FACULTY

 
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MELISSA TRUELOVE | Owner/Director

Melissa Truelove 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.

 
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ALIZA CHARBONNEAU

Mini Movers, Step Up, Tap, Hip Hop Jazz

Aliza grew up in Saratoga Springs, a small town in upstate New York that thrives in the arts. She began dance lessons at Creative Dance Arts at age three, along with her twin sister Cat, older sister Lindsay, and four of her girl cousins. Creative Dance Arts became Aliza's home after fifteen years of learning all styles, tap being her favorite. She was trained under a Rockette in Tap and Jazz making the Broadway style one of her strengths. Aliza was sad to leave Creative Dance Arts, as she began her next chapter at Purchase College where she studied Painting and Drawing in the Visual Arts Conservatory. Aliza and her twin sister Cat had a large studio during their junior and senior year where they became a collaborative painting team. Together they make large­scale abstract paintings and continue to pursue their careers as artists. Their background in dance plays a major role in their paintings since painting and dance have a lot in common; they are rhythmic, directed, active, expressive, and alive. 

 
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CYNTHIA IZOLDI

Ballet, Pointe

Cynthia 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.

 
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CAROLINA GUASCO | Studio Coordinator

Mini Movers, Step Up, Ballet/Jazz Combo

Carolina 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.

 
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JANELLE BRENNAN

Ballet/Jazz, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop

Janelle 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. 

 
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KENDALL MORAN

Mini Movers, Step Up, Ballet

Coming soon...

 
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KRISTINE BELLEMARE

Competition Director | Acro, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, Tap

Bellemare grew up in Northern Connecticut and studied 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!

 
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MELANIE RIERA

Modern

Melanie 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. 

 
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RICARDO DREYFOUS

Hip Hop

Ricardo was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ricardo has always been intrigued by dance and began learning Salsa and Merengue during elementary years. Throughout his  college years, Dreyfous joined a hip-hop club called Remixx and found a home. For the next year he choreographed numbers for Remixx and has recently joined Double Up Dance Company's Team Leggoo. 

 
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VICTORIA MARTINEZ

Ballet/Jazz, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary

Victoria is an energetic, caring and confident dance teacher who works hard to make sure that every student, regardless of skill, level improves and becomes the best that they can be. Victoria has experience teaching all ages styles of dance such as jazz, contemporary, ballet and hip hop. She is passionate about the art of dance and hopes to inspire her students as well. Victoria's has trained at some of the finest dance institutions including: Complexions Summer Ballet Program, Joffrey Summer Program, Houston METdance Professional Intensive and has her certificate from the International Dance Academy.