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17601 E 40 Hwy, Independence, MO

Saij began her passion for dancing at the age of 12. She has a proven work ethic and passion for dance that has allowed her to excel. She is a 2018 National 1st place Soloist, and 2018 Miss Senior Applause Title Holder. She has danced for several studios around the Kansas City Metro area. Her training includes among traditional techniques, Liturgical and African style dance. She has worked as a teacher’s assistant for several years as well as aiding in costuming and performance preparation. Saij is Currently a full-time student at the University of Missouri Kansas City Dance Conservatory.

Courtney PFannenstiel, Director

Azia Gambrell is in the final year of obtaining her undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri Kansas-City. She is in the Conservatory of Music and Dance earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. She is also earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Pre-Law concentration. In February 2014, Gambrell was asked to join the National Dance Alliance as a Professional Dance Instructor and has been professionally instructing  with the National Dance Alliance for the past 5 years. Gambrell specializes in solo/group choreography, private lessons,strength and conditioning, and stretching. Azia enjoys teaching dance because she believes it promotes self confidence and she loves to inspire others through the art of dance and movement. This will be Azia’s third year teaching at The Pointe Dance Studio, and she’s excited for a great year! 

DeannaH Herron

Amy danced in St Louis as a child at Beutelle and Joan Brown School o f Dance for 4 years. She moved to KC danced with Rhonda's for 2 years and the Ballet Conservatory for 6 years performing in The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. She began her gymnastics training at GAGE, which led to a lifetime love of coaching. This passion continued into college, and while attending MU she had the opportunity to continue to coach at Show-me Gymnastics. After having 2 kids,she returned to coaching, quickly gaining attention for technique in leaps, turns, beam and uneven bar training, earning requests to guest coach at camps across the Midwest. She has had the honor of coaching in Blue Springs, Lees Summit, Liberty, Columbia, Grain Valley, St.Louis, Fayetteville, Springfield and St.Joe for a total of 25 years coaching competitive gymnastics with 9 top 5 placing teams from 2008-2017. Amy also taught controlled tumbling classes at Monica's for 5 years, 2013-2018.

Ally Odom

Amy McConnell

Graceyn Schoen

Kaitlyn Hookie

Tiffany danced for over 25 years. She was formally trained in the areas of Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Ballet, and Acrobats at a studio in Blue Springs where she grew up. Throughout middle school and high school she danced competitively all over the nation for her studio’s dance troupe. Then, while in high school she was a member of Touch of Silver Dance Team at Blue Springs South High School. After high school she went to college at Mizzou and was a 4-year member of Mizzou’s nationally acclaimed dance team, The Golden Girls. After graduating from Mizzou with her degree in Elementary Education she came back to Kansas City where she was a member of The 2007-2008 Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders. She is also the former Director of the Missouri Mavericks Spirit Squad, The Fillys.  She was happy to be combining her loves of dance and kids to educate them in the art of dance when she opened The Pointe in 2008. In 2013, she was tragically killed in a car accident and her dancers soon adopted the motto "Dance Like Tiffany is Watching." At The Pointe Dance Studio, Tiffany's dream of sharing her passion for dance lives on.

Allie BESTGEN

Deannah attends Avila University with a major in psychology and a minor in dance. She danced at Caruthers Creative Center for 11 years then moved to United Dance and continued for another 3 years. Currently she is on the dance team at Avila.

Azia GAMBRELL

Saij Collins

Graceyn has been dancing since she was three years old. She started dancing at The Pointe at six years old as one of the twelve original students when the studio first opened. She has been dancing with the Blue Springs High School Glitter Girls since her freshman year, and will be stepping into the role of captain this coming school year as a senior. Graceyn, along with the Glitter Girls, placed 9th in the nation at the UDA Dance Team Nationals in Orlando, Florida. She is very excited to begin her teaching career at TPD!

The Pointe Dance Studio

Courtney has been dancing for over 34 years.  She began dancing at the age of 3 with Yvonne Craig dance studio in Blue Springs.  At the age of 7 she started dancing competitively.  She later started dancing competitively at Gina’s thats Dancing where she also got her love for teaching at the age of 13.  During high school she was on the Varsity cheerleading team as well as Drill team.  In 2000, She went to own her own studio, called Courtney’s Center Stage.  She was also a cheerleading coach for a Pop Warner Cheer team.  She has been a dedicated teacher for the Pointe Dance studio for the past 4 years with both recreational classes and competition routines that have placed in the overalls at both regional and national competitions.  Dance has always been a big part of her life and she now has a daughter who loves dance and reminds her of herself!  Her dream is that anyone who wants to dance has the chance to do so and can have the confidence and love within themselves to shine!  She is so happy and honored to have the opportunity to continue Tiffany’s dream and passion at The Pointe.


Ally began dancing at the age of five. She has danced with many different studios throughout Missouri and the country. She was a student at the Kansas City Ballet School for seven years and performed in several professional productions with the Kansas City Ballet including “The Nutcracker” and in George Balanchine’s “Mozartiana”. Ally attended summer intensives on scholarship at Kansas City Ballet in Kansas City, Missouri, Tulsa Ballet in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Ballet Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. She also danced in New York at Steps on Broadway during a summer. Ally has taught ballet, modern, stretching and conditioning classes locally for the past two years. She is currently a chemistry major with applied mathematics minor attending Rockhurst University . Ally is so excited to have this opportunity at The Pointe Dance Studio and continue to share her passion and love of dance.

Allie started dancing as a passion when she was 9. She dropped all of my sports teams to devote herself to what she loved and has never stopped dancing since. She danced at Lee's summit West High School and won Regional, State, and National titles as well as All-American awards. When she started college, she was a part of the UMKC dance team. She has taught at Steppin' Out The Studio in Lee's Summit.  Allie's forte and new love is choreographing and watching her pieces come alive. She is strong in jazz, tap and contemporary/modern. Allie says, "What can I say? The stage is my home and I was born to entertain. I plan to never stop dancing and continue my education & passion for dance."

Kaitlyn began dancing at the age of 4. After starting at Wynn Twins early on, she moved to Steppin' Out The Studio, where she joined their competitive dance company. Kaitlyn danced competitively at Steppin' Out for almost 10 years. She danced in all areas of jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap, and hip hop. During this time she had the opportunity to dance at Disney World in Orlando, Arrowhead Stadium for a special tribute to The Beatles, several city events, and much more. During her high school years Kaitlyn was a member of the Lee's Summit North Northern Stars dance team, and captain her senior year. She continued her dance career at Priscilla & Dana's until college. Kaitlyn received a scholarship to join the Glitter Girls dance team at Avila University. Throughout her dance career Kaitlyn received many awards through her work as an individual dancer, as well as duos, trios, and group numbers. Due to a severe injury, she was not able to continue dancing in college therefore, she went back to her high school to coach a Jr. Varsity team for the Northern Stars for two years. Since then, Kaitlyn has been building her life as a wife, mom, stepmom, and elementary school teacher. While watching her step-daughters grow in their dance careers, she has been aching to get back into the competitive dance world. Kaitlyn feels truly blessed and excited to start her journey with the TPD family!

Meet The Pointe Teachers

Tiffany Mogenson, founder