Letter from the Owner | Meet Our Staff
Turning Pointe has been my childhood dream since I was nine years old. Even then, I knew I wanted to create a place where dancers were part of something more than just dance classes.
Since opening our doors in 2005, it has been my goal to provide a learning environment for our students that is welcoming, nurturing and inspiring. What I discovered along the way was how my students inspire me with their innocence, laughter and eagerness to learn. As a teacher, I am honored to play a small, but significant role in their development.
As a studio owner, I feel it is my responsibility to prepare our students with the skills they need to achieve their personal goals while building character, integrity and self confidence. I also feel it is my job to guide our dancers when it comes to choices involving performance.
It is important to me that our dancers learn proper technique and vocabulary and that the movement is suitable for their age. Music is what moves us and I feel there are so many songs we can choose that are energetic and free of inappropriate content. Costumes are certainly an exciting part of performance and I love that our dancers wear outfits that are tasteful and flattering yet fun and full of color. A lot of care and thought goes into our decisions and I am proud that our Christian values are reflected in each one of them.
I am truly blessed to be able to share my love of dance with our students every day. It is rewarding to see how they learn and progress year after year. I appreciate you taking the time to learn more about Turning Pointe Dance Studio. We look forward to welcoming you into our family of dancers.
The best education starts with the best teachers which is why Turning Pointe employs instructors with a well-rounded background of training, performance and teaching experience. Our teachers are passionate about the art and discipline of dance and appreciate the opportunity to share their love of dance with each student.
Amy Houston is the founder and proud owner of Turning Pointe Dance Studio. At the young age of nine, Amy set her sights on becoming the owner of a dance studio. After years of training and performance, her dream became a reality in May of 2005. She brings a well rounded background of training, performance, teaching and business to her role as teacher and owner.
She began her dance training with the Metrocrest Civic Ballet and played the role of Clara in The Nutcracker for two years. Amy has performed as a featured dancer in productions of South Pacific, Guys and Dolls and The Music Man. She served as the Artistic Director of a performing troupe in Austin while pursuing a B.A. in Theatre and Dance with a concentration in Business at The University of Texas. She has been teaching dance to students of all ages for the last sixteen years.
Since opening Turning Pointe, her students have had the privilege of performing at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Pre-Game and Half-Time shows, Six Flags Over Texas, The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland and California Adventure in California to name a few. Her dancers have received first place honors at regional competitions and represent the studio with talent and class in performances throughout the community.
Amy’s warmth and joy add tenderness to her teaching style which makes her students feel loved and empowered to achieve their goals. She hopes to inspire her students who have been an inspiration to her every day.
Dance Company Director/Instructor
Abby Holmes brings talent and love of children to her role as Dance Company Director and Instructor. Miss Abby will begin her 11th season at Turning Pointe this Fall and we are so blessed to have such an amazing teacher, mentor and role model on our staff.
A graduate of The University of North Texas with a Bachelors degree in Dance Management and Developmental Family Studies, Miss Abby sets a wonderful example of leadership and a strong work ethic for our students. Miss Abby has roots in Flower Mound and is a proud alum of Marcus High School where she was a Dance Captain of the talented Marquettes. While on this coveted dance team, she received numerous awards for her performances at regional competitions including “All Star Performer” and “Individual Sparkle Award”.
Miss Abby is known for her creative choreography that fits the music perfectly while showcasing the dancer’s talent. Not only does she choreograph show-stopping routines for Turning Pointe, she shares her gift at her church as well. It is no wonder why our students and their parents request Miss Abby to be their instructor. Her loving nature and giving spirit is evident in everything she does. Turning Pointe adores Miss Abby and we know you will too!
Turning Pointe is blessed to have Alexis Davis joining us for her 8th year on staff. Those that know her have never seen her without a smile. Her laughter and positive attitude are infectious which is what makes her such a joy to be around and such a sought after instructor. Students feel welcomed and encouraged in her class as she knows just how to lift their spirits.
Alexis is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Education. She holds a Secondary Teaching Certificate to teach at the middle and high school levels in Texas, Maryland and North Carolina. She served as the Assistant Director at the Dance Centre in College Station for five years. She later went on to become the Dance Director for the Panache Color Guard at Havelock High School in North Carolina for four years.
