• Creative Movement
  • Pre-Ballet
  • Ballet
  • Cecchetti
  • Pointe
  • Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Contemporary
  • Tap
  • Teacher Training
  • Hip Hop

Studio Information:

Our Mission

Training recreational dancers, teachers, and pre-professional dancers while fostering a love of dance.

Our Faculty

Elaine Seidman, Artistic Director
Elaine Seidman, Artistic Director

Elaine began her dance training in the area with The National Ballet, where she grew up dancing many full-length ballets as well as many original contemporary ballets. She majored in dance at SUNY Purchase and received her BFA in Drama from The Catholic University. After dancing professionally and teaching in New York City and the surrounding area, Elaine returned to the Washington/Baltimore area where she has been teaching locally for the past 20 years and is still dancing professionally.

As a Fellow Member of the CCA, Elaine holds the coveted Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and is able to present both teachers and students through all levels of the Cecchetti Method. She is a proud recipient of the Sylvia Hamer/Margaret Marsh Scholarship allowing her to study the method in England.

Elaine’s students have been accepted at some of the best dance universities in the world including NYU, SUNY Purchase, North Carolina School for the Arts, Julliard, the Laban Institute in London and the Kate Simmons College in Manchester England. Her students have been awarded college scholarships, the Tremaine Convention Performing Arts Scholarship and scholarships to attend international summer programs.

Also an award-winning choreographer, her ballet and contemporary/lyrical dances have been overall winners and have received best choreography and best overall technique awards.

Elaine teaches all levels and ages and enjoys sharing the love of ballet and the magic of the art with her students.

Diane Robertson, Business Director
Diane Robertson, Business Director Coming Soon

Samantha Baccaglini, Faculty
Samantha Baccaglini, Faculty Samantha Baccaglini attended the Conservatory of Dance at Shenandoah University studying the modern techniques of Nikolais Louis and Martha Graham. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with her Bachelors of Art in Dance and her certificate in Elementary Education. Samantha also attends numerous modern and ballet master classes and summer workshops including Paul Taylor, The White Mountain Summer Festival in New York (Limon technique) and The Cecchetti Summer School in Michigan, among others. 

She holds her Cecchetti Ballet Teachers’ Grade IV certificate. 

Maggie Lockhart, Faculty, Marketing Coordinator
Maggie Lockhart, Faculty, Marketing Coordinator

Maggie is a dancer, educator, advocate and arts administrator originally from the Baltimore, Maryland area.  She has proudly passed Cecchetti exams through the Professional Advanced level as a dancer and holds the Cecchetti Professional Intermediate teaching certificate.  Maggie currently dances with Glade Dance Collective, a Washington, D.C. based dance company.

In addition to serving as a current member-at-large on the Board of the Cecchetti Council Of America - East Coast Committee, she is also a past recipient of the CCA-ECC New Teacher Scholarship to study the method in Michigan. 

While on scholarship at Goucher College, Maggie received her BA in dance and elementary education, danced in the corps de ballet of The National Ballet, taught with Clancyworks Dance Company's out-reach program, studied contemporary dance at The Universidade Federal do Rio De Janeiro (Brasil), and wrote dance curriculum for the Montgomery County Public School system.  

After graduating from Goucher College, she relocated to New York City where she enjoyed a fruitful career as a dancer and teacher.  She happily taught for numerous NYC organizations including The School at Steps (children's division of Steps On Broadway), Long Island City School of Ballet, New Dance Group, The Hudson Guild and The Children's Aid Society. Off the stage she worked with Doug Varone and Dancers, DANY Studios|The Joyce Theater Foundation, and Steps On Broadway. She  performed/collaborated with SilCo Dance Theatre, Cheshire Productions, Kerplunk Dance, Built4Collapse Productions, Lynn Barr Dance Theatre, and others.  She served on the 2012-2013 Junior Committee for Dance/NYC, a leading dance advocacy organization in New York City. 

Rose Seidman, Faculty
Rose Seidman, Faculty Coming Soon

Jen Combest, Faculty
Jen Combest, Faculty JR has studied dance for over 25 years and been teaching and choreographing in the DC Metropolitan, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. She received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Towson State University. She has been a member of the Towson State University Dance Company and the Towson State University Dance Team.

JR is also a member of Dance Masters of America, Chapter 17 and is certified to teach ballet, tap, and jazz.

As the Asst. Group Fitness Department Head at Life Time Athletic in Columbia MD she has become certified in ZUMBA Basics and Zumba Sentao.

We began the Dance with Me class two weeks ago and my son loves this class! He practices at home on his own showing us his "pancake" and "banana" feet and "bunny hops"! Maggie's experience with creating dance curriculum for children is very evident. As someone who danced for 18 years, finding a school that has sound scaffolded technique was important when deciding where to take my son to dance. I couldn't be more pleased with Turning Pointe!

C. Buck

The teachers are exceptional, and the school has a wonderful culture where the kids support and encourage one another.

J. Skiles

Thank you for offering a fun class to introduce her to other kids her age and to start the love of dance!

B. Munoz

My daughter has been dancing since she was 2 1/2. We recently starting looking for a new studio because she had outgrown the studio she was in, and wanted to try competition. We found Ms. Elaine and Turning Pointe and she is ecstatic and has gotten her love of dance back. Thank you!!!!

M. Thomas

My daughter Michaela who will be three in two weeks has been dancing with the little ladies of the Creative Movement class for two months now and she loves it! Elaine is great with the little ones and always makes class fun yet educational. Elaine is great at getting them focused and enjoying themselves. I can't wait to see their performance in June and I know Michaela can't either, she asks me daily when will she have her recital :)

T. Jung

After trying a few dance studios in the area, we came across Turning Pointe. My daughter, Melia has been dancing there for 4 years, starting in ballet and now in hip hop. We had her birthday party at the studio and have recommended TPDA to many friends who now go. It's so convenient and we love all the teachers. She has made some great friends there too. We all love to dance so we are glad she is learning from the best.

K. Botticelli

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