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.
Company Director / Dance Instructor / Fitness Instructor
Brianna Wilson 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 and was the captain of her high school dance team. She has also 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. She is also certified to teach fitness courses, and currently offers Core Barre at On Pointe’s Metamora studio.
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.
Eryn began dancing at the age of 3. She learned Cecchetti ballet as well as Russian through a small hometown studio in Mason, MI. She learned ballet, pointe, and tap. Besides dancing Eryn also showed Morgan horses becoming a many time World Champion. Eryn has her degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Phoenix. She enjoys working with kids teaching them and seeing them learn and develop new skills. She joined OPSD Oxford in 2016. Eryn is the OPSD Instructor for the Chatfield Schools dance program; teaching their Fine Arts Class of Dance and after school program for OPSD.
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!
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.
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!
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.