Turning Pointe Dance Center

18 Hemlock Street, Latham, NY 12110


First Day of Classes

Monday September 11th

Halloween Celebrations


Costumes my be worn to class.

Tuesday the 24th- Monday the 30th

October 31st- Closed 

Trunk or Treat​

Sunday, October 29th

TPDC Parking Lot

Thanksgiving Recess - Closed

November 22nd-26th

Holiday Recess - Closed

December 23rd - January 1st

Martin Luther King Day- Closed 

January 15th

Winter Recess - Closed

February 17th - 23rd

Good Friday - Closed

March 29th

Spring Recess - Closed 

March 30th - April 5th

Memorial Day - Closed 

May 27th

Picture Day

Sunday June 2nd


Sunday, June 9th

11:00 am & 3:00 pm Show

The Egg - Empire State Plaza

Class Calendar

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!

Carly Martin - Instructor

Carly started dancing at age 12, and has been dancing at Turning Pointe for years.  Her favorite style of dance is contemporary.  Over the years she's grown to love choreographing and teaching.  Carly is so excited and grateful to be sharing her passion of dance with her students this year and to teach at TPDC!


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. 

Emilie DeGroff - Instructor

Emilie started her dance career at TPDC in 2011. She has trained in various styles of dance including Tap, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip-Hop and Musical Theater. She has received numerous scholarships and awards at both the regional and national level.  She attends Russell Sage College where she majors in Creative Arts in Therapy with a Concentration of Dance. Emilie is super excited to share her love of dance with younger students. When not studying or teaching, she is a volunteer firefighter at Shaker Road Loudonville Fire Department. Emilie says, "Success is not driven by wanting to be better than your peers or your biggest competitor but it is driven by wanting to be better than who you were yesterday and showcasing something you are proud of!"


Frankie Soldevere (she/her) - Instructor

​Frankie is an Upstate New York-based dance educator, choreographer, and scholar. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from SUNY Brockport and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Dean College where she was the 2016 recipient of the Board of Trustees Prize for the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance. Her legacy lives on at Dean College as the Founder and President of Loose Screws, the Dean College Tap Team. She has performed with Ryan P. Casey’s Off Beat Tap Company, The Boston Tap Company, and Dropkick Murphys. Currently, Frankie travels nationally to set choreography, teach master classes, and adjudicate for StarQuest Dance Competition. Frankie is so excited to share her passion for dance with the students at TPDC!

Kevin Danaher - Instructor

Kevin started dancing when he was 13, and immediately fell in love with it. He began competing at 14, started teaching when he was 16, and is well versed in Hip-Hop, Popping, Animation, and Breaking. Kevin graduated from Siena College in 2017, with a B.S. in Computer Science, where he co-founded and choreographed for a hip-hop dance club that performed multiple times a year. He also founded a company called DancerTech, that creates software to solve common problems in dance studios. ​

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.

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.

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.

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!

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