Faculty

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, duet/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 Mesimer, 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 fourteenth 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 Sunbury with their three beautiful children.  

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 New Albany, Ohio where her husband is a Chief Podiatry resident at OSU. They have two beautiful children. Katie is very excited to begin her sixth year of 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.

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.

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 has completed 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) 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. She has a 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.

Lexi Daniels (Preschool, HipHop, Tap, Musical Theatre)

Lexi Daniels’ love for dance started at the age of 2 when she started taking class at NorthPointe. Lexi continued to be an NDA dancer through high school graduation, earning several national championships and competition titles, and is so grateful for the training and emotional connections built through being a NorthPointe dancer. Following graduation, Lexi joined an adult dance company, New Vision, where she has the opportunity to continue to perform. Her choreography career began in 2018 where she choreographed her first musical for a local community theatre company. She continues to choreograph for local theatre productions and is so excited to now be teaching at her lifelong second-home, NorthPointe Dance Academy.

Sarah Zamilski (Preschool) 
 
Sarah has been teaching young children to dance for over 22 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. Sarah loves introducing and teaching dance to the tiniest of dancers and is very excited to begin her second year of teaching at NorthPointe.

Meredith Mount (Dance Team, HipHop)

Meredith has been dancing since she was four years old and since then her passion has only grown stronger! She grew up training under the incredible faculty here at NorthPointe and won numerous regional awards and national championships during her time on our company team. She is so grateful for the opportunities and support NorthPointe has given her over the years, like attending the Rockette Summer Intensive for the past three summers! Meredith graduated high school in 2019 and is continuing her dance journey at The Ohio State University where she is currently a double major in both dance and business. She is also on the OSU Club Dance Team which travels to Daytona annually to compete against other colleges. She is so excited to be welcomed home to the NorthPointe family and to continue sharing her passion with others!

Samantha Butts

Samantha began dancing at the age of 3 and fell in love at the young age. She trained in various styles under the wonderful faculty here at NorthPointe Dance Academy that she calls her second home. In 2019 she graduated from Marymount Manhattan College earning her BFA in modern Dance. During her time as a student she performed works by various artists such as Kyle Abraham, Trey McIntyre, Maria Torres and Gabrielle Lamb. After graduating she performed in the theatrical modern dance show Woman on Fire under the direction of Royal Family Productions. Samantha also got the privilege of dancing as a Radio City Rockette in the 2019 Christmas Spectacular. She has performed at many New York venues, such as The Joyce Theater and 92nd Street Y. Samantha couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to teach and inspire the next generation of dancers!

Kellie Drobnick (Guest Teacher)  

Kellie began her journey with dance at the age of 3 and was fortunate to harness her training and love of dance at NorthPointe! Kellie is a 2016 graduate of The Juilliard School where she performed works by Jiří Kylián, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Jose Limon, Camille A. Brown and more. After graduating she went on to dance for Twyla Tharp Dance, The National Touring Company of Dirty Dancing, and MOMIX. Kellie has also done tv/film work, most recently playing a Jet Girl in Stephen Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story movie. Kellie has trained in jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, contemporary, and more, and she is so excited to be back at NorthPointe to share her knowledge and passion for dance with the studio that has been a family to Kellie. 

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.

 


We’re Hiring! Interested in teaching for us?  We are always on the lookout for passionate, energetic, and experienced teachers to join our ROCKSTAR faculty.  If you’re interested in teaching for us, email your resume detailing your experience.  We’d love to hear from you in 250 words or less why you’re interested in joining our inspiring team of teachers.  We look forward to hearing from you! email us: info@dancenda.com

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