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.
Jennifer grew up in Brentwood, TN and began taking dance at a local studio at the age of 3. Throughout middle school, she fell in love with competing while on an all-star team and during high school she was a member and captain of Brentwood High’s dance team. She went to college in Knoxville where she coached and danced for an all-star studio. She competed at the first Dance Worlds in 2007 as a part of an Open Jazz team and has coached at numerous all-star dance competitions (Athletic, Cheersport, One Up, Jamfest, UDA and NDA). She also choreographed routines for several middle and high schools in the Knoxville area and taught gymnastics classes as well. After moving home to Nashville, she earned her Masters degree and spent time as an elementary school teacher. After having her son, she decided to devote her time to being a mom. Jennifer truly loves working with kids of all ages and enjoys teaching styles such as jazz, hip hop and pom. She is also certified to teach barre and HIIT classes. Jennifer loves to help develop the gifts and talents in children and loves being a part of the Music City family!
“I love teaching dance but more importantly enjoy teaching kids lessons that they will carry with them throughout life.”
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.
“I enjoy encouraging and coaching dancers to reach their fullest potentials”
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.
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.
Jeanine has been a national competition choreographer and teacher for over 19 years. She specializes in Jazz. She has lead groups to win championships for 19 seasons. Her students have gone on to dance professionally and even own their own studios! She is also a tumbling coach trained by the one and only Susan Dorsey. Jeanine is passionate about her work and her goal is to get the kids to believe in themselves the way she believes in them.
Jeanine attended the University of Tennessee where she received full scholarship for being a member of the University of Tennessee Dance Team. After that, she was a member of the very first Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders squad where she was a captain and attended the Super Bowl and was also chosen as the 2001 Pro Bowl Cheerleader for the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. After three years cheering, Jeanine served as The Titans Cheerleaders choreographer for two seasons before becoming a mom to her oldest daughter, Harper. Jeanine has two daughters, Harper and Darbye, both of which dance and love it!
“I enjoy what I do and I aspire to make a positive impact on these kids lives. I want to teach technique and create greatness, but to also empower and motivate these young people to chase their dreams and believe in themselves!”
Devan was born and raised in Michigan. She started dancing at 3 years old and competing when I was 6. She trained and danced competitively at Dancers Edge Studio, and was also a member of her High School dance team for four years. While on these teams we earned several National titles at UDA Nationals and was a five year Medalist at the USASF Worlds Competition. After graduating High School she attended Central Michigan University to study Finance and Accounting. She was a member of the CMU Dance Team for all 4 years, and Captain my senior year. Her team performed at Football games, Basketball games, hosted Kids Clinics, and Alumni Performances. They also traveled to NDA Nationals and ranked top ten in the Nation every year. After graduating she moved to Nashville, TN to pursue my career as a Financial Analyst at Nissan North America. “Dance has always been a passion of mine and I am excited to share my training and experiences at MCAS”.
Ashley started dancing at the age of 3 back in St. Joseph, Missouri. She danced competitively till she turned 19. She then became an MLS dancer for the KC Wizards before moving to Houston, Texas. Once she moved to Texas she became a Houston Texans Cheerleader for 3 years and a captain for 1yr. While with the Texans she performed with Clay Walker, Toby Keith and did many performances for the Super Bowl including Rock’n Jock and TRL with artist ChingyShe also graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Performance Dance. She then continued her dance career out in Los Angeles California. She worked as a dancer/acrobat for Imagination Entertainment in multiple Broadway shows and their iL CiRCo shows. She also did some backup dancing for multiple artists. While she continued her dance career she shared the love of dancing with her students at Dance For Kids/Brentwood Academy of Dance. She was a competition director for their competition team for the last 10 years. She had many award winning routines in acrobatics, musical theater, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop and jazz funk. Ashley is excited to join the Music City All Stars family!
A native to the Nashville area, Riley was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN and has been dancing since she was 3. She is currently a junior at Middle Tennessee State University, where she is majoring in Child Development and hopes to one day be a Child Life Specialist. She danced and competed with Music City All Stars for 8 years. In that time she proved herself an exemplary dancer as she and her team won many National Titles, and placed top 5 in the World several times. She is so excited to share her passion for dance with young dancers in the studio that she grew up at!
Taylor was born and raised in Brentwood, Tennessee. She started dancing at age 4 and started competing when she was 10 at Music City All Stars and danced for her high school team at Ravenwood. While she was on these teams she earned multiple National Titles at competitions around the country as well as placing top 3 at USASF Dance Worlds in 2016 and 2018. Taylor is now majoring in Nursing at Lipscomb University as well as working as a certified nursing assistant. Taylor is excited to begin to teach her own classes and share her love for dance.
