Melissa Truelove, founder/director, welcomes you to The Dance Pointe. Melissa is a Greenwich native with a BFA in dance from the University of Massachusetts five college dance department. She founded TDP in 2009. Having spent her youth under the direction of the Greenwich Ballet Workshop, Melissa spent her summers dancing abroad. This experience pushed her to pursue her art at the professional level. She performed with various artists in New York City and was a member of the Peter Czerner Dance Company, located in southern Germany. Melissa is further sharing her European experience with her students by organizing summer dance intensives in the foothills of the Black Forest and northern Switzerland. The Dance Pointe is an extension of Melissa's passion and dedication to dance and it's principles.
Kristine Bellemare grew up in Northern Connecticut. Studying all types of dance from a young age. In 2009, Kristine started teaching, and from that point she realized her goal is to spread her passion for dance, giving her dancers the opportunity to learn and grow inside and outside of the studio. Kristine's choreography has won numerous awards, and she is also an award winning and Top Score Award dancer at the Regional and Competitive level. Kristine teaches both recreational and competitive dance, and has a love for both levels, she believes each dancer should be treated individually striving as much as possible. Choose a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life!
Janelle Brennan was born and raised in Connecticut and moved to New York to attend college to receive a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University. She holds a certification in Zumba, AFAA Group Fitness and CPR/AED. She has competed in professional ballroom competitions and placed in the top six for national and local competitions. She also is a certified Health Coach. Along with her love of dance and fitness Janelle have always had a passion for helping people align more fully with their true potential and is proud to be teaching at The Dance Pointe this year.
Carolina Guasco is a graduate of Greenwich High School and The Dance Pointe. Having trained under Melissa Truelove, Carolina is thrilled to be sharing her joy of dance and her knowledge with the Tiny Tots and Mini Movers. Carolina carefully crafts every young dancers’ foundation and confidence. Carolina is an integral part of The Dance Pointe both in the studio and behind the scenes. Carolina participated in the 2014 International Dance Program in Germany and looks forward to the summer tours to come.
Cynthia Izoldi is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil where she graduated from the Municipal Ballet School of Sao Paulo and danced professionally before moving to the United States.She received a scholarship from the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and studied under the tutelage of Meredith Baylis. She performed in various companies including the New York City Opera Ballet where she danced for 15 years works by well-known choreographers, I.e: Agnes de Mille, Donald Byrd and Jerome Robbins.All along she continued to perfect her technique by studying with leading ballet masters such as Wilhelm Burmann, David Howard, Alexander Filipov, Hector Zaraspe, Maya Plisetskaya, Halina Biernaka, Olga Ferri, Marcia Dale Weary and Oleg Vinogradov. She has been in“Live from Lincoln Center” productions and as a choreographer, has had works performed locally, as well as at the News-Journal Center- Florida. Ms. Izoldi holds an AS in Biology from PUCC University, Campinas – Sao Paulo (Brazil), she has been teaching ballet for over 12 years and is also the creator for “Dance Works” an after school program at the New Canaan Country Day School. She is thrilled to be able to pass along her love for Classical Dance to all of her students at The Dance Pointe.
Melanie Riera has been dancing since childhood. Melanie’s passion for dance continued though college where she joined Boston University’s Dance Theater Group. Melanie has studied various forms of dance including ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, hip hop, and ballroom. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Communications from Boston University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Richmond. Melanie has studied under various instructors including: Micki Taylor-Pinney, Ann Brown Allen, Margot Parsons and Rose Jackson Moye. Melanie is excited to be a part of The Dance Pointe family.