The Dancer’s Pointe Celebrates 25 Years!

           The Dancer’s Pointe will celebrate its 25th anniversary season this summer under the ownership of Susi Schott Martucci and the art direction of Kelly Salisbury.  Along with their distinguished fellow teachers and staff, they continue with the same philosophy that the studio began with…that quality dance education can be offered in an atmosphere that is warm and caring.  Their award winning Dance Company, Pointe of Impact (POI), has grown tremendously.  POI has participated in national competitions in New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, as well as in Florida.  In addition to competing, the company is involved in charitable fundraisers and community outreach programs throughout Central Florida.  The teachers and staff of The Dancer’s Pointe are proud of all of their dancers, including their alumni students ~ those who have continued to pursue dance through college and the professional world, as well as those who have chosen different paths.  We believe that regardless of the path chosen, they are doing it better and with more style, because they are dancers!

Susan Schott Martucci, Owner

Ms. Susi opened The Dancer’s Pointe in 1990 after graduating from college, dancing professionally and teaching in Tampa and Orlando.  The dance studio has grown significantly since that time.  She is especially proud of her students’ growth.  They have won many honors and awards on the local, regional and national levels.  Ms. Susi is the former Dance Director for Bethea-Ebsen Center, has her B.A. Degree in Dance from St. Leo University and did graduate work in Elementary Education at University of Central Florida.  She is a certified and active member of Florida Dance Masters, Inc. and is currently serving on its board, as Director of Continuing Education.  She has choreographed many productions for various companies throughout Florida, including Class Act Productions in Tampa, Civic Theatre of Central Florida and Miss Dance of Florida Scholarship Pageant.  She has danced professionally for Walt Disney World and for many fine hotels throughout Central Florida.

 

Kelly Salisbury, Artistic Director

Ms. Kelly is the Director of The Dancer’s Pointe and is proud to be completing her 19th season as an instructor and choreographer here.  Kelly’s early training was with Southwest Dance Theatre and Bakersfield Ballet Academy.  After graduating from the University of California Bakersfield, she moved to Los Angeles to study with Stanley Holden, Joe Tremaine, Donna McKechnie and Louis DaPron.  She choreographed and taught for Civic Ballet Theatre, Santa Rosa College and Santa Maria Junior College.  She relocated to NYC where she performed and choreographed musicals for numerous summer stock theatres.  While in NYC, Kelly studied with American Dance Machine, Broadway Dance Center, and Harkness School of Ballet.  Locally she has choreographed for the Civic Theatre, Orlando Theatre Project, the Jewish Community Center, Orlando International Fringe Festival, Seminole Community College and Theatre Downtown.  She is currently an active member of Florida Dance Masters.

Adella Squires

Ms. Adella began her dance training with Edith Royal of the Royal School of Dance here in Orlando, and later taught for them for many years.  She moved to NYC to continue her dance education with American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Luigi Jazz Center and Jazz & Acrobatics with Charles Kelley.  After marriage, she moved to Missouri and was Director of the Northeast Missouri State University Dance Prep Program.  With the Ballet Royal and the Florida Symphony she has danced in Coppelia, Les Sylphides, and more Nutcrackers than she can count.  She has also performed in musical theater, both as a dancer and a choreographer.  She enjoys introducing children to the beauty, expressiveness and discipline of dance.  This is Ms. Adella’s 12th year at The Dancer’s Pointe.

Mandy Taylor

Ms. Mandy is a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville.  She spent her first year of college at Jacksonville University as a dance major before graduating from U.C.F. with a B.A. in public relations/advertising.  She has performed and choreographed for many studio recitals and student choreography concerts.  Her love for dance lies with ballet and pointe.  Her performances range from Giselle to the Nutcracker to Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty. Ms. Mandy has been teaching at The Dancer’s Pointe for 11 years.

 

Kelli Dorrough

Ms. Kelli has enjoyed a wonderful career in dance and dance education for the past 24 years.  Born and raised in Miami, she began her dance training with the wonderful Joe Michaels.  She later joined the Miami Conservatory and Acadamie du Ballet and during high school attended P.A.V.A.C. (New World School of the Arts).  Ms. Kelli received a B.S. degree in education from Florida International University and began teaching for Dade Community College (Miami Dade College) Continuing Education Program.  Ms. Kelli was studio manager and ballet director for Joe Michaels’s Miami Dance Center under the direction of Dana and Mia Michaels from 1993 to 1999.  She was a member of Mia Michaels Dance Company for 6 years and has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe.  Since 2002, Ms. Kelli has worked as a judge for the national talent competitions Showbiz and Prime Time Dance and for the past 2 1/2 years been working as part of the business management staff for Mia Michaels.  This is her 3rd year with The Dancer’s Pointe.

