Tricia is the Owner and Program Director of Turning Pointe Dance Centre, established in 1995, as well as the founder of Trilogy Dance Company. As a true Northwest native, Tricia has trained under some of the best dance professionals the Seattle area has to offer. By the time Tricia was 14, she was a member of The Dance Labs' company, That's Jazz. There she studied with such noted teachers as Ray Bussey, Flemming Halby and Sara de Luis. Her choreography has been recognized on a national level and has been seen on ESPN2, Oxygen and "The Howie Mandel Show". Her students have received numerous national credits, have been awarded scholarships to several major universities, and danced with international touring companies. Tricia's philosophy regarding her students is that excellence should be pursued in dance, while keeping lifestyle priorities in balance.
AMY CORYER SUGAWARA
Originally from California, Amy moved to Washington at the age of 14. Early on she found inspiration through her mother and decided to follow in her footsteps to pursue a life filled with dance. She primarily studied tap, jazz and ballet, and soon after starting at Turning Pointe in 1995, expanded her training to include lyrical and hip hop. Amy was one of the first members of Turning Pointe Dance Team, now Trilogy Dance Company. She has also been a member of local dance companies including In Effect, Team Boogiezone's Breed, Twisted Elegance, The Next Movement - TNM and has performed in The New Millennium Tap Dance Review. Her choreography can be found all over the state of Washington. In addition to Trilogy, she has set pieces for Washington State University's Crimson Girls, Gig Harbor and Jackson High Schools, Eastern Washington Elite, and Footlites Dance Studio. Amy has a strong love and appreciation of all styles of dance, and believes that dance promotes self-discipline, passion and creates life-long relationships. One of the things that she cherishes the most about teaching at Turning Pointe is being part of a student's first experience in dance and opening up a whole new world of fun, imagination, creativity and skill.
Nicki trained with Turning Pointe Dance Centre from the time it opened in 1995. At 16, she was presented with the national title of New York City Dance Alliance Senior Outstanding Dancer. Shortly after, she began traveling the country with dance conventions such as NYCDA, Co. Dance and Tremaine as an assistant to many choreographers, including Joe Lanteri, Mia Michaels, Andy Blankenbuehler, Joey Dowling and Cris Judd. In 2004, she assisted Joe Lanteri at the Jazz World Congress in Costa Rica. Since then, Nicki has lived in both New York City and Los Angeles pursuing her career as a dancer and choreographer. She worked on "So You Think You Can Dance: Season 2" as assistant choreographer to Tyce Diorio and also assisted Mark Meismer with his choreography for "Dancing With The Stars" guest artist, Martina McBride. She acted as Doug Caldwell's full-time assistant at the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, as well as assisting him in Costa Rica, Mexico and around the country. In 2007, her choreography debuted at the Joyce Theater in New York in the Rock n' Roll show, "REVOLUTION", which toured North America through the Spring of 2009. Nicki received an "Outstanding Choreographer" award at Youth American Grand Prix in San Francisco for her piece "The Hills". In both 2009 and 2010, Nicki's choreography was selected as a finalist from a nationwide search to perform in the Capezio A.C.E. Choreography Awards in New York City. At the present time, she is a faculty member and judge for both VIP Dance and NTG Dance and continues to choreograph and teach master classes across the United States.
Miss Vicki has years of experience teaching ballet, pilates, flow yoga and stretch classes to students with a wide range of ages and levels. Her ballet training began in Los Angeles at several prestigious dance studios. Some of the ballet instructors she studied under are Stefan Wenta, Henrietta Duprea, Andre Tremaine, Kenneth Kreel and Tatianna Rebashinska. Miss Vicki attended master dance classes conducted by Joffery Dancers, Henry Berg and Nancy Robinson. At age 13, she was awarded a Ford Foundation scholarship to The San Francisco Ballet School and has performed with many regional Southern California ballet companies and studios. Upon moving to the Seattle area, her ballet training continued under Flemming Halby at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Miss Vicki has certifications in pilates, resistance training, yoga, healthy back instructor, as well as numerous fitness certifications recognized through AFFA, Yoga Fit, the YMCA and the Arthritis Foundation. She also participated in I.D.E.A.'s Stott Pilates Instructor Workshop conducted by internationally renown Moira Stott. Early in her career she learned the importance of posture, muscle balance and working the body in a gentle method. She is proud to have students accepted into Pacific Northwest Ballet School and Trilogy Dance Company. Miss Vicki gives kind, patient and individual attention to her students, instilling pride in their accomplishments while building their self confidence.
Emily grew up in Upstate New York where she began dancing at age four. She continued to dance as her family moved to Louisville and then to Washington. When she was 15, and upon the encouragement from her coach and mentor, Deborah Hadley, she relocated to Carlisle, Pennsylvania to train at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. While at CPYB, she trained with renowned teachers such as Marcia Dale Weary, Laszlo Berdo and many others. She also performed in Ballets by Balanchine, Berdo, Melinda Howe and Alan Hineline, who created an original role for her. After graduating from high school, she joined the Atlanta Ballet for a season under Artistic Director, John McFall. Emily moved back to Washington to join "Stone Dance Collective" and attend school. She enjoys working at detailed and precise technique to help dancers build a solid base for more advanced work and choreography. Emily hopes to help students build confidence in their technique and share her passion for clean, beautiful Ballet.
Paris trained, performed and competed in multiple forms of dance as a member of Trilogy Dance Company, winning many scholarships and awards throughout the years. She was one of ten dancers selected to perform with Dance With The Force in Los Angeles, where she trained with renowned choreographers and teachers. In 2008, she was included in the final thirty girls and in 2009, she was in the Top 20 for "So You Think You Can Dance". In addition to dance, Paris spent many years participating in Pageants. She has competed and earned the Crown and Title of American Coed Sweetheart Queen, National American Miss Jr. Teen Queen and National American Miss Teen Queen. Rounding off her titles, she also won National Talent for National American Miss. Paris currently teaches dance while attending college and continuing to pursue her career.
Meghan trained at the Ballet Arts Academy in Spokane where she studied the Vaganova method of Ballet under Margaret Goodner-Tan and Jazz under Jeff Amsden. She spent three seasons performing Ballet, Modern and Jazz for Theatre Ballet of Spokane and also studied with Alberta Ballet in Calgary, Alberta and the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. She expanded her training at the University of Oregon to include Balanchine technique under Amy Lynn Stoddart while dancing with the University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company. In 2004, she received a BA in English with a minor in Dance and has been teaching Ballet in the Puget Sound area ever since. Most recently, Meghan's choreography was invited to compete in the 2012 Youth American Grand Prix national competition.
Mackenzie trained in multiple styles of dance at Turning Pointe Dance Centre from the age of three. As a former member of Trilogy Dance Company, she has won scholarships and awards for her excellence in dance. In 2009, Mackenzie performed as a finalist in "Corner of Your Heart" at the first annual Capezio A.C.E. Awards in New York City. She enjoys sharing her passion for dance with her students.
Jessica began dancing at the age of three and was hooked! She started training at Turning Pointe a few years later and was a member of Trilogy Dance Company for ten years. She has performed with "BREED Seattle" and "Potion", led by Cameron Lee. Jessica has won many awards and scholarships over the years, including "Dance With The Force", which is only awarded annually to ten dancers nationwide and "Elite Pulse Protege", where she traveled around the country assisting many noted choreographers, including Brian Friedman, Dave Scott, Cris Judd, Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, Laurie Ann Gibson and Shane Sparks. She is excited to be back home at Turning Pointe!