Owner / Dance Instructor
Christy has earned her Bachelor of Science Degree with a minor in Dance from Oakland University. Christy has 34 years of dance and choreography training. She has taught for over 20 years in Russian Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern techniques. Christy has traveled throughout the US performing in group and solo pieces with the following Universities; Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan and Oakland University.
Artistic Director / Company Director / Dance Instructor / Fitness Instructor
Brianna trained at Suzanne’s Main Street Dance Centre in the areas of Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Modern and Tap. She has over 17 years of competitive and professional experience, including being the captain of her high school dance team. She has had the privilege to study under the tutelage of Wade Robson, Doug Caldwell and Robert Schultz. She has performed in character shows across Michigan for Paramount, in the 1999 Miss Michigan Pageant, Disney World, and various parades. In 2018, Brianna was given the distinction of being OPSD’s first Artistic Director! She leads our Premiere Company, who have earned numerous awards and accolades under her leadership. Brianna herself has received recognition many times for her choreography. In addition to acting at OPSD’s Artistic Director, Premiere Company Director, and Dance Instructor, Brianna is also certified to teach fitness courses, and currently teaches Core Barre and Hip Hop Fit classes at On Pointe.
Executive Director / Oxford Location Manager / Dance Instructor
Eryn joined the On Pointe team in 2016, becoming our first Executive Director in 2018. She is also the Manager of our Oxford location. Eryn began dancing at the age of 3. She studied ballet, pointe, and tap techniques. She trained in the Cecchetti ballet method as well as Russian ballet at her hometown studio in Mason, MI. In addition to dancing, Eryn also showed Morgan horses, and is a three-time World Champion. Eryn has degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Phoenix. She has four children of her own, and loves working with kids, teaching them different styles of dance, and seeing them learn, succeed, and develop new skills.
Oxford & Metamora Competition Team Choreographer / Dance Instructor
Elaine Strzelecki has been dancing for the past 13 years. She’s been on various competition teams since the age of six. She has learned both Cecchetti and Russian ballet. She also had the fortune to attend Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and was apart of the dance ensemble for three years. There, she trained with teachers such as Sean France, Tiassia Johnson, Julie Powel and Nicholas Lincoln and many more who are all well established in the professional dance world. Before joining On Pointe, she taught a ballet and tap class at StarStrut Dance Center with Niki Thuman. She was previously a part of the On Pointe Premiere Company and has assisted in classes at On Pointe’s Oxford and Metamora locations. Now, she is excited to be a part of the On Pointe staff as she continues to further her dance career!
Master Tap Instructor & Choreographer
Linda is a teacher, choreographer, workshop clinician, and business owner. Linda will be teaching Tap classes & Competition Team choreography at On Pointe School of Dance! Along with teaching here, Linda has trained with the likes of Henry LeTang and Charlie McGowan, and created choreography for many local musical theatre productions. She is currently the on-staff choreographer for the MRP Theatre Program at Marian/Brother Rice High Schools, and visiting choreographer for Peanut Gallery Players at Meadowbrook Theatre as well as The Community House Theatre in Birmingham. Linda’s Tap piece, “Tightrope”, received the honor of being the only tap piece chosen to perform in the 2012 MCM Choreographers Showcase. In addition to her pursuits in dance, Linda also owns an Advertising/Marketing Company called L. Fournier & Associates. She feels truly blessed to have found two occupations that offer such great personal challenge and fulfillment.
Kaitlin joined the OPSD team in 2018. She started her dance training at Spotlight Dance Works in Chesterfield at age 7, pursuing instruction in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop and tap. She has performance experiences in a variety of venues including full-production ballets, competitions, and the “313 to the 213” Choreography Expo. She has performed a large number of works by professional choreographers: Liz Schmidt-Mazurkiewicz, Meg Paul, Adam McGaw, Jill Cassidy, Sonya Tayeh, Lauren Adams, Brooke Pierotti, Bryan Strimpel, Jenn Freeman, Liz Riga, Demetrius Tabron, and Henrik Kaalund. Kaitlin is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Oakland University, where she’s had the opportunity to study & perform at Tanzfabrik and Freie University in Berlin, Germany.
