From left, Hannah Peterson, Lori Leichliter and Kyleigh Peterson of cyCLOGenesis with First place plaque from Branson, MO. State competition.

From left, Lori Leichliter, Hannah Peterson, and Kyleigh Peterson of cyCLOGenesis with their second place trophy from national competition.


Ballet Students Successfully Pass National Exam

The STARS Foundation is pleased to announce students of our ballet instructor, Debbie Claus, successfully passed the Cecchetti National Ballet Exam. Students studied with Ms. Claus throughout the 2016-17 school year in preparation for the exam, which took place June 9 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Congratulations to Bailey Gilkeson, Amanda Lange, Anna Leichliter, Evan Leichliter, Lori Leichliter, and Hannah Peterson. For more information on The STARS Foundation dance programs please visit our website at 

Ballet Instructor Debbie Claus Wins Best of Ozarks 16 Years in a Row

For the past 16 years, STARS Ballet Instructor Debbie Claus has won Best of the Ozarks - Dance Studio. We are so proud of Ms. Claus and look forward to another exciting year of ballet in Cabool.

Team Takes Second at Nationals

On 09.08.16  |  Courtesy, The Cabool Enterprise

The three-member team cyCLOGenesis attended the national clogging competition in Nashville, Tennessee, last Saturday. They competed in the category of Small Team Amateurs Division 2 and won second place. There were 317 teams overall in the national competition.

CyCLOGenesis is made up of Lori Leichliter, Hannah Peterson and Kyleigh Peterson.

“We are anxious for next year and hope to qualify other teams to go as well. Our qualifying competitions will be in April and June of 2017. We learned a lot and got to meet the masters of clogging,” a spokesperson said.

Lori Leichliter is the STARS Foundation’s clogging instructor. She offers clogging classes on Monday evenings.

CyCLOGenesis will be performing their national routine at the opening of each show of STARS’ next production, “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” “Mulan” is being performed at the Willow Springs Theater and STARS Foundation’s 14th production. It is September 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale $6 in advance and $7 at the door. You can purchase them online and choose your seats.

“Though the STARS Foundation has grown into a new building for the music, art and theater, our busy dance program remains at 519 Main Street,” STARS executive director Rebecca Peterson said. “It is filled with clogging, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and gymnastic tumbling. Our instructors are certified professionals from the Springfield area.

“Some of our students will have the opportunity this year to perform with the Russian Ballet Nutcracker from Russia in November, and New York Broadway performers in three Broadway musicals will be giving the STARS students master classes in theater during the next year.  We welcome any students who would like to participate. The STARS Foundation strives to provide opportunities to students that will affect their future in the fine arts. Feel free to visit our website at”