Samantha Holloway

AISTD

Starcast Performing Arts Schools Founder

Sam moved to Salisbury when she was 10 years old and attended dance classes at The Salisbury School of Dance nearly every day after school. From there, she went on to train at one of the UK’s most prestigious Dance and Musical Theatre Colleges – Laine Theatre Arts, for three years full time in all genres of Dance, Musical Theatre and Drama. At Laines Sam also gained her full teaching qualifications in ballet, modern and tap.

Sam then embarked on a ten year career as a professional dancer in Theatres and TV world wide, working with the UK’s top choreographers and directors.

At the age of 28 Sam was offered a position at Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Surrey, as a Children’s Theatrical Agent and Schools Inspector, where she found professional work for children in the West End, TV and Film. During this time Sam opened her own Theatre Arts Schools where she had over 350 budding starlets training in Dance Classes, Singing Lessons and Drama Classes! Many of whom worked professionally in TV and Theatre, in productions such as the West End’s production of “Oliver” and “Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang”.

Sam moved back to her home town of Salisbury in 2008 where she opened Starcast. She has mentored many students who have gone on to professional full time Theatre Colleges such as Laines, Wilkes Academy and Mountview.

Sam loves working with the children and teenagers in Salisbury, she believes the students really appreciate and respect the training and opportunities that Starcast offers.

Sam has such a strong beliefs that Theatre Arts can benefit every child. With Starcast she hopes the children will learn to be confident, expressive, diligent and happy – skills for life!

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  • I have been training at starcast for 8 years now. My favourite thing about starcast is the atmosphere and how enjoyable it is and how it can fix your mood after a boring day at school. If you’re thinking about joining starcast but are too shy/ scared of making friends, you shouldn’t be. Starcast is such a loving place to be and eveyone is a group and is a part of a family and will take you onboard. Starcast has boosted my confidence more than I ever could of imagined, I made new friends from different schools. I am 14 years old. Starcast is by far the best group I have ever been too and I’m so lucky to have such a loving family like the one at starcast. I am so thankful for everything they have done for me and can’t wait for many more years of shows and exams x

    - Millie, Age 14 - Starcast Student
  • Starcast has made me into the person I am today! When I joined at aged 11, I never thought I would be where I am today, training at such a prestigious dance school to make a career out of performing and I have Starcast to thank for that.

    - Aaron, Age 17 - Starcast Graduate
  • I love everything about being part of the Starcast Family and I couldn’t possibly narrow down one favourite thing about Starcast. It is a confidence boosting, professional yet relaxed environment that brings endless joy to all that go there. I wouldn’t be the person I am had I not spent half my life as part of this family!

    - Eleanor, Age 15 - Starcast Student
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