Behind the Scenes
Laura began her dance training with several teachers on Cape Cod, Boston Ballet and The Hartford Ballet. Upon graduating from the prestigious Harid Conservatory on full scholarship she began her professional dance career and danced for a number of ballet companies such as Milwaukee Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Channel Islands Ballet, Configuration, and Ballet Wisconsin. She performed leading roles in such classical ballets as The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Paquita, and Sleeping Beauty. She also had the opportunity to perform leading roles in George Balanchine's Apollo and Valse Fantasie. She has also performed a broad variety of contemporary, neo-classical, and modern works by talented choreographers such as Phillip Trehet, Harrison McEldowney in Group Therapy and Dance Sport, Mark Dendy, Yves de Bouteiller, Graham Lustig, Hans Van Manen, and Micheal Smuin. Laura was described as "sleek and lovely" in DANCE EUROPE MAGAZINE for her work in Graham Lustig's Six Pianos. Her choreography has received high recognition for dance companies, dance studios, and dance competitions. She has received several choreography awards and "Critic's Choice" awards at New York City Dance Alliance, West Coast Dance Explosion, Showstoppers, and Youth America Grand Prix. Laura has taught for the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston, Virginia School of The Arts, and Festival Ballet of Providence. She continues to teach master classes and set choreography throughout the country. Her students have attended and received scholarships to Alvin Ailey, Alonzo Kings' LINES, Harid, Joffrey Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Thearte, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Butler and SUNY Purchase.
Meet the Team
Yves de Bouteiller
Associate Director of the Classical Ballet Program
Yves de Bouteiller received his training in his native France, where he studied primarily with Marie-Laure Medova in Toulouse and subsequently with Robert Bestonso, Raymond Franchetti and Rosella Hightower. In 1979, he began his professional career in Europe as a soloist and principal dancer with such companies as the Ballet du Nord in France and Maurice Bejart’s Ballet of the 20th Century in Belgium. In 1989, he became a principal dancer with the Milwaukee ballet. In 1990, Mr. de Bouteiller extended his artistic talents to choreography. In 1991, he founded Ballet Wisconsin, formerly known as "Et toi, tu danses?” In 1995, he opened the Dance Center, the official school of Ballet Wisconsin. From 2000 to 2003 Mr. de Bouteiller served as artistic director of the Channel Islands Ballet, Ventura County’s former professional ballet company. Since 2003, Mr. de Bouteiller focused his career on freelance choreography. Some of his projects included, in October 2005, the creation of a critically acclaimed production of Romeo and Juliet for the Festival Ballet Providence in Rhode Island and, in October 2007, an invitation to teach company class for Alberta Ballet in Calgary, Canada. From 2008 to 2011 he served as ballet master for Festival Ballet Providence, in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2013, Mr. de Bouteiller received his « Certificat d’Aptitude aux fonctions de professeur de danse classique », the highest national diploma delivered by the French government.
Ariana Romano Harris
Director of the Acro Dance Program
Assistant to the Artistic Director
Ariana began her dance training on Cape Cod at the age of two. She studied at Turning Pointe for 5 years. She has performed various roles in many ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Firebird, Cinderella, and The Sea Captain's Nutcracker. Ariana attended summer dance intensives at Bossov Ballet Theatre and American Repertory Ballet. During her 5 years at Turning Pointe, Ariana was a teacher's assistant and teacher. After graduating from Sandwich High School, Ariana attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she recently graduated and received a BS in Kinesiology with a concentration in Pre-medical studies. While attending UMass Amherst, Ariana studied dance in a variety of classes. During her time at UMass, she danced with Pulse Dance Company. Ariana captained the company her junior and senior years and choreographed numerous pieces for the company to perform. Each summer, while in college, Ariana returned home to teach during Turning Pointe's summer program. Ariana is Acrobatic Arts certified and has completed the Acrobatic Arts certification courses through module two.