Katie began dancing at the age of 6, studying ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern and lyrical. She was a member of her dance studio’s Competition Team from age 12 through 18, and danced in the “Christmas at The Whiting” program for many years. Katie is classically trained in the Cecchetti method of ballet, passing Grades I-IV. After her time studying dance in high school, Katie continued attending conventions, teaching dance, training, and even trained under Ms. Christy at OPSD! For the past two years, Katie has been choreographing pom routines for a local elementary school’s cheerleading team, which helped her discover a love of teaching dance to children. Katie brings this love to the OPSD team, where she is excited to pass on her knowledge and passion for dance to our students!
Rebecca Wood joined the OPSD dance instructor team in 2018. She has been dancing since she was three, with training centered around Cecchetti and Russian ballet technique, although many years have also been dedicated to tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop and contemporary. She grew up dancing competitively for a private dance studio while also dancing for Oxford High School. During her time at the studio, she was able to learn from well-established choreographers and dancers including Allison Holker, Stephen Boss (“tWitch”), Will Thomas, Kent Boyd, Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall and more. Her teachers at OHS saw Rebecca’s potential, and created an opportunity for Rebecca to teach her own introductory class at the school. This opportunity allowed her to fall in love with something beyond dance — teaching dance. She couldn’t be more thrilled to work with all the amazing OPSD students!
Zariah Fowler has been dancing since the age of 5, training in Cecchetti Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, and Tap. She is a past member of ArtlabJ Dance Company and Wayne State’s Dance Company One. More recently, Zariah has had performance experiences as a backup dancer with various Pop, R&B and Hip Hop recording artists, opening for 2 Chainz, Future, Juicy J, and Sleigh Bells. She has participated in several dance films and professional dance repertoires with Dwight Rhoden, Christopher Huggins, Meg Paul, Liz Schmidt, Jeff Rebudal, Linda Simmons, and Balletschool Marlenè in Suriname, South America. Her accomplishments also include being a Wayne State University Department of Dance Talent Scholarship recipient and being named “Performer of the Weekend” at L.A. Dance Magic in 2010. She studied with Complexions Contemporary Ballet during their summer intensives in 2012 and 2013. She is trained in the Cecchetti method of ballet and has passed exams Grades I-V. Zariah was a member of her high school dance team and competed in various dance competitions in her earlier years. Her previous achievements include being the recipient of several competition scholarships and titles, performing as a Nutcracker Ballet soloist and being selected to perform in the opening number at a national dance competition.
Emily Simpson has been dancing at On Pointe since the age of 8 in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Hawaiian, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She was also a member of Company where she was able to learn alongside many dance professionals and has had multiple years of competition experience. She has had the privilege of teaching and assisting at On Pointe for many years while earning her degree in Health and Wellness from Oakland University. While working full-time in the health industry, she is excited to continue teaching and learning from her kids in the classroom!
Andrea started dancing at the age of 7. She was trained in Russian Ballet at a small studio in Romeo where she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro, and Hip Hop. Andrea was a member of the performing and competing company. She was featured on local television shows and won multiple awards at competitions such as Tremaine, I LOVE to Dance, Star Systems and many others. At age 15 Andrea became a member of the Premier Company and won scholarships with Urban Jam Dance Competition and Convention. She also spent 2 years as the Imlay City High School Dance Team coach, leading them to Nationals with UDA.
Calla Fantin was only 3 years old when she took her first dance class and the following year became a member of the OPSD Family. She has taken class with various OPSD instructors in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Tap for 12 years. Calla has performed solo routines at local dance competitions, where she received the highest judge award, Platinum. She has also attended many dance conventions that were taught by professional choreographers and dancers. Calla was also a member of the OPSD Premiere Company for 6 years.
Sarah Crown has truly grown up here at On Pointe, dancing with us for 14 years (she’s been dancing 15 years in total.) She was a part of our Premiere Company for three years, and has attended 3 conventions with On Pointe. She has trained in many styles of dance during her years at On Pointe, and has performed in numerous trios, duos, and solos.
