The Music City All Stars staff is comprised of the best of the best in each style or genre they teach. Our staff is dedicated to growing the dancer as a whole and truly invested in each child. The owners, Kirstin Hawk and Valerie Reynolds, take pride in the elite staff they have as well as offering continued education and training for their instructors.
A lifelong dancer, Kirstin began her dance teaching career combining her love of dance with her degree in early childhood education. While a veteran of teaching and judging studio dance, she recognized the need for dance in public schools and founded many of the middle and high school dance teams in the greater Nashville area. Her efforts not only created numerous teams but has resulted in 8 state championships. Kirstin grew up in Murfreesboro, Tn and has been dancing her entire life. Along with Valerie Reynolds, Kirstin founded the Music City All Stars Dance Team, the first and only team based All-Star team in Middle Tennessee. Her award winning choreography has resulted in over 70 national Championships and finalists in the USASF Dance Worlds across the jazz, lyrical, hip hop and pom categories. She is currently serving on the national advisory board for the United States All Star Federation. Kirstin has a strong passion for watching dancers grow in a positive learning environment. She continues to share her knowledge as well as attend many teaching conferences each year.
Valerie was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Her mother started her in dance at the early age of 3 as a way to burn her excess energy. It started then and continues today. Dance took her to The University of Tennessee, where she became a member of their nationally ranked dance team. While on the team, she earned a full scholarship for all four years. After experiencing UTDT, she made the transition to work summer camps as an UDA instructor, which she continued for the duration of her college career. This lead to many opportunities to travel the US teaching young dancers, acting as Head Instructor, and organizing camp activities. She also coordinated 200 dancers for the London parade, choreographing material for camp and prestigious judging opportunities for The National Dance Team Championship held in Orlando, Florida.
She then discovered that coaching was truly a calling at the collegiate level. She progressed as the co-head coach of The University of TN dance team for two years. While coaching, Valerie celebrated as UT made a name for itself as the first National Championship obtained by the dance team in 2007. She returned home to Nashville and it did not take long for dance to re-enter her life as she has worked with local high schools in choreography. Now she is the co-owner of Music City All Stars since 2008. Our All Star teams have experienced much success. Valerie lives in Brentwood with her husband, Jacob, daughter, Lovette, and son, Valor. Looking forward to the future, she hopes that her work experience and knowledge will benefit the local dance community.
Andrea was born in North Carolina where she began dancing at age 5. She started competing after only one year of dance and has been in love with it ever since. Andrea moved to Brentwood at a young age. Here she continued dancing by training and competing at DC Dance Factory. She was also a member of the WMS Dance Team and the RHS Dance Team. While on the team she competed with them at state and national level competitions. They earned three TSSAA State Championships and several high rankings at the UDA National Competition. Once graduating high school, Andrea studied at UTK where she completed her degree in Retail and Consumer Sciences. There, Andrea was a member of the nationally ranked Tennessee Dance Team. While finishing her college career Andrea worked at Revolution Dance Studio where she taught a variety of dance classes to kids of all ages. She currently lives in Brentwood and coaches at Music City All Stars. She loves being able to share her passion for dance through coaching and works to demonstrate her love for the sport by having a positive impact on her students.
Kara was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN. She has danced since the age of 3. Throughout high school, Kara was very involved not only in her studio but as well as her high school dance team. After graduating high school she then went to college where she got a degree in Phlebotomy. Kara now is so excited to be working at Music City Allstars, where teaching the kids her love for dance, is her first priority. Kara coached her first year here at Music City where her mini team took 1st place at the UDA national dance competition. Currently, she runs our front desk 24/7. Not only does Kara love her Music City family, she also loves being a mother, to her son, Kyler and daughter, Hartile. She looks forward to helping your dancers believe in themselves and reach their goals during the 2017-18 season!
Chloe Poole was born and raised in Nashville Tennessee. Her passion for dance began at an early age. She has extensive training in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and tumbling. Chloe grew up dancing and competing all over the country. She holds many overall competitive titles for her solos, and has danced multiple lead roles such as "Clara" in "The Nutcracker", and "Tinker Bell" in "Peter Pan." She has trained with well-known dancers and choreographers such as Tyce Diorio, Laureann Gibson, Emily Shock, Dana Wilson, Joey Dowling, Taja Riley, Dave Scott, and Mia Michaels. She has received multiple scholarships to conventions and enjoys furthering her dance training every chance she gets. Chloe is an alumnus to the World ranked team, Music City All Stars. She has had the joy to coach for the MCAS program throughout the past few years(2014- current.) She stays busy instructing competitive classes all around the Nashville area for studios, workshops, and schools. She has helped lead her teams to National Championship titles as well as receiving numerous choreography awards for her work. Chloe is very passionate about children and specializes in working with young aged dancers. She hopes that her passion for dance will reflect on to her students, and is so excited to get to play a part in their dancing journey.
