Teacher Bios

Celinda Bradley

Celinda is the owner of En Pointe Dance & Fitness.  She began dancing at the age of three in a small town in Northern California.  She danced with Ballet Repertoire Theatre throughout her high school years.  

 

She continued to dance in college and followed her love of dance to California State University, Long Beach where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Celinda owned and operated a children's mobile dance company for the past ten years, bringing dance to children in preschools, elementary schools and junior high schools.  

 

She has performed in ballets such as "The Nutcracker," "Cinderella," "Alice In Wonderland," "Hansel & Gretel," "Sleeping Beauty" and many others.  Celinda is a certified Burn at the Barre instructor and is licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Toning and Zumbatomics.  

 

She is excited for  the opportunity to bring dance and fitness to the community through En Pointe Dance & Fitness.

Charles Fentroy

Charles Fentroy started dancing in high school as mostly a Jazz and Hip-Hop dancer. After graduating he moved on to South West Texas University and played football and majored in Sports Science and minored in Dance. Charles played professional football in Canada for 3 years while he served in the Navy.  At that time, he decided to get back into dance and focused mostly on Ballet, studying under Cindy and Patrick Bradley, Patricia Stander, and Dudley Davies. Ballet became his new love.  Charles danced for several companies such as San Pedro City Ballet, Dance Peninsula Ballet, Philosophy In Motion Dance Company, and more. He has been teaching Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Lyrical and Contemporary for 20 plus years.  He also has been in the competition circuit for many years and is a judge and choreographer for Miss Dance and Drill Team USA.

Chelsea Johnson

Chelsea Johnson is a recent transplant to Long Beach from Chicago. She graduated with honors from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in dance, choreographic concentration. She received extensive ballet training through high school, but fell in love with modern and contemporary dance in college. After graduation, Chelsea danced as an apprentice for Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater and company member for Noumenon Dance Ensemble, Innervation Dance Cooperative SPEAKS, Tapestry Dance Company, Project606, and a featured dancer with Core Project. Her choreography has been showcased at Going Dutch, an all female choreographers showcase in Chicago, and Delve Showcase. Her most recent passion is fitness and completed her certification in Jillian Michaels Body Shred in 2015. Chelsea is enjoying soaking up the Cali sun, riding her bike around Long Beach, and exploring new places with her husband. 

Laura Schierhorn

Laura Jane Schierhorn, a Chicago native, began her dance career training with Watmora Casey, Homer Bryant, Bruce Stegman, Jay Fagan, Melissa Ridgway and Fletcher Nickerson. Upon moving to California, Laura continued her training at Jimmie DeFore Dance Center eventually becoming a company member of Jazz Spectrum under Artistic Director and company founder, Christine Baltes.

Laura also began teaching at several Southern California studios including the prestigious Southland Ballet Academy. Laura is an International award winning teacher and choreographer and has students that have gone on to have illustrious careers with companies such as ABT, Nashville Ballet, the Royal Ballet, Alonzo King’s LINES and many more.

For the last 15 years, Laura‘s work as a Global editorial and celebrity makeup artist and beauty editor has taken her across the globe, but dance has always been her first love.

Lexie Davis

Lexie Davis began dancing at the age of 4 and fell in love instantly. Born and raised in Southern California, Lexie danced at Expressions Dance training in various styles until she found her niche in Hip-Hop and liturgical dance. Lexie has always loved teaching and working with children and found she was now to do both at En Pointe Dance and Fitness as the Mini Hip Hop and Boys Hip Hop dance teacher and the after schools program coordinator. 

Liz Gilliand

Born and raised in Long Beach, Liz has trained extensively in all genres of dance throughout the L.A. and Orange County areas. She began her training at the age of 8 years old at a local studio in Long Beach. Shortly after beginning her training she began her teaching career at the age of 12. Liz danced through high school and received a dance scholarship to Chapman University where she continued to broaden her dance training to include Modern, Dunham African Dance, Pilates and Musical Theatre. She has performed with Van Son Entertainment in Orange County and Atlantic City. Though she has taken a few hiatuses from teaching and training to recover from injuries and start a family, dance has always been a part of her life in some form or another. Upon her recent return Liz has discovered a new passion for Burn at the Barre. She is currently teaching Adult Barre, Ballet and Lyrical. Liz has taught all ages from toddlers to adults and thoroughly enjoys being a part of each of her students’ journey through dance. 

