Meet Our Friendly Staff & Instructors!

Lizabeth Rice
Co-Owner,
Senior Managing Director

Liz comes to us from the Central Florida area (Orlando, Fl.) where she was the Director of Marketing for the Arthur Murray Dance Studios, Winter Park/Casselberry – there she developed and implemented all advertising, marketing and business development campaigns for the studios student body as well as the staff. Helping to grow the studio from a 3500 square foot studio to now the 10,000 square foot mega studio, consistently in the top 10 studios of all Arthur Murray Dance Studios, Worldwide. Ms. Rice has been in the Ballroom Dance Industry for several years starting with Fred Astaire Studios, St. Louis, Mo. then to the central/west coast of Florida under the direction of Oscar and Joy Palacios. Ms. Rice went on to own and operate two of her own studios in Central Florida (Ocala, Ormond Beach, Florida). Ms. Rice came to Cleveland for another Ballroom studio, which she worked with for 2 1/2 years before gracing the ballroom floor at Starz.

 
 
 
 
Kristen Iannicca
Instructor

At the age of 4 Kristen found her passion as she began her dance training in ballet at Southwest Ballet in southern California. After her family relocated to Ohio she continued her dance instruction and began studying belly dance at the age of 9 under her aunt, “Dahmia,” who was a professional Middle Eastern dance instructor. Kristen would be the third generation in her family to study belly dance. Once in high school Kristen re-enrolled in ballet at the Fairmount Fine Arts Center. While pursuing her higher education at Ashland University she decided to expand her knowledge and took hip-hop on campus. After graduation she continued to take hip hop at various studios in the greater Cleveland area. In 2010 Kristen decided to fulfill a goal she had since elementary school which was to learn how to ballroom dance. Kristen studied American Smooth and Rhythm at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, under Minas Katsantoris and at various other studios. In late 2013 she was hired as a paid salsa and bachata dancer on salsa dance nights for Nazca in Warrensville, Hts. In 2014 she was offered a job at Fred Astaire in Chagrin Falls where she began her teacher training. Kristen received her instructor certification in May of 2014 and competed in the professional division later that year. On the weekends she taught ballroom and belly dance at a Dance Studio in Sandusky, Ohio. Kristen took a short break from dancing after having her daughter in early 2015. In 2016 she returned to the dance scene and began teaching dance again at a Ballroom Studio in Beachwood, Ohio. During the course of Kristen’s dance training she has received coaching from various coaches including but not limited to Kimberly Mitchell, Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine, Susie Thompson, Susan Galinas, Lenin Guerrero-Maldonado, and Rachel & Jonathan Green. In 2018 began studying International Standard and later that year she joined the Starz family at the Twinsburg location and in May of 2019 transferred to the Westlake location.

Andy Slimak
Co-Owner,
Senior Dance Instructor

Andy has been a registered professional for almost 15 years. Beginning his career with the Fred Astaire Franchise, Andy is certified through a mid-level Silver and has won many state and local awards including Rising Star in 2008 and Mix-Novice Champion in 2009. Students have shared multiple awards with Andy including three young ladies sharing the Top Junior Awards in 4 consecutive competitions (1 1/2 years) most recently having his student win both Scholarship and Championship round at the 2018 Cleveland DanceSport. A winner of the Dancing with the Cleveland Stars on 2 different occasions and professor with the Polaris Career Center for Continued Adult Education and Personal Enrichment department certified through the Ohio Department of Education. Andy also holds a Bachelors Degree from Cleveland State in Theater and Performance Arts. Andy dances all styles of ballroom including Smooth, Standard, Rhythm and Latin. Come on in and have some fun, he is waiting to show you how wonderful the world of dancing can be!

 

Shawn Bolling
Instructor/Chorographer

Shawn began his career with plenty of Theatre/Art experience, right from graduating high school he went into the Ballroom Dance industry under the direction of Lizabeth Rice.
Shawn continues to master his craft here with us at Starz Ballroom, Westlake, with an astounding balance in all styles of Ballroom Dance Technique. He has trained under some of the top Ballroom & Rhythm coaches here in N.E. Ohio – Kimberley Mitchell, Bill Sparks, Jonathan Green, and Adam Maynard just to name a few.
Shawn has become a very integral part of the Starz Ballroom, Westlake team.