Sarah was born and raised here, in Franklin, TN. She danced on her dance team at Centennial High School and competed with a local dance studio, for 10 years. During college, Sarah was a member of the University of TN Dance Team, graduating with 3 National Championship titles. She also worked for Universal Dance Association as an Instructor, Head Instructor, and Judge for 4 years. After college, she helped develop a competitive dance program at a local Knoxville studio and was the technique coach for a nationally ranked high school dance team. In 2013, Sarah decided to move back to middle Tennessee and has continued to assist in preparing various dance programs for their competition season, by teaching technique, choreographing, and “cleaning” routines. While technique and cleaning routines are her specialty, her favorite part of teaching is watching her students grow and overcome obstacles.
Susan Dorsey brings to the Music City All Stars program over 35 years’ experience of teaching gymnastics and tumbling. She spent 25 years coaching Junior Olympic Gymnastics at all levels, winning dozens of State, Regional and National titles. Her Gymnastics coaching career afforded her the opportunity to work at the USA Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Australia, The USA team ranch in Texas, and workshops, clinics, and camps across the country.
Her USAG background brings us a safety certified instructor with specific certifications in Developmental tumbling & Pre-school fundamentals. Her strong passion for tumbling and the belief in the proper development of skills & progressions have made for a great combination of teaching dancers to tumble on stage. Susan believes that dancers are athletes and should be trained progressively for long-term success and safety.
Originally from upstate New York, Nikki both performed and taught at Tap to Toe Studio of Dance for nearly fifteen years. After deciding that she wanted to pursue dance as a career she attended Point Park University for three and a half years and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. She performed in several different showcase pieces during her time at PPU under the direction of Broadway famous Ron Tassone, internationally acclaimed dancer Nicholas Petrov and Radio City Rockette Heather Goelz-Carpenter. Nikki was also given the opportunity at Point Park to create a piece for the Student Choreography Project where she was able to really develop her choreographic voice.
Right out of college Nikki landed her first job with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines where she performed on the Quantum of the Seas for 6 months then on the Ovation of the Seas for 9 months. While performing nearly 350 shows in the unique techno-savvy venue Two70, she was able to travel all over China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. Nikki was also given the leadership role of dance captain and aerial coordinator on the Ovation of the Seas where her primary role was to maintain the integrity of the show and to monitor the safety of all performers.
Nikki is new to the Nashville, TN area and is very excited to be a part of Music City. She is eager to share her passion for dance and inspire others to find their own voice through movement.
Geralyn Del Corso Garner began studying dance at the age
of three and received honors in all her exams taught under
The London Royal Academy of Dance. At age 12, Geralyn
attended The School of American Ballet in NYC on full
scholarship. She studied with several world renowned
teachers, including; Madame Danilova, Madame Tumkovsky,
Suki Schorer, and Stanley Williams,, all of whom were hand picked by Mr. George Balanchine. While attending SAB, Geralyn attended summer intensives at The Houston Ballet Academy and The Joffrey Ballet School.
In her youth, Geralyn participated in the SAB annual workshops dancing roles in
Western Symphony, Serenade and more, and was chosen for featured roles with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, The Berlin Opera Ballet, and The Royal Danish Ballet. She was hand picked by Mikhail Baryshnikov for a televised performance of ABT’s production of, The Sleeping Beauty. Upon leaving SAB, Geralyn continued her training with such notables as; David Howard, Robert Denvers, Maggie Black, Kim Abel and Gelsey Kirkland.
At age 17, Geralyn studied on full scholarship and stipend with The Houston Ballet Academy and at age19, returned to NYC to audition for The Eliot Feld Ballet, a contemporary ballet company. She was accepted as a principal dancer and eventually was added to the position of Ballet Mistress. While on tour, she taught master classes at various dance companies and colleges. Geralyn performed at Feld’s home theater in NY, The Joyce Theater, and toured the world for eight years receiving rave reviews from dance critics; Anna Kisselgoff, Jennifer Dunning, Jane Rigney and Clive Barnes in The NY Times, The NY Post, USA Today, and
The Village Voice. During her tenure at The Feld Ballet, she also worked with noted choreographers/stagers; David Parsons, Victoria Simon, Irina Nijinska to name a few. Geralyn also had the opportunity to guest for Eglevsky Ballet, under the direction of Michael Vernon, among other dance companies, performing the role of Black Swan and The Sugar Plum Fairy.