Rachel Robbins

Rachel Robbins began her ballet training at the age of seven in Long Beach, California. From there she continued her education throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties, where she studied under Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, Hasmik Amirian, Diane Lauridsen, Charles Maple, and Shani Englert. She attended summer programs at Tulsa Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Maple Conservatory of Ballet, Polish National Ballet School in Warsaw, Poland.

 

Rachel attended Butler University on scholarship and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Pedagogy. Upon graduating, Rachel performed with ARC Dance Productions in Seattle, WA, as a company apprentice. 

 

Rachel is excited to begin a teaching career and is dedicated to providing a nurturing environment for ballet students while developing strong technical and artistic understanding. 

Vannia Ibarguen

Vannia Ibarguen, a ballet dancer from the age of ten, went on to complete her undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering and graduated Magna Cum Laude. As a dancer, she has performed in Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Hong Kong, Colombia, and the US. She was a Soloist at the Ballet Municipal of Lima (Peru), and finalist at the XIII International Ballet Competition. In 2005, Vannia received the Best Dancer and Choreography Award in Argentina. In Washington DC, she has performed with Nejla Yatkin’s NY2Dance, and Teatro de Danza Contemporanea. Vannia has also been an e-Business Consultant, Communication Manager at the National Dance Council-Peru, and a journalist for DanzaHoy e-Magazine. 

She obtained her MFA in Dance at the University of Maryland in 2009, and she has been teaching ballet, Contemporary Dance, Modern Dance, Dance and Technology, Site Specific Dance, Composition, Improvisation. Among the artists she worked with at the University of Maryland are John Jasperse, Tere O'Connor, Donna Uchizono and Victoria Marks. Vannia was awarded the Anne Zirulnik Student Scholarship for exceptional promise in Dance Education in the NDEO Conference in New York in June 2009.

 

Vannia has been Artistic Director of her own dance troupe company called VIDA - Vannia Ibarguen Dance Arts Since 2005, choreographing and directing more than 20 small dances and seven full evening shows; and she is Artistic Director of Global Water Dances, a non profit organization whose mission is to inspire action, leadership, and international collaboration for environmental water solutions around the world through the universal language of dance.

​Lauren Hamilton

Lauren Hamilton began dancing at the age of 4 with tap and ballet, but really started to focus on dance in High School when she attended a local studio and fell in love with jazz, modern, and lyrical styles. She attended the Academy of the Performing Arts at Huntington Beach High School where she was a member of both the jazz and modern ensembles for three years. Lauren went on to take dance in college, but took some time off to raise her young daughter. She started dancing again at En Pointe last year and was quickly reminded of how much dance meant to her and her sense of community. Lauren is thrilled to now be an instructor at the studio and loves to help children have fun and express themselves.

Casey Murray

Casey Murray, born in Los Angeles, is now a full-time student at California State University- Long Beach majoring in Theatre Arts, hoping to minor in dance.  She started dancing at a young age at Revolution Dance Studio, and the Vault Dance Studio, along with master classes at Millennium Dance Studio and The Snowglobe.  Starting out with ballet, she expanded into contemporary dance, hip-hop, jazz, tap, and musical theatre, and loved it all! She is planning on becoming an actress, and hopefully to one day be on broadway.  Along with pursuing dance in school, she has helped choreograph many musicals from her hometown, including “Oliver,” and “The Addams Family,” as well as choreographed many dances for her dance team, in which moved on to competition. She loves teaching and choreographing, as well as working with kids. She is hoping to spread her knowledge and love of dance with her students by working as a teacher at En Pointe Dance and Fitness!

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