Turning Pointe Dance Academy's founder, director and instructor. She began dancing at age 4 and was a student of Sara's School of Dance in Angola and The Patricia Krus School of Dance in Garrett.
Lynette began teaching for herself while still in high school in the town of Ashley where she grew up. Lynette was a member of Ball State University's Dance Theatre and has a dance minor degree from IPFW as well as a teacher's certificate from the Cecchetti Council of America. She has been recognized for her choreography at the regional and national level. Lynette has been teaching dance for 28 years in DeKalb County and is also a choreographer for surrounding schools for musicals and show choirs.
Ashley Miller began dancing when she was 3 years old. She trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and contemporary at the Patricia Krus School of Dance in Garrett, Indiana. She became most passionate about tap due to her love of rhythm and motion. Ashley attended countless dance conventions where she took classes from nationally renowned instructors and choreographers including Laurie Johnson, Ryan Lohoff and the Emmy nominated choreographer, Greg Russell.
While in high school, Ashley's self-choreographed tap solo was recognized for its excellence by Dance Olympus where she won Regional Champion and further went on to compete for "Dancer of the Year" in New York City. She also auditioned in NYC and was picked to be a V.I.P. Dancer for the 2004 Summer Dance Olympus Convention Tour. During this tour she traveled the country and took daily classes in all styles of dance with the nation’s foremost elite choreographers, assisted these choreographers on the convention platform, performed routines in the faculty show, and was a mentor for hundreds of aspiring dancers.
Ashley began her teaching career in 2008 at the Turning Pointe Dance Academy after finishing her Bachelor of Arts degree at Indiana University, Bloomington where she majored in biology and minored in sociology. She also competed in IU's ballroom dance team while attending school. During Ashley's teaching career, her tap students have won six National Championship titles. She has been recognized on four occasions as an Outstanding Choreographer by the Star Dance Alliance. She is dedicated to spreading her love of rhythm, sound and motion.
Mackenzie Snider is Turning Pointe Dance Academy’s recreational tap as well as the recreational and competition clogging instructor. She began dancing at the age of five for Patricia School of Dance. Two years later, Mackenzie followed Lynette to dance at Turning Pointe Dance Academy for the next eleven years. Mackenzie has experience in pointe, ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, and liturgical. Aside from all styles, she particularly trained competitively in tap and clogging. Mackenzie clogged on Ricochet, a clogging team located in Greenfield, IN, for eight years; traveling the United States to compete against the best in the country. She is a four time NCHC Clogging National Champion and has won multiple Nexstar Nationals.
In 2012 we added Mackenzie as a clogging instructor for Turning Pointe Dance Academy and later added her role as the recreational tap instructor. Her choreography has been recognized both regionally and nationally as well as won various awards from dance competitions.
Allison began dancing at age 5 and was a student at Cathy Ann Dance Studio in Auburn and Patricia Krus School of Dance in Garrett. She also furthered her dance education by attending numerous dance conventions and workshops such as Dance Olympus, Tremaine, and Showstoppers.
Allison has been teaching dance for 18 years. Through out her teaching career, Allison has taught tap, jazz, and lyrical at the recreational and competitive level. Her students and choreography has been recognized regionally and nationally for both outstanding performance and choreography awards. Allison has also choreographed for area pageants (Miss DeKalb) and contestants who have won Talent Awards at the local or state level (Miss Indiana). Allison also volunteers her time with the First United Methodist Church Fine Arts Camp where she teaches dance classes. She is looking forward to continue sharing her passion of dance.