Louisa began her dance training on Cape Cod and soon came to Turning Pointe Dance Studio where she studied for nine years. Louisa was also a competitive Highland dancer for five years which complemented her ballet training. Louisa attended summer intensives at Milwaukee Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Festival Ballet, and chaperoned and danced for the Gelsey Kirkland Summer Intensive. During her senior year at Falmouth High School, Louisa began teaching for Turning Pointe Dance Studio. After graduating from FHS, Louisa moved to Salt Lake City to study ballet at the University of Utah. During her time at the University Louisa had the privilege of studying under Calvin Kitten, a former soloist for Joffrey Ballet, Maggie Tesch, a long time principle at Ballet West, as well as Michael Bearden, Jay Kim, Victoria Stocki, Maureen Laird and Rory Foster. During her four years in the Ballet Department she performed various roles in Utah Ballet performances including Cinderella, choreographed by Jay Kim, Serenade, set by NYCB dancer Zippora Karz, Coppelia, choreographed by Rene Daveluy, Etudes, choreographed by Jay Kim, Sympatico choreographed by Michael Bearden, and many other contemporary and classical pieces. Louisa also performed a lead soloist role in Fokine's Les Sylphide, set and coached by Maggie Tesch. Louisa graduated this past spring with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Ballet and plans to continue dancing and teaching.
Apart from her life as a ballet dancer, Louisa has taught swim lessons for Megan's Swim Program at Stoney Beach in Woods Hole for the past two summers. She is Wilderness First Responder certified through NOLS and loves to play the cello.
Amy Sellers has been working with toddlers and preschoolers for over twelve years. She visits several local preschool and nursing homes with her program, "Moving with Miss Amy." She holds several fitness certifications and has been teaching exercise programs for over 35 years to students ages 3-95. Amy started dancing at the age of 7 with Klara Koenig and continued dancing through college. Miss Amy brings imagination, joy and lots of fun into her preschool ballet classes.
Sarah began dancing at her local studio in grade school which took her all the way to Dean College, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2011. While attending Dean College, she attended the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive in NYC in 2009, where she also performed at the Summer Sizzler. She partook in theatrical productions at Dean including The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweet Charity, and Medea and various dance shows including Dance Company and Choreographer Showcase, where her choreography was chosen two years in a row to be critiqued by current professionals in the industry. Sarah is currently a dance teacher at several dance studios in the South Shore and a member of the Unyted Stylz Crew.
Julia began dance training at the age of nine, studying ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz. After high school, she earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Long Island University, Brooklyn campus. In New York she had the opportunity to learn and perform choreography by various world renowned choreographers, including Ron K. Brown, Bill T. Jones, Jennifer Muller, Nathan Trice, and Twyla Tharp, among others. In the summer of 2014, she joined the dance team for the Mets Affiliated baseball team, The Brooklyn Cyclones. Upon moving back to her native Massachusetts, Julia began teaching at Center Stage Dance Academy (Plymouth MA), and began dancing with various companies and choreographers in the area, including Adrienne Hawkins and Project 31, among others. She has taught classes at local dance centers such as the Dance Complex in Cambridge, and taught intensives and guest choreography at local studios from the South to the North Shore of Massachusetts. Julia joined BoSoma Dance Company from 2018 - 2021, a company the Boston Globe describes as “vigorously athletic and artistically sculptural”, and “the Alvin Ailey of New England” from audience testimonials. She also taught at BoSoma School of Dance from 2019-2022. In 2021, Julia is earned her certification in Personal Training from ACE Fitness. In May 2022, she opened Studio 721 in Buzzards Bay, MA, which offers adult dance classes and dance related fitness.
Rebecca began dancing at the age of 3 and grew up on Cape Cod, where she was a member of a competitive dance team training in styles of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. A recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education with a secondary major in Psychology. During her time at UMass Amherst, she became involved in the dance department on campus. As a member of the UMass Dance Club, Rebecca choreographed and performed in several pieces since her freshman year. She became President of the UMass Dance Club after previously working on the executive board for two years. She studied ballet each semester, training with instructors including Bronwen Macarther and Thomas Vacanti, as well as being part of the Alive With Dance performance group. Rebecca choreographed numerous pieces for the UMass Dance Club in styles such as contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and ballet. Rebecca is excited to share her passion and love for dance with her students!
Born and raised on Cape Cod Isabelle trained with Turning Pointe Dance Studio and graduated from the Intensive Division in 2019. She joined Ballet Austin’s Butler fellowship program for their 2019/2020 season. She then danced with Ballet Idaho under direction of Garret Anderson where she also taught the Young Dancer Program and Junior Company of the Ballet Idaho Academy. She is now an apprentice with Island Moving Company in Newport Rhode Island. Isabelle has had the pleasure of performing acclaimed classical and contemporary works including Marius Petipa’s Paquita, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, Jiri Kylian’s Falling Angels, George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and various new works by notable choreographers including FLOCK, Alexa Capareda and Glenn Edgerton.
