Teachers at Turning Pointe include (back, left to right): Stacy J, Dana Hein-Skaggs, Sandy Brown, Shari Bernhardt. Co-owners (front, left to right) are Tricia Mitchell and Suzuko Riewe.
Photo by Deborah Stone.
by Deborah Stone
Turning Pointe Dance Centre has recently opened its doors in the old Woodinville Dance Centers, Ltd., located just off 144th Avenue.
This will be the second studio for co-owners Suzuko Riewe and Tricia Mitchell, who opened their first in Mill Creek last year. They were approached in September by Peggy Steiner, the owner of Woodinville Dance Centers, and asked if they would be interested in buying her business. After a flurry of activity, the deal was finalized, and the studio is now re-opened under the Turning Pointe name.
The two women have more than 40 years dancing and teaching experience between them. Riewe studied and performed ballet in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and New York. She was a member of the American Ballet Theatre for a number of years and also studied modern dance with the legendary Martha Graham and tap and jazz technique with Jerry Ames. Recently, she and her daughter returned to New York to train once again in the Martha Graham technique.
Mitchell's jazz and lyrical dance experience is rooted in her studies of jazz, gymnastics, tap, and drama. She has performed as a senior member of Ray Bussey's That's Jazz II company and was involved in choreographing for numerous national competitions.
The philosophy of the studio emphasizes dance as a beautiful art form and a strong dicipline that applies to all aspects of life. Proper technique is of utmost importance, and students learn in an atmosphere that helps develop positive self-esteem, according to both Riewe and Mitchell. The staff at Turning Pointe strive to guide their students toward discovery of their own personal love for dance, the owners said. In addition to Riewe and Mitchell, there are four other teachers at the studio, which offers classes in ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, tap (classical and street), and creative movement.
"We have wanted to open a studio in Woodinville for some time now, in order to share our technique and offer quality dance training for all ages. It is a dream come true for us, and we are excited to be a part of the community," Riewe said.
For a class schedule and information, call 743-6603.