The Turning Pointe staff is comprised of young professionals with higher education and training in dance. Our dance educators continue to perform and choreograph professionally with various dance companies based out of Cleveland. Combining our staff's education and professional experience we are able to provide one of the highest levels of dance education in the greater Cleveland area.
We strive to provide the highest level of dance education to all our students, ensuring individualized corrections and praise to instruct each individual. We work to build proper technique, discipline, and skill that will help our students succeed. Through building a strong foundation, focusing on posture, flexibility, alignment, and strength we are able to advance our students to the next level. We strive to create a fun, energetic, and results driven environment to help our students succeed while enhancing their creativity and love of dance.
It is a priority of ours to keep up to date on current and trending styles of both dance and fitness, in order to continuously provide the best education and training for our students. We focus not only on educating and challenging our students, but we instruct each class to help build self-confidence through movement and performance.
Our uniquely trained staff is invested in helping you achieve your goals, while caring for your body in the process. We want to help change your body, so you can continue to feel young for many years to come. Each class focuses on proper body alignment and use of each joint to prevent future injury or pain, no matter what your current age. We focus on utilizing your body to take care of itself, so that you may live a long, fun, and pain free life.
Attitude, discipline, and respect are of highest importance to us, and we work to instill that in our students both on and off the dance floor. By unleashing our student’s creativity, we help them grow and provide them with a stronger feeling of self worth. By instilling the structure and discipline that dance requires in a fun and energetic environment, we build not only strong dancers, but confident young adults.
Meet Our Dance Educators . . .
Katherine (Katie) Brent is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She began her dance career thirteen years ago, under the direction of Jen Naso Marinis, Dana Soroczak, and Dee Hillier in Strongsville, Ohio. It was here that Katie was awarded many State and National titles for both group and solo performances. In addition, Katie was a member of the ESBI International Dance Company, which held performances nationwide. Upon traveling to New York City and Los Angeles to expand her dance training, she then moved on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance: Choreography and Performance and a Business Administration degree, both from Ohio University.
During her four years at Ohio University Katie became highly involved in fitness instruction and management. She worked as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Pilates Trainer, all while managing the Group Fitness department at the Charles J. Ping Recreation Center.
Upon graduation Katie returned to Cleveland to accept a position as The Pilates Coordinator at the grand opening of Life Time Fitness in Beachwood. In addition to working as the Pilates Coordinator, she taught dance at numerous studios in the greater Cleveland area, Katie also choreographed multiple routines that were performed and awarded both State and National titles from 2009-2013.
Katie has been a company member of The Marquez Dance Project, under the direction of Jennifer Sandoval Eccher since 2009, and has been a regular performer in The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival and Cleveland Public Theater’s Big Box and Danceworks series. Katie also devotes her time to perform with other professional dance companies in the Cleveland area on a project based basis.
Katie has pursued her love of dance since 2000, and can’t wait to share her passion and enthusiasm for the art of dance with her new students at The Turning Pointe: Dance and Fitness. Katie is excited to bring her two worlds together by sharing her passion and appreciation for how the body works and what it can do, in both her dance and fitness classes.
Michelle Brown earned her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Kent State University. Michelle currently dances with Cleveland based company, The Movement Project, under the artistic direction of Megan Lee Gargano and Rebecca Nicklos. The company has performed at various events and festivals all throughout Ohio, as well as the DUMBO Dance Festival in NYC. Michelle also dances frequently with Travesty Dance Group under the artistic direction of Kimberly Karpanty. She has regularly performed in Cleveland Public Theatre’s DanceWorks Series, as well as Ingenuity Festival and Bal Ingenioux since she begun her work with the company in 2012. Michelle is very excited to teach at The Turning Pointe this year, and can't wait to share her talents with all her new students.
Molly Baber is a classically trained ballet instructor who began her career dancing with the Academy of Ballet in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she met some of her most influential teachers including Gigi Rousseau, Melissa Gregory, and Julia Mitchell. Molly received her business degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where she was also a proud member of the Goldrush Dance team for four years. Molly is brand new to the Ohio area and can’t wait to share her passion for dance with her new students.
Is native to the Cleveland area. She is an accomplished dance educator who has been teaching for over twenty years, instilling her passion and experience into working with children of all ages. As a former member of a modern dance company, Allied Motion, Jennifer danced professionally for seven years. Jennifer also trained in competitive gymnastics, plus ballet extensively, under Janice and Raymond Smith from the Fine Arts Association. She was a former student of the School of Cleveland Ballet and had the opportunity to train under the tutelage of the then Artistic Director Dennis Nahat, and Ian Horvath. She continued her ballet training at the Pittsburgh Ballet School under Patricia Wilde, while completing her degree from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Jennifer is currently undertaking Acrobatique, a junior Acrobatics certification. New to The Turning Pointe, Jennifer looks forward to an exciting year!
Was born in Littleton, Colorado. Irene received her BFA from Ohio University. She became a company member of The Movement Project (a Cleveland based modern dance company) in 2015, and is the co-founder of Cleveland arts collaboration dotdotdot. Irene has also presented research at the annual International Association of Dance Medicine and Science's meeting held in Basel, Switzerland. She is excited to continue teaching at Turning Pointe, and is looking forward to a wonderful year!
Rachel Torowski is currently attending Cleveland State University and working towards her major in Dance Performance and Choreography. Rachel is a member of the Cleveland State Dance Company, which performs at the Allen Theater Main Stage, at the Playhouse Square. Rachel is very excited about her second year at the Turning Pointe and can’t wait to share her excitement for dance with her students again this year!