Sandy F. Starkman comes from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she taught special education for many years. Since retiring, she teaches several weekly dance classes. She has been the teacher on nine of Mel Mann's Dance on the Water Cruises and teaches every year at the Kentucky Dance Institute.
Sandy also has taught at many workshops and camps in Eastern Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Sandy was on the staff of Maine Folk Dance Camp since 1980 and now is a regular instructor at the Mainewoods Dance Camp. She has been President of the Mainewoods Dance Camp Board as well as President of the Ontario Folk Dance Camp Committee. She has taught several teacher training courses for the Toronto Board of Education and the University of Toronto.
Sandy is well known for the easy way she breaks down dances, for getting everyone moving quickly, and for running a fun evening program. She has taught at several camps and seminars.
Dances Sandy has taught include Achat Sha'alti, B'Pundak Katan, Bou Venashir, Davolijke Dajke, Dhivaratikos, El Llanero, Grand Colonel Mixer, Homoljanka Kolo, Hora Bacauana Hora Bănățeană, Ja da Kalinushshka, Jan Pirrewit, Kinneret, Kirčo na Čardák Sedeūa, La Lyonnaise, Legnata, Makedonio, Moj Dragane, Passu Torrau, Rața, Searlis, Sheleg al Iri, Skaljarsko Kolo, Sborinka, The Silver Grey, Valle Pogonishte, Well Hall, and Yolanda.