Kristen Jeanes-Moody • Owner/Artistic Director
Since opening her Metairie studio’s doors in 2002, Kristen has consistently afforded students with opportunities to expand and refine their dance experiences by retaining a variety of professional dancers and choreographers who have trained and performed all over the globe. Such choreographers’ specialties range from advanced ballet to hip hop, and every imaginable dance style in between.
In 2012, Kristen decided the time was right to finally fulfill the lack of dance education in Lakeview, New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina. She therefore expanded her Dancer’s Pointe family by opening a second studio in the area. This studio has thrived since its opening and continues to grow and develop every year.
Kristen’s personal dance education extends not only to all traditional disciplines, but also includes the West Coast Swing. She and her husband, Shawn, have instructed both children and adults in this iconic style for over fifteen years. As partners, they have competed extensively in an effort to contribute to the genre’s renewed and ever-increasing popularity among all age groups.
Kristen does not rely solely on her dance experience when operating her two studios. Her background in education also allows her to persevere. Kristen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Orleans in 2002. Such an education provides her with an undeniable ability to both motivate and communicate effectively with children of all ages.
The atmosphere cultivated by Kristen as a result of her education and experience gained over sixteen years as Director of Dancer’s Pointe is one of exceptional technique and unprecedented choreography. Of equal importance to her and the Dancer’s Pointe instructors is fostering comradery, developing confidence and illustrating impartiality within and among the students.
Shawn Moody • Ballroom/Swing Instructor
Harmony Acain • Instructor
Harmony Acain’s extensive ballet, jazz and lyrical background of 38 years includes an impressive array of contacts that compliment her qualifications. Her studies have led her to New York’s “Broadway Dance Center” and, while living in Los Angeles, to the “Edge Performing Arts Center.” Harmony has appeared in televised commercials for Burger King and Soundtrack Audio, performed in industrial shows for major media establishments and has performed at the “Alpha Awards.” Harmony’s fast paced, award-winning choreography is greatly sought after. She has been on the Dancer’s Pointe staff for the past 14 years and works closely with the competition team.
Stephani Kammer • Hip Hip/Contemporary Jazz Instructor
Stephani Kammer is excited to enter her twelfth season with DP and resides in New Orleans as a professional instructor and choreographer. After earning her Bachelor of Performing Arts degree from Oklahoma City University Stephani began her professional career in New York appearing in regional theaters, industrials, and prime time television. Upon relocating to Los Angeles Stephani performed alongside many famous recording artists such as Gwen Stefani and Jay Z, but most notably Janet Jackson. She has appeared in several videos and TV performances with Ms. Jackson and served as Assistant Creative Director to Gil Duldulao on Janet’s Rock Witch U world tour. Stephani has been an Associate Choreographer for the Miss USA & Universe pageants for the last five years including the most recent 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. Stephani is very active in the professional dance industry and had the honor of performing in the Michael Jackson tribute on the MTV Video Music Awards after his passing. In recent years she has been inducted into The Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive & Professional Women for her many years of hard work and dedication to the arts. Stephani has taught internationally in Tokyo, Japan at Broadway Dance Center and traveled to over 65 countries educating and inspiring dancers all over the globe.
Denise Oustalet • Ballet Instructor
Received critical acclaim as a dancer, choreographer and master teacher. She performed as a principal dancer with Delta Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, Palm Beach Opera and Dallas Ballet. She was recognized by: the National Foundation for the Advancement for the Arts, Louisiana State Arts Council, NOCCA “Distinguished Mentor” and Gambit’s “Big Easy Award” – Best Choreographer. She received her BA degree in Elementary Education and was the architect and director of NOCCA’s dance department for 25 years. She has been a consultant for performing and creative arts schools in the USA and Canada. Her expertise includes: classical ballet, pointe, flamenco, modern and jazz dance. Her students dance professionally with the Atlanta Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Alvin Ailey, David Parsons as well as on Broadway and international touring companies.
Amanda Frischhertz • Instructor
Amanda is thrilled to be joining the Dancer’s Pointe faculty for a sixth season! She recently graduated from Louisiana State University receiving a BS in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology. Amanda has extensive training in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop and served as a member of DP’s award winning competition team for four years where she won the Elite Dancer award from West Coast Dance Explosion.
Her professional dance experience thus far includes backup dancing for Nelly and Florida Georgia Line, dancing in the 2014 and 2015 Miss USA pageants, performing with Beyoncé in the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show, and appearing in numerous music videos for local New Orleans artists. Over the past three years she has also choreographed award winning competition pieces for middle and high school dance teams in the New Orleans area and is currently the coach for the St. Francis Xavier Star Steppers. Amanda has found a great passion in the art of teaching dance and choreographing. She loves to inspire young dancers and share her passion for this art with others!
