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Kristin Barlow

Executive Director

Kristin has been involved in the dance world for 30 years. She studied at the University of Utah in ballet and graduated with a BS in Organizational Communications. She has studied ballet, tap, and jazz at the University of Utah as well as Janet Gray Studios in Salt Lake City. She has been a member of Dance Masters of America, an internationally-recognized teaching organization. She has taught ballet, tap and jazz for thirty years and founded and operated Ballet, Etc. Dance Studio in the San Francisco area. After increasing the studio to over capacity in five years, she sold the California studio and relocated to Brigham City, Utah where she founded Starlite Express Dance Academy and Dream Pointe Ballet Company. In 2010, she built and founded Starstruck Dance & Performing Arts in Perry hosting award-winning Starstruck Competitive Company and all genres of dance as well as musical theater, acro-dance & birthday parties.  She renovated the Brigham City studio to be the home of Dream Pointe Ballet Company. She has been ballet mistress and director of Dream Pointe Ballet Company producing full-length ballets for northern Utah including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Ice Princess & Swan Lake. She has served as an exofficio member of the Brigham City Arts Council promoting the arts in her community. She founded Dance for Life Suicide Prevention & Good Mental Health 501(c)3 non-profit  in 2018 to help raise awareness & develop programs for better mental health. Her innovative ideas and progressive style of dance have made Starstruck and Dream Pointe leaders in the dance arena.  Kristin has been a judge at dance competitions throughout Utah.  She retired from studio life spring 2021 to pursue full-time work on expanding Dance for Life programs, spreading its mission and growing Dance for Life Nation globally.

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Leah Larsen

Board Member

Utah Director

Leah has been dancing at Starlite Express Dance Academy, Starstruck Dance & Performing Arts and Dream Pointe Ballet Company since she was three years old. She has been involved with competitive dancing in all genres including tap, lyrical, contemporary, jazz and hip-hop. She is a member of Dream Pointe Ballet Company and is a strong ballerina performing in roles such as the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland &  Dew Drop in the Nutcracker. She was a four-year member of the Box Elder High School Rockettes and works very hard to improve her skills every time she steps out on the dance floor. She has received scholarships from Celebrity Dance Competitions & received top five  at EPIC Drill Camps.  She has been an instructor for Starstruck and Dream Pointe for many years and is currently Dance for Life Board Member & recently named Dance for Life Utah Director!

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Janessa Barlow

Board Member

 Janessa was born to dance.  As the second daughter of Kristin Barlow, she has had premier training from Starstruck Dance & Performing Arts & Dream Pointe Ballet Company in all dance genres including ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, tap, cheer & acro-gymnastics & has competed in all since age five years.  She has traveled to various dance conventions throughout the United States including on scholarship to Celebrity in Arizona  & Colorado as well as Steps on Broadway in New York. She was a member of Box Elder High School's Rockette Drill Team leading the team as Assistant Drill Leader &  Team Captain.  She was overall 1st place winner at Falcon Classic with her lyrical solo & has been a top five soloist at all drill competitions as well as Tops Corps at Epic Drill & Dance.  She was top ten at Miss Drill Utah and continue to compete winning overall & top awards & scholarships.  She is a great example of dedication & hard work & continues to train in dance & share her talents with others.  She has been recently named a Dance for Life Board Member and advocate for better mental health.  She will be pursuing the entertainment industry and attending University of Central Florida to dance and study astonomy and astophysics.