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.
Dina Meier: (Ballet)
Dina began her training under the tutelage of E. Virginia Williams, founder and Artistic Director of Boston Ballet, at Boston Ballet School. She was the youngest member accepted into North Shore Civic Ballet Company, of Marblehead, MA. Dina performed with North Shore Civic Ballet and Boston Ballet Company through 1985, performing in a number of ballets, including contemporary original choreography, and the classics Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Bournonville’s Konservatoriet. Furthering her education, she studied at Boston Conservatory of Music, while also performing with North Atlantic Ballet Company, of Gloucester, MA. Dina and her husband John are the very proud parents of a teenage daughter, Teddie.
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 Jarret: (Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical)
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.
Emily Considine: (Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Pre-School)
Emily has focused most of her life on dance training and dance education. She has been with NDA since 2003. Emily grew up outside Pittsburgh, PA where she discovered her passion for dance while studying various dance forms. Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from The Ohio State University, with her focus on dance performance. She furthered her dance training by studying at the University of the Arts and attended workshops taught by artists such as Al Gilvert, Gus Giordano, Rhonda Miller and Finish Jhung. In addition to teaching dance, Emily went on to further education, and received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. In addition to happily spending her time at NorthPointe, she is a teacher for Westerville City Schools and a proud parent of daughter, Aaliyah.
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.
Lindsey Lauber: (Ballet, Preschool, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz)
Lindsey began dancing when she was only two and a half years old. Barb Coman was her very first dance teacher and Lindsey continued as a student in many of Barb’s classes every year throughout her dancing years. As a NorthPointe dancer, Lindsey won numerous regional and national competition awards with her groups, duets/trios and solos. She attended many dance conventions and workshops as a scholarship student and attended a Summer Dance Intensive at Broadway Dance Centre in New York City. She has trained with numerous professional choreographers including Michelle Assaf, Joey Dowling, Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Stepp Stewart, Leslie Browne, Mia Michaels, and more. Lindsey is a graduate of Ohio Dominican University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Lindsey and her husband, Matt, Have 2 daughters, Quinn and Collins.
Lindsey is looking forward to a successful year with NorthPointe!
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 (Preschool, Ballet)
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.
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.
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.
Alex Corron (Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Preschool)
Alex began dancing competitively at the age of 8 in Nashville, TN. After moving to Columbus at age 12, she immediately joined NorthPointe’s small and large group companies. During her time at NDA, Alex trained under many choreographers including Nick Bass, Travis Wall, Mia Michaels and more. Alex began assistant teaching and working for NorthPointe during high school. She graduated from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business with a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing and a minor in Design in 2014. She taught at NorthPointe for several years during college, and returned to us for our 2016-2017 school year! Alex and her husband, Jason, own and manage their own marketing and creative agency, and they reside in Upper Arlington with their daughter, Giana, and their two dogs.
Jordan Hallman (Preschool, HipHop, Ballet, Lyrical)
Jordan originally began her training under the direction of Tony Calucci and Kate Lalonde locally in Ohio. Throughout her high school years, she danced with the pre-professional company The Collaborative Dance Project performing in classical ballet works and contemporary pieces. During this time, she was privileged to work closely with notable professional dancers and choreographers, such as Zelima Bustillo, Tercell Waters, Angelina Grima-Familiar and many others. Later, she moved to train at the Pittsburg Ballet Theatre under academy directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall. She was able to perform in not only classical ballets, but original works with the academy. She was later 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 very excited to start her first year teaching at NorthPointe!