Creative Faculty

Gabrielle Colombo Massie
Owner/ Artistic Director/ Instructor/ Choreographer - STARZ Ballet Academy, STARZ Competition Team, Dance Dept.

Gabrielle has been dancing for 28 years. She began her study of dance with her mother - Lisa Colombo - at the age of two. Gabrielle has competed in many styles of dance - winning top awards at regional and national competitions - beginning at age five.
She has been interviewed and featured on dance related television shows, studied with top professionals of the dance world, and competed all over the U.S.
In addition to numerous Master Classes and Conventions, Gabrielle has also studied dance at BROADWAY DANCE CENTER (NYC), STEPS ON BROADWAY (NYC), MYRTLE BEACH SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS (SC), NORTH PHOENIX DANCE SCHOOL (AZ), BETTY JOHNSON SCHOOL OF DANCE (AZ), ACTION ARIZONA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (AZ), THE GREATER YORK CENTER FOR DANCE EDUCATION (PA).
Gabrielle is Star Systems Dance Competition’s 2007 Regional Champion, as well as Access Broadway’s 2004 National Triple Threat Award Winner, and Regional 2005 Triple Threat Award Winner (also receiving the TOP Acting and TOP Vocal score). She has received over one thousand Regional and National Awards for dance and performing arts.
Gabrielle has won top awards for Choreography at Bravo Talent Competition, L.A. DanceForce, Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, Revolution Talent & Access Broadway. She was the recipient of the CAPEZIO/NEW TALENT GENERATION Dance Scholarship which allowed her to study at Steps on Broadway in New York.
Gabrielle was awarded a performing arts Scholarship from Access Broadway in 2004, in addition to a Dance Scholarship at L.A. Elite Dance Competition held in Cincinnati, OH earlier that year. She was awarded the Grand Prize & Scholarship at Hollywood Vibe Regional Talent Competition in Charlotte, NC in 2005, including a Team Hollywood Vibe Scholarship & Scholarship to study at Millennium Dance Complex (Los Angeles, CA).
Gabrielle’s Miss America Organization titles include Miss Princeton 2006 and Miss Southern West Virginia 2005. Gabrielle was 1st Runner Up to Miss West Virginia 2006. She received a Dance Scholarship at the 2006 state pageant, and was awarded the title of "West Virginia's Sweetheart", giving her the opportunity to compete at 2006 Miss America's National Sweetheart Pageant. Gabrielle was a Top 5 Finalist at the Miss West Virginia USA Pageant in 2007. In 2008, she won the title of Miss West Virginia International and advanced to the Miss International Pageant.
While living in Arizona, Gabrielle studied acting with Donna Pippin of Actor's Connection (Scottsdale, AZ). (Donna was the former Director of "Another World" & Feature Actress on "Guiding Light".) Gabrielle has studied with Casting Directors & Acting Coaches in Arizona, California & North Carolina, including Becka Korby, Jean Fowler, Bobby Clark, and others. Gabrielle began modeling at age 7 at the Jean Kennedy Modeling Studio. She continued modeling (on scholarship) at the Arizona School of Modeling (Scottsdale, AZ), and was a Top Finalist in the Great American Modeling & Talent Search in Los Angeles, CA at the age of nine. Gabrielle also attended the Manhattan Model Search Finals in Washington D.C. in 2001.
Gabrielle has been featured as a print model for Tucson Tourism (Tucson, AZ) and The Clay Place (Phoenix, AZ). She was also featured as a cover model for Prerogative Magazine in her hometown of Bluefield, WV. Gabrielle has been hired for commercials, dance videos, and magazine print work. She was represented by Action Talent of Tucson, AZ until leaving Arizona (Phyllis Boyd, Agent).
As a vocalist, Gabrielle studied voice at Bluefield College (Bluefield, VA), where she is noted for her performance as Hodel in the musical, "Fiddler on the Roof". Gabrielle began studying voice at the age of 10 in Phoenix, AZ (Quicks Music), and continued with Dee Wilkins at Action Arizona Performing Arts Center while living in Pima, AZ.
Gabrielle was a Drug Free ALL STARS Program Facilitator at Bluefield Middle School, where she had the opportunity to work with 6th grade students. The ALL STARS Program promotes self-esteem & positive choices, while delaying the onset of negative behaviors in our nation's youth. Gabrielle also hosted a television show in Charleston, WV in 2006.
In 2016, Gabrielle had the pleasure of serving as Dance Pro & Choreographer for WV United Way’s Dancing with the Stars event, raising thousands of dollars for the local organization.
Gabrielle remains dedicated to her craft; researching, studying, and taking classes in many disciplines of dance. She resides on the Massie Farm in Summers County, WV with her husband, Gabe, and their son, Jude Luka.

Heather Raskosky
Instructor/ Choreographer - STARZ Acrobatic Academy
Maddi Jackson
Instructor/ Choreographer/ Apprentice - STARZ Tutu Academy, Dance Dept.

