NorthPointe Dance Academy teachers have a strong commitment to teaching excellence. Offering many years of dance experience, each staff member demonstrates passion and dedication to dance in their area of expertise. Students of all ages will benefit from the varied styles and experience of each teacher.
Barbara Coman: (Artistic Director) Barb has been teaching dance to children of all ages for over 30 years. She was a dance major at Kent State University and Ohio State University and has trained extensively in NYC and Chicago. She is an accomplished choreographer having won many national championships from 1988 to the present. She was a finalist in the Jazz Dance World Congress Gus Giordano Choreography Competition that included professional companies from all over the U.S. and abroad. Barb has trained dancers from the national TV show “Star Search” to Broadway to the Radio City Rockettes. She’s a certified teacher by Dance Masters of America and enjoys teaching pre-school as well as pre-professional dancers. She remains active in all areas of dance and continues to study across the U.S. Barb has, for seventeen very successful years, directed NorthPointe. NDA is known as the studio that sets the “Standard for Excellence” in the Central Ohio area and is one of the top fifty dance schools in the country.
Tricia Reynolds: (Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Pre-School) Tricia began dancing when she was three years old. She was fortunate to train at NDA with Barb Coman and a wonderful teaching staff. Tricia won numerous regional and national competitions and scholarships with her groups, duets/trios and solos. She danced off-Broadway with the original Break the Floor production at NYC’s Fringe Festival. Tricia has trained with numerous choreographers including Gil Stroming, Laurie Kanyok, Mike Minery, Joe Lanteri, Suzi Taylor, Mia Michaels, Mark Meismer, Danny Wallace, Savion Glover, Tracy Stanfield, Stephanie Campbell and Nick Bass. Tricia was a football and basketball cheerleader at Otterbein College, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2009 with a B.S. degree in Business Management. She is a certified teacher by Dance Masters of America. She is also the Director of our Junior Competitive Team. Tricia is excited to begin her eleventh full year of teaching NorthPointe’s enthusiastic and talented students; she is looking forward to continuing to inspire all NorthPointe dancers with a love of the art! Tricia and her husband, Jimmy, who is a veterinarian, reside in Delaware with their two beautiful daughters, Rylan and Reese.
Jessica Lee: (Pre-School, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz) Jessica began her dance training in Palm Beach, Florida. She trained for two years with the Miami City Ballet under Francia Kulchar and Roma Sosenko. The Balanchine style quickly became her favorite. She studied at multiple summer dance workshops including: The Walnut Hill School and the Jillana School. A number of her summer vacations were spent in Columbus at Ballet Met where she learned choreography from Stanton Welch and technique from Yoko Ichino. Jessica was a member of the Pre Professional Program at Ballet Met. After performing with Miami City Ballet, Ballet Met, and Palm Beach Ballet, Jessica decided her passion was for teaching. She taught for two years in Palm Beach Gardens and has been at NorthPointe ever since. She is looking forward to continuing to share her love of dance here at NorthPointe.
Stephanie Olszewski: (Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Dance Team Jazz/Pom) Stephanie began dancing at the age of three, studying ballet, jazz, tap, pointe and lyrical. She danced competitively and has been a part of many award-winning routines. In 2001, Stephanie traveled to Europe where she performed in the Tansomer Festival. Stephanie graduated from The Ohio State University in 2005 with a BA in Psychology and minor in Dance. While at OSU, Stephanie was a member of The Ohio State University Dance Team. She competed nationally with the dance team and in 2003, was recognized as a National Dance Alliance, Collegiate All-American. Stephanie was head coach of The Ohio State University Dance team from 2007-2009. Under Stephanie’s direction, the OSU Dance Team finished in the top 5 in both 2008 and 2009 at the NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer & Dance Championship. Stephanie has been teaching at NorthPointe Dance Academy since 2008. In addition to teaching dance, Stephanie went on to further her education and has earned a Middle Grades (4-9) teaching licensure through Ashland University. She is certified in Math and English/Language Arts and is currently an 8th grade English teacher at Olentangy Orange Middle School. Stephanie is very proud to be a part of NDA’s incredible teaching staff. She is grateful to have the opportunity to share her love of dance with her students.
Sarah Anaya (Ballet)
Sarah is originally from Memphis Tennessee, and has been dancing since she was nine years old. She began her ballet training under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has had the wonderful opportunity of receiving Cuban classical ballet training with Magaly Suarez at the Art of Classical Ballet. Sarah joined the Washington Ballet Company at the age of eighteen. While with the Washington ballet Sarah was fortunate to work alongside choreographers such as Septime Webre, Kirk Peterson, Mimmo Miccoli, and Tamas Krizsa. In 2015 Sarah joined BalletMet under the direction of Edwaard Liang. While dancing with BalletMet, highlights of performing include Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Edwaard Liang’s “Murmuration”, and various George Balanchine ballets. Sarah has recently retired from BalletMet and is looking forward to continuing her career as a ballet teacher for the students at NorthPointe.
