Ms. Jenna Tansky
Jenna began dancing at Kinner and Co. Dance Studio when she was five years old. She was trained in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary, as well as a little bit of pointe, hip hop, and tumbling. She was also a member of the Shooting Stars Dance Team at Kinner and Co., competing at a variety of dance conventions/competitions for around 10 years. She was an assistant teacher for about 6 years and then began teaching for two years after achieving Teacher Certification through the Southern Association of Dance Masters. Jenna then went on to study dance at Southeast Missouri State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Southeast provided her with many performance opportunities, including main stage dance concerts choreographed by faculty, guest artists, and selected students. Jenna was one of those selected students in the fall 2017 semester for her choreography of a tap solo on herself, and she was even selected to perform that solo at the American College Dance Association in the Adjudication Concert the following semester. She also got the opportunity to perform a faculty piece at the Grand Center Dance Fest in St. Louis in 2016. Jenna loves to dance and she loves sharing that love of dance through her teaching, so she is very excited to continue YEAR 3 at Center Pointe Dance Academy!
Mrs. Rachal Beard
Rachal Beard brings over twenty-three years of experience in Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz and Contemporary dance to Center Pointe Dance Academy. An alumnus of TurnOut Movement Arts Studio and Tracey & Heather’s Dancy Synergy, she has spent eleven years dancing competitively at the national level, and eight years as an instructor and as competitive dance team co-director. In addition to instructing at TurnOut and THDS, she has been a coach and guest coach for many local dance teams. In her time as a dancer and instructor, she has been a member of many national title winning routines, a Hall of Fame All-star, AmeriDance All-star and Star Systems Top Teacher – among many other accomplishments. Rachal credits her instructor and mentor Tracey Sims-Kopecky with igniting her passion for dance and teaching.
Rachal lives with her husband William, daughter Ruby, and is expecting a son in the near future. Rachal is a Corporate Communications Coordinator at Horace Mann. She looks forward to sharing her love for dance with the Taylorville community.
Mrs. Michelle Beckmier
Michelle is excited to combine her love for dance and WERQ classes to Center Pointe Dance Academy in 2020! Her many years of experience as a cheer coach, combined with her background in dance, choreography, practice planning and organization, and WERQ fitness classes will allow her to generate unique instruction for our Improv Classes.
Michelle is also a certified WERQ instructor and has had several classes at Center Pointe recently and will look to continue and build more classes into the workday for parents!
Mrs. Heather Odam
Heather is going to use her many years of working with very young children
with the Head Start program to use as she will be teaching a new Mommy and Me class and also working with the 2 year old Ballet, Tap, and Tumbling combination class. The Mommy and Me class will invite moms into the classroom to help the young dancers start to lear the basic skills of dance. The 2 yr old classes will be more traditional and rigorous, but still teaching the basics of dance!
Mrs. Desiree Becker
Desiree Becker has over twenty-eight years of experience in dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and pointe. Desiree pursued her passion for dance as a student at The Dance Factory, and then competitively at Dance Creations Dance Studio, and TurnOut Movement Arts Studio. After dancing for eighteen years, she became an instructor at TurnOut and later coached the Taylorville Junior High Dance Team.
Desiree resides in Stonington with her husband, Jeremy and their children – Benjamin, Hollyn, Edith and Oria. She is a Human Resources Manager for AGCO in Assumption, and is proud to serve on the Executive Board of Directors for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Board of Directors at VisionWay Christian School. Desiree is looking forward to being part of the Center Pointe family as an instructor and parent this year.
Ms. Allison Vaira
Allison is another young student teacher that we are blessed to have in the Studio. Allison starting dancing at a very young age with Turn-Out in Taylorville and Springfield. She made the transition back to Center Pointe Dance Academy two years ago and she has competed on our competitive dance team at all of our various events throughout the Midwest. Also over the last two years, she has helped as an assistant in several classes, ranging in ages from two year olds to 7 year olds. She is excited to take a vital role on our competitive team staff as an assistant coach.
Allison will be a Senior at Taylorville High School next year and hopes to attend college after high school.
Ms. Macey Westrick
Macey is a lifelong resident of Taylorville, attended Visionway Christian School and was/is an Honor Roll student while at Taylorville Junior High and Taylorville High School. Macey is also active taking classes at Lincoln Land Community College!
Macey has had a love of dance since age 2 and has taken classes at The Dance Factory for 12 years. In her (very little) spare time, Macey enjoys volunteering in the community, dancing, volunteering at Taylorville Christian Church, and performing in the Spring Musical at Taylorville High School.
Ms. Mallory Westrick
Mallory is a May 2020 graduate from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a Bachelors in Psychology, and minor in both theater/dance and forensic sciences. She is currently enrolled at Lincoln Land Community College in the ADN program to pursue her dream of becoming a Pediatric Psychology Nurse.
Mallory has been dancing since the age of 2. She has also previously taught classes at The Dance Factory and loves working with kids. In her free time, she enjoys painting and reading. Mallory is looking forward to helping kids grow as dancers in the upcoming dance season.
Mrs. Lisa Reeter
Lisa Reeter is excited to join the Center Pointe staff in 2020. She began dancing at age 3 at Patty’s Dance Studio in Taylorville and then moved over to The Dance Factory where she danced until the middle of her high school career. Lisa was a member of the award-winning Taylorville High School Cheerleading Team through high school which gave her a love of competition and team sports. As an adult, she volunteered for many, many years in the community as a youth soccer coach for the YMCA, cheer coach with Taylorville Youth Football Cheerleading team and one year as assistant with the Taylorville High School Cheerleading team. Lisa also taught water aerobics with the Taylorville Park District for the past 6 years, choreographing the routines for class. Always trying to find a challenge, Lisa loves a good mud obstacle course, training for biathlons and pushed herself to train and complete a couple of half marathons.
In the past year, Lisa attended training and became a certified WERQ Dance Fitness Instructor, joining together her loves of dance and fitness. She currently has classes at Center Pointe Dance Academy and pop up classes as Manner’s Park.
Lisa lives in Taylorville with her husband, Adam, and their four teenagers.