FACTS

The Dance Pointe has been cultivating artists since 2009 and offers quality dance instruction for dancers of all ages and levels. With over 350 students form both Greenwich and Rye Brook, our program runs the full academic year from September-June, with a end of year performance at SUNY Purchase, NY. We offer many different styles of dance as well as various performance opportunities both locally and abroad. We strive to create a nurturing environment both the recreational dancer as well as the aspiring artist.

FACULTY

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MELISSA TRUELOVE | Owner/Director

Melissa Truelove welcomes you to The Dance Pointe. Mrs.Truelove 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, Truelove 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. Mrs. Truelove 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 Truelove's passion and dedication to dance and it's principles.

 
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ASHLEY ANDERSON

Hip Hop

Born in southern Connecticut, Ashley has beenpassionate about teaching for over 9 years. Originally focused in Ballet, Ashleydiscovered Hip-Hop music at the age of 14 and began training all over CT and was signed with MSA talent agency at 16 years old. At 20, she began training in New York City at Broadway Dance Center, joining the first ever "Professional Semester" and training with teachers including Sheryl Murakami, Rhapsody James and Luam. She was given scholarships from these programs including being a nominee at "Monsters of Hip Hop".Ashley lived in Los Angeles in 2016 where she furthered her knowledge and experience, working closely with Hip-Hop masters like Lando Wilkins, Jeka Jane and Joesar Alva. Most recently she was awarded CT's "Choreographer of the Year". Ashley is truly excited and humbled to be able to work so closely with Connecticuts young talent and hopes to build a strong foundation in dance and self with each one.

 
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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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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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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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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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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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KRISTINE MACDONALD

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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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.

 

 
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KENDALL MORAN

Mini Movers, Step Up, Ballet

Kendall Moran attended Lamar University on a dance scholarship, then studied and trained with teachers and choreographers from the London Royal Ballet and Steps Studio to Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Kendall is an ABT® Certified Teacher and successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

 
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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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MAYA SANK

Ballet/Jazz, Step Up

Maya recently finished a year long dance training with Vertigo Dance Company in Jerusalem, Israel. She is a graduate of Elon University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. Maya has been dancing since she was 8 years old, and has studied at a number of studios but her formative training was under Jimmy Locust. Maya began teaching when she was in high school and has also provided private lessons to dancers preparing for competition and college auditions. Maya is looking forward to sharing her passion for dance with her students at The Dance Pointe.