Our Faculty




Nicki, an original member of Trilogy Dance Company, trained with Turning Pointe Dance Centre from the time it opened in 1995. In the summer of 2001, she was presented the national title of New York City Dance Alliance Senior Outstanding Female Dancer, beginning a six-year journey touring with the convention, first as an assistant and eventually as a faculty member.  In addition to her time with NYCDA, Nicki has had the honor of traveling the world assisting many renowned choreographers including Andy Blankenbuehler, Mia Michaels, Doug Caldwell, Joe Lanteri and Cris Judd. Since then, Nicki has lived in both New York City and Los Angeles where she worked on “So You Think You Can Dance”, Seasons 2 and 8, as assistant choreographer to Tyce Diorio and also assisted Mark Meismer with his choreography for “Dancing With The Stars” guest artist, Martina McBride. In 2007, her choreography debuted at the Joyce Theater in NYC in the Rock n’ Roll show, “REVOLUTION”, which toured North America through Spring of 2009. Nicki has been awarded honors such as Outstanding Choreographer at Youth American Grand Prix, Best Choreographer at the 2012 Dance Awards, and is a three-time Capezio A.C.E. Awards Finalist. After being invited to showcase her work at the YAPG National Gala in NYC, ‘Nvitational’ in LA and ‘Dancing Under The Stars’ in Utah, Nicki’s choreography took her to Paris, France where she and long-time friend, Zack Benitez (D.W.T.S. France) set a piece on the famous French television show, ‘Vivement Dimanche’.  Nicki has spent the last four years in Alabama teaching on faculty at Troy University, coordinating TROY Dance Theatre and acting as Chair of the Alabama Dance Council Audition Committee. After 16 years of pursuing her professional career, Nicki has returned to her roots at recently purchased Turning Pointe Dance Centre, ready and excited to share her knowledge and experience with our next generation of young artists.



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.


Born in Singapore, Veronica Lee-Baik studied art and dance. She is a visual artist whose medium of choice is the body using it as a tool for expression and communication. Her approach to movement activates the senses to become fully alive and involved. Her passionate and technique oriented teaching has helped students into various dance institutions such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts, The Juilliard School, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and Austin Ballet.  She has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, Velocity Dance Center, YAW Theater, Dance Fremont, ExitSpace School of Dance, Pocket Theater, and Class Exchange. She was faculty for Dance Educators Association of Washington, 2017 and 2015 conducting Choreography Workshops titled “Take Risk and Misbehave Beautifully”.  She has also conducted outreach workshops with Licton Springs K-8 School, BF Day Elementary School and Young Women-Empowered. She is the founder and artistic director of The Three Yells, a Seattle-based modern dance company that explores and translate social, political, and cultural issues through multidisciplinary performance. The Three Yells is a continual process of discovering her artistic voice as a choreographer and teacher. Lee-Baik has never been one to hew to traditions. Her idiosyncratic approach has been described as “a clear eye for an unusual landscape—her stage pictures are distinctive and disturbing.” Some of its most celebrated creations are A Crack In The Noise, Giselle Deconstruct, Her Name Is Isaac, and Moon Falling.  Lee-Baik is a recipient of the Artist Trust James W Ray Venture Project Award, 4Culture Arts Project Award, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture City Artists Projects Award, Artist Trust GAP, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture smART grant. She was artist-in-residence for the 2015/16 Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator Award which resulted in the first ever project produced by Cornish Presents.



Kathy received early ballet training in her native Michigan with Marjorie Randazzo and later, extensively, at CAS Ballet Theatre School in Ann Arbor, under the direction of Carol Radovic. After graduating high school, she studied Bournonville technique in Copenhagen, Denmark with famed Royal Danish Ballerina, Toni Lander Marks. Vaganova classes were also offered there, paving the way for a life-long love and appreciation of this demanding, beautiful and expressive style of ballet.

In 1980, Scharp and Radovic co-founded the non-profit, Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre, where Scharp was a Principal Dancer and Choreographer; and later Co-Artistic Director, Ballet Mistress and Vice President on the Board of Directors. Her favorite roles have included the lead in “Carmen”, Dying Swan in “Carnival of the Animals”, and Arabian and Snow Queen in “The Nutcracker”.

From the mid 1980s – late 1990s Scharp studied under many Vaganova and Bolshoi trained teachers, including Luba Gulyaeva, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Ninel Kurgapkina, Genrikh Mayorov, Ludmila Sakharova, Ludmila Synelnikova and Edward Villella. During those years Scharp also received Vaganova method teacher training with Jurgen Schneider (American Ballet Theatre) and Janina Cunova (Australian Ballet).

