Centre Pointe Faculty
Owner, Artistic Director – Centre Pointe Performing Arts
Owner, Artistic Director – Centre Pointe Performing Arts
Originally from a dance oriented family based in North Carolina, Sandra grew up in a dance studio quickly growing a passion for the art studying all genres of dance. Sandra attended Governor’s School of North Carolina (a program for intellectually gifted students based on nomination and audition) for Performing Arts through Dance and North Carolina School of the Arts. Sandra attended Elon University where she continued dancing and performing with the Elon Dancers. Throughout college, Sandra taught at two local dance studios where she was the Technical Director for their competitive teams where she fell in love with teaching.
Sandra graduated in 2008 with her B.A. in Corporate Communications and moved to Maryland where she began her career at Centre Pointe Performing Arts. Sandra has been the recipient of many top choreography awards including national award winning performance groups. Sandra is an active member and certified to teach through Dance Masters of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter 17.
Susan R. Joines
Founder, Director – Centre Pointe Performing Arts
Founder, Director – Centre Pointe Performing Arts
Susan holds a BA degree in dance from Towson University and an MA degree in dance from George Washington University. Ms. Joines studied classical ballet at both Peabody Institute and Baltimore Ballet. Susan founded Centre Pointe Performing Arts in 1983, after studying and performing in New York, Boston and Washington D. C. Ms. Joines also spent time working in the Development Department of the world famous City Center Theatre in New York. Ms. Joines founded Common Ground Dance Company in 1999 and served as Artistic Director for many years. Susan served three years as a panelist with the Maryland States Art Council. She has been on the dance faculty of such prestigious dance programs as Towson University, George Washington University and Harford Community College. She also served as a dance specialist for Cecil County public school system for two years, in addition to being a faculty member at Notre Dame Preparatory in Towson, MD.
Ms. Joines is very excited with the new expansion of Centre Pointe Performing Arts, the creation of the classical track and new addition of Maryland Classical Dance Academy – the non-profit arm of the classical division of Dancemoves. Students studying under the Direction of Ms. Joines, along with instruction from the very talented Centre Pointe Performing Arts instructors have been accepted into such prestigious dance institutions as Arizona University, Oklahoma University, Oklahoma City University, Elon University, Towson University, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Philadelphia School of the Arts, University of Maryland Baltimore County – Linehan Scholar Program for Dance, Mercyhust College of Dance and Pointe Park College for Dance.
Students have also been awarded such honors as Maryland Distinguished Scholars for the Arts in Dance, National Foundation for the Arts semi-finalists in dance, along with Youth American Grand Prix top soloists. Graduates have gone on to perform in professional venues such as , Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company – New York, Disney Dream Cruise Lines, Joffrey School of Contemporary Ballet Touring Company, Bliss Lau fashion week, McDonald Selznick Associates (MSA) representation for dancers in New York, X-Box Launch Dancer event, Bad Boys of Dance guest artists, So You Think You Can Dance – Ticket to Vegas winners.
Director, Children’s Program
Director, Children’s Program
Nicolle Canapp graduated from Point Park University with a B.A. degree in dance education and is a graduate of Western Kentucky’s University Dance Educators of America teacher’s training school. While in college, Nicolle was awarded a dance scholarship and was a resident dancer in their company. Nicolle spent time as professional dancer with Carnival Cruise Lines and American Entertainment Productions before returning to Maryland to begin a very successful teaching career. She taught for over 15 years with D.J.’s Dance Studio in Perry Hall, where she was the recipient of many choreography awards for their competitive teams. Nicolle has choreographed for the children’s theater at the Cockpit in the Court (BCCC), as well as performing and choreographing for local Dinner Theaters. In her early dance career she could be seen dancing at Memorial Stadium as the Baltimore Orioles Ball Girl and as a member of WJZ TV’s show, Shakedown. She has a passion for teaching children of all ages. Many of her former students have gone on to perform for touring companies, entertainment companies and cruise lines. Currently she resides in Perry Hall with her husband and son.
Anne Magill O’Brien grew up in Bryan, TX and graduated from the University of Texas in 1997 with a B.A. degree in history. While in college Anne danced with and choreographed for the UT Dance Team, and was a member of Third Coast Jazz Dance Company. Ms. O’Brien taught at Art In Motion Dance Studio in Illinois, along with choreographing for their National award winning competitive performance groups. Anne received a second bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance and Education, with K-12 Certification from Towson University, completed in 2005. Anne has been the recipient of many top choreography awards during her time as Director of Dancemoves’ Nationally award winning performance groups. Anne is also the proud mom of Daniel and Lucie and Rosie.
