Faculty

Mindy Young, Owner

Mindy Young concluded her professional career as a Radio City Rockette and has been a sought after professional dancer for many years. She received her education in the Bachelors Program at Oklahoma City University, one of the finest and most respected dance performance schools in the country. Mindy possesses a high level of dance technique and a broad range of professional performance experience. She brings to The Pointe, the passion and expertise to inspire children to dance, as well as prepare those aspiring to a career in the industry.

Mindy’s experience extends into many aspects of the performing arts world. She has performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and was selected for the international opening for the Rockettes in Mexico. She also appeared on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines flagships, as well as many years in the theater, appearing in musicals such as Peter Pan, South Pacific, The Goodbye Girl and Oklahoma. She has performed in dance instructional videos as well as choreographed for many dance teams and theater groups around the country. Mindy has been teaching dance for 20 years and judges for a national dance competitions.

Elizabeth Macy- Contemporary & Jazz Instructor

Elizabeth Macy grew up in a diverse musical and creative home that naturally led to a dance career. She has been dancing and training since she was 4 years old, here in Colorado, as well as intensive workshops and private instruction in New York and Los Angeles.  Elizabeth has a broad and extensive knowledge of different dance styles, advanced technique, and performance experience, including television and music videos. At a very young age, Elizabeth was sought out and asked to assist many well known choreographers in the business including Brian Friedman, Travis Wall, Dee Caspary, Kim Mcswain, Laurie Kanyok, Nick Lazerinni, and many others. At age 17, Elizabeth was picked by Gil Stroming, owner and creator of JUMP and many other dance conventions, to tour and assist the choreographers across the U.S. Elizabeth later won JUMP’s National Senior Outstanding Dancer, and continued touring with them. Elizabeth soon started teaching young dancers at The Pointe Dance Academy before moving to Los Angeles where she signed with The Bloc Agency, dancing with hot new up and coming choreographers. Little did she know that teaching and choreographing was a passion that would become her life’s calling. With a unique vision for choreography, and a deep love for dance, she enjoys sharing and teaching young dancers who like herself, just want to dance.

Hannah Clarke- Contemporary & Jazz Instructor

Hannah_Clarke_bwHannah Clarke has been training and dancing for the majority of her life. She is a graduate of The Pointe Dance Academy and is thrilled to be teaching at the place she calls home. Hannah has studied with many choreographers such as Jaimie Goodwin, Kaitlyn Conley, Alexa Anderson, Bobby Newberry, Jaci Royal, Ivan Koumaev, Talia Favia, and many others. Not only has she won scholarships at dance competitions and conventions she also had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Celebrity Crew at their National Competition and the Celebrity Create Show. Hannah has been an assistant for Talia Favia at many dance studios as well as at the In10sive Dance Convention and the Mather Summer Intensive. She also was in Talia Favia’s show, “The Difference Between Sinking and Drowning,” in Phoenix, Arizona. Hannah is currently a member of Mpact Dance Company,  here in Colorado. As well as her love for performing, she has found her greatest passion to be teaching kids and watching them grow, just like she did at The Pointe.

 

Emily Speed- Ballet & Pointe Instructor

Emily-Speed_BW Emily Speed is originally from Argyle, TX and began her professional training under Marina Almayeva. In 2006, she was a Finalist at World Ballet Competition, in Orlando, Florida.  Ms. Speed won first place in the classical division at the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix Regionals.  Emily was one out of a hundred participants worldwide who qualified and competed in the 2010 Varna International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria and this past summer went to the USA IBC in Jackson, MS.  During her career, she has danced professionally with Alabama Ballet, Ballet Tucson and Boulder Ballet.  Ms. Speed has performed multiple principle and soloist roles including, Flower Girl and Mercedes in Don Quixote, roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade and The Nutcracker, Anthony Tudor’s Lilac Garden and Continuo, Daniel Precup’sBolero, Third Act Raymonda, The Wedding Pas de Duex from Don QuixoteThe Fairy Doll Pas de Trios staged by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner and most recently Clara in The Nutcracker.  She has been invited to guest with various schools and companies around the U.S. as well as international festivals and gala performances.  Emily is very excited about joining Colorado Ballet for the 2014-2015 season.

Donovan Helma- Tap Instructor

donovan_bwSince the age of three, Donovan Helma has been dancing under the direction of his mother’s dance studio in Denver, CO. He currently continues his education in New York City. When he is not taking class or performing, Donovan teaches for numerous studios and national conventions across the United States. Some recent performances include General Motors, Charles Schwab, Holland’s International Shipping Yard grand opening and a performance on a Monday Night Football halftime show with the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. He has recently performed for Montreal’s Danse Encore International Festival in a production by Tap’d Out. In 2004, 2006, and 2009 Donovan toured the United States, Europe and South Africa as a lead tap dancer in Tap Dogs. Currently, Donovan is touring with the new Greorgy Hines tribute show, Thank You Gregory. Donovan looks forward to continuing his dancing career and inspiring audiences and students nationwide.

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