info@thepointeschool.com
319-377-5292
225 Northland Court NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Instructors

Vanessa Terrell, Director

Miss Vanessa has been sharing her passion for dance and mentorship with students for over 10 years.  In addition to teaching at the studio, Vanessa has taught and choreographed for a variety of dance programs throughout Iowa.  Her choreography has won several “Best Choreography” and “Judges Choice” awards.  She is the founder and director of The Pointe School of Dance.  Vanessa is also the founder of The Pointe Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  Outside of the studio, she is dedicated to improving the dance industry by serving on the Advisory Panel for Youth Protection Advocates in Dance and as a Certified Coach for YPAD and More Than Just Great Dancing.  Vanessa also supports the Cedar Rapids and Marion small business community as an Economic Alliance Ambassador.

Contact Vanessa at: vanessa.thepointe@gmail.com 

Laura Goeing

Miss Laura has been teaching at The Pointe since the very beginning!  She is a skilled teacher for every age group and genre of dance.  Laura earned her degree in Dance from Southeast Missouri State in May 2014.  Her dance and choreography experience includes all genres of dance at the studio in addition to competing on high school and collegiate dance teams.  Laura also serves as our Studio Operations Manager – helping organize performances, supporting our teachers, and managing the administrative work needed to keep the studio running smoothly day-to-day.  She is YPAD Certified and has completed multiple dance teacher training programs.

Contact Laura at: laura.thepointe@gmail.com 

Katie Terrell

Miss Katie Terrell is our Front Desk Manager, an incredible instructor, and our dance camp coordinator!  Our students and families LOVE seeing Miss Katie at the front desk and in classes.  She grew up dancing in Boone, Iowa, and danced through college at the University of Northern Iowa, performing with the student-led International Dance Theatre.  Katie also works as a behavioral associate in the Cedar Rapids Community School District.  Katie is YPAD Certified and has completed More Than Just Great Dancing’s Teacher Training and Manager Training programs.

Contact Katie at: katieterrell.thepointe@gmail.com

Hope Meinecke

Miss Hope grew up dancing in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and was a serious competitive dancer for both her studio and high school team.  She is a skilled teacher for all ages and styles of dance, and specializes in working with our competitive program as a coach, choreographer, and Company Coordinator.  Hope loves working with kids and is a natural teacher!  She is studying to become a full-time school teacher in addition to teaching dance.  Hope is YPAD Certified and has completed More Than Just Great Dancing’s Teacher Training program.

Contact Hope at: hope.thepointe@gmail.com

Katie Thul

Miss Katie grew up dancing at the studio, and brings her love of dance and working with kids into every class she teaches.  Katie has training and teaching experience in every style of dance.  Katie teaches all ages and styles, and is one of our Company coaches.  She is an elementary school teacher and dance team coach for the Marion Independent School District.  Katie is YPAD Certified and has completed More Than Just Great Dancing’s Teacher Training program.

Contact Katie at: katiethul.thepointe@gmail.com

Kara Bullerman

Miss Kara is a skilled teacher for every age group, and specializes in tap.  Her favorite part of teaching is watching her students grow as dancers.  In addition to teaching classes, Kara also participates in the adult dance classes available at The Pointe.  Outside of the studio, Miss Kara is an attorney.  She has many roles at the studio – instructor, dance mom to two young dancers, and serves as the President of The Pointe Foundation’s board.  Kara is determined to help bring the benefits of dance to as many kids in our area as possible.  She is YPAD Certified and has completed More Than Just Great Dancing’s Teacher Training Program.

Contact Kara at: kara.thepointe@gmail.com

Christine Tygart

Miss Christine has extensive training in all styles of dance– growing up dancing at the studio and dancing through college at the University of Iowa. She is a skilled teacher for all age groups and styles of dance. Christine is also one of our Company Coaches who works closely with and choreographs for our competitive dancers. Christine is a Physical Therapist Assistant and brings her advanced knowledge about developing healthy athletes and injury prevention to every class. Outside of the studio and work, she is a coach for the Marion High School Varsity Poms. Christine is YPAD, CPR, and First Aid certified and has completed More Than Just Great Dancing’s Teacher Training Program.

Contact Christine at: christine.thepointe@gmail.com

Claire Stevens

Miss Claire is a student at The University of Iowa studying Elementary Education with a minor in Dance. She danced competitively at The Pointe while she was a student here. In 2018, Miss Claire was also in high school dance team and show choir for 4 years and performed at UDA Nationals and Show Choir Nationals.  Claire is also a captain for The University of Iowa’s dance marathon where we dance and fight for kids with pediatric cancer. She has always had a passion for working with children, and can’t wait to help them find their love for dance!  Claire is YPAD Certified and completed the More Than Just Great Dancing Teacher Training program.