Ashley McDowell (Blondell) is local Baltimore resident where she began her training with Edna Lee Dance Studio at age Two. She then went on to train with various other local studios, including the Baltimore Ballet , and Dance Explosions , where she competed and had the opportunity to work with a variety of choreographers from NYC & LA.. During her High School Career at Baltimore School for the Arts , Ashley had the rare opportunity to work with experienced Broadway dancers, as well as those who had performed with companies in NYC,Chicago and L.A. Following High School, Ashley went on to study at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received her BFA in “Jazz Performance” and shadowed Artists from Koresh Dance Company, Philadanco, Complexions , Alvin Ailey and David Parson. Since graduating in 2010, she has returned to Baltimore to instruct various forms of dance. She’s an adjudicator for On Point National Dance Competition and Elite Dance Challenge . She has had the opportunity to perform in two companies, one of which was a jazz company based out of Fairfax, Va and then was with Dissonance Dance Theatre, a Contemporary Ballet Company based out of Washington D.C for multiple seasons . Ashley has a strong passion for dance and hope thats that her passion for dance can be shared with as many dancers as possible. “ Great dancers are great because of thier technique, they’re great because of thier passion” Martha Graham
Brandon Perry Russell
A native of Fort Worth, TX, Brandon began his dance training late at the age of 17 at Diane West Dance Studio, Texas Ballet Theatre School and Debbie Allen Dance Academy. In 2001, Brandon was named NYCDA’s regional outstanding senior male and won NDA’s best senior male dancer national title. Brandon continued his academic and dance training at Southern Methodist University studying a variety of dance techniques and composition, where his choreographic aspirations were nurtured by Larry White and Nathan Montoya. While attending SMU Brandon was awarded numerous scholarships and trained all over the country, including such prestigious institutions as Edge Performing Arts, The Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Joffery Ballet School, Houston Ballet School and many more. Upon leaving SMU Mr. Perry-Russell moved to New York, to pursue his career in dance.
He has performed with Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, Lydia Johnson Dance, Errol Grimes Dance Group, Rohan Bearden Contemporary Ballet, Balance Dance Theatre, Subtle Changes Inc. Mr. Perry-Russell has taught ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, gymnastics and choreographed for various companies, schools, studios, fine arts programs, summer intensives and is a proud founding choreographer and Operations Manager for Bad Boys of Dance.
Chelsea Sneddon (Nori) began dancing at the age of 2.5 and was dancing competitively by the age of 6. Her love of all styles of dance grew as she trained extensively through the years with a focus in ballet, pointe, and contemporary at Mid Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts. Traveling to various conventions, competitions, and performance opportunities up and down the East Coast, Chelsea most notably scored in the Top 10 with the ensemble at the Youth America Grand Prix finals in NYC. She has worked with amazing artists, teachers, and choreographers like Shelly Masenoir Hutchinson, Melissa Wolfe Rosebro, Shannon Torres, Maeghan McHale, Dmitri Malicov, Ninel Cherevko and Stephanie Powell through the years. After high school, Chelsea attended Towson University where she continued her dance training. She started guest performing at events like the MCDA Nutcracker and she choreographed for Calvert Hall College High School’s spring musicals. Chelsea was selected her senior year of college to travel to Los Angeles, CA with Runqiao Du, a renowned staff member at TU, perfroming a contemporary ballet piece. After graduating from Towson with a BFA in Dance Performance, Chelsea started teaching many styles and levels at Dancemoves Studio of Dance, now Centre Pointe Performing Arts. Her choreography has placed in the top overalls for various competitions for solos as well as group dances. Returning to the stage after a few years off, Chelsea joined the MCDA cast of the 2019 Tea with Clara in 3 roles. Chelsea’s love and knowledge of dance and fitness allows her to teach Barre classes for adults in the Baltimore and Harford County areas. Outside of dance, she loves living in Havre de Grace with her husband, working on their home and works at her family’s restaurant.
Debra (aka Debbie) Ballwanz Henry graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame of Maryland University formerly known as College of Notre Dame, where she was the recipient of a Scholarship for the Arts and received Honorable Mention for the Maryland Distinguished Scholarship of the Arts. She is also a graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame, for whom she choreographed Anything Goes, 42nd Street along with choreography placed on the IND Dance Team. Debbie has danced under the direction of Jean Kettell and performed with the Baltimore School of the Washington Ballet. She has studied under the Maryland Gifted and Talented Summer Camp for the Arts and has taken master classes throughout her training by prominent dancers and choreographers. Debbie has been an Instructor with Centre Pointe Performing Arts since its inception and with Dancemoves for more than 20 years prior. She danced with the Common Ground Dance Company from 2005-2008 and served on its board of directors for a period of time. For many years, she also has worked integrally on rehearsals with CPPA’s winter production, the Nutcracker and the annual recital. Debbie believes the skills, values and discipline learned in dance transcend into all aspects of life, including business and personally. To that end, she has simultaneously pursued a career in marketing for the past 25 years. She is also the Director of Marketing & Business Development for the law firm of Gordon Feinblatt LLC, a proud mom, wife and a lifelong learner.
