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Dancers Point waltzes toward an artistic future


Farragut businesswoman Lucia Stinnet turned her love for dancing into a successful business venture.

Stinnet is the owner of Dancers Pointe studio at 10541 Kingston Pike and, like her co-artistic director Lynn Loomis, has spent most of her life dancing and teaching dancing.

“I left Venezuela when I was sixteen-years-old,” she said. “I’ve been dancing and teaching ever since.”

Stinnett said she has been in the Knoxville area for the past 19 years and has taught at several different dance schools. She earned the 2005 Outstanding Teacher Award from the Tennessee Governors School for the Arts. She started Dancers Pointe about four years ago.

She and Loomis teach students different types of dance, such as modern, jazz, tap and even hip-hop. They also have classes in musical theater and acting. Students as young as 7-years-old can join these classes.

“We started a class in October called Wee Dance,” she said. “It’s for students four-years-old.”

Stinnet said she has had dance schools in different locations, but Pointe West is growing due to her reputation and quality teaching.

“The business has been growing over the years,” she said. “We get a lot of students coming back to us that went away to college. They take dance at other places, but they learn the reasons we were so hard on them and come back and tell us they now understand why we taught them what we taught.”

Loomis said he and Stinnet teach the students the right way to do the dance techniques while also emphasizing care of joints and muscles.

Stinnet said she is hopeful the business will eventually grow out of its current location on Kingston Pike.

Dancers Pointe is home to more than 165 students as well as Pointe West Dance Company, a non-profit dance troupe with 15 members that Stinnett dreams of growing into a Knoxville favorite.

“What the people in Knoxville have known as City Ballet are ballets performed by companies brought in from Oklahoma and Ohio,” Loomis said. “There is a mentality that if it isn’t from here, then it must be good.”

“That mentality just isn’t true,” Stinnet said. “We have dancers here that are every bit as good, if not better, than those from out of state. If we would use local dancers, then all the money would benefit our community instead of going to Oklahoma and Ohio.”

Pointe West Dance Company has performed in many local events, Stinnet said, including a Knox County Schools fund-raiser, several performances at the Pellissippi Performing Arts Center and the West Coast Dance Explosion competition. Loomis has choreographed a ballet the group will perform at Pellissippi in April.

“We want to teach the community at large the joys of dance and having a professional dance company Knoxville can call its own,” he said. “There is a lot of talent here in this area. We want to be able to showcase and promote that talent right here in Knoxville.”

For more information, call 865-694-2002.

 

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