Entries by jgaines

Jessica Smith

Jessica’s dance training began at the age of 3 in North Olmsted. She received the majority of her ballet training from Artistic Director Janet Strukley-Dziak. She has also trained under Cleveland Ballet Company members Jason Wang and Kathryn Tokar with additional guidance from Melaina Kampf and Elizabeth Radachi. Jessica additionally has done contract work with […]

Bernadette Benda

Bernadette, a dancer and a writer, has been training in ballet and other dance forms for 18 years. Classes and intensives with different companies have inspired her love of dance, including Verb Ballet and the Kent Summer Workshop with Limon Dance Company. She has performed under North Pointe Ballet in multiple productions. Her most favorite […]

Matthew Huefner

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Matt Huefner began dancing at the age of 16 through his experiences at the Erie Playhouse. His interest in dance peaked during his time at Baldwin Wallace University, and he soon transferred to the Mercyhurst University dance department, where he is currently working to complete his B.F.A. in Dance. Matthew […]

Kathryn Tokar

Kathryn began her early training at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio, under the direction of Melanie Szucs. She continued her training at Ohio Dance Theatre (Oberlin, OH) with Janet Strukely-Dziak and at summer intensives with Cincinnati Ballet. As a student at Mercyhurst University’s Dance Department, she had the opportunity to work […]

Josh Landis

Josh has been performing, teaching, directing and choreographing for over fifteen years. His passion for the performing arts is seen through the care he takes for his students and performers both on and off stage. His award-winning choreography has been seen from churches and high schools to professional stages. He is also the artistic director […]

Celia Romanoski

Celia is a person who values humans, art, and real connection. She loves that dance is a place you can tap into all of those things at once, and is happy to be sharing those things at NPB. Celia got her start dancing under the instruction of Donna Ranked, She went on to continue her […]

Elizabeth Radachi

Elizabeth is a founding member of North Pointe Ballet and also serves as the Development Director for the company. Between these positions, she is excited to be able to help NPB expand its presence in the community as it works diligently to fulfill its mission to make ballet experiences available to everyone. Her favorite projects […]