Contact Claire at: claire.thepointe@gmail.com

Demetra Chiafos

Miss Demetra grew up dancing at the studio, as well as additinoal independent training and prestigious ballet summer intensives.  Most recently, she graduated from The Ohio State University (2020) with her BFA in Dance with a focus in Performance and Composition, for which she received Research Distinction, and her BA in Japanese. Demetra is working towards her MA in Japanese Translation at SOAS University of London (online due to COVID) while teaching at The Pointe!  She has extensive training in all styles of dance and is a gifted teacher for any age group.  Demetra is YPAD Certified.

Contact Demetra at: demetra.thepointe@gmail.com

Beth Tygart

Beth grew up dancing in Omaha, Nebraska, and continued dancing in college at the University of Iowa.  She has been teaching dance since 1992, and both daughters danced competitively and now teach dance as well (Miss Christine is an instructor at The Pointe, and Nicole teaches dance in Dubuque!).  Beth is an experienced teacher for all ages and styles of dance, and tap is her favorite style to teach!  She is YPAD Certified and has completed More Than Just Great Dancing’s Teacher Training program.

Contact Beth at: beth.thepointe@gmail.com 

Savanah Cosgrove

Miss Savanah grew up at the studio and trained in all styles of dance – tap and lyrical were her favorites. She was actively involved in competition teams for six years and has attended numerous competitions, master classes, and conventions.  At the studio, she was a Teaching Assistant for several years working with dancers of all ages.  Students love Miss Savanah’s upbeat & fun classes!  She is a veteran teacher with experience teaching a variety of age groups and styles of dance.  Savanah is YPAD Certified and has completed More Than Just Great Dancing’s Teacher Training program.

Contact Savanah at: savanah.thepointe@gmail.com

Denise Wedel

Miss Denise has experience performing and teaching all styles of dance, including ballroom and Latin!  She leads our “Chance To Dance” program at The Pointe – providing an opportunity for dance classes for students with special needs.  Denise is committed to bringing the joy of dancing to all of her students.  Dancers love her  Outside of the studio, she is paraeducator for students with special needs through the Grant Wood AEA. Denise is YPAD Certified and has completed More Than Just Great Dancing’s Teacher Training program.

Contact Denise at: denise.thepointe@gmail.com

Sarah Overmann

Miss Sarah is a student at The University of Iowa, studying Education with a minor in Dance. She grew up dancing at the studio, studying every style of dance and competing in groups and solos through middle and high school.  Sarah was one of the first students in Iowa to be inducted into the National Honors Society for Dance Arts at the studio. She is YPAD Certified and has completed More Than Just Great Dancing’s Teacher Training Program.

Contact Sarah at: sarah.thepointe@gmail.com

Josie Selck

Josie grew up dancing in the Cedar Rapids area.  She began choreographing early while in high school for her varsity dance team and show choir.  Josie earned a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from Hope College. She is an experienced and skilled teacher for every age and genre of dance, and specializes in Acro. Josie is YPAD Certified, Acrobatic Arts Certified, and has completed More Than Just Great Dancing’s Teacher Training Program.

Contact Josie at: josie.thepointe@gmail.com 

Kylie Anderson

Miss Kylie is a recent graduate of Prairie High School and the studio.  While at The Pointe, Kylie was a member of Company and our Student Teacher Education Program.  She is thrilled to join our team of teachers!  Kylie attends Kirkwood Community College and is continuing to perform and compete on the Kirkwood Dance Team.

Contact Kylie at: kylie.thepointe@gmail.com

Carly Parkison

Miss Carly is a recent graduate of the studio and Prairie High School.  While at The Pointe, Carly was a member of our Student Teacher Education Program and Company.  She is so excited to teach!  Carly attends Kirkwood Community College and continues to perform and compete on the Kirkwood Dance Team.

Contact Carly at: carly.thepointe@gmail.com

“My daughter was so shy and reserved when she first started at the studio at the age of 3. She is now a 17 year old girl who has gained confidence and high self-esteem because of the encouragement of the loving dance teachers and amazing friends she has made. This studio has been a very big part of our lives. We have watched our little girl go from a timid child watching what other girls did while dancing at recital to feeling confident enough to perform a solo on stage.”
               -Stacy, mom of a PSD dancer of 14 years