Owner and Artistic Director
Heather Whitaker is the owner/artistic director of Starz Elite Performance Academy
Heather has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, emphasis in performing arts, from Western Kentucky University. She is a member of Dance Educators of America and is a certified instructor of Kindermusik. She has more than 20 years teaching experience.
Heather and her students have won more than 500 trophies and awards through regional and national performing arts endeavors! Heather won numerous choreography awards, and most recently her choreographed dance "Gummie Bears" finished second nationally at Kids Artistic Review in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Since coming to Bowling Green, she has worked with Hillvue Heights Church, WKU, Phoenix Theatre, Fountain Square Players, and various schools and service organizations. She is an active member of Crossland Community Church, where she is on the Praise Team.
Starz Elite Performance Academy realizes Heather's dream of an academy where children can come to learn and grow both artistically and athletically.
I started gymnastics when I was 4 years old. I competed through level eight in USAG and platinum in AAU. My favorite event to compete on and coach is the uneven bars. This is my second-year teaching at Starz Elite. I Have taught all levels of recreational and competitive that we offer at Starz Elite. Outside the gym, I am a student at SKYCTC studying to become a registered nurse. I look forward to getting to know you and your child.
Head Gymnastics Coach
I did gymnastics for 14 years. I am a 3-time US National Team Member. I helped Team USA win gold at the Trofeo Citta de Jesolo Competition in Italy in 2008, as a junior, and in 2010, as a senior. I am the 2012 JO National Uneven Bar Champion. I have coached for three and a half years ranging from recreational class to USAG Compulsory and Optional levels. Outside of the gym, I am a student at Western Kentucky University studying health sciences.