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
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.
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.
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.
Nicole is a dedicated personal trainer and group exercise instructor with twenty years experience in the fitness industry. The mother of two Turning Pointe dancers, Mia and Savannah, who dance many different styles of dance, Nicole believes that variety is an important component of any exercise regime. She considers herself a lifelong learner and loves attending fitness conventions and taking master classes.
Nicole holds numerous different certifications from internationally recognized organizations including Merrithew and AAAI-ISMA. Her current classes mix cardio and strength progressions, interval training, resistance training, barre, and pilates.
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.
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.
Ariana Romano Harris
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.
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.
Meaghan Welchman is an enthusiastic arts advocate, dance educator, and choreographer. She holds her BA in Dance with a minor in Arts Administration from West Virginia University. Her pre-professional dance training began in 2015 at the Charlotte Ballet Academy summer intensive under the direction of Aisha McMillan Cravotta. While attending the summer intensive she was introduced to Modern, Jazz, Ballroom, and performing company repertoire like Dwight Rhoden’s Othello.
At the age of 17, she began training at Turning Pointe Dance Studio under the direction of Laura Faria Sciortino, performing principal roles in TPDS’s Sea Captain's Nutcracker such as Ice Fairy, and Lead Arabian, as well as Paquita Act 2 as Paquita. Here is where she developed her artistry and technique to further her training with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and West Virginia University’s Dance Department.
She has had the privilege to perform in Septime Weber’s Fluctuating Hemlines set by Jared Nelson, Giselle as a member of the Corp de Ballet set by Susan Stowe, General McArthur Hambrick’s I Saw a Dream as a principal role, Madison Hoke’s gaga style work, Not, along with other original student works.
In her time at WVU, she has choreographed a contemporary ballet work, Barracuda, using the 80’s rock song by Heart and a musical theatre jazz work titled, Swingin’ Sixties to Soul Bossa Nova theme from Austin Powers. During her summers on Cape Cod, she has taught ballet, contemporary, and hip hop to all ages, preschool to senior. Her most recent accomplishments are completing the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Teacher Training and teaching college students Fundamentals of Ballet at West Virginia University as a teaching assistant. Her passion is found in teaching and sharing the art of dance with others.
Sarah Thieler has been dancing at Turning Pointe Dance Studio for 13 years. She is a member of the Intensive Division and has performed in The Sea Captain’s Nutcracker since 2008. She attended Dance Excellence, an international dance festival held in Los Angeles, California, in 2017 and attended summer intensives with Festival Ballet Providence in 2016 and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2019. In 2018, she participated in the Youth America Grand Prix competition with classical and contemporary solos. She is a sophomore at Falmouth Academy and a high honors student. She is excited to share her love for dance with her students!
Darien began his dance training on Cape Cod at the age of three. He has been training at Turning Pointe for twelve years. Darien has assisted numerous ballet and hip hop classes over the years. He has performed various roles in many ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire , La Bayadere, Swan Lake, and The Sea Captain's Nutcracker. He has also performed various neo-classical and contemporary pieces by choreographers such as Laura Sciortino, Yves De Bouteiller, Rachel Kreiling, Tara Iacobucci, Louisa Hopewell, and Katie Grenier. Darien attended summer dance intensives at Miami City Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, and Festival Ballet Providence. He also attended Dance Excellence in Los Angeles, CA. Darien aspires to become a professional dancer and his hard work gets him closer to that each day!
Lindsay began dancing at the age of 2 with Turning Pointe Dance Studio. She has been a member of the Intensive Division for 7 years. Lindsay has won awards at both YAGP and the Connecticut Classic. She has been accepted into prestigious summer intensives including Festival Ballet Providence, Joffrey Ballet, the Washington School of Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre. Lindsay had the privilege of attending Dance Excellence in Los Angeles, where she took classes from world-renowned teachers and choreographers. In addition to her past experiences assisting classes, she is excited to continue to share her love of dance through teaching.
Ella Hayes has been dancing at Turning Pointe Dance Studio for 13 years and is currently a student in the Intensive Division. Along with performing in Turning Pointe’s annual spring showcase and their bi-annual production of The Sea Captains Nutcracker, Ella’s passion for musical theatre and tap has led her to perform on stage in numerous roles and as a dance captain for the local community theatre, Falmouth Theatre Guild’s past productions of Shrek, The Musical and Hansel and Gretel. Ella enjoys working with young children and has been assisting ballet and tap classes for the past 4 years. In 2015 and 2017, Ella attended master classes with top dance instructors and choreographers from all over the world at Dance Excellence, an international dance festival in Los Angeles, California. This past spring at Dance Excellence 2019, Ella was a team leader for Turning Pointe Dance Studio and performed on stage with The Young Americans. Ella has attended numerous ballet and dance intensives at Broadway Dance Center, Milwaukee Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Academy of Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy. Currently enrolled at Falmouth High School as a junior, Ella’s plan after graduation is to further her dance training at a performing arts college and double major in dance and dance science.
Annalisa has been dancing at Turning Pointe for 12 years and is currently a student in the Pre-Professional Division, as well as a senior in high-school. Along with training full-time at Turning Pointe, Annalisa works with Urbanity Dance Boston, a professional contemporary company, as a junior apprentice. Annalisa has attended summer intensive programs with Festival Ballet Providence, American Ballet Theatre, Urbanity Dance and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. Additionally, Annalisa has had the opportunity to attend Dance Excellence in Los Angeles, CA working with students and faculty from around the world. She has worked with local community theatre groups performing and assisting with shows. Annalisa has participated in and received recognition in prestigious ballet and dance competitions including YAGP, the Connecticut Classic and Nuvo. Annalisa has assisted and taught classes in hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, tap, acro and ballet for the past 5 years. She loves working with children and sharing her passion for dance through her teaching.