Staff

Ms. Jenna Tansky

IMG_7451Jenna 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!


BeardFamily2021(12of12)_1Mrs. Rachal Beard

Rachal Beard brings over twenty-six 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 Dance Synergy, she has spent eleven years dancing competitively at the national level, and twelve 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 son Jensen in Morrisonville.  Rachal is the Client Experience Manager at Disruptive Advertising. She looks forward to another great year at CPDA!


Mrs. Heather Odam

Heather is going to use her many years of working with very young children

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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.

20180609_150044Desiree 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

IMG_2124Allison 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. Mallory Westrick

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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

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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.

Ms. Maggie HolthausHeadShot5

I started dancing at Power Plus in Taylorville when I was 5 doing ballet, tap and tumbling classes. After deciding to take a break from dance, I joined the Junior High Poms Team which I was on for 2 years. After dancing for two Center Pointe teachers already and hearing about the studio, I decided I wanted to start back up my junior year of high school. I started out in Hip Hop and Lyrical and quickly decided I wanted to add on Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Improv the following year. My dance experience has been short lived, but I am excited to have the opportunity to teach young kids how beneficial dance can be. 

I am currently a Freshman at Lincoln Land Community College this year and will be transferring to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville next year for Nursing.


Ms. Meredith Repscher

I started dancing at the Dance Factory in Taylorville when I was 2 years old and have taken Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and pointe. When I started dancing at Center Pointe,  I added an improv and conditioning class along with the others. I also danced on the Jr. High dance team from 6th to 8th grade, then joined the High School Dance team as a freshman and still dance on the team now. I have also helped teach 2 year old tap, ballet, and tumbling and 5 year old tap, jazz, and ballet.

I am currently a junior in high school and very excited to be working with my best friend to teach classes this year for Center Pointe!


Ms. Taylor Michel

I started dancing at the dance factory when I was 2 years old and I later started dancing at Center Pointe when I was 11. I’m now a junior in high school. I’ve been taking ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and improv. Last year I helped teach 2, 3, and 4 year olds and have been on the Jr. High dance team since 7th grade. I’ve also been on the High school dance team since I was a freshman.

I am very excited to be teaching at Center Pointe Dance Academy this year!


Ms. Ava Odam

Choochie has had a life-long love affair with all things dance! Starting at the age of three, she has eagerly approached all genre’s of dance such as: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, and Hip Hop! This past year, she also branched out to Choreography and Improv. In addition to her weekly classes, Ava is also a member of the CPDA dance team and enjoys the challenges that comes with each competition.

Ava also enjoys Track & Field and participates in the running events and pole Vault. She lives at home with her awesome parents and annoying brother!

Ava is looking forward to working with her bestie Mylie and her 3 and 4 year old classes.


Ms. Mylie Sims

I have been dancing since I could walk and I have wanted to teach as long as I can remember! I have been dancing with Center Pointe as long as it has been opened and plan on being with it as long as I can!  I have been on the competition dance team at Center Pointe for   3 years going on 4. And when it was open I was on The Dance Factory’s competition team for 2 years. My dance schedule consists of lyrical, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, improv, and conditioning.

I am currently a Sophomore at Taylorville High School, and I am apart of the dance team they have there.

I am very excited to tackle the 3 and 4 year old classes with Ava Odam!