Kathy Thomas-Law received her early dance training from the Atlanta School of Ballet under the direction of Dorothy Alexander. She also performed with the Atlanta Ballet, under the direction of Robert Barnett appearing in many productions including The Nutcracker, Balanchine's Serenade, and Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, both staged by David Blair of the Royal Ballet.
In 1964, Kathy received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study with the National Ballet in Washington, D.C. under the direction of Frederick Franklin. While based in Washington, Kathy expanded her training by spending time in New York studying with such notable teachers as Alexandra Danilova and Robert Joffrey.
"Miss" Kathy, as she is known to her students, has been teaching dance since 1976. She has served as a founding director of the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, The Dance Coalition of Metro Atlanta, The Gwinnett Council for the Arts, and a board member for the Gwinnett Council on Child Abuse.
Office & Financial Administrator Instructor
Emily Cheaves began her dance training at En Pointe School of Dance in January of 1998 under the direction of Kathy Thomas-Law. While she was just trying to find a simple hobby to fill time, she quickly fell in love with dance and developed a passion for ballet and the ability to worship the Lord through dance.
Emily has been an active company member with Praise in Motion since 2000 and has been privileged to dance at events such as the 2000 Salvation Army Millennial Congress, the annual Atlanta Hunger Walk, many church and mission functions, and at Praise in Motion’s own annual performances, The Gift and In His Name.
Emily is the office administrator for En Pointe and currently teaches ballet for all levels, ages 3 through Praise In Motion's Company. She has been blessed to have received the majority of her training under the direction of many wonderful Christian leaders in the dance community. God began this path by answering a simple prayer asking for direction and guidance.
“It is truly amazing to see God’s grace and faithfulness in our lives. He is able to do far more than we could ever imagine when you “Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)
Erin Lee began her dance training at the age of three under the direction of Kathy Thomas-Law, former member of the Atlanta Ballet. She became a member of Praise in Motion in 1993 and has since performed for various church functions, several charitable causes such Atlanta Hunger Walk and Wellspring Living, and Praise in Motion’s concerts, The Gift and In His Name. During college, Erin continued her ballet training with En Pointe School of Dance and the University of Georgia.
After substituting for En Pointe and Walton Schools of Dance intermittently through her college career, Erin joined the staff of En Pointe in 2001. Erin has experience teaching ages three years to Senior Company Level for Praise in Motion, directing church based liturgical dance groups, and she has also enjoyed several choreography opportunities while serving as a senior member of Praise in Motion. Erin has experience in classical ballet, hip hop, modern, and jazz.
Danielle Carbonaro is a native of Upstate New York and relocated to Georgia in 2013. Her dance training began at Betty Jean's Dance Studio at the age of 3 where she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Baton. By age 12, although she loved all styles of dance, she began to focus more on Tap and Jazz.
Needing to broaden her horizons, she began training at Encore Dance Center, where she auditioned for their competition team. She became a member of the competition team and performed competitively for 5 years. Throughout the 5 years she took home numerous high level awards in group and solo performances, on both a regional and national level.
After graduating high school, Danielle studied with Steffi Nossen Dance Company and performed with Dutchess Performing Arts Ensemble. She attended Berkeley College where she studied Accounting.
Danielle feels beyond blessed to have found a dance family as amazing as the one she has found at En Pointe. She is excited to share her experience and love of dance with her En Pointe dancers.
Susie Grimley fell in love with dance while majoring in theatre in college in Nashville, TN. She continued her dance training after graduating and moving to Atlanta to work at the Alliance Theatre and pursue an acting career. She trained at Vanderbilt Dance Group, the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education, Covington Regional Ballet, and En Pointe School of Dance. She joined the staff of the Atlanta Ballet as a class accompanist and was thrilled and terrified to get to play classes for Violette Verdy, Robert Barnett, Martha Goodman, and the AB faculty. She has been privileged to perform with Praise in Motion, Refuge Dance Company, and Covington Regional Ballet. Susie practices yoga, dances as much as possible, and loves to see young dancers discover the gift of movement and develop their talents.
A Lawrenceville native, Riley Cooper has been training in classical Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary since early childhood at The Studio School of the Arts.
Ms Cooper progressed as a Pre-Professional artist when she joined the Northeast Atlanta Ballet under Jennifer Gordon, where she has performed numerous principle and soloist roles in full length ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. She was also consistently featured in numerous contemporary works and choreographed for the Emerging Choreographers Concert.
As a Junior in High School, Ms Cooper was invited by Nashville Ballet under Paul Vasterling, CEO & Artistic Director to join their professional training division and did so following high school graduation. Her summer training has included Atlanta Ballet, South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, Nashville Ballet. A lover of contemporary dance, Ms Cooper attended the Alonzo King’s LINES Contemporary Ballet Discovery Project as well as the Summer Intensive on scholarship.