She’s assisted our instructors for the past 3 years, and during that time, Sarah discovered she loves working with children. She’s decided to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education, and will begin courses towards that goal next fall. This year, she’ll be taking on a role as instructor at OPSD Metamora, and we’re so happy to have her!
Leslie is the OPSD team’s resident Certified Zumba instructor and has been with our school since 2015. She is also BOKWA certified and the proud mom of one of our student dancers! She brings her amazing attitude and shining spirit to dance floor teaching adult fitness classes throughout the year. Come bounce, move, and dance your way to a healthy, fit body in one of Leslie’s fitness classes at On Pointe in Metamora!
Core Barre Instructor
Janelle joined the On Pointe team in 2018 and has been in the medical industry for over 18 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1998. She went on to pursue her Masters Degree at Wayne State University in Physician Assistant studies, graduating in 2008. Janelle specializes in wellness, disease prevention, medical nutrition, and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. She has had a lifelong passion for fitness, participating in prior Body for Life Challenges, becoming a strength trainer and most recently certified as a Barre Above Instructor. Following Cyberknife Radiation of a brain tumor, Janelle used Core Barre classes as rehabilitation to regain strength, balance and endurance. Janelle believes Core Barre exercise can help anyone transform their body to fit, healthy, and toned.
As an instructor, Jen’s goal is to give a great workout in a super fun atmosphere. Zumba Fitness is designed to tone, sculpt, and burn calories in such a way you won’t even know you’re working out! Jen will provide the music and show you the steps…all you have to do is bring your energy and DANCE!
Aside from the physical health benefits you will notice from attending Jen’s classes, you will also notice mental benefits. Zumba is a great way to boost the “feel good” centers of your brain, so not only will your body feel better but so will your soul.
Join Jen for one class…or many!
Amanda Rodman has been teaching private lessons in voice, flute, and piano for over 20 years, with many students who continue on to pursue their own careers in music! She is the founder of Alpha Tots, a music class for young children, and recently started a children’s choir at her own church. Amanda has a passion for music and loves sharing it with her students. As a teacher, she often arranges music for her students to fit their learning needs and skill levels. At the University of Michigan-Flint, she has participated in the opera outreach program, including a lead role in the opera “Hansel and Gretel”, UM-Flint’s first full-stage operatic production. Amanda currently performs and tours with UM-Flint’s Chorale and Chamber Singers, The Carolyn Mawby Chorale, and as a solo performer in recitals, choral concerts, local churches, and other venues.
Amanda holds degrees in music, fine arts, and education from Mott Community College, and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association. She is actively pursuing yet another degree from UM-Flint in Music Education. She is a dedicated wife and mother to four children, three cats, and a dog, and has recently discovered a new hobby, gardening.
Chelsea Hartner is a graduate of the University of Michigan Flint with a Bachelors of Arts and Science in Music Performance. She has competed in vocal competitions since the age of 8 and received several music scholarships based on her talents. She received The “Ada Hopkins Award” from UM Flint for demonstrating leadership and initiative in her instrument. She participated in the University Chamber Singers for four years and staged in the Opera Workshops offered within her curriculum. Since graduation, Chelsea has performed locally in different genres of music. Currently she manages, co-writes and performs for a jazz-fusion band while teaching vocal lessons. Chelsea likes to focus on traditional elements such as vocal health and classical techniques. She believes that these are the foundations to a voice with longevity and strength. Although she specializes in both classical and musical theatre techniques, she is also qualified to teach folk, jazz, pop and song writing.
Beginning Piano Instructor
Kimi Curry joined the On Pointe Metamora team in 2017. She has been taking piano lessons for 11 years. Throughout those 11 years she has learned many skills and attained a thorough understanding of all of the principles to music. She is a part of the worship team at her church by playing piano and singing. She’s been leading the church worship for 2 years. She has discovered her love of teaching young students to play the instrument she loves over the past years. She participates in the wind ensemble and the marching band at Lapeer High school. Kimi is very excited to share her skills with all of her students at OPSD.