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Summer Camps are now open for enrollment! Choose from 7 dance camps.

Summer Teen & Adult classes now open. Reserve your spot.

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About Star Dance Studio

“Our dancers learn the joy of movement, teamwork, achievement and discipline in a supportive, loving environment.” – Micky Powell, Director

Ruth Jevarian, a professional ballet and Armenian folk dancer, opened Star Dance Studio in 1950. The studio was located briefly in the Haight Ashbury district before it was moved to the Inner Sunset.

Ruth’s students loved her — she was talented, creative and taught all forms of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics plus Armenian and other types of folk dancing. Her students performed around the city at special events, hospitals and senior centers, sharing the joy of dance with their audiences. She retired in 1974 and turned the studio over to her daughter, Micky Powell, the current school director.

Micky has managed the studio for the past 40+ years, and the school has flourished under her direction. Her daughter, Julie, taught at the studio for many decades and remains involved, helping the school thrive.

For 70+ years, Star Dance Studio has brought joy to thousands of children and adults. The lovely studio at 300 Moraga Street is dedicated to the memory of Ruth Jevarian.

Ruth Jevarian

Meet our awesome Instructors

  • Micky Powell 

    Micky Powell 

    Micky is the studio director and has dedicated her life to providing quality dance education to 1,000s of students. She has taught all levels of tap, jazz and ballet and developed the specialized dance programs for children currently in use at Star Dance. She is also an active member of Dance Masters of America.

  • Tami C-oNe Tang
    Tami C-oNe Tang

    Tami graduated from the San Francisco School of the Arts, holds a B.A. in Theater Arts & Dance and specializes in ballet, contemporary, jazz, musical theater and hip-hop. Tami has performed with many hip hop and contemporary dance companies, including the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company.

  • Monique Pflager
    Monique Pflager

    Monique has danced and performed at Star Dance since the age of 5, and she began teaching in 2001. A certified member teacher of Dance Masters of America, she teaches children’s and adult classes, including ballet, jazz and tap and mentors teens who show interest in teaching.

  • Tim Welsh
    Tim Welsh

    Tim is a tap teacher and has been dancing since the age of 3. He’s studied with Benny Smith, Anne Garvin, Glenn Shipley, Roland duPree and others. Tim has performed professionally, taught at dance seminars & choreographed musicals.

  • Clare Canellos
    Clare Canellos

    Clare began dancing with Star Dance at the age of 4. She graduated from SDSU with a minor in dance and is a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. She has taught ages 4-22 and is passionate about all forms of dance, esp. tap, jazz, and hip hop!

  • Raine

    Raine began dancing at the studio in 2015 and studies ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She has held demonstrator and assistant teacher positions at the studio and excels at working with younger children. Raine is also a member of the Star Dance Company.

  • Maya

    Maya joined Star Dance at age 4, and has been dancing for 11 years. She has been an assistant teacher for ages 4-12. Maya has participated in many kinds of dance, and focuses on ballet, tap, and jazz. She’s also a member of the Star Dance Company.

  • Laura Lehman
    Laura Lehman
    Laura has been dancing for over 30 years. A graduate of AMDA (NYC), she has choreographed musicals, lead musical theatre intensive programs, and taught classes for toddlers, seniors, and every age in between. Laura specializes in tap and musical theatre dance and has also taught jazz, hip hop, and ballet.


  • "Star Dance is AMAZING! I graduated from here in 2015, after 14 or so years of dancing! I am so happy with the dancer I've become, and we truly are one big family."

    Jillian W. (Student)
  • "Star Dance is a warm, welcoming, neighborhood dance school that I am happy my daughter is a part of."

    Lisa G. (Parent)
  • "My daughter has attended Star Dance Studio since she was a little girl.  She has learned so much … the grace of dance, discipline, responsibility, and I know this sounds corny, but sisterhood."

    Pat D. (Parent)
  • "Star Dance Studio is what helped my dreams come true. I spent 16 years there, and every time I went to class, I was welcomed with open arms and love."

    Lauren A. (Student)

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