Riley currently dances and choreographs professionally in metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. Performing credits include Bluebird Uncaged’s Uncaged Christmas, DanceATHENS, and Fulton County’s Dance In The Round. Ms Cooper also performs with Praise in Motion, a company based out of Lilburn, GA.
When not in the studio, you can find her enjoying coffee with friends, practicing yoga, or studying for her Exercise Science degree at Georgia Gwinnett College where she serves on the Board of Executives for the Student Dance Association.
Melinda Cassiday Jacques
Melinda Cassiday Jacques grew up in the small town of Maysville, Georgia. She began her dance training through ballet classes at the age of thirteen and from there her interest and love for the art grew. She attended Brenau University on a talent based and academic scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in Dance Studies and a minor in Small Business Management in 2017. While a student at Brenau, she developed a great love for teaching and for choreographing, which grew further since joining the Atlanta dance community after graduation. She created several choreographic works in college, one piece being selected to be adjudicated at the American College Dance Association Southeast conference in March of 2017. Melinda was involved in several works set by a variety of well-known choreographers including: Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Carl Flink, and Merce Cunningham (set by Carol Teitalbaum). The summer before her senior year, Melinda traveled to Sorrento, Italy to study at the Staibdance summer intensive for two weeks on a partial scholarship. While there, she learned and performed repertory from George Staib's Moat. Melinda enjoys performing in spaces other than the stage and has had a lot of experience doing so, some of her favorites being: art galleries, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, and the streets of Italy. Currently, Melinda is dancing with Refuge Dance Company, performing works by Ben Wardell, Katherine Gant, Randall Flinn and more. Melinda is passionate about dance and telling stories through movement. She strives to instill that mindset in her students while giving them the tools they need to become confident individuals.
Amie is a native Georgian and began dancing at the age of 8 training
predominately at the Lilburn School of Ballet and later at Rotaru Ballet School. In 1986, she received a summer scholarship as a dance major to the Governor’s Honors Program for the state of Georgia. She attended Southeastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA) conferences during her early training to take classes from renowned teachers such as Robert Joffrey, Richard Englund, Gus Giordano, and Marcus Alford. She has performed with Gwinnett Ballet Theater (1982-1986), semi professionally with Ballet Rotaru (1988-1990), and with Praise in Motion (1996-2002). She performed in classical ballets such as the Nutcracker (annually), Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, The Three Cornered Hat, Pequita, and Carmen. Amie began teaching in 1992 at En Pointe School of Dance. In 1995, she added Walton School of Dance, and in 2007 assisted in the transition of WSD to the non-profit ministry of Discipleship Through dance in Monroe. where she acted as the Assistant Director and Lead Instructor for 4 years. In her years teaching, she has also been on staff at Decatur School of Ballet and at Conyers School of Ballet and has taught at other schools in the metro Atlanta area as well. Amie resides in Snellville with her husband, Spencer, and has two grown children, Kaleb and Megan. Over the years, in addition to her dance, Amie homeschooled her children for 14 years and has also been employed at different retail and office settings. Outside of dancing Amie enjoys sewing, writing, movies, the beach, long baths, being outside, and sunshine! Of teaching and of being part of a dance ministry Amie says: “I desire to teach children quality ballet and send with them a love; an appreciation for the art form that will stay with them for a lifetime whether they continue to dance or grow up to support the arts. I thrive interacting with youth in a way to help them learn about their strengths; value – in body, mind, and spirit – and dance is simply the vessel. At En Pointe I have the added privilege of loving children and training dancers in a Christ Centered environment. This is a beautiful treasure to teach dancers that
their art can glorify God. Giving my dance over to the Lord changed my
life – and the lives of those around me - in many positive ways. It is a
tremendous privilege to use God given talent to touch hearts and minister to the world. For years I danced and performed, but never knew the freedom or true of enjoyment of dancing until I danced to worship the Lord.”
Addie Linder began her dance training at Duluth School of Ballet, later receiving a full scholarship to Atlanta Ballet’s pre-professional program for three consecutive years. In 2003, Addie was selected for Governor’s Honors Program in dance. Addie also studied with Orlando Ballet under the direction of Fernando Bujones and Nashville Ballet. For over a decade, Addie has taught ballet in the Atlanta area at studios including Duluth School of Ballet, Discipleship Through Dance, Gwinnett Ballet Theater, and Suwanee Academy of the Arts. Highlights include co-creating and directing dance and drama summer camps at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, artistic direction for Cornelia School of Ballet, and creating and setting a full-length ballet for Suwanee Ballet in 2018.
Addie is excited to share her passion and love for the artform of ballet at En Pointe School of Dance.