Katie Holland: (Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Creative, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Pre-School) Katie is from Pickerington and has been dancing since she was three years old. She began dancing competitively at the age of eight. She has won numerous regional scholarships from LA Dance Force, New York City Dance Alliance, and Jump/Nuvo. Her scholarships have sent her to The Edge in California and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Katie has trained under several of the industries best choreographers including Gregg Russell, Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, Dee Caspary, Lauren Adams, Anthony Russo, Donovan Helma, Danny Wallace, Joe Lanteri, Mike Minery, Joey Dowling, Jacki Dowling Ford, Mia Michaels, and Nick Bass. Katie is a Pickerington North High School graduate and was a cheerleader for her school. Katie lives in Brecksville, Ohio where her husband is a fourth year Podiatry student. Katie is very excited to begin her second year teaching at Northpointe!
Christina Haskins: (Lyrical, Ballet, Tap, Jazz) Christina has been teaching dance for fifteen years. Christina began her dance training at the age of three in New York. She trained at the Rochester City Ballet, as well as fifteen years at her local dance studio. Christina was part of the Tremaine Dance Company and was fortunate to travel all over the United States performing and assistant teaching with many teachers such as Wade Robson, Doug Caldwell, Joelle Martinec, Desire Robinson, and Keri LaGrand. Christina has held the title of Regional Senior Outstanding Dancer for New York City Dance Alliance and has worked with the faculty of N.Y.C.D.A. Christina was also awarded the title of Miss Dance of Western New York. Outside of dance, Christina works in the NICU as a nurse. Christina, her husband Kyle and two children Audrey and Owen have recently moved to Columbus from New York. She is very excited to start teaching with all the wonderful and talented dancers and faculty at NorthPointe Dance Academy. She is looking forward to inspiring students to believe in themselves and to become the best dancers they can be.
Crystal Gibney: (Pre-School, Jazz, Tap) Crystal has been teaching at NorthPointe Dance Academy since 2000. She graduated from Columbus StateCommunity College with an Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development in September2009. Crystal is planning to work on her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Early Intervention. Crystal and her husband, Kyle, have 2 daughters, Lily and Arya Addison. Crystal is very excited to be involved in NorthPointe and looks forward to another successful year.
Stephanie Cea: (Acro) Stephanie grew up dancing in Phoenix, AZ. She has over 20+ years of teaching experience. During her time as a dancer, she won numerous regional and national awards, including a prestigious dance scholarship to STEPS on Broadway in NYC! During college she worked for NCA Danz, leading summer dance camps throughout the nation. She toured with NCA for five years, three of them serving as head instructor. She has performed in Tokyo, Japan at a JSDA camp, and Super Bowl XXX with Diana Ross. Stephanie continues to attend dance workshops and train from master teachers and choreographers. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from ASU and loves working with children. Stephanie and her husband moved to Ohio in 2010 with their three fun-loving children Isabella, Nicholas and Olivia.
Claudia Fernandez (Guest Teacher)
Claudia Fernandez was born in La Habana , Cuba. She began her ballet training at the Cuban National Ballet School at the age of nine, training with prestigious teachers like Fernando Alonso, Mirta Hermida, Ramona de Zaa, Loipa Araujo and others. In 2005, she moved to Chile where she continued her training at Teatro Municipal de Chile School and Facultad de Artes, at the University of Chile. Claudia was a stand out soloist in roles for the Ballet Juvenil directed by Hilda Riveros and Vladimir Guelbet. In 2009, Claudia became a dancer at the Ballet de Santiago under the direction of Marcia Haydee where she was awarded the title of Best Performer in Dance. In the United States, she has danced with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, Oregon Ballet Theatre and is currently a company member at BalletMet. Claudia also judges international dance competitions and teaches at BalletMet. She is excited to begin her second year teaching for NorthPointe Dance Academy and looks forward to another great season.
Alexis Edmonds (Preschool, Hip-Hop, Tap, Jazz) Alexis is excited for her first full year at NorthPointe as a teacher! She started dance when she was two years old. Alexis began competitive dance at the age of eight with Dance Masters of Pennsylvania. Alexis taught at her former studio in Wheeling, WV for over 10 years. She loves acrobatics and tap but is also trained in ballet, jazz, and lyrical. She had the honor of representing her high school as a “Queen of Queens” pageant contestant as well as dance the role of the “Rat King” in her studios performances of The Nutcracker. Alexis graduated from Ohio Dominican University with her BSE in Early Childhood Education. She and her husband John reside in Delaware with their two children, Hollis and Leland.
Jordan Hallman (Preschool, HipHop, Ballet, Lyrical, Community Outreach Director)
Jordan has been in love with dance since the age of three! She originally began her training under the direction of Tony Calucci and Kate Lalonde locally in Ohio. She went on to dance with the pre-professional company the Collaborative Dance Project, performing in numerous classical ballets and contemporary works. During this time, she was privileged to work closely with notable professional dancers and choreographers, such as Zelima Bustillo, Tercell Waters, Angelina Familiara and many others. Later, she moved to train at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre under academy directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall. She was then accepted into their Graduate Program. Jordan was also fortunate to be able to spend her summers at intensives with the Joffery Ballet School, BalletMet, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Jordan is proud to announce her new position as Community Outreach Director for NDA! She loves to teach all ages of dance and is looking forward to continue sharing her passion for dance at NDA.