Tes Savoie • Instructor
Tes Savoie began dancing at age 2 and has danced for over 30 years; working as an assistant teacher through high school and college. She holds associate’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and Culinary Arts. She is also a pre-k/k teacher at Kenner Discovery and owns a baking business. This will be her 10th year as a mother of two at Dancer’s Pointe and her seventh year as an instructor. She is looking forward to another wonderful year!
Taylor Thomas • Instructor
Taylor Thomas Hosemann is a native of Vicksburg, MS and a graduate of the University of Mississippi. Her professional experience includes performing in the nation’s longest running outdoor drama, The Lost Colony in Manteo, NC. She has also lived in New York City and trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Dance New Amsterdam, and Alvin Ailey along with interning at The Joyce Theater. Taylor has performed and choreographed for New Orleans’ companies Synergy Dance Productions, Melange Dance Company and Rivertown Theater. She is also the choreographer for the Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. Taylor has developed a passion for teaching equal to her passion for performing and she looks forward to sharing all of her knowledge and experiences with her students.
Kerrie Belsome • Instructor
Kerrie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from Louisiana State University, after which she earned her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from the L.S.U. Paul M. Herbert law school in Baton Rouge. Upon graduating, she was employed for many years at a New Orleans law firm in the Civil Litigation Department, never imagining she would have the opportunity to return to her roots as a dancer and teach her lifelong passion of dance.
Kerrie believes dance, in any form, has the ability to forever enrich the lives it touches, regardless of a dancer’s ultimate career or life choices. Dance not only provides much needed physical activity and positive mental outlets for young people; it affords many meaningful and long lasting life lessons, including determination, encouragement, and purpose.
Kerrie attempts to incorporate such lessons during class throughout the year and is excited to do so for a fourth season in the remarkably creative environment existing at Dancer’s Pointe.
Ashton Turberville • Instructor
Ashton Turberville is beginning her second season with Dancer’s Pointe. She began her Dance career at age 3 at Melinda Leigh’s Performing Arts Center in Mobile, Alabama. From there, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi and attained a degree in Dance Performance & Choreography and Child Life Therapy. Throughout her 23 yearlong Dance career, Ashton has trained in an array of genres of Dance including, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, African, Improvisation, Clogging and Ballroom. Her experience has taken her to multiple places throughout the U.S for performances and choreography. Ashton is excited to begin another successful season with the Dancer’s Pointe family.
Sarah Broekhoven • Instructor
Sarah Broekhoven is a graduate of the Nutritional Sciences program at Louisiana State University. While at LSU, she was also a member of the Honors College and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. Sarah began dancing at the age of one and a half, soon began soloing at the age of 4, and danced competitively for 14 years. Sarah has always had a special love for tap. She has attended numerous conventions with renowned tappers including Nuvo’s Masterclasses with Anthony Morigerato, Jump Masterclasses with Mike Minery, and Third Coast Rhythm’s Masterclasses with Sam Weber. She has received numerous convention scholarships and was an NTG POW! Title Winner. Sarah received her teaching certificate from Dancer’s Pointe after teaching multiple tap classes during her senior year of high school. A highlight of Sarah’s career thus far was dancing back-up for Beyoncé at Super Bowl XLVII’s halftime performance in 2013. Sarah also danced in Rivertown Theater’s production of 42nd Street as well as LSU’s Dance Ensemble. More recently, Sarah taught tap as an Adjunct Professor in the Film and Theatre Department of the University of New Orleans. She also was the Assistant Choreographer for Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre’s production of Pippin, which was nominated for a Big Easy Award for Best Choreography. Sarah is also a Professional company member of Theatre on Tap as well as its Costume Coordinator and Seamstress. In addition, she is a Fitness Trainer for Body B Fit and will soon be certified in the Lagree Fitness Method. Sarah loves being back at Dancer’s Pointe, and is so proud of her students for all that they continue to achieve.
Katie O’Leary • Instructor
Katie O’Leary began dancing at age 5 and began competitive dance at age 8. A native of New Orleans, Katie trained at Mari Milnar Dance Academy in various disciplines, including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre. She also served as a four year member of the Mount Carmel Academy Carmelettes and was captain and choreographer for the National Champion team. She graduated from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS with a B.S. in Educational Psychology. She taught teen and elite jazz and lyrical and choreographed for the competition team Dancing Feet Studio in Starkville. Katie is a real estate agent and proud Dancers Pointe dance mom to her two tiny dancers, and is excited to begin her second year as part of the DP on staff!
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