Owner Jeanine Nielson has been teaching dance since she was 17 years old.  She began her training in 1975 at the age of three and loved it from the beginning.  When in 9th grade, she began training at then SUSC with Gwen Grimes and the college students in their classical ballet classes.  For the next 6 years she trained with Gwen and Burch Mann taking all the dance classes available at SUSC.  During that time, she was a Drill Mistress (Captain) of her Dance Team at Cedar High for the two years she was on the team.  She competed in the “Miss Dance/ Drill Team Utah” her Junior and Senior years where she placed 3rd attendant and 2nd attendant respectively.

She went on to the National “Miss Drill Team USA” Competition where she placed 11th her first year and 4th attendant her Senior year of High School.  She went on to Nagoya, Japan where she placed 3rd attendant and received the Broadcasting award at the “Miss Dance/ Drill Team International” Competition.  While she was a Junior in High School, she began teaching at “Dansworks Studio” here in Cedar City.  She taught there for 11 years where she was able to teach many wonderful children in tap, jazz and Performance Teams.  She was the assistant Mohey Tawa Advisor at Cedar High School for two years and then moved to SUU where she spent the next 4 years as the Waukeenyan Dance Team Advisor. Jeanine has taught “Coaching Dance Teams and Drill Teams” as well as other classes at Southern Utah University for many years.

Jeanine is Currently an assistant coach of Mohey Tawa, the Cedar High School Drill Team. 

Jeanine began her own studio (The Point) in Enoch in 2000 and expanded to Cedar City in 2007.  Jeanine is married to Ken Nielson (also from Cedar City) and has 5 children, she also has 5 grandchildren. She loves her students and strives to give them a wonderful, positive experience at The Point/Elite Cheer.  Because of her early teaching experiences, many of her students are children of her former students.  She feels blessed to be able to share her love of dance with children and knows what an important part she and her staff play in a student’s life.  Good Role Models are more important than ever these days and she strives to hire a teaching staff that will not only teach your children to dance correctly, but to be outstanding students, friends and citizens as they grow and develop.  Jeanine’s roots are here in Cedar City,  she has been here since the age of 8 and loves Cedar City.  Dance is a huge part of her life as she is was able to share her love of dance with her two daughters as well as all of her students.  Her philosophy in teaching is to give a positive for a critique so her students know what they have done well and what they can improve on.  The Point always has age appropriate routines and costumes, while still keeping in with current dance styles. 

 

 

Elisha Church

Elisha’s dance education started under the direction of Kellie Benson (AFHS color guard advisor/trained at Ballet West) when she was a member of the American Fork High School Color Guard. She studied under Toni Bosch @ snow college  where she was selected as the student choreographer for the spring production. She finished her education at SUU with a degree in nutrition and 4 yrs of studying ballet and modern under Gwen Grimes, Kay Anderson, Paul Ocampo, and Shauna Mendini. Elisha started dancing with Cedar City Junior Ballet in 2003, and continues to perform with CCJB. (Leading role of Swanhilda in Coppelia, Bluebird and Fairy of Song soloist in Sleeping Beauty, Autumn and Summer Fairy solo roles in Cinderella, Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream, and a leading role in Skaters.) She also studied ballet for a semester at University of Utah with various ballet instructors associated with Ballet West and Ballet Utah.

Elisha started teaching ballet in 2003 at Premier Dance in Beaver UT, under the direction of Amanda Riley. Elisha has been teaching the advanced ballet and pointe classes at The Ballet School since 2006. She teaches ballet at The Point Dance Studio and another local studio. Her classes are focused on improving dancer’s overall ability through ballet technique, the foundation of dance. She enjoys working with the youth and sharing her passion for ballet and performance.

 

 

Kim Miner

 

Kimberly Miner has lived in the Cedar CIty area most of her life, She grew up dancing with Jeanine at Dansworks studio.  She was a member of Cedar High School’s Mohey Tawa for her Junior and Senior years.  She loves teaching dance and sharing her love with her students. Kim has been on staff at The Point Dance Studio for over 15 years, she has taught classes in Preschool, jazz, hip hop and lyrical and currently teaches many preschool & combo classes.   She focuses on proper technique in all facets of dance, as she shares her love for dance with those she teaches

 

 

Kylee Chaston

Kylee Chaston was a member of Elite Cheer (formerly Excel Cheer) when she was younger. She cheered for 4 years at Canyon View High School.  She has choreographed both cheer and dance routines for groups and solos. Kylee married her high school sweetheart and is the mom to three darling kids.  She has lived in Cedar City her entire life and is so excited to be coaching her 6th year of cheer and Tumbling at Elite. Kylee is also an assistant cheer coach at Cedar High School.  Kylee loves all things cheer and dance related.