Alexis has a varied background of training in ballet, pointe, tap and jazz. She has performed at numerous recitals, competitions, workshops and festivals including the Houston International Dance Festival. One of her most memorable roles was en pointe as Ursula, the sea witch in a production of The Little Mermaid.
Alexis has the ability to teach dancers of all ages from our tiny dancers to our adults. This season she is focusing on the ballet technique of our Dance Company to ensure our students are mastering proper alignment and placement. She also enjoys teaching our adult students and will continue to teach the latest aerobic workout class called Tone & Sculpt. Whether you have danced for years or have always wanted to take a dance class, Alexis will make you feel right at home.
Gina Hall just might be the best kept secret in Flower Mound. Her background of teaching and choreography will blow you away! Turning Pointe definitely has a treasure on staff in Mrs. Gina.
After graduating from Texas Women’s University with a B.A. in Dance Education, Gina started an impressive career leaving her mark all over the country. She was the founder of the Fine Arts Dance Program at Trinity High School which grew from 6 students to over 150 dancers in five short years. With her proven track record of developing a strong dance education program, she was asked to write the Fine Arts Dance Curriculum for the entire HEB Independent School District.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Gina was one of the choreographers for the FedEx Orange Bowl Half-time Show in Orlando. She became a sought after choreographer for numerous high school dance teams who wanted strong routines for their competition season. She also served as a teacher and judge for Showtime International Inc; a company charged with preparing dancers to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as Drill Team Officer auditions and College Dance Team auditions.
Mrs. Gina has the talent and the desire to teach dancers of all ages. Her attention to detail is what makes her dancers stand out among the competition. She knows how to get the best out of her students with her positive and encouraging attitude. So the secret is out. Gina Hall is on staff at Turning Pointe for her 8th season and we are thrilled!
Turning Pointe has had the privilege of working with Lisa Crow since 2011. It is by divine design that Lisa came to join our staff and we are truly blessed to have her.
Talented and creative are two words that come to mind when we think of Miss Lisa. She brings her degree in Dance Education and 16 years of teaching experience to Turning Pointe for her 7th season. Her choreography is simply stunning and leaves audiences feeling that they have just witnessed something remarkable. It is no wonder her routines are award-winning year after year.
Miss Lisa is a true artist in every sense of the word. Her gifts expand beyond dance into the art and design world which is why we are proud to have her as our Art Director as well. Lisa's designs are seen all over Turning Pointe from the hand-drawn ballerina used in our logo, recital artwork, advertisements, our website and more.
Whether she is teaching young students who are new to dance or advanced dancers, she inspires her students to do their very best with a loving and positive attitude. We can't say enough about how fabulous she is and when you meet her, you will agree!
Gold Squad Director
Miss Alaina is beginning her third season at Turning Pointe and is our Gold Squad Director.
She holds a dance education degree at Texas Women’s University. She began dancing at Bay Area Christian Performing Art Center in the Houston area. With BACPAC she was involved in a company that did outreach in local apartments and churches. After staying with BACPAC for 11 years, Alaina was involved in drill team at Dickinson High School. Alaina held officer positions on the Dickinson Diamonds drill team including Lieutenant and Colonel.
Since graduating from High School, Alaina has continued work in the drill team world through choreography for teams in both DFW and Houston Area school districts. In the summer she is employed with Crowd Pleasers Dance Company. Alaina has also presented choreography through Texas Women’s dance productions.
Miss Alaina is simply a joy to be around. Her talent is evident and her teaching style blends structure and discipline with fun and excitement. We all adore her and know how blessed we are to have her on staff. Welcome Miss Alaina!
|Miss Jordan is returning to the Turning Pointe staff family for her third season! Her energy is contagious and you can't help by smile and sweat in her classes! Stay tuned fore more details on her impressive dance background of training and professional performances!|
Performance Team Director
Rachel is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a B.A. in Dance and Social Sciences and a minor in education.