Hannah is a Seattle based choreographer, dancer and teacher, known for her hard hitting, clear and flavorful style of hip hop. She has trained and taught all over the county, starting her career in New York City where she had the opportunity to study at Broadway Dance Center and perform throughout the area. She then resided in Los Angeles, CA where she taught at the world renowned Millennium Dance Complex and Movement Lifestyle. She co-directed the all girl hip hop crew, Katalyst, performing in shows all across California including World of Dance, Hip Hop International and Posers. Hannah has performed with artists such as Kimberly Cole, Jeremy Lin and Herb Albert and has danced in company industrials in LA as well as on the television show “Homeward Bound". Her live performances include Bumbershoot Festival and T-Mobile Live Performance in addition to the many shows she has performed in with Seattle based crews, BoomKatz, Potion and Cruz Control. She most recently was a dancer on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s, The Unruly Mess I’ve Made Asia Tour, and you can see her work as a choreographer and featured dancer in their “Dance Off” and “Brad Pitt’s Cousin" music videos. Hannah is the Creator and Director of The Westsiders Company, an intense training program for dancers of all disciplines and backgrounds. This 18 week program is constructed to give dancers the opportunity to perform, explore in different styles of dance taught by Hannah. As a master teacher and choreographer, Hannah travels throughout the country to share her love, knowledge and passion for dance.
"Effective is what I strive for when I teach, affected is how I hope you feel at the end of my class.”
Hailing from Franklin, Tennessee, Mati has always lead a busy, active lifestyle, spending the majority of her time rehearsing in a dance studio or performing on stage. Mati has held multiple national dance titles and has performed and trained throughout the world with famous companies, including The American Ballet Theatre, The Radio City Rockettes, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Florence Dance Company. Mati graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in December 2016, obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.
Augusto Cezar started his dance training when he was 7 years old in Sao Paulo,Brazil. During his eight years as a student at Conservatorio Carlos Gomes and Especial Academia de ballet,Cezar had the Opportunity to perform notable works such as Basilio in Don Quixote, James in La Sylphide where he placed First in the biggest Ballet Competition in South America. In 2010 he was selected to represent his Country at the USA International Ballet Competition where he won a contract to Nashville Ballet. Augusto worked as a Soloist with the Nashville Ballet from 2011 - 2017 where he performed key roles such as the Jester in Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s Cinderella, Blue Bird in The Sleeping Beauty, the clever Bonvolio in Vasterling’s Romeo & Juliet and the title role in Vasterling’s world premiere production of Peter Pan. He was also featured in Dominic Walsh’s The Whistling. In addition to being a ballet dancer, Augusto enjoys teaching and Irish step dancing, in which he is also professionally trained. Cezar spends his time outside of the studio singing everywhere and anywhere (although he admits he’s not the best singer) as well as exploring Nashville with his friends.
Tessa Rehbein Machmer grew up primarily training in ballet from the Vaganova syllabus. During this time she was able to perform soloist roles in many ballets. Some of her favorites include, Giselle, Swan Lake and Les Sylphide. During the summertime Tessa trained at Colorado Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and LINES Ballet. Tessa received her BFA from the University of Arizona, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the School of Dance in 2017. She spent her college years studying, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, partnering, composition, teaching methods and getting her barre fitness certification. Upon graduation, Tessa moved to Northern Colorado to perform and tour regionally/nationally with the 42- year- old modern dance company, Hannah Kahn Dance Company. Whilst performing, Tessa was an avid dance educator to all ages in the Northern Colorado area. Tessa has taught classes at various conservatories, elementary/high schools, studios, summer intensives, universities and recently directed a youth ensemble program that engaged in community outreach and the Youth America Grand Prix. Apart from teaching, Tessa has performed works by renowned choreographers, Ohad Naharin, Yin Yue, Sidra Bell, Alex Ketley and Alonzo King. As a choreographer, her works have been showcased in Rome (Italy), San Francisco, Tucson, Denver and Fort Collins. Tessa is excited to start her next chapter here in Nashville, Tennessee.
Alison Kempfert- Alison has trained in ballet , jazz, and modern dance. She was also a competitive Rhythmic gymnast . She was a member of the United States Junior National Team . She trained in Bulgaria and also competed in France , Portugal , and Canada. Alison received her BFA in Dance at Jacksonville University where she was a member of the JU Dolphin dance team .
She cheered for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a member of the Roar for four seasons . She also attended four Super Bowls as a celebrity cheerleader .
Alison was a cheerleader and choreographer for the Oliver Stone movie "Any Given Sunday ".
She has been teaching dance , rhythmic gymnastics , and contortion stretch for the past 24 years.