Cruises. She owned a large and successful performing arts school and vocational college in Australia. After 30 years, she has now returned to her roots and is currently a faculty leader for both Jackie Lynn and Starquest.

Craig Bartley has been on the South East area Theatre Dance Council Committee for the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and is a professional adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Music, Dance and Drama festivals worldwide. For other professional performing credits see The Principal page.

Bridget Polley graduated and starred as Little red Riding Hood as well as other title roles in pantomime for the John Spillers pantomime company. She then became head girl dancer at the famous Cromer Pavilion with the Seaside special productions and then drama coordinator at several venues in the USA for camp America. She currently teaches drama in Weymouth, Dorset.

Lynn Marks graduated and went on to work in various films in the USA. She currently owns one of the most prestigious child theatrical agencies in Hollywood California, USA.

Lynn Rapley (Brownette) graduated and worked in various pantomime productions. She currently practises as a qualified dance teacher in outreach schools.

Helen Eddleston graduated and is currently teaching and lecturing in educational dance studies in Australia.

Alison Smith (Plummer) completed her training after which performed for the Butlin Corporation. She then went on to gain her teaching qualifications and now runs the Dance Alley School in Kent. She is also a junior examiner for the IDTA.

Lesley Sutton graduated and went on to perform for the Butlins holiday centres and also various summer seasons around the UK.

Joanne Roberts (Berry) trained at our school before becoming a theatre and TV actress, where she met and married her husband Nick Berry.

Toni Hammill graduated and went on to become the entertainments events co-ordinator for Medway Council’s show productions.

Mark Snow graduated and is currently working as headline entertainer and entertainments manager for Shearings holidays.

Zara Sullivan graduated and performed in various pantomimes around the country. She has been head girl dancer and shows co-ordinator for the Butlin holiday organisation for the past ten years.

Phillipe Reynolds graduated and has been working in West End musicals such as Fame, Pyjama Game, We will rock you, the Sound of Music, Starlight Express and also toured with White Christmas, the musical.

Louise-Ann Sharplin graduated and holds a teaching qualification. She now runs her own school in Portsmouth.

Jo Hillier graduated and has travelled the World on Costa cruises. She also holds a dance teaching qualification with the IDTA and runs a large successful dancing school in Wimbledon.

Haley Eldridge graduated and worked on Saga Cruises as production dancer and then went on to work with Cirque Du Soleil on Celebrity Cruises.

Emma Stewart graduated with her teaching qualifications after playing various principal roles for Starquest Entertainments. She now runs the Performance Academy of Theatre Arts in Kent.

Luke Abby went on to do part time modeling work after he was accepted to the prestigious BRIT School in Croydon where he studied theatre design. He has created sets and costumes for magazines such as Vanity Fair, Dazed & Confused and collaborated with the likes of Lady Gaga, Natalia Kills and Sephora. Luke now resides in NYC working as a photographer and set designer with his husband Jacob and his Chihuahua Alfie.

“Attending Starquest from a young age really enhanced my social skills and confidence to accomplish things in later years”.
Luke Abby 2015.

Shea Davis completed his training with us and successfully performed in a long run as Frederick in the Sound of Music at the London palladium.

Bethany Terry  graduated with her teaching qualifications. She was an original Starquest Entertainments performer and has worked as lead girl dancer for Warner leisure hotels and productions as head girl dancer for Louis Cruise Lines.
Bethany is currently working in China and the far east as assistant choreographer and head girl dancer on board the ex-Celebrity Century (Golden Sky Era).

Tina Farebrother (Mason)  successfully completed her training after performing in many Starquest Entertainments professional productions as both a dancer and dance captain. She is now a qualified teacher and is a teacher at Starquest Performing Arts and Starquest Performers College.

Rebecca Sannah completed a West End run in the production of Cat on a hot tin roof at the Novello theatre, London and has most recently been seen on BBC’s Eastenders as Sascha Dixon.

Samantha Green is still engaged as a dancer at Starquest Productions, has worked with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. She has also completed filming ‘Call the Midwife’ for the BBC.

William Whitehead has performed in many Starquest pantos and is currently engaged as a performer in the show teams at Butlins/Haven Leisure in the south west.

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