Miss Rachel started training at a young age and it was clear that she had fallen in love with dance. She participated in her high school's drill team where she served as lieutenant her junior year and captain her senior year. Through her drill team experience, she was able to perform in New York City on top of the Statue of Liberty and in Disney World with Disney cast members and dancers. Her love of the stage also led her to perform as a singer and dancer in musicals such as Joseph and the Amazing Techni-colored Dream Coat, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Suessical.
At UNT, she choreographed and performed with a student-run hip hop team. After she graduated, she was hired by Dallas ISD to start a dance program at Seagoville High School. Miss Rachel gladly served as the cheerleading coach whom she led to win Most Improved at their camp the following year.
Later in her teaching career, she transferred to Benjamin Franklin Middle School where she was asked to carry on the legacy of the amazing drill team that had started there. She took the Falconettes to Nationals where they won 1st runner up and scored highest in their category.
She is now happily beginning her second season at Turning Pointe Dance Studio as the Performance Team Director while also running her own health and fitness business and serving as a nanny to two beautiful girls!
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Turning Pointe would like to welcome Miss Alex to our staff for the 2017-2018 season. Alexandria is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with a double minor in Chemistry and Biology.
During her time at UNT, Alexandria performed in dance department dance concerts and was a member of the North Texas Dancers dance team. She enjoyed performing at football and basketball games as well as a special event performance on a Carnival Cruise.
Alexandria’s love of dance began at a young age when she first took ballet, tap, and jazz at a local Christian dance studio. Her love of dance continued as she pursued training throughout middle school and high school. Miss Alex is a proud Creekview Cheval alum where she served in leadership positions including sophomore representative, social officer, and senior lieutenant. Alexandria has continued work in the drill team world through choreographing for teams in the DFW area school districts.
As a performer, she has won many awards including “Outstanding in Dance,” “Best in Category,” and “Grand Champion.” Miss Alex brings an exciting energy and style to her choreography and we are looking forward to a great season with her on staff!
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Mrs. Laura trained classically in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern and Tap at the School of Performing Arts in Fern Park, Florida. She joined the studio's pre-professional company "Ballet South", under the direction of Russell and Phyllis Sultzbach. In her time with the company, Mrs Laura danced many roles en Pointe in Ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Four Seasons, A Midsummer's Night Dream and other original pieces. She also trained with noteworthy choreographers such as Pamela Boling and Ellie Potts Barrett.
During her college studies, Mrs. Laura danced and choreographed with Floridance, the University of Florida's student dance company. Mrs. Laura graduated college summa cum laude with a B.A. in Sociology and Education. She began her professional career as a substitute teacher grades K-12 in the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. She has also volunteered in High School Youth ministry at her local parish. For the last six years, she has served as a dance teacher and assistant director, developing curriculum and training for Pointe and Ballet.
Mrs. Laura is known for her kind and caring nature. She works hard to create a loving atmosphere in the classroom for all students to feel welcomed and accepted as they are. She places heavy emphasis on technique in her ballet classes and is well studied in injury prevention and alignment. Her choreography is known for its classical and playful undertones. Mrs. Laura is so honored to join the Turning Pointe family and excited to share her love of Ballet and Pointe with all the students this season.
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Miss Amorette is an undergraduate student in Dance and Education at Texas Woman’s University. She has been studying dance for 18 years in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and more. She began dance training at Champion Studios in her hometown of El Paso, Texas where she studied ballet from ages 3 to 18. She was a member her high school’s competition dance team named Saltatrix which was ranked the number one dance team in El Paso.
As a student of Texas Woman’s University, she continues to broaden her dance training in modern dance. During her time at TWU, she was a member of the International Dance Company which gave her the opportunity to learn diverse dance genres based on Hispanic, Korean, and African cultures. In addition to her dance studies, she is pursuing her teaching certification for grades 6th-12th and is on track to graduate December 2017. Amorette teaches and choreographs for dancers of all ages. Her choreography style focuses on ballet influenced movement; inspired by its use of beautiful lines and graceful dance qualities. She is a dance educator who pushes her students to step out of their comfort zone and habits in order to create new and unfamiliar movement. We are thrilled to have such a talented dancer join our staff this season!
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