Miss Gina (Studio Director/ Senior & Jr Tap/Jazz Ignite Company)
Gina Miranda (Ingoglia) has over 24 years of dance training and has been a dance educator for over 10 years. Her training began at a neighborhood studio in Chicago. It was there that dance became her passion. Gina continued her training at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, home of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. During her first year of teaching she realized how much she enjoys working with and inspiring young dancers and shifted her focus to teaching. The positive enthusiastic atmosphere she creates in her classroom allows all of her students to feel encouraged and free when attempting something new. In 2002, Gina earned her BA in Marketing from Lewis University.
She joined the business world and continued teaching dance part time. She always said that one day she would have her own studio, and that dream was realized in July 2006, when Turning Pointe Dance Company opened and dance became her full time career. At TPDC, Gina’s focus is the Progressive and Competitive Divisions. She has built very strong Junior and Senior Companies that have received many accolades in a very short time. Gina continues to attend various workshops to hone her skills and teaching techniques. She has had the pleasure to train with and be inspired by Jimmy Payne Jr., Lane Alexander, Malaya, Adam Parson & Christina Woodward to name a few. In the future Gina hopes to continue motivating young dancers to reach their goals both inside and outside of the studio.
Miss Deartra (Studio Director/ Dancing Debut/ Mini Ignite Company)
Deartra Cappos began dancing at a neighborhood studio on Chicago’s south side. She has over 10 years of teaching experience under her belt and her main focus on ages 18 months to 8 year olds. For several years she studied at Lou Conte Dance Studio home of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Over the years, she has attended numerous dance conventions to advance her knowledge of instructing young children. In 2004, she received her Bachelors in Kinesilogy with certification in Early Childhood Development and K-12 Physical Education from the University of Illinois. Opening a dance studio of her own was a dream she has had since she was young, and that dream became a reality in July of 2006. In October 2011 TPDC expanded to a beautiful 10,000sqft facility, giving Deartra the ability to expand her Early Education Program.
Deartra’s degree has given her the knowledge to develop and lead TPDC’s Early Childhood and Transitional divisions. Deartra is the primary instructor for children ages 18 months to 8 years old. She loves to wake the creativity in young dancers. She believes that when a child is introduced to dance at a young age it helps build coordination and strengthen memory. It also introduces children to a classroom setting and teaches them how to interact with children their own age. Deartra strives to bring new teaching techniques that constantly bring out the best in each child. She strives to teach even the youngest dancers terminology, technique but most importantly stage presence and confidence. Deartra has seen how young dancers grow and blossom after starting thier dance education at an early age, and she welcomes parents of little ones to come out and try her class to see first hand the level of dance and patience she provides. Her career is her life and her life would be nothing with out dance.
Miss Vicky (Senior/ Jr/ Mini Ignite Hip Hop Company)
With over 17 years of dance experience, Victoria (Platek) Nacke began taking jazz and ballet classes at the (former) Dance Avenue in Orland Park . She proceeded to study hip hop at ABC Dance Studio in Chicago, training under Sonia Nieves, Founder of Non-Stop Dance Company for the next several years. While at ABC, Victoria’s hip hop class was chosen to perform for Channel 7’s Morning News as a special feature on Dance Chicago. Victoria went on to study dance for a year at Columbia College, training under Emilly Stein, Margi Cole and Trae Turner before moving on to UIC where she was a member of the Dancing Flames. She had the pleasure of working one-on-one with famed choreographers, Tabitha and Napoleon D’Umo (NappyTabs- So You Think You Can Dance) as they choreographed the Dancing Flames UDA Nationals routine. While attending UIC, Victoria regularly took classes at Lou Conte and became a member of their resident hip hop company, Boom Crack! Victoria has performed at the ‘Step Up 4’ movie premiere, the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade and a private promotional event, working with choreographer Lindsey B of ABDC’s The Beat Freaks. Victoria has taught at various studios in the south suburbs before finding her home at Turning Pointe Dance Company.
She continues to train by taking classes at Visceral, Hubbard and Monsters of Hip Hop before taking her yearly trip to LA or New York. Victoria currently heads Ignite Company’s Senior, Junior and Mini Ignite Hip Hop program and loves to challenge her students and watch them grow as dancers and individuals.
Talia began dancing at the age of 11 and was a part of the Turning Pointe Dance family from the start. She was on the competitive dance team for three years when she realized that she wanted to focus on her technique more than anything. While taking all of the technique classes required for full company members, Talia started teacher assisting with a few of the teachers. She realized how much she loved the teaching aspect of dance and was then asked to be a teacher for Turning Pointe Dance Company when she graduated from high school. Since then, Talia has grown to love teaching and working with a variety of ages. She thoroughly enjoys being able to work with The Ignite Performance Company in hopes of helping them achieve their dreams. Talia hopes for only the best as she moves forth with the studio.
Miss Jordan (Ballet Instructor)
Jordan Mercer began her training at age four with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. While dancing in the High School Division Training Program, she had the opportunity to perform several company roles. After High School, Jordan joined Ballet’s Austin’s Professional Division Training Program, which is where she started teaching. She then went on to dance with the Alabama Ballet for four years. Jordan moved to the City of Chicago two years ago, and to this day continues her career in both dancing and teaching. Jordan has taught at Alabama Ballet’s RAD Certified Ballet Academy, The Ballet Austin Academy, Grebel Dance, Children’s Dance Foundation, and several studios in the Chicagoland Area.. She was also a rehearsal assistant for Point Park University’s Summer Dance Program and assistant to the Choreographer for the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City.
Miss Jennifer (Ballet Instructor)
Jennifer Sarsfield, originally from Homer Glen Illinois, trained at Academy of Dance Arts with teachers such as, Sherry Moray, Irina Starovoitova, Carrie Nicastro and Ricky Ruiz. In continuation of her dance education, Jennifer graduated from the University of Iowa in May of 2015 with a B.F.A in Dance with an emphasis in choreography, a Minor in Psychology, and a Performing Arts Entrepreneurial Certificate. At the University of Iowa, Jennifer performed in several concerts and worked with choreographers such as, Deanna Carter, Eloy and Sarah Barragan, Kristin Marrs, Eleanor Goudie-Averill, Melinda Meyers, and Nicholas Leichter.
Jennifer was also selected to be a part of the University’s prestigious dance company, Dancers in Company, which toured throughout the Midwest performing repertory. Further, Jennifer has been a scholarship dancer at both Milwaukee Ballet’s Summer Program and Inaside Chicago Dance Company’s professional summer program. Presently, Jennifer is a 2016-2017 company member of Trifecta Dance Collection, Chicago, IL and an independent artist dancing with Project606 Dance Company, Chicago, IL.