The Turning Pointe opened its doors in August of 2008! The studio is located in Andalusia right across from the elementary school
off of Andalusia Road. We are always accepting new members, so feel free to stop in any time and check it out.
Raised in Texas, Lauren has been dancing since age 4. She participated in competition classes of jazz, tap, lyrical and ballet
at her dance studio in Plano, Texas until the age of 17. She continued her passion for dance in college and danced on the Iowa
State Pom Squad for two years, leading her team as a Captain during her second year. Living in the Quad Cities after college,
she then performed as a deckmate for the Quad City Steam Wheelers. She opened her own studio, The Turning Pointe, in 2008 and loves
teaching dance technique in the area.
Amy grew up dancing in Geneseo, IL. She became an assistant instructor at the Geneseo Community Center in 1999 and enjoyed teaching
there until 2004. After that she continued on and taught classes at Just for Kix in Decorah, IA for two years. She also
had the pleasure of coaching the Geneseo Maplettes in 2006. Now she has joined the staff at the Turning Pointe as a dance instructor.
Matt began tumbling at the age of 10. After just two years he began spotting tumbling and coached at the Kewanee, IL YMCA.
He took a break from tumbling when he joined the Navy for ten years. He then gained more experience coaching tumbling at Kim's
Dance Studio as well as in Muscatine, IA. He coached for a competitive cheer team in Muscatine for four years and helped coach
the Rockridge Cheer squad for four years as his daughter was on the squad. Now he works with our tumblers here at The Turning
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Amanda grew up in Milan, IL and started dance at the age of six. She is specialized in jazz, pom, lyrical and hip hop.
She was on Rockridge High School's dance team for four years and was captain her last two years. Amanda was a part of the 2003-04
squad that took 5th place at the UDA State competition. She also choreographed a pom and hip hop routine which they took to
competition during the 2004-05 season. While attending Monmouth College, she was on the "Red Hot Scots" dance squad for four
years and captain for one. Amanda has been working at The Turning Pointe since fall of 2012 where she has taught level 1 and
Joey is a teacher at Rockridge Junior High and the cheerleading coach at Rockridge High School. She has been involved in
tumbling, cheerleading and dance since she was a small child. She has coached cheerleading at Rockridge for 18 years and has
watched it evolve into a competitive sport in the state of Illinois. In recent years her team has made it to the state finals
many times. In 2013, the Rockridge Competitive Cheer Team was state runner up! She is looking forward to working with young
children in the community who are interested in tumbling and cheerleading.
Born and raised in the Quad Cities, Holley's passion for dance started at age three. She studied jazz, tap, tumbling and
lyrical dance through her elementary years. While competing in junior high school athletics, Holley directed her remaining energy
toward competitive all-star cheerleading. At age 18, after five years of competing on the cheerleading squad, she took over
as head coach - a position she held for the next seven years. While coaching, Holley attended Western Illinois University and
graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Exercise Science and minor degrees in Nutrition and Dance. She continued her education
at WIU and earned a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology in 2011. Holley is married to her high school sweetheart, Tyson,
and enjoys the journey that his career within the New York Yankees Organization takes them. At The Turning Pointe, Holley currently
teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and tumbling and hopes to teach a few fitness classes in the near future.
Raised near Nashua, IA, Dana's love for tumbling started at an early age turning cartwheels wherever she could. She started
competitive tumbling at age 5 and competed for Plum Creek Tumbling in Waverly, IA. She competed on Floor, Double-Mini Trampoline
and Trampoline. Her proudest achievement was becoming a National Champion in the advanced level. Dana coached through
her college years for Ames Park and Recreation, Cardinal Tumbling and Trampoline, and The Power Zone. Dana took a break from
coaching to pursue her marketing career at John Deere, but has now returned to the gym and loves working with kids again. Dana
has joined the staff at The Turning Pointe as a tumbling instructor and looks forward to helping grow the interest for tumbling in
Angela graduated Cum Laude from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor's Degree in Performing Arts in 1997. While in college
she traveled during the summers doing musical theatre and has performed in productions such as The King and I, Big River, West Side
Story, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She also was awarded The Jeffrey Mildenstein Scholarship for outstanding achievement
in dance. After graduation she taught ballet, tap, and jazz at Studio 109 in Crown Pointe, IN. Angela has performed in
countless Nutcrackers with companies such as Cassandra Manning Ballet Theatre, Indiana Ballet Theatre and Ballet Quad Cities.
In 2001, she decided to move closer to her family in the Quad Cities and began teaching at Ballet Quad Cities. After many years
of teaching both children and adults, she took a break from dance to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. Now that she has
established her nursing career, she is returning to her love of dance.
Taylor started tumbling and dancing at the age of three at Kim's School of Dance and Tumbling in Moline, IL. She continued to
tumble there until the age of 13. She took a year off because sports at school kept her busy, only to realize that she wanted
to go back to tumbling. She then picked up tumbling again when she joined the Quad City Aces competitive cheerleading squad
in 2010. She fell in love with the sport and continued on with it the next year with the Rockridge High School competitive cheer
squad. She was a part of the 9th and 2nd place teams at IHSA State. Taylor currently tumbles 2 nights a week and enjoys
teaching her Saturday class!