The Pointe Dance Arts’ owner and artistic director, Shannon McClure Denney, began her dance training in Mobile, AL at Sheffield School of the Dance. Upon leaving Mobile, Shannon continued her dance education under the direction of the University of Alabama’s nationally acclaimed teacher Cornelius Carter. Additionally, she has studied at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.
Shannon has been privileged to perform in a number of unique environments. As a young dancer, she was accepted as a member of the Sheffield Performing Arts Company with whom she competed for eight years, winning numerous regional and national awards. Shannon was honored to perform in a split dance concert with former Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago members Sam Watson and Richard Havey. She also performed on the Celebrity Cruise ship “Meridian” and the Isle of St. Georges in Bermuda. Selected as a member of the Universal Dance Association All-Star group, Shannon had the honor of performing in Paris, France.
Shannon began her teaching career in Atlanta, GA where she served as a ballet, jazz and tap instructor for three prominent Atlanta studios. In 2000, Shannon relocated to Birmingham, AL to continue her teaching career. She founded The Pointe Dance Arts in July 2005 where she is thrilled to pass on her love of dance to young people throughout the Birmingham area. Most importantly, at The Pointe Dance Arts, Shannon has been able to fulfill her vision of offering the highest quality dance education in a family-friendly, age-appropriate atmosphere. Shannon’s students have been awarded dance scholarships to The University of Alabama, Edge Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Joffrey Ballet New York, Tremaine Dance, Company Dance, New York City Dance Alliance & NUVO for their outstanding Ballet and Jazz work. Additionally, Shannon’s students have received countless accolades through the Junior Miss/Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program and the Miss Alabama program.
Shannon takes pride in exposing her students to the the top teachers and choreographers from around the country by having a top-notch staff, bringing in master teachers, attending dance conventions, and traveling to various cities for training. Shannon is married to Patrick Denney, and the two reside in Vestavia Hills with their adorable daughter, Sara Madelyn.
Lindsay Jones is the hottest hip hop talent in the Birmingham area. Her teaching style is high- energy and non-stop. Her unique style of choreography has been recognized on the local, state and national level. Lindsay serves as The Pointe’s Company Hip Hop choreographer where she has gained countless accolades for her work including Concept Awards and overall awards. In 2013 & 2014, Lindsay’s choreography was recognized as The Best Hip Hop in Birmingham at Applause Talent Competition. Lindsay also serves as the Hoover High School Buccanette Dance Team choreographer. In 2009, 2010, & 2011, Lindsay led the Oak Mountain Middle School Dance Team to the title of Alabama’s Junior High State Champions. In 2010, her jazz piece went on to be named 3rd in the nation at the Universal Dance Association National Championships in Disney World.
Preschool, Beginning Ballet, Jazz & Tap
Christie Everett has over 16 years of experience teaching dance to children of all ages. She grew up in Huntsville, Alabama where she had the privilege of studying dance under Rita Leidags and Patricia Taylor for 14 years at Performing Dance Arts in Huntsville. Christie received is a graduate of Auburn University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Dance/Theatre. In 2001 she moved to Chicago where she accepted a position teaching tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip hop for Joe’s Footwork Studio and The Dance Workshop Company. In 2003 Christie was given the title of Head Choreographer for The Dance Workshop Company, a non-profit organization that traveled throughout the Chicago area performing and competing at local dance competitions. While in Chicago, Ms. Everett continued to study dance at The Joel Hall Dance Center. After the birth of her first child, she returned to the South. For the past seven years, she has resided in the Birmingham area. She has been a member of Dance Masters of America in Ballet and Tap since 2000.
Lisa Gibbs is a former professional dancer with Southern Danceworks, a modern dance company directed by Teri Weksler of the Mark Morris Dance Group. During her career with Southern Danceworks, Gibbs performed several solos, duets, and ensemble pieces choreographed by Ms. Weksler, as well as works by choreographers Robert Battle and Germaul Barnes. Gibbs has also performed with the Alabama Ballet under the direction of Wes Chapman, former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Lisa continued a performance career with two Birmingham area companies—Sanspointe, a modern dance company, and Arova, a contemporary ballet company, prior to retiring in 2011.
Lisa is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Alabama. Her research focus is the place of dance in higher education as an academic endeavor. She is a member of the Alabama Dance Council, the National Dance Education Organization, and is an American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum certified instructor for Primary through Level 5. Gibbs also serves on the membership committee for CORPS-de- Ballet International, an organization promoting and serving dance in higher education and is on t he Fine Arts committee of the Norton Board of Advisors for Birmingham-Southern College.
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Erika Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama where she received a Bachelors of Arts in dance and a minor in mathematics. She is currently pursuing a master of Science in Cybersecurity at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She grew up dancing at Susan’s studio of dance where she was a prominent member of the competition team and at age 16, a faculty member. A few of Erika’s favorite performances include the Dizzy feet foundation gala in Los Angeles and Young Choreographer’s Festival in New York City. At the University, Erika was in all of the dance shows including Alabama Repertory Dance Theater and Dance Alabama. Her choreography has been featured every semester and she was president of Dance Alabama! Erika’s most recent choreography projects include Element Dance Company in Huntsville, Broadway Dance center’s showcase, and Mississippi State University’s Show Choir. Recently, she is working as an Xtend barre instructor and with Merrimack Hall in Huntsville teaching dance to children with special and needs. Erika looks forward to her first season with The Pointe Dance Arts.
Preschool, Beginner Ballet, Beginner Jazz, Lyrical
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Preschool, Hip Hop, Danceteam Technique
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