Aspiring artists are welcomed with love at Starlight Studios, and we look to build confidence in each one as they grow in passion and skills in the performing arts.
Starlight Studios is where all artists are welcomed with love into a space of kindness and acceptance.
To create this environment, we work together in harmony without negativity or competition. Doing the right thing is always encouraged, and innocence is never forgotten.
Every artist has the opportunity to shine as they grow in confidence. Dedication and joy blossom into passion for performances.
We, therefore, provide instruction in dance, music, and theater for all ages, levels, and walks of life, giving all an opportunity to reach for the stars!
Our New Owners
Co-Owner, Business Development, Ballet, and Jazz Instructor
Chris Corn is a former soloist and principal dancer with the Arabesque Concert Dance Company of San
Francisco. She started her ballet studies as a young child at The Guam Academy of Performing Arts.
Chris and her family moved to San Francisco in the early 70’s where she was promptly enrolled at The
San Francisco Ballet School. At the age of 14, Chris was one of three San Francisco dancers awarded
Summer Intensive Scholarships bestowed by Tance Johnson of San Francisco Dance Spectrum. She was
also the recipient of the same honor and scholarship the following year. Through this opportunity, Chris
was fortunate enough to meet her would-be mentor, the late Pepper Smith of San Francisco’s Smith
Studios. Pepper fueled her passion for the art; provided guidance and intensive training in Classical
Ballet, Modern Ballet, and Modern Dance (inspired by the styles of Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp). At
the age of 17, Pepper invited Chris to join her performing company, the Arabesque Concert Dance
During her time at Smith Studios, Chris had the opportunity to study with Bruce Bain of The San
Francisco Ballet, The L.A. Ballet, San Francisco Dance Spectrum and The National Ballet of Mexico; Carlos
Carvajal and Tance Johnson both of San Francisco Dance Spectrum, Suzanne Farrell of The American
School of Ballet and many other notable dance professionals. In addition to her studies at Smith Studios,
Chris also attended Intensive Programs and Workshops at The San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Dance
Spectrum, The National Ballet of Canada and The Argentine National Ballet, as well as continuing her
Classical Ballet studies at the University of San Francisco. Throughout her dance career, Chris performed
in several productions and performances including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Awakening,
Rite of Spring and The Miraculous Mandarin. Chris has been a guest teacher at several studios and in
January 2020, conducted a 4-day Winter Intensive at Starlight Studios. As of the Spring 2020 Semester,
Chris joined the staff of Starlight Studios, taking on responsibility for the Ballet program.
In addition to ballet, Chris is an avid equestrienne and spends her weekends riding her horse as well as
teaching Dressage. Her husband, also a rider, is a professional Hunter/Jumper trainer and their training
business is based in Oakley, California. Together they spend many weeks a year at competitions with
their show clients and enjoy bringing along young horses and riders.
TAKARA “JOJO” KNIGHTON
Co-Owner, Marketing, Hip Hop, Dancing Stars program.
Co-Owner, Operations, Administration
I started in gymnastics around the age of 7. My gymnastics club required us to have ballet so we had a ballet teacher at the gym. I remember her being pretty tough on us. I stayed at that gym all through middle school. When I hit high school, I decided to try something else. I was in the Color Guard for Freshman and Sophmore year, and in Dance Ensemble for Junior and Senior years. We had long practices and performed EVERY weekend, sometimes it was at the football game, and other times were the MANY competitions we competed in. I still dabbled in gymnastics and stayed on the Varsity team, but I found that I loved to dance more. After I graduated, I took a few dance classes here and there and danced in a few theater productions as well! A couple of my favorites were “Guys and Dolls” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”.
Currently, I live here in Tracy with my husband, 3 kids, and our furry kids. All 3 of our kids that are with us have danced here at Starlight Studios at one time or another, for our running total of approximately 7 years. In February 2019, I was offered the position at the front desk, and I was thrilled to be back in a dance environment, especially the Starlight Studios environment. I loved the values here. When I was offered the opportunity to become a Co-owner, I jumped at it. We are so excited and have so many ideas for the studio. We can’t wait to see where things go!
Sarah Leon – Director of Music
Andrew Mendoza – Guitar instructor
Shannon Hund – Tap and Voice Instructor
At the age of five, I told my parents that I wanted to be a dancer, singer and teacher when I grew up. Pursuing my love of dance, I began 19 years of dance instruction in ballet, tap, and jazz and was an assistant dance teacher for seven years. In college, I majored in vocal performance with a minor in education. My passion for vocal music, dance, and education has only grown and I hope to impart this love into my students each class. Some of the most thrilling moments of my life were dancing in the Nutcracker alongside principals from the Colorado Ballet and taking my voice students to competition. I am delighted to be part of the amazing team at Starlight Studios!
Clyde Voorhies – Webmaster and Engineer