 

Shellee Younkin

Shellee has a BA in Theatre Arts with a dance minor from The Ohio State University.  She is currently working on a Masters in Arts Administration at Southern Utah University. She loves dancing whenever she can and in whatever style. She has studied Bartenieff Fundamentals, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, stage combat, Musical theater dance with Randy Skinner, Labanotation and Laban Movement analysis, tap, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, Limon, Niklaus, Donald McKayle, Maddox, Fosse, Kenneth’s Laws of physics, and Holla Jazz dance styles. Shellee is knowledgeable in kinesiology and anatomy.  Shellee Younkin is also E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 yoga instructor.  She has choreographed for several musicals at Ohio State University and most recently for Cedar Valley Community Theatre’s production of Cinderella. She had the chance to teach tap, jazz and and ballet at Artisan Dance studio in Columbus area prior to moving to Cedar City in June 2019. You might see her in a dance class at SUU, performing at Simonfest and Cedar Valley Community Theatre or spending time with her husband and two kids.

 

 

Jennifer Ekker

Jennifer Ekker started gymnastics at the age of 7. She continued to train in tumbling until high school where she became a Canyon View Falcon Cheerleader. After graduating high school, she had 2 children RanDee and Jett and is currently working as a Human Resource director. Jenny started to coach her daughter at the age of four in tumbling and pageants. During the last ten years Jenny has been coaching many girls in the Cinderella program. She has choreographed many cheer solos, creating a very memorable Cinderella cheer for RanDee’s talent which is still being used by other girls today. She has also helped in other talents such as dance, singing and tumbling routines. Jenny’s goal in coaching is to help each girl develop their skill to be not only the best athlete they can be, but to be                                    confident, strong, inspiring and to believe in themselves. 

 

 

Kristi Jensen

Kristi has been dancing since she could walk. She danced with Dansworks studio, studying ballet with Stephanie Whitney Baker,  Michelle Dawson and Jeanine Nielson. She continued to dance solos through high school and was cheerleader at CVHS. Also, during high-school, Kristi worked at her mom's preschool, Smart Start Preschool as an aid. 
Kristi has 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. Both girls have danced at the Pointe since they were tiny! 
In 2020 She went back to teaching preschool. Being an aid at 3 Peaks Preschool and then to teaching at Little Star Preschool. 🌟 Where she is currently teaching 3 year old classes. 
Kristi began teaching at The Point in 2022, she loves dancing and has a passion for teaching young children! 

 

 

Dalice Martinez Garrlardo

Dalice Martínez is a tumbling and cheer coach. She cheered for 5 years lettering in 4 years and began coaching in 2020 at Fergus high school in Lewistown Montana. Dalice also chose to gain a license as an EMT to provide better care for family, friends and students. She is the proud wife of Aniel Martínez and a loving mother of two children.  She has coached Spirit teams and tumbling at Elite Cheer for two years. 

 

 

Maddy Gray

Maddy began dancing at The Point when she was 7 years old, she trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Tumbling. Over the years she gained a love for dance and she enjoys sharing that love with anyone she can. She began teaching classes at The Point in 2021 and has choreographed routines for soloists and teams. She graduated from Cedar High School where she was a 4 year member of Cedar High Mohey Tawa Drill Team. She served as a Senior Captain on Mohey.  Her favorite styles are Hip Hop and Contemporary.  Maddy has choreographed many winning solo routines and company dance team routines, she currently teaches company dance teams and several technique classes, as well as the preschool and combo classes. 

 

Jordan Walch

Jordan was raised in Henderson, NV where she began cheering in Jr high up until she graduated High school in 2008. Jordan started working for Gymcats in Henderson, NV in 2006 where she helped with the cheer program that was just getting started, she eventually helped them get a competitive program started as well. While she was there, she was also trained to teach beginning gymnastics classes and she has since trained in upper levels as well.
Jordan married her best friend and moved to Enterprise, they have 4 little girls. They love doing anything outside like hiking, camping, and riding horses.

 

Crystal Eggen

Crystal has been involved with The Point Dance studio first as a student herself starting in 2001 and now as a Parent and Coach for Elite Cheer Athletics. As a Full Time Middle School Science Teacher, she enjoys spending time teaching students inside the classroom or the studio. Outside of work, she enjoyed spending time with her 2 children, Hope and Jack. After commuting for 2 years to take her daughter, Hope to cheer, Jeanine and Crystal opened the Elite Cheer location in Enterprise. Now on their 2nd year, Elite Enterprise Cheer is growing and thriving.

 

Lahela Hoopii
 Lahela started tumbling when she was 9 and began competitive tumbling a couple of years later, first with Volonte and later with Northern Star Bounders. She continued tumbling all the way through High School. She competed at regionals/nationals many times and placed on podium at both a good handful of times. Lahela ended her tumbling career as the Open age 17-21 national champion.
 While tumbling she managed to do some coaching and really enjoyed watching as the kids learned new skills and grew more confident in themselves and their abilities. She also loves watching as they grow to love the sport she loves. Lahela is currently a sophomore attending SUU as an exercise science major. When she's not coaching you can find her singing, painting, or hanging with friends.