Miguel Anaya (Ballet) Originally from Havana, Cuba, trained at the Alfonso Perez Isaac School and the Cuban National Ballet School, where he graduated in 2012. He has trained with Ramona de Saa, Marta Iris, Nor Maria, Ana Julia Bermudez, Magaly Suarez, Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso and Alberto Mendez. He danced with the Washington Ballet Company during the 2014-15 season, performing various Septime Webre ballets including Sleepy Hollow and Alice in Wonderland. Mr. Anaya also danced the role of Siegfried in Kirk Peterson’s Swan Lake while with the Washington Ballet. Mr. Anaya was invited to the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2010 and the Youth America Grand Prix in 2011. In 2012, he won the Grand Prix National Competition in Cuba, and performed as a soloist dancer with Ballet Nacional de Cuba with Alicia Alonso. While dancing with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, he performed as Basilio in Don Quixote.
Hailee Snyder (Tap, Jazz, Lyrical) Hailee began dancing at the age of two and immediately fell in love with it. She was fortunate enough to train at NorthPointe Dance Academy under the incredible staff while training in various styles. Throughout her years at NDA, she trained with numerous choreographers including Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Mike Minery, Jaci Royal, and Andrew Wingart. After graduating high school, in the summer of 2017, Hailee auditioned for the Radio City Rockettes, and later attended the Rockette Summer Intensive Invitational Week where she received a contract with the company! She is now gearing up for her third season as a Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. Hailee is so grateful to be back and share her love for dance at the studio that helped make her dream come true.
Taryn Lester (Preschool, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary) Taryn Lester is excited to be beginning her first year at NorthPointe. Originally from Albuquerque New Mexico, Taryn developed a love for dance and performing early at the age of three. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance styles throughout her childhood as well as high school. This ultimately led her to getting her BFA in Musical Theater from Ohio Northern University with a minor in dance. After graduation, Taryn had the honor of working in the Walt Disney World College Program as a Character Attendant. There she gained a love of working with children, and plans to continually pursue making a positive impact on their lives as part of her career. Taryn looks forward to continuing to work with children in hopes of helping them find their passion for the arts that have shaped her life.
Katie Devine (Creative, Dance Team, Jazz, Pom) Katie began dancing at the age of five, and was fortunate enough to train at NorthPointe Dance Academy under Barb Coman and a fantastic staff. She trained in a variety of styles and from many world-renowned choreographers including Travis Wall, Jaci Royal, Lauren Adams and Andrew Winghart. Katie graduated from The Ohio State University in May of 2019, majoring in Human Resources and minoring in Organizational Psychology. While at Ohio State, she spent all four of her years as a member of the The Ohio State University Dance Team, performing on the sidelines at football and basketball games, as well as competing at the UDA Collegiate National Championships. Katie was the sole captain of the National Championship winning team during the 2018-2019 season and helped the program to win three national championships during her tenure. She also contributed to the choreography of the team’s 1st place home routine at UDA College Camp. Katie is so excited to be back to share her passion for dance with future NDA students.
Sarah Zamilski (Preschool) Sarah has been teaching young children to dance for over 21 years and spent most of those years as a Children’s Dance Coordinator. She began dancing at a young age at the Susan Lloyd dance studio, followed by classes at Kent State University and also continued classes at the Silver Spring Dance Conservatory. In addition to teaching dance, Sarah also works full time for the Olentangy Local School district as an intervention aide in one of their autism units. Sarah loves introducing and teaching dance to the tiniest of dancers and is very excited to be teaching at NorthPointe. Sarah loves spending her free time with her husband, 3 children (when they are home from college/highschool) and 2 doodle dogs.
Morgan Kamins (Hip Hop, Cheer, Dance Team, Pom) Morgan is originally from the Chicago area and has been dancing since she was two years old. She began competing at the age of seven and trained in all forms of dance including jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater, and hip hop. During that time she was a part of many award winning routines as a member of Perseverance Dance Company and Dance Xplosion. Morgan worked with many talented choreographers over these years such as Mandy Moore, Sonya Tayeh, TOKYO, Dee Caspary, and Katy Speadbury. She was also a member of her high school dance team from 2012 – 2014 and placed top 5 at UDA High School National Dance Team Championship. Morgan was a member of The Ohio State University Dance Team from 2014 – 2018 performing on the sidelines of all home football and basketball games as well as many other athletic and community events. As a co-captain her senior year, the team took home the program’s first ever National Championships in the Pom and Jazz categories at the UDA College Dance Team National Championship. She graduated from Ohio State in 2018 with a BA in World Politics and a minor in Business. Since graduating Morgan has been working as a paralegal in Columbus and teaching dance.
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