• About Us

    At Five Star Music & Dance Academy, our instructors specialize in music and dance instruction for children, teenagers, and adults.


    The Modern Teaching Method (MTM) is the method we use at FSMD, which is all based on a well-rounded curriculum of music theory, ear training, and sight-reading. All of our instructors are professional musicians with university degrees, with extensive experience teaching and performing. Most importantly, they are trained to customize their teaching methods to each student's learning style, needs and talents.


    In our dance studio, we offer a variety of private and group dance classes for children, teens, and adults (ages 2.5yrs+), taught by Ellenie Galestian​ and her IDWT​ dance company choreographers. We also dance, act, and promotional modeling for special events, films, television, music videos, private events, and more.


    We organize annual recitals, which create opportunities for our students to perform and showcase their talents. We look forward to seeing you all at our academy! 

    Edwin Galestian

    Director & Instructor

    Edwin Galestian began his music education at the age of six and started teaching at the age of fourteen. By his junior days at school, he was already conducting choirs and leading music programs. He continued his studies in music composition at the University of Tehran, just prior to moving to the United States in 1979 before the Iranian revolution.


    He began working at a company called Organ Exchange, where he worked his way up to upper management, and later stood as a partner of the corporation. In 1985, he founded his own music retail store and school. Since then, thousands of students have learned to play the piano and other musical instruments with his Modern Teaching Method. Today, he continues to bring his decades of professional experience to those who are eager to make playing music an integral part of their lives.


    Medick Galestian


    Medick Galestian, wife of Edwin Galestian, is the welcoming face at Five Star Music and Dance Academy. Medick assists with the registration of new students and scheduling. She is a dedicated and caring manager, and is always making sure that our students and parents are well taken care of. She has managed our music and dance schools throughout the years and is a true delight to have as part of our staff.

    Ellenie Galestian

    Dance director and Instructor

    Ellenie has firmly established herself as one of today's fastest rising dance music stars, inspiring a dedicated fan base that continues to grow all over the world. Having conquered the stage since the age of three, it's no surprise that this talented artist has reached such great heights.


    A singer, dancer, and choreographer, her shows are infused with original productions, intricate dance routines, unbridled raw energy, and an eclectic fusion of unpredictable sights and sounds. Past achievements to note include her work with prominent artists such as Pink, Taio Cruz, Kelly Rowland, David Guetta, Tiësto, Basshunter, Sean Kingston, and Jin Akanishi. She has also performed at the American Music Awards, MTV Latin Awards, as well as several Broadway shows in the heart of New York City.



    Taya Thonen

    DancE Instructor

    Taya was born in Kansas City and grew up in olathe, Kansas. She trained in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, hip hop and contemporary starting at the age of 5. She modeled for hallmark magazine at a young age and then really focused on dance. Taya did competitive dance from age 6 until she was 18. After high school she attended the university of Kansas where she was a “Rock Chalk Dancer” and also apart of a dance company called “Arts In Motion.” After graduating in May 2017 Taya started to pursue modeling & moved to LA to pursue her career in dance and modeling. She has been in LA since August 2017 and has been steadily working professionally in the industry as she is focusing on dance, acting, and modeling.

    Lisa Lewolt


    Lisa began acting and dancing at the age of ten, winning her first role in the hit TV Show "Malcom in The Middle." She has appeared in over 15 national commercials including Pepsi, Burger King, Mervyn's and Lexus, 20 T.V. shows such as "American Dreams", "Boston Public", "The Brian McKnight show"; and 5 films. She has performed half-time shows for the Raiders, Lakers and 49ers. She has opened for Sean Kingston and danced with many international pop and R&B artists on tour. She won CMT’s hit TV show “Your Chance to Dance.” She has also choreographed and danced in music videos for some of today’s top artists.

    Michael Quest

    Guitar Instructor - Songwriter - Recording Artist

    Michael Quest has over 20 years of experience teaching guitar to students of all ages. Enthusiastic and dedicated, he incorporates his own method in book form, emphasizing the training of the ear to hear and enjoy music as it needs to be played. His knowledge includes tablature, musical notation and a multi-faceted knowledge of popular music stemming from his 30 years of experience.


    Michael holds a BS in Art Education from the University of Michigan with teaching credentials.

    Lita Neuman

    Violin Instructor

    Lita Neumann, our violin instructor was born into a musical family in Pasadena, CA. She started participating in music at a young age. She plays, performs, is a song writer, and teaches the violin. Lita sings in both English and Spanish.


    Lita is currently writing new songs and performing. The message in her music is that of hope, life, and love. Lita has been teaching music at "Five Star Music & Dance Academy" for over ten years. She hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams and to keep music a part of their everyday lives, especially her students.

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