In 2010 Scharp founded Russian Ballet Theatre School, in Ypsilanti, MI, where she taught Vaganova ballet technique, pointe, partnering and conditioning classes, and directed and choreographed many in-studio chamber pieces as well as theatre productions, most with live music. In 2014, Washtenaw Indie Awards/Think Local First of Ann Arbor awarded Russian Ballet Theatre School  “The Big Leap” Award, for successfully creating a thriving business despite all the risks.

Then in the Spring of 2016, a long-time dream of relocating to the Pacific Northwest became a reality, and Scharp and her husband, Jake relocated to Corvallis with their 2 dogs, Violet and Tulip. Scharp is honored to have an opportunity to teach at Corvallis Academy of Ballet.

Kelly peters


Kelly Peters is a Ballroom Dance Instructor and Choreographer who began her love of dance at the age of 2 and joined the competitive line by age 7.  In her early years she competed with the Summit Dance Shoppe in Minneapolis, Minnesota in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, and Musical Theater.  Her family moved west when she was a teen and Kelly continued to find success winning awards and competing as an independent dancer throughout Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.  After high school she went on to tour professionally with musical theater and children’s theater companies where she traveled and performed across the United States, Canada, Dubai, and Europe.  After 3 years of touring, Kelly decided to stay more stationary and followed in her mother’s footsteps to pursue a career in ballroom dancing with Arthur Murray Dance Studios.  She has worked, competed, and trained students and professionals in multiple studios along with managing one of the top 5 Arthur Murray studios worldwide.  Kelly has also partnered with Special Olympics Washington and The Alzheimer’s Association developing dance and instructor training to promote inclusivity through the power of dance.  

MacKenzie Parfitt


Mackenzie Parfitt has such a love for dance! Following her mothers footsteps who attended Cornish, she found her home at Turning Pointe at the age of 4. She was a member of Trilogy Dance Company until graduation and spent those years as part of the company traveling and competing, winning numerous scholarships and performing as a dancer of the year finalist with New York City Dance Alliance. She has choreographed and set pieces for Trilogy, Footlights Dance Studio, IGNITE, and previously was the assistant coach for Roosevelt High School in Seattle, choreographing their hip hop and running a contemporary team. She has trained in Jazz, Lyrical, ballet and hip hop and believes that dance gave her the ability to express herself without words and taught her the true meaning of commitment and self discipline. She loves sharing her experiences and passion with other dancers! Dance was always Mackenzie’s first love, until recently when she had her son Luxson. Aside from dance, she loves to be a mama, spend time outside, good music and watching life through her sons eyes.



Kisha Vaughan, born in Biloxi, Mississippi and raised in Sacramento, CA, has been dancing in and around Seattle for the past 18 years with a focus on hip hop.  She has had the privilege to be a part of various crews including Breaking Point Dance Company, In Effect Hip Hop, Purple Lemonade, and Seattle Storm Hip Hop Squad.  Kisha had the opportunity to tour the U.S. and Canada as a back up dancer for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  Other performances include Showtime at the Apollo, Folklife, Capitol Hill Block Party, Conan O’Brien, MTV Movie Awards, Billboard Awards, Sasquatch, We Day, Rolling Stone Magazine, You Tube, Seattle Pride, Bellevue Square,  and Bumbershoot.  Kisha has also been the creative director and choreographer for Emerald City Elite, Poison Poppies, Garfield High School Puppettes, and Dope Girl Movement.  Kisha has also had the privilege to be a guest artist at Westlake Dance Center, Cornish College of the Arts, Arts Corps, Interagency Academy, Just Move, and Coyote Central.  Currently Kisha is teaching hip hop and choreographing around the Greater Seattle Area and her work has been seen at various competitions and shows, including Monsters of Hip Hop and World of Dance.



Vicky North has loved dance and performing since a very early age, at 3 she was already dancing on stage. She has been teaching children dance for many years, beginning in Houston, Texas as an assistant for her mom, then taking over Sullivan School of Dance. While running her own studio she became the resident choreographer and class director at Houston International Theater School. She has choreographed numerous musicals, a Macy’s New York Thanksgiving Day Parade performance, as well as outreach programs in Houston Independent School District. At the present Vicky is an elementary school teacher in Everett Public Schools and continues trying to find ways to engage children in dance and theater in her new career. She is very excited to join Turning Pointe, and to help our youngest dancers enjoy dance and performing as much as she does.



Brittany Kitts is an educator and a coach.  She studied exercise science, physical education and health at Seattle Pacific University, where she became a multi-year All-American in Track and Field.  Brittany has a Master’s Degree in Education and has been coaching ages elementary to high school for 18 years in track and field, basketball and volleyball.  For the past 13 years, Kitts has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and runs a small private business in Athletic development for athletes in multiple sports.  Brittany is currently on faculty at Monroe High School where she is a physical education teacher, coach and yoga instructor.