Tristan Marshall, originally from Massachusetts, received his Bachelor of the Arts in Dance and a minor in Sports Sciences and Disabilities from Hofstra University. Throughout his time at Hofstra, Tristan received many accolades for his choreography. Since graduating, he has found a love for teaching & working with young students. Tristan strives to create a safe space to learn, grow & challenge each student he works with. He fuses athleticism & technique, with artistry & passion, and loves instilling this in the next generation. He has gotten to share his knowledge with many studios along the East Coast, ranging from workshops & intensives to choreographing competition dances throughout New England. Aside from teaching, he just finished performing with DanceWorks New York City where he choreographed three pieces for their company. Tristan is excited to continue growing as an Artist & Educator, and continue expanding his network of whom to share his love of dance with!
Kaitlin began dancing at age 3 on Cape Cod, first playing a little Angel in the Nutcracker, progressing all the way to Clara, enjoying every second on and off the stage. In high school, she was a member of a competitive dance team at Center Stage Dance Studio, training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and her favorite, hip hop. At Stonehill College, she continued her love of dance, participating in the dance club and teaching after-school dance to students in the Brockton Public Schools. Kaitlin holds a certificate in adaptive dance, teaching movement to individuals with disabilities from the Boston Ballet. Kaitlin is a 7th-grade teacher in the Falmouth Public Schools and is overjoyed to be back dancing, teaching, and inspiring others to dance!
Airlie Santos has trained at Turning Pointe Dance Studio since she was 3 years old. She has attended summer programs at Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Rock School For Dance Education, Festival Ballet Providence and New York Dance Project. Airlie has placed in the Top 3 at Youth America Grand Prix, Universal Ballet Competition and Connecticut Classic on numerous occasions and has placed in the Top 10 at NYCDA, NUVO and 24seven. She has been awarded scholarships to summer intensives, year round programs and dance conventions. Airlie attended Dance Excellence in California in 2019 and 2022. Airlie is excited to share her love of dance with her students this year!
Amelia Moesman is a junior at Sandwich High School. She has been dancing since she was 3, but this will be her 4th year at Turning Pointe Dance Studio. She has attended many competitions like YAGP, Universal Ballet Competition, Connecticut Classic, Nuvo, 24/7, and NYCDA. Amelia has received top 24 at YAGP in the junior category, 7th this year at Connecticut Classic, Nuvo breakout artist, 24/7 non-stop dancer, as well as a ballet scholarship from NYCDA. She has also danced in many award winning group dances at these competitions. She has attended Dance Excellence in California and two summer intensives at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and this past summer at Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, Florida. At Sandwich High School, she is an honors student and involved in Student Council. She also works at Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth as a host and banquet server. She is very excited for this year!
Katie Grenier is originally from the Worcester area of Massachusetts, where she trained in various forms of dance for many years. She recently graduated from Dean College, where she earned her BA in Dance- Performance and Choreography, with a minor in Psychology. Katie has had the privilege of working with many talented artists such as Jeremy Ruth Howes, Kristina Berger, Jill Silverman, Todd Shanks, Robbie Mulrey, Betsi Graves, Diane Kelley, Derrick Yanford, Katy Spreadbury, and many more.
Katie is currently living in Boston where she is dancing as a member of the Urbanity Dance company. Katie adores teaching the art of dance. She teaches throughout Central Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island. She loves sharing her passion with dancers of all ages. She is consistently inspired by her students and aims to keep the love of dance the top priority in her classes.
Niisa is an ERYT-500 Level Yoga Instructor and Yoga Teacher Trainer, Prenatal & Children’s Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, and Personal Trainer. She has been teaching yoga and fitness to all ages for over 13 years and is certified through YogaEd children’s yoga program, HealthyMoms Pre/Postnatal Fitness, Kripalu Yoga, and Pranakriya Yoga.
Niisa has held the position of Children’s Group Fitness Director and is currently a Director for the Pranakriya School of Healing Arts where she co-wrote and teaches the Advanced Prenatal Yoga Teacher certification.
She is also adjunct faculty at the Kripalu School of Yoga where she teaches advanced level teacher’s prenatal yoga and wellness for yoga students. She is also training to be a certified labor doula.