In 1993, Geralyn auditioned for Broadway and quickly landed her first principal role as (Francoise) in The Red Shoes, with directors Susan Schulman and Stanley Donan and choreographer Lar Lubovitch. Other Broadway credits include principal roles as a dancer/ singer/actress in; The Phantom of the Opera (Meg Giry) with director Hal Prince and choreographer Gillian Lynne; Swing! (principal dancer) with director Lynn Taylor Corbett,
Jerry Zaks and choreographers Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas; Carousel (Louise) with director Mark S. Hoebee and choreographer Robert La Fosse; Urban Cowboy with Lonny Price and Melinda Roy and the regional hit show, Swango with director Tony Stimac and choreographer Robert Royston.
Geralyn’s television appearances include the 2000 Tony Awards, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and numerous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades, industrials, and national commercials. Throughout her career, Geralyn has performed at many prestigious NYC establishments including; Lincoln Center, City Center, Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House and Radio City Music Hall. She performed as a pint sized Rockette with Bernadette Peters’ one woman show, The Easter Show, and the premiere of Disney’s, The Lion King.
After Geralyn’s marriage to singer/musician Jamey Garner in 2004, she relocated with her husband to Nashville, TN, and was hired as Ballet Director at the prestigious competitive dance studio, DC Dance Factory. Many of her students have been on the hit TV show,
So You Think You Can Dance.
Geralyn and Jamey were then invited to relocate to Dallas, TX in 2006 for his music career where she would continue her passion to teach. Geralyn was immediately hired and taught for many competitive dance studios in the DFW area. For the past 11 years, Geralyn has taught master classes, summer intensives and directed Ballet Programs for leading studios. She has obtained numerous choreography awards for Ballet and Musical Theater and has choreographed full ballet productions to sold out performances for the past nine years. In 2013, after a decade of retirement, Geralyn auditioned on a dare and booked a commercial as a featured Fosse dancer for Texas State Lotto!
Geralyn’s students have been accepted and attended professional dance programs. Namely, but not limited to; SAB, ABT, PNB, HB, The Joffrey, Alvin Ailey, Hubbard Street Dance, Alonzo King’s Lines, Juilliard, Cedar Lake, Complexions and Netherlands Dance Theater. Her students have competed at Youth America Grand Prix in Dallas from 2013 to present, garnering spots in the Top 12, in both Classical and Contemporary Divisions each year. Geralyn’s ensemble choreography has also been invited to compete at the NYC Finals.
Recently, Geralyn served as Artistic/Executive Director at Int’l Conservatory of Performing Arts for three years before venturing out on her own to form her own pre-professional repertory company, GDCdance Co.
Jamey and Geralyn Garner are making their way back to Music City in Nashville, TN this summer of 2017 where she intends to continue sharing her vision and vast experience as a master teacher, choreographer and performance coach, in hopes of guiding talented children of today into our future stars of tomorrow!
Camryn Palmer grew up dancing at a family run studio, Ann Carroll School of Dance in Franklin, TN from the age of 3. She transitioned studios to train with the World ranked dance gym, Music City All Stars located in Brentwood, TN. Upon her time dancing there she has won 5 UDA National Championships, One Up, Cheersport, Encore, and Jamfest National Championships as well. She also competed solos and was awarded "Highest Score" awards for her solo competitions during her Junior and Senior year. Camryn has assisted Meagan McGrath from Mather Dance Company, Toya Ambrose and has trained with Shandon Perez, Shannon Mather, Karl Mundt, Denise Dicharry, Hannah Wintrode, Krista Miller, Tina Caspary-Cyphert, Travis Wall, Molly Long, Jessica Richens from So You Think You Can Dance, Alexis Gilbert, Zachary Ong, Juli and Kaci Yamanaka, Emily Shock, Patrice Corral, Denise Wall, Katie Watts, and Brandon Bryant from So You Think You Can Dance. Camryn also received many scholarships at dance conventions such as Pulse, NYCDA, DMI, Jump, NUVO and many more. She was also selected by USASF Dance Worlds as a top 10 finalist and later 1 of only 3 dancers to receive the USASF Worlds College Scholarship out of hundreds of applicants. Camryn then went on to pursue a dance career for the 14-time National Championship team, The University of Memphis Pom Squad with a full ride scholarship. One of her greatest accomplishments was placing 2nd in Division 1A Hip Hop in 2016. This past year, Camryn graduated from the University of Memphis with a major in Healthcare Management along with 4.0 and honors diploma. She currently continues her work with Music City All Stars where she is the Recreational Team Director as well as a continued dancer on their Open Team. She feels blessed to be able to share her passion with others.
Coach Bowie is a 7-year veteran coach with Vanderbilt Cheerleading. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska he is known to be the first Alaskan male gymnast to compete at the Junior Olympic level. Lance is a graduate of the University of Washington and was team captain for the UW Men’s Gymnastics team for 3 years. He earned his degree in Geographic Information Systems. Outside of Vanderbilt Cheerleading, Lance serves as the tumbling and conditioning coach at Premier Cheer in Tennessee.