Kirsten Barron Kinney


Kirsten Barron Kinney graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine in 1997 where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Choreography and in Dance Performance. While attending UCI, she was a member of Donald McKayle’s modern company Etude Ensemble, Fresno Ballet under the direction of Donald Bradburn, and has returned to UCI as a guest choreographer for Bare Bones Dance Theatre in 2007, and as a guest performer for the Donald McKayle’s Tribute in 2009.

Kirsten moved to Seattle where she has enjoyed her focus on dance education, became a certified Pilates instructor, and freelanced as a dancer and choreographer over the last 25 years. Kirsten has directed youth programs, worked with many local and national dance schools and organizations such as the Gotta Dance, Westlake Dance Center, Cornish Summer Prep Program, Dance Masters of America, and has been involved in many of Seattle Theatre Group’s Education and Community Engagement. Kirsten performed as well as choreographed for the band, Queensrÿche in their cabaret-style rock concert, En L’air Dance, and Westlake Dance Center’s Sign of the Times. Kirsten is a former coach for the Shorecrest Hip Hop Team, and co-produced SC Hip Hop presents Physical Poetry with her husband, Rex Kinney.

Kirsten became involved with Seattle Theatre Group about 15 years ago as a teaching artist for STG’s DANCE This Intensive. Since then, she has been a part of the faculty for the DANCE This Camp, the finale choreographer for DANCE This Performance, DANCE This at Folklife, Finale choreographer and featured choreographer for Global Party, and the rehearsal director for the commission of Donald McKayle’s piece Shaker Life from Songs of the Disinherited (1972). She loves her role as teaching artist for Dance for PD® which she joined in 2018, and looks forward upcoming programs with STG.

Kirsten takes a holistic approach to dance education and is passionate about teaching dancers to understand dance technique, body mechanics, dance history while embracing their own artistry. She uses improvisation, choreography, a variety of somatic practices, and relies on dance as a common denominator for bringing people together. Kirsten loves to remain a student always…she is inspired by all kinds of dance from all cultures, from her students of all ages and abilities, and loves sharing her experience and knowledge about the art of dance with others.



Kristina grew up dancing in the greater Seattle area, training at Turning Pointe Dance Centre for over 12 years. For the majority of her time with TPDC, she competed as a member of Trilogy Dance Company winning multiple convention scholarships, including Teen Best Dancer at Nuvo Nationals. Kristina’s exposure to conventions opened doors for assisting award winning choreographers such as Stacey Tookey, Jason Parsons, Tyce Diorio, and her brother, Ivan Koumaev. After high school she was accepted, on academic scholarship, to the University of Washington where she graduated in 2016 with a BA in Marketing from the Michael G. Foster School of Business. While in college, Kristina pursued several dance avenues. She taught and choreographed for competitive companies around Washington State including Premiere Performance Company, Trilogy Dance Company, Definitive Dance, and KreatvMndz. In addition, she performed with Seattle based company, Super Geek League, The Three Yells and University of Washington’s Cheer and Dance Squad as well as their Performing Arts Department. As a local entertainer, Kristina booked with companies such as Nike and Lululemon Athletica, and danced backup for jazz artist Mycle Wastman. After graduation, Kristina moved to Los Angeles to continue her career in both Dance and Business. In her first year in California she has made her mark at the world-famous Millennium Dance Complex LA, transitioning from Workstudy to Manager to Director of their Company and Crew Training Programs. She has also signed with Bloc Talent Agency and tours as an assistant and Nubie instructor for Nuvo Dance Convention. She has booked music videos, short films and industrials, working with award-winning choreographers such as Marty Kudelka, Nika Kljun, Alexander Magno, Christopher Scott, Andrew Winghart, and Dana Wilson. Most recently she performed in a live performance showcasing the new Christian Louboutin and Sabyasachi shoe line and danced in the music video for Justin Timberlake’s 2018 album title track “Man of the Woods.” Staying true to herself and her craft, Kristina lives by the words, “Be bold and brave, but most importantly, kind.”



Bri Wilson was raised in a small northern Michigan town, where she started dancing at age seven. She earned her BFA in Dance from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University of California, and supplemented her collegiate training with intensives at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Movement Invention Project. She moved to Seattle in September 2018. Since then, she has worked with Elia Mrak, The Three Yells, Beth Terwilleger + The Gray, and Marlo Martin + badmarmarDANCE. She has presented her own work at 12 Minutes Max, Full Tilt Dance Festival, and LAUNCH, and has choreographed on both Kaleidoscope Dance Company, a youth modern dance collective, and thePROGRAM, eXit SPACE’s pre-professional training program. In 2019, she was certified in brain-compatible dance education at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, and in 2022 graduated from the Teaching Artist Training Lab offered by ArtsWA. Her classes are places for movers of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity, connect with their peers, and feel at home in their bodies.

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