Who We Are
Stellar Dance Center is dedicated to providing fresh material based on core dance foundations. We believe in quality instruction in a safe classroom environment, where students can learn and grow without judgement. At SDC, we want our students to feel alive, gain self-confidence, and learn self-discipline.
Stellar Dance Center was formed in January 2015 by Natalia Solise Gordon. A dream in the making since she was a teenager, Stellar Dance Center is proof that you can do anything you put your mind to, as long as you have passion and a strong work ethic. Natalia firmly believes in selecting instructors of like mind and hopes to extend those same values to her students.
Gordon is the owner and head instructor of Stellar Dance Center. She has participated in gymnastics, cheerleading, and dance since she was six years old. Gordon fell in love with dance at a young age while taking gymnastics.
Gordon coached and choreographed for the MNHHS Maroon Magic Dance Team from 2009-2016. The team had earned top 3 at the KDCO State competition multiple years and earned their first State Championship in 2015. MMDT earned a double state championship in 2016, winning first place in both the Medium Pom and Medium Hip Hop categories. Other past dance achievements include dancing for the University of Kentucky Wildcat Danzers from 2003-2006 and winning multiple national championships as an HCCHS High Voltage dancer from 1999-2003. Gordon continues to choreograph teams within the county and surrounding states.
Her official start to choreographing and teaching dance came after high school graduation, with Eastern Cheer & Dance Association based out of South Hill, VA. Over her 4 year employment, she was a member of instructional staff, choreography staff, training staff, and head instructor staff. She earned an invitation to be a staff member of the 2003 Capital One Bowl Halftime Show, Instructor of the Year in 2004, and participated as a staff member for the 2006 Pro Bowl Halftime Show with the Backstreet Boys.
Gordon is a bit old school. She is known for being tough on students, expecting the highest behavior standards and pushing them to do their best in all areas of dance. Parents too :) She doesn't believe that "everyone gets a trophy," and wants her students to understand you have to work hard to get ahead in life. As much as she is tough, she also enjoys making jokes (especially at herself) and loves all the hugs she receives from her students.
Although dance is pretty much life for Gordon, she does occasionally get to see her awesome husband, Johnny Gordon. She is forever grateful for his support of her dream, that many others did not believe in over the years. Many thanks to her mother, Jeannie Blanchard for all of her help getting the studio ready: from designing her studio logo and taking pictures, to all large amounts of cleaning and set up to prepare the studio space. Thanks to her dad, Chad Solise (may he rest in peace), for the countless times he told her she can do whatever she puts her mind to.
Miriam Russell is a native of Dunbar, West Virginia, but has lived in the Madisonville area for 9 years. She studied Music at Berea College (Berea, Ky) and holds a B.S in Business Management from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. She is also the proud owner of Simply Classic Apparel, an online fashion boutique for both men and women. Miriam has been married for 10 years to her husband, Demetrius and together they have two children Olivia, 9, who has studied dance under Mrs. Natalia for 5 years and Demetrius Jr., 5.
Miriam is a classically trained vocalist and an avid reader. Though she has not taken dance formally, she has a great appreciation for many art forms and believes that both music and dance have the power to take different people, with different views, from different backgrounds and bring them together.
We are so glad to have Mrs. Miriam helping us out at the front desk!
Breonna has been dancing for several years. She started dancing at Browning Springs Middle School, then continued her passion into high school on the MNHHS Maroon Magic Dance Team. She danced all 4 years, earning multiple state championship titles and ranked nationally with her team 2012-2016. Her senior year, she earned the Showmanship Award for her outstanding performance ablities.
You will find Breonna lead teaching several classes including hip hop, lyrical, and dance team prep!
Abby is a senior at Hopkins County Central, where she is a member of the Hopkins County Central Dance Team. This is her fourth year on the team. In 2017, the team achieved at State and National Championship, as well as other high ranking placements in 2016 and 2018.
Abby has earned a place on the All-American team at NDA dance camp, earning "Top All-American" of all dancers at camp her senior year. She excels in technical and acrobatic skills...this girl can jump! She is also involved in FFA at HCCHS. You will find her assisting and leading classes on Wednesdays and Fridays!
Taylor is a senior at Madisonville North Hopkins. She has grown up dancing James Madison Middle School and is a leader on her current team, the Maroon Magic. She is an NDA All-American dancer and for good reason! This girl can leap and jump for days! In addition to dance, she is involved in FFA at MNHHS.
We are so glad to have her joining us this year! You will find her helping out at the studio on Wednesdays and Fridays at the front desk and in class.
Lauren is a freshman at Madisonville North Hopkins High School. She has danced on the JMMS Stars Dance Team and is a current member of the Maroon Magic Dance Team. She enjoys all styles of dance, but likes jazz and lyrical the best. She has trained with Mrs. Natalia since fourth grade.
When she is not dancing you can find Lauren playing the piano or reading a good book. She is a junior teacher assistant and teaches class on Wednesdays.
Mrs. MaryGrace is a first year teacher at Stellar! You will find her teaching ballet and jazz classes. She trained for 11 years in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Moden, Pointe, and East Indian! She has participated in 12 Musical Theatre productions from middle school through college. Other training included competitive gymnastics and baton twirling.
Currently, she is a musical educator in the Hopkins County School system. She choreographed scenes from the recent Hopkins County production of "Newsies." You should also hear her sing! We are so grateful to have this talented woman be a part of our studio!
Kalie is a freshman at Madisonville North Hopkins. She was a member of the JMMS Stars Dance Team for 3 years and is a first year member of Maroon Magic Dance Team. She has been taking dance with Mrs. Natalia since she was in 4th grade. She is one of our junior teachers, and ou will find her teaching on Wednesday!
Emma is a 13 year old student at James Madison Middle School. She has been dancing with Mrs. Natalia for 8 years, as one of her very first students before Stellar had an "official" studio. She currently takes several classes including ballet, technique, jazz, and hip hop. Last year, she was a member of our National All-Star Pom Champions. Emma basically lives at the studio. She loves to dance and spend time with her family. You will find her assisting our lead teachers in ballet and creative movement!
She is quite the character and is hilarious...if you can't tell from her photo :)
Kaitlyn is a sophomore at Hopkins County Central High School. She was a member of the SHMS Dance Cats, and is a second year member of HCCHS High Voltage. She trained several years of her childhood in with Markwell dance as well. This is her first year at Stellar Dance Center. You will find her helping in the Friday classes!
Gracie is 14 years old and has been taking classes at Stellar since we opened in 2015. A well-rounded dancer, Gracie takes private pointe lessons, lyrical, and hip hop, with previous training in jazz and acro as well. Gracie has also studied ballet at the Nashville Ballet.
Sweet, patient, and knowledgable, Gracie is the perfect assistant for our ballet and creative movement classes!