Our Faculty

 
 
 
 

OUR FACULTY

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.
 
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 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.
 
PARIS TORRES
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.
 
 
JESSICA JENKINS (HIP HOP)
JAMI PIXLEY (JAZZ, HIP HOP, COMBO CLASSES)
EMILY SNEERINGER (BALLET, POINTE)
KISHA VAUGHAN (HIP HOP)