sharaShara Ketterer

Ms. Shara is originally from Boston, MA, where she studied with “Dance Productions” under the direction of Sandi Duncan and Denise Jordan.  She has also studied with Gus Giordano, Tony Coppola, Liz Imperio and Paula Abdul.  Ms. Shara moved to Orlando in 1998 to dance for Walt Disney World’s “Festival of the Lion King” at Animal Kingdom.  In 2001, she traveled to Tokyo, Japan as a performer for Tokyo Disneyland.  Ms. Shara currently works for Walt Disney World as a staging specialist, working with the entertainment cast in parades and shows.  She has been teaching and choreographing for 20 years, and has produced numerous award-winning dances at both regional and national level competitions.  She is excited to be teaching  at The Dancer’s Pointe!


McClaine Timmerman

McClaine started her professional training at Orlando Ballet as a trainee for the company. Continuing her ballet training she went to high school at North Carolina School of the Arts.  McClaine studied modern dance at Columbia College Chicago, where she received her B.A. in Performance and Choreography.  Throughout her training she attended workshops with Boston Ballet, Ballet West, Janice Garret and Dancers, and The Seldoms. Her choreography was chosen to be presented in the American College Dance Festival Association, and was accepted in the New Grounds Choreography Festival, 2010 & 2012. As well as performing with The Empty Spaces Theater Collaboration, she has presented three full length dance theater productions in the Orlando area, and is currently choreographing her next show. McClaine is currently a teacher at Orlando Ballet, Elizabeth Parson’s School of Dance, The School of Performing Arts, and is proud to be teaching at The Dancers Pointe!

Angie Harrison

Ms. Angie began her career as a dancer as a dance magnet student at Dr. Phillips High School under the instruction of Kathy Follensbee. While at Dr Phillips, she was also active with their cheerleading and dance teams. She studied jazz, African, hip-hop and modern dance at Nulook Dance Theatre and studied ballet at The Dancer’s Pointe. She has attended dance festivals, such as Bates Dance Festival where she received a full scholarship for their summer intensive. Ms. Angie graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in dance. While there, she performed with and served as co-captain and choreographer for the Jacksonville University Dance Team. Most recently, she taught dance, drama and theater technology at Millennium Middle School in Sanford, Florida. Currently, she works in entertainment at Walt Disney World, teaches dance at Dr. Phillips High School and performs with the contemporary, improvisation-based company, NAO Dance Collective, directed by Linda Eve Elchak. Ms. Angie is a proud alumnus of The Dancer’s Pointe and is excited about her return as an instructor!

Manuela

Manuela Velez

Manuela Velez grew up in Orlando, dancing at The Dancer’s Pointe since she was 8 years old.  While at The Dancer’s Pointe, she studied ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap and musical theatre.  Manuela was a member of POI, performing and competing with The Dancer’s Pointe dance company before entering the Finance Honors Magnet program at Boone High School, where she was a member of the Bravette dance team.  A graduate of Cornerstone Charter Academy, Manuela is currently a biology major at University of Central Florida.  As the reigning Miss Space Coast, USA, Manuela credits her dance experience with the poise and confidence required for this accomplishment.  Manuela has been Ms. Susi’s Teacher Assistant since 2008 and is very excited to combine her experience with her love of dance and children at The Dancer’s Pointe!

PeterS  Peter Sabasino

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Peter started dancing when he was 4 years old.  Peter is    trained in all styles of dance, specializing in tap, jazz and hip hop, with tap being his first love.  He started teaching in 2001 and loves sharing his passion with his students.  A top 16 finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, Season 6, Peter has much to share. He teaches master classes for dance conventions throughout the country, but makes his home in Central Florida where he is enjoying our sunny weather and working with our awesome dance students!

 

 Morgan CarrCarr2

As soon as Morgan Carr could walk, she started to dance! A familiar face, she grew up dancing at The Dancer’s Pointe from the time she was five years old.  She studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, lyrical, and contemporary. Morgan competed and performed with Pointe of Impact Dance Company for 10 years, performing tap solos for 6 of them. She was a Boone High School Bravette for four years and was captain and choreographer her senior year. Last year Morgan substituted for The Dancer’s Pointe and was Ms. Kelly’s Pointe of Impact Assistant.  She is currently continuing her education at Valencia College, pursuing a degree in American Sign Language, while spending free time as a youth leader at her church.  She has always loved working with children and is looking forward to sharing her love of dance with the students at The Dancer’s Pointe.

Margie Chan, Office Manager

Cathy Keller, Office Manager

Nancy Hudson, Pointe of Impact Manager