Amy Gilbert – Director, Pointe of Grace, LLC
Ms. Amy Gilbert began dancing at the age of three. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and tumbling. She danced on a competition team with Brenda’s School of Dance, Ockerman Junior High School; and Boone County High School in Florence, KY from 1983-1991. She performed in the 1991 parade and half-time show for the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX.
Amy began teaching ballet, tap, and jazz classes at Lawrenceville School of Ballet in 1992 when she was a senior in high school. She taught and performed with Lawrenceville School of Ballet and Southern Ballet Theatre through 2009. Her performances included the story ballets “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Snow White,” “Coppelia,” and “Alice and Wonderland,” among others.
During Amy’s teaching career she has also trained many high school and college students in dance education and teaching classes. Some of her past students have gone on to dance with the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, on cruise ships, and at Walt Disney World in Orlando FL. In her heart, Amy believes that all children should have the opportunity to be able to express themselves through music and dance.
Amy realized her lifelong dream, and started Pointe of Grace Ballet in 2010. The studio has continued to grow in students, and is opening a new studio in Fall 2017.
Phyllis Allen – Dance Teacher
Phyllis Allen has been teaching ballet for over 40 years. She was the Founder of Lawrenceville School of Ballet; and Founder and Artistic Director of Southern Ballet Theatre. She began her training at the Decatur School of Ballet, becoming a Junior Director with the Decatur DeKalb Civic Ballet at age 20.
Ms. Allen was a member of the Atlanta Civic Ballet (now known as the Atlanta Ballet), under the direction of Dorothy Alexander and Robert Barnett. She performed in several sessions with Theatre Under the Stars. At age 15, she was selected to work with George Balanchine in the Young Choreographer’s Workshop. She has studied at the School of American Ballet Theatre, David Howard Dance Center, and the Royal Ballet School.
Ms. Allen has taught in numerous studios across the United States. She has choreographed for various high school and college productions, public television shows, civic theatre groups, and ballet companies across the country. She has been involved in Regional Dance America as a performer, choreographer, and artistic director. Ms. Allen’s students have gone to professional careers, including many dance teachers across the U.S., performers on Cruise Ships, Walt Disney World, New York City Ballet, and as a soloist with American Ballet Theatre. Currently, Ms. Allen is teaching at several Metro Atlanta studios. She joined Pointe of Grace in 2015.
Melissa Johnson – Dance Teacher
Melissa began dancing at the age of 2. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe. In 1994 she became a member of the Gwinnett Dance Ensemble. During her time with the Gwinnett Dance Ensemble her performances included Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Snow White, and select pieces from Cats and Giselle.
During college Melissa studied dance at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a minor in dance. Melissa currently teaches preschool in Suwanee, Georgia and also teaches ballet and tap at Pointe of Grace. Melissa enjoys sharing her love of dance, not just with her students, but with her own daughters, who are current students at Pointe of Grace.
Jenny Baldwin – Tumbling Teacher
Ms. Jenny Baldwin began dance classes at the age of three. Throughout her years in dance she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and pointe. In 1993 she became a member of the Gwinnett Dance Ensemble at Lawrenceville School of Ballet under the direction of Phyllis Allen. During her time in the Ensemble, Jenny had roles in their performances of Beauty & the Beast and The Jungle Book.
In 1996 Jenny began gymnastics classes at Atlanta School of Gymnastics. She joined their competitive team and competed through 1998. In 1998 she transferred to Georgia Gymnastics Academy where she competed through 1999.
In 1999 Jenny returned to dance in Collins Hill High School’s Dance Department. She continued to dance, as well as act in theater and film during her college years where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia College. In 2003 she founded the Creative Arts Ministry with the Wesley Foundation at Georgia College. She directed, choreographed, and performed with the Creative Ministry team until she graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.
Jenny has been married since 2005, and she and her husband have three children. She has multiple years of experience coaching tumbling and gymnastics with Atlanta School of Gymnastics (Lawrenceville, GA) and Elite Gymnastics (Milledgeville, GA). She is looking forward to bringing her tumbling and teaching experience to Pointe of Grace in 2017.
Shelby Wright – Dance Teacher
Shelby began dancing at the age of three. She studied ballet, jazz, pointe, and hip-hop. She has trained with master teachers including Robert Barnett, Lawrence Pech, George de la Pena, Christine Spizzo, and Twitch. Since 1994, Shelby trained at Lawrenceville School of Ballet and in 2002 she became a member of Southern Ballet Theatre, formerly under the direction of Phyllis Allen. During her time with Southern Ballet Theatre, she danced in major productions such as Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and The Little Mermaid, among others. Her senior year she danced the lead role in Cinderella. She also danced all four years in Brookwood’s dance department. In 2006 she attended American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive at the University of Texas in Austin. From 2004-2010 she attended the Southeast Regional Ballet Association’s festivals and performed in their 2008, 2009, and 2010 shows.
Shelby started assistant teaching at Lawrenceville School of Ballet in 2005 and began teaching on her own in 2010. She has choreographed many pieces for Southern Ballet Theatre, Brookwood High School, and also for the dance minor program at Georgia College and State University.
Shelby graduated from Georgia College and State University in May 2014 with a degree in Nursing. Shelby currently works as a Registered Nurse at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and teaches ballet and jazz at Pointe of Grace with Amy Gilbert. She loves teaching and sharing her passion for dance with her students.
Dana Dinnerman – Dance Teacher
Dana Dinnerman began her dance training at the age of 14. Dana fell in love with ballet on her very first day of class, at the Lawrenceville School of Ballet. She began studying ballet under the tutelage of Ms. Phyllis Allen, and has been an avid fan of all dance idioms since that time. Dana has had training in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance. During her Senior year of High School, Dana began teaching dance classes.
Dana danced with the regional company Southern Ballet Theatre (SBT), attending and performing at the SERBA dance festival for many years. During her time with SBT, Dana was a part of many great works, including Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz; and a host of other classics and newer contempory pieces. Dana also served as the Junior Director of SBT, as well as on the SBT Board of Directors.
In 2007, Dana began her next career as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). While Dana describes her work with CHOA as truly amazing, her love and passion for dance has brought her back to teaching this year with Pointe of Grace.
Kate Hobbs – Dance Teacher
Kate Hobbs is a wife and a momma of three young boys. Kate’s life is a crazy and beautiful thing. After being a student for over a year, she was able to get her licenses to teach in May of 2015. Kate started teaching Zumba ® classes in August of 2015 and haven’t looked back!
When Kate first starting taking classes, it was all she could do to finish a class. But she loved the music and she loved the happiness that spilled out of her instructor. For the first time in Kate’s life exercising wasn’t a chore.
Kate is now licensed in Zumba ®, Zumba ® Gold, Zumba-in-the-circuit ®, Zumba ® Kids and Kids Jr. Before finding Zuma classes, she wasn’t into “fitness” or even interested in doing exercise. Now, Kate enjoys getting stronger each day, and enjoys teaching Dance Fit Toning and HIIT classes… Kate’s biggest lesson learned, it that she is worth it! And so are you…. YOU are worth it!