Kathleen McGrath – Instructor (ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, adult)
Kathleen grew up in Greece, NY where she spent her childhood studying dance at Danc’letics of Rochester. In addition to taking her own classes, Kathleen became an assistant dance teacher at age 13, a co-teacher at age 16, and an instructor by age 18. Throughout her life, Kathleen has studied many types of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, modern, liturgical, and musical theater. She has attended several master classes and seminars. Kathleen performed shows with Danc’letics in Walt Disney World during the summers of 1997, 1999, and 2001, and again returned to Disney for a performance as a Danc’letics “legacy” dancer in the summer of 2017. Kathleen earned degrees in Political Science (B.A.) and Psychology (B.A.) from the University at Buffalo. Kathleen lives in Latham with her husband and two children. She knows first-hand how important dance education can be for physical and emotional development and is excited to begin a new year at TPDC!
Julia Francolino - Instructor
Julia started dancing when she was 3 years old at Class Act Dance in New York where she trained in tap, lyrical, ballet, contemporary, hip hop and jazz. Julia also trained in ballet at the National Museum of Dance for 4 years. She has been teaching dance for 5 years now and there is nothing more she would want to do. Along with dance, Julia shares a love for photography and modeling. She is a model for Capezio, and has worked with many other dance companies in her time. Julia is very excited to be able to share her love of dance with the dancers at TPDC and she is looking forward to a great year!
Megan Grabowski - Instructor (Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Competition)
Megan started dancing at the age of six at The Studio For Dance in Blue Ash, Ohio where she studied clogging, ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. Soon after beginning dance, Megan joined The Studio Company and began competing in regional and national dance competitions and taking extensive ballet training at CCM (Cincinnati Conservatory of Music) and The Cincinnati Ballet. Megan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Kent State University and was a member of the Kent State Dance Ensemble and the KSU Dance Team. After graduation, her training in modern dance continued in New York City at Dance Space and in Boston at Green Street Studios. She has had the honor of performing with the Cincinnati Ballet and modern companies Bryce Dance and Kelley Donovan and Dancers. In addition, Megan is thrilled to have performed on NBC’s “Today Show” and at New York City’s world-famous Carnegie Hall with Eric Kunzel and The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Megan is very excited to share her passion for dance with the students at TPDC and helping them grow as artists.
Tara Haswell - Artistic Director and Instructor
Tara has been dancing since 1990 and teaching since 1999. She has won many awards, both locally and nationally in dance, and has taken master dance classes from some of the most renowned teachers and choreographers in the dance industry. Tara opened Turning Pointe Dance Center in September of 2009 and created the Turning Pointe competition team in September of 2010. The competition team has already won many overall, entertainment and choreography awards in the short time that they have been competing. Most recently, Tara has studied at The Pulse Dance Intensive, taking classes from choreographers such as Desmond Richardson, Wade Robson, Chris Judd and Brooke Lipton, among many others. Tara has a Bachelor’s degree in child psychology from Alvernia College. She is the director of Turning Pointe Dance Center, and is looking forward to another enjoyable year of dance!
Andrea Vandecar - Instructor
My passion for dance started when I was four and continued through my teens. In high school I remained physically active, playing a variety of sports, and by the time I was in college, I continued my passion for physical fitness by pursing a group fitness instructional position at the gym. Routed in dance, I fell in love with the way group fitness integrated concepts of dance by blending choreographically driven workouts to amazing music. After graduating with my Masters in History in 2005, and finding a High School Social Studies teaching position, I did not want to give up my passion for physical fitness, and group instruction. I have continued teaching group fitness classes for well over a decade, as I am AFAA and SPIN Certified. I have taught a variety of classes from Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Butts and Guts, Total Body Sculpting, and Core and More, to name a few. To maintain my certifications, I attend new and multiple training's every year to stay current and bring new innovative techniques to group training.
Andre Robles - Instructor
Andre Robles is now in his eighth season with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. Prior to joining the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, he has performed with The Joffrey Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Teatro Colon Ballet (Argentina). His training includes The Joffrey Ballet School (NYC), School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
Rose O’Brien - Assistant Director and Instructor
Rose has been involved in the dance industry for over 20 years. She started dancing at the age of 10 and continued her love for ballet as a teenager. Along with ballet, Rose also studied pointe, jazz and tap. In 1993, she resumed dancing and she began teaching in 1997. Rose has taken master classes from different choreographers as both a dancer and a teacher and has also participated in several dance teacher seminars.
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First Day of Classes
Monday, September 10th
Costumes my be worn to class.
October 31 - Closed
November 21-25 - Closed
December 24-January 1 - Closed
Martin Luther King Day
January 21st - Closed
February 18-24 - Closed
April 19-April 26 - Closed
Memorial Day Weekend
May 24-27 - Closed
June 9, 2019 - Times TBA
June 15, 2019 - 11:00 am & 3:00 pm