Hannah Grzymala is a Maryland native and recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College earning a BFA Major in Dance with Concentrations in Jazz, Modern, and Ballet and a Minor in Arts Management. She studies under esteemed faculty including Katie Langan, Nancy Lushington, Lone Larsen, Karen Gayle, Harriet Clark, Catherine Cabeen, and Sheila Barker, to name a few. While at Marymount, she has performed new choreography and repertoire with several working artists such as Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, Peter Chu, Loni Landon, Andrea Miller, and Anthony Morigerato. Hannah has had the pleasure of continuing her education with recognized companies such as Parsons Dance, Rioult Dance NY, the Radio City Rockettes, Martha Graham Dance, and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, to name a few. Other performance credits include choreographic festivals both in NYC and Maryland including the Spark Dance Forum, CBG Dance Fall Festival, Steffi Nossen Choreography Showcase with Mobilized Voices Dance Collective, and the Baltimore Dance Invitational with Invisible Wings Dance Project. Hannah is also a fitness and cross-training enthusiast and holds her Balanced Body Pilates Mat Certification and is a Barre Fitness instructor
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Kelly began her dance education under the direction of her mother, Susan Joines. Upon graduation she attended North Carolina School of the Arts studying under Brenda Daniels. Kelly went on to continue her dance education as a trainee at The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, where she studied with Davis Robertson and Brian McSween. There she was a member of the Joffrey Ballet Touring Company. In 2009 Kelly was recognized as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar for dance as well as ballet finalist for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Kelly went on to become a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2012. In 2014, Kelly became a soloist in Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE show, in Las Vegas. Ms. Sneddon recieved the honor of becoming a Capezio athlete in 2015. Kelly became a certified health coach in 2014 after studying at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Dance Informa Magazine, and Dance Magazine.
Molly began her dance training at the age of four at the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts in Joppa, Maryland. She continued her dance training through high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts where she focused on ballet technique and had the opportunity to perform as the "Lead Elf" in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s annual Tap Dancing Santa’s in their Holiday Spectacular. Molly earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also continued her training in contemporary and jazz and performed works by Ronen Koresh, Douglas Becker, Anastasia Babayeva, and Tommy Waheed-Evans. She received the UArts faculty award for “ Outstanding Performance in all Styles”.
Molly has lived in New York the past 4 years working on her freelance dance career while spreading her love and passion of dance by teaching. Molly is thrilled to share her passion with the students of Centre Pointe Performing Arts!
Pera began teaching at BSA when it opened in 1979, and assumed leadership of the department in 1992 upon the retirement of noted classical dancer Sylvester Campbell. She began her training at the age of three at Carnegie Hall in its children’s ballet class, and continued it from the age of seven onward in the studio of Martha Manners on Long Island, NY. She has performed with the Radio City Music Hall’s ballet company, Rudolf Nureyev and Friends, and the Maryland Ballet. She also trained under Elena Tchernichova for years, and taught classes at Carnegie Hall and in Baltimore. Campbell was a colleague at the Maryland Ballet and recruited her to join him at the then brand-new School for the Arts. At that time, many of the dancers had no previous training in ballet, and Pera enjoyed the challenge of crafting a class that taught not only the physical movement of ballet, but also its history and traditions. After she became Dance Department Head, she created men’s, pas de deux, and men’s and women’s variations classes. BSA also became one of the few high schools in the country to be allowed to perform the works of the celebrated choreographer George Balanchine. Dancers who have trained under Ms. Pera have gone on to successful careers both in and outside the world of dance. She has placed graduates with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Bejart Ballet, the Charlotte Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Kidd Pivot, Lines Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Sacramento Ballet, and the Washington Ballet, among others. Other BSA dance alumni work at such prestigious organizations such as DreamWorks Animation, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs; they also work as doctors, social workers, and dance studio owners, among a wide variety of other fields.
Rhoda has been teaching dance in the Baltimore area since 1986. Prior to her career as a teacher, Rhoda was a competitive baton twirler, held the title of Miss Maryland College Majorette, taught many State & National Title winners, was an NFL Baltimore Colt Cheerleader. She attended Towson University where she studied Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. Using her extensive knowledge of children and their developmental stages, Rhoda created a comprehensive syllabus for the young dancer combining principles of early childhood education with primary dance movement. Emphasis is placed on the pure joy of dance in a fun, encouraging, yet disciplined atmosphere. Rhoda was thrilled to join the Centre Pointe faculty in 2011 and is looking forward to touching the lives of many young dancers. Along with her satisfying career as a dance educator, her most special role is that of mother of 3 & Rho Rho to 7 grandchildren !!
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