Madison (Maddi) Jackson began her dance career at the age of 10 with Starz Performing Arts Academy. After only one year of dance classes, she was invited to join STARZ Competition Team. She quickly advanced and was invited to be a member of STARZ Elite Company in her third year on the Competition Team. Maddi has won numerous awards in Regional competitions including several Platinum awards, specialty awards, and has placed in multiple overall divisions. Maddi was a member of the team that won the first Double Platinum award for Starz Performing Arts Academy. She was also a member of the first STARZ Production Company and STARZ en Pointe Company.
Maddi has attended many dance workshops that were taught by some of the top dancers and choreographers in the business. She most recently was awarded a scholarship to study at ASH (Artists Simply Human) in Greenville, SC, where she had the opportunity to learn from world-renowned instructors such as Tokyo, Judy Rice, Braham Logan Crane, DJ Smart, and Hannah Wintrode. Maddi has also studied with dance greats Valery Lantratov, Mary Ann Lamb, Dena Rizzo, and Boston Ballet Principal, Dusty Button. Maddi performs locally on a regular basis, for events such as the Miss Mountain Festival pageant, & the PMCCC Women’s Expo.
She has assisted “Miss Gabby” in Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Pointe classes for the past 3 years. Maddi also had the opportunity to study voice and piano from Lisa Colombo for two years. She has modeled for Belk Department Store on several occasions. Maddi has also performed in productions with her high school drama class, including dinner theater.
Maddi is currently a student at Southwest Virginia Community College, while continuing her dance education in the Apprentice Program this season at STARZ. She plans to continue her study of dance and pursue a career in the performing arts industry. Her dream is to inspire people and to make an impact on young dancers who share the same dream as she does.

Kristen Downard
Instructor - STARZ Acrobatic Academy, Aerial Silks, Adult Fitness Classes

Kristen studied many styles of dance at STARZ Performing Arts Academy, and was a member of the prestigious STARZ Elite Competition Team. She is a State Champion Level 9 Gymnast, and has received numerous awards for dance, gymnastics, and cheer. Kristen is currently a student at Virginia Tech, and has spent the last 3 years as a Virginia Tech Cheerleader. She is an Award Winning Choreographer for her work at VT, and was featured in a photoshoot for Sports Illustrated for the team. Kristen is a Woodward Gymnastics and Cheer Coach. She has had extensive training and experience working with children of all ages and levels, and is excited to bring her knowledge and expertise to our students at STARZ.

See Kristen's Highlight Reel

Kathy Kirk
Instructor - Yoga/ Adult Fitness Classes

Kathy Kirk is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor, certified to teach Yoga, PIYO, Cycling, and Body Pump. She is married to her husband, David,
and they have one son, William, who attends Princeton Senior High School. Kathy is Aftercare Coordinator at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. In her spare time she enjoys walking, running, and reading. Kathy has competed in several Half-Marathons, including the Hokie Half, Myrtle Beach, The Greenbrier, and The Flying Pig in Cincinnati. We are excited to welcome Kathy to the STARZ Family this season.

Grace Aiello
STARZ Apprentice/ Instructor - STARZ Tutu Academy, Dance Dept.
Morgan Raskosky
STARZ Apprentice/ Instructor - STARZ Tutu Academy, Dance & STARZ Acrobatic Academy

Morgan's passion for dance began at the age of two. She has been training at Starz for the past fourteen years. She has been a member of the competitive dance team since the age of six. She was the youngest member of the original Acro team and was also a member of the Starz Mini Lyrical team, Starz Modeling Club, Starz Elite, Starz En Pointe, and a founding member of the Starz Apprentice Program.
Morgan has had the opportunity to attend many workshops and conventions over the years. She has worked with many industry icons such as Mia Michaels, Alex Wong, Emily Buffard, Valery Lantratov, and Fikshun just to name a few. She has recently choreographed her first dance "Rotten to the Core" for Starz Mini Acro Team which received a Platinum first place and 2nd place Overall award as well as a special award for use of their prop.
Throughout the years of competition, she has earned many prestigious awards such as Platinum, Double Platinum, and several Regional first Overall rankings. Morgan has also been a competitive gymnast and cheerleader. She even got to cheer in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC.
Morgan's most recent accomplishments include auditioning for and obtaining a spot in the Broadway Dance Center's AIM Invitational where she danced on a Broadway stage for the first time. She also earned the title Miss StarQuest 2017. (The first title of the studio under the direction of Miss Gabby.) She was named National Dance Champion of the ECAEDA. Morgan auditioned for and was accepted into the Joffrey Ballet School's summer jazz/contemporary program. She was also awarded acceptance into their four year Trainee Program.
Morgan loves all genres of dance and loves sharing it with everyone. She loves assisting and teaching younger students who love it as much as she does. She is First Aid and CPR certified. Morgan plans to continue her dance education with the goal of turning her passion for dance into a dream career.

See Morgan's Showstopper Performance

Jessica Dillow
Assistant - STARZ Acrobatic Academy

COMING SOON

Arissa Anderson
Assistant - STARZ Tutu Academy

 

Chloe Browning
Assistant - STARZ Ballet Academy

 

Lillian Keys
Instructor - All STARZ Ballet

Lillian trained at STARZ Performing Arts Academy for 13 years. She was Lisa Colombo’s assistant at STARZ for 6 years. Lillian has also had the opportunity to assist Miss Lisa at Lisa's School of Music, Dance, and Design (Hinton, WV) for 3 years. She has taught Ballet, Tap, and Jazz at both locations. Lillian is the Founder/Creator of The Anawalt Dance Club, where she also acted as Chief Choreographer.


Lillian is currently attending Concord University majoring in English/Literature Education. She is a Promise Scholar, WV Gear Up HERO, and HSTA recipient. Lillian is also a recipient of The Golden Horseshoe. She attended Girl’s State and acted as a Mentor for Energy Express.


In Lillian's spare time she enjoys reading and watching classical movies.