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 fourteen 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. Tricia is excited to begin her tenth 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! She is a certified teacher of Dance Masters of America. She is also the Director our Junior Competitive Team. Tricia and her husband, Jimmy, who is a veterinarian, reside in Powell 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 Short 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 Bournanville’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 Pontecorvo 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 with NorthPointe Dance Academy since 2008 and 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.
Zoica Tovar: (Ballet)
Zoica began her ballet training at the age of nine at the Alejo Campentier ballet school in Cuba. She was later accepted at Ballet Clasico de la Havana under the direction of Laura Alonso. Her talent and her dedication to the profession allowed her to become a principal ballerina. Her achievements include a silver medal in the Alicia Alonso competition in Cuba and a silver medal in Brazil. Some of the roles she has performed include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Kitri and Mercedes in Don Quixote, and many others. In 1998 Zoica joined Orlando Ballet as principal ballerina, under the direction of Fernando Bujones. She has also performed the works of choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Fernando Bujones, Val Caniparoli, Lila York, Salimm Galows, David Parson, Bruce Marks, David Nixon and many others. In 2007 Zoica received the Sun Award Spanish Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando for her dedication and contribution to the art in Orlando. In 2009 Zoica joined BalletMet under the direction of Gerard Charles. Zoica has recently retired from Ballet Met and is very excited to continue her career in ballet with our students here at NorthPointe.
Andres Estevez: (Ballet)
Andres began his training in Havana, Cuba, and later joined Ballet Nacional de Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso. He was a principal dancer with Ballet Clasico de la Havana under the direction of Laura Alonso. His career includes international tours and guest appearances as well as gold, silver and bronze medals in competitions in Cuba and Brazil. In 1996, Mr. Estevez traveled to the U.S. and joined Miami City Ballet where he performed many works from George Balanchine. In 1998, he joined Orlando Ballet as a principal dancer under the direction of Fernando Bujones and danced roles including Albretch in Giselle, Franz in Coppelia, Basilo in Don Quixote, solo in Bayadere and many works from Twyla Tharp and Bruce Marck. In 2009 he joined BalletMet and received the 2010 Violetta Boft Award and performed roles like Oberon in Mid Summer Night Dream, Don Jose and Escamillo in Carmen and many others. He has been teaching ballet for 10 years and is looking forward to sharing his love of ballet with our dancers 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.
Jess Pulley: (Pre-School, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop)
Jessica began dancing at the age of three. She trained in various principles with the Indiana Dance Ambassadors, Jessica graduated from the Ohio State University with a BA in theatre and dance minor. While attending OSU, Jessica was a member of the Ohio State University Dance Team. During summer breaks, Jessica worked as an instructor at the National Dance Alliance. She traveled to college campuses across the country teaching dance to students of all ages. For the last four years, Jessica has been the head dance team coach at Wake Forest University. Jess’ husband, Ben is finishing his orthopedic surgery residency in Columbus and proud parents of Ruby and Everett. She is excited to be back in Columbus. Jessica is looking forward to her second year 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!
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.
SaraBeth Collins: (Tap, Jazz)
SaraBeth began dancing at Kelly’s School of Dance (now known as Gel’s Dance Centre) in Parkersburg, WV, where she competitively danced in national award winning small and large groups. In 2000, she traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii to perform in the NFL Pro Bowl as part of a selected group of dancers. SaraBeth graduated from Otterbein College in 2007 with a B.A. in Business Administration/Marketing concentration and a minor in Dance. She participated in Dance Concerts under the direction of Stella Kane, workshops and distinction projects. During her four years at Otterbein College, she studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern and musical theatre. She was a Varsity Football and Basketball Cheerleader and a member of Sigma Alpha Tau Sorority. She is employed with Worthington Steel as an Inside Sales Representative and the Sales Training Coordinator. SaraBeth is very excited to begin her third year at NorthPointe!
SaraBeth and her husband, Matt, just welcomed a daughter, Ava, to their family in June of 2016.
Rachel Shuster: (Special Needs)
Rachel has been involved full-time in the field of education for nine years focusing on children with special needs. Prior to working full-time professionally in education, Rachel volunteered and worked for several years at Recreation Unlimited assisting and developing programs for individuals with physical and developmental needs. She is experienced in working with children with autism, Down’s Syndrome, and young children with a broad range of learning and physical disabilities including those developmentally behind in areas of reading, language and perceptual motor skills. She currently serves as a Consultant of Education and Provider Services assisting students with an IEP. She coordinates with support agencies in Delaware and Franklin Counties to create and implement programs to help individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. She is passionate about exploring multiple avenues, including music and dance, to help students with special needs improve motor skills that are essential to learning. Rachel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Ohio Dominican University and an Associate degree in Early Childhood Development from Columbus State Community College. She is licensed by the State of Ohio to teach Pre-K students and has an Early Intervention Specialist Assistant license through the Ohio Dept of MRDD. Rachel also serves as a board member for The Central Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and she is a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Rachel is very excited to be part of NorthPointe’s outreach to individuals with special needs.
Lisa Johnston House: (Tap, Jazz, Preschool)
Lisa is excited to be coming home to NDA. She began dancing at the age of five and, along with Miss Crystal, was in the very first graduating class from NorthPointe Dance Academy. Throughout college, she taught dance while completing her B.A. & S. degree in Mass Communications from Ohio State in 2004. She then went on to teach in the South Dayton area while her husband finished school. She has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and hip hop. Lisa and her husband Steve have two daughters, Lauren and Brooklyn. She is so excited to be back and is eager to share her love of dance with your children. Lisa was appointed the Community Outreach Director for NDA in 2016, and works to ensure NorthPointe’s continued involvement in the community.
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!
Angela Shamell: (Theatre, Acting)
Angela holds a BFA from the Ohio State University and an MFA from the University of Virginia. She teaches acting and stage combat for private students. She teaches drama for the Ohio Dominican University and is the academic advisor for the student-run theater group, The Panther Players. She costumes, directs and teaches for Columbus Children’s Theatre. She teaches and choreographs stage violence for local theatres. She was last seen acting as Roxanne in “Cyrano de Bergerac” for Actors Theatre, for which she won a Theatre Roundtable, Best Acting Award. Her last directing project was “School House Rock” for Columbus Children’s Theatre. She will be playing Ariel in the Tempest for Actors’ Theatre and directing Cinderella: A Hip Hop Fairytale for Columbus Children’s Theatre. She is excited to begin her fourth year teaching at 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 Valdivia