Our Faculty

Natalya Vyashenko

Natalya is the director and owner of The Turning Pointe School of Dance. Natalya was born in 1982, in the Russian Federation, the city of Irkutsk. At the age of 5 Natalya and her parents moved to Tashkent City. At the age of 10 Natalya was accepted into the Department of Classical Ballet Artistry at the only National Academy of Ballet and Choreography in Tashkent. With this honor Natalya began her professional dance training. She was introduced to a multitude of highly enriched classes, such as: the main ballet technique, national dances of the world, duet – classical dance, and character dance. The complex educational system of the Academy required students to pass several severe examinations every six months in order to filter out the less capable ones and give an advantage to the students with greater potential to proceed on.

Upon her successful graduation from the National Academy, Natalya began her professional performing career as a dancer with Alisher Navoi Great Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Tashkent in the capital of Uzbekistan. She remained a performing company member for fours years having the opportunity to dance many classical roles. In 2002 Natalya was accepted into Tashkent University where she received her degree in Choreography, Director-Ballet-Master and Teacher of Classical Ballet. During her intense years of study at the university she was privileged to be taught by many great professors from Moscow, and she also continued to perform in The Great Theatre.

Natalya’s teaching career was launched in 2003 when her school accepted her for the position of pedagogue of classical ballet for the age group of 10 -15 years olds. Some of Natalya’s notable accomplishments include teaching stage technique for the Opera Department of The State Conservatory and composing choreography for independent dance groups. She also acquired a seven-year-long musical education, developing a passion for piano, thus creating another bond with classical music.

Natalya moved to the USA in 2005. Natalya is enjoying teaching ballet and character dance throughout Northeast Ohio.

In 2015 Natalya became The ABT Affiliate Teacher. The ABT Affiliate Teacher is a level of distinction for ABT Certified Teachers that successfully present their students for examinations. 
In 2017 Natalya became ABT NTC Fellow. ABT Affiliate Teachers who have maintained their status and have presented three consecutive successful sessions will achieve the level of distinction of ABT NTC Fellow.
As of 2018 Natalya is the only ABT NTC Fellow in the Midwest.

Nurzhan Kulybaev

Ballet Master

Nurzhan Kulybaev is a recipient of the highest theatrical award in St. Petersburg, Russia “Golden Sofit”. Nurzhan won the prize for the best male ballet performance of 2009 for his role as Gogi in the ballet “The Color of Pomegranates”.

Natalya’s Turning Pointe School of Dance offers ballet dancers in Northeast Ohio a rare opportunity to be taught by an award-winning ballet master with a high-caliber of talent that has stood up around the globe.

Nurzhan Kulybaev is a recipient of the highest theater award of St. Petersburg, Russia, and more recently was a principal dancer with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet during the 2011-2012 season. Nurzhan was born in 1984 in the city of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. In 1994, Nurzhan was accepted to the Tashkent State Academy of Dance, and at the young age of 16, he joined the Alisher Navoi Great Academic Opera and Ballet Theater in Tashkent. In 2001, while still a student at the Tashkent State Academy of Dance, he was awarded an Honorary Diploma of The International Ballet in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2003, Nurzhan became a Principal dancer with the Alisher Navoi Great Academic Opera and Ballet Theater and stayed with this company for four seasons. While dancing at the Alisher Navoi Great Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Nurzhan danced the lead parts in the ballets: “Coppelia”, “Don Quixote”, “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai”, “Raymonda” and “Sleeping Beauty”.

In 2007, Nurzhan joined as a principal dancer Yacobson’s State Academic Theater of St. Petersburg, Russia and stayed with this company for four seasons. At the Yacobson Ballet, he danced the lead parts of: Harmodius in the ballet “Spartacus”, Idol in “Choreographic miniatures” by Leonid Yacobson, Count Albert in “Giselle”, Prince Seigfried in “Swan Lake”, Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet”, Paris in “Romeo and Juliet”, the Prince in “Nutcracker”, Nur in “Scheherezade”, The Poet in “Les Sylphides”, and Gogi in “The Color of Pomegranates”.

Also in 2007, Nurzhan became a Laureate at the prestigious International Ballet Competition in Rieti, Italy. In 2009, he became a Laureate of the highest theater award of St. Petersburg, Russia known as the “Golden Sofit”. Nurzhan won the prize for the best male ballet performance of 2009 for his role as Gogi in the ballet “The Color of Pomegranates”. In 2010, Nurzhan was awarded an honorary diploma for his participation in the finale of the XI International Ballet Competition “Arabesque” inPerm, Russia. His contribution also received a Special Jury Prix called “Inspiration” for outstanding acting.

In October 2010, Nurzhan was invited to be a part of the Gala Concert in Donetsk, Ukrainecalled “International Stars of Ballet” where he performed along with principal dancers of the National Ballet of Cuba and Paris Opera.

 

Michelle Walker

Michelle received her early ballet training from the Canton Ballet. Coursework concentrated on Ballet Technique, Pointe, and Dance Physical Analysis. Performance background included the yearly Christmas production of “The Nutcracker” and the spring performance of “Swan Lake.”

Michelle continued her dance training at The University of Akron, receiving her B.A. degree from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in 1996. Coursework included Ballet Technique VIII, Pointe, Pas de deux, Modern, Jazz, Choreography, Dance Notation and Pilates. Performance background included the Repertory Company, Touring Ensemble, and Shakespeare & Company at Stan Hywet.

Michelle has been with Turning Point since 2008, teaching ballet, jazz, and musical theatre. She believes in a strong foundation in ballet and emphasizes proper body alignment. Her classes are focused, stimulating and challenging. As is her custom, she will develop close relationships with the students; receive cooperation from the parents; and act as liaison between the parents and school owner.

Michelle previously taught ballet, jazz and modern at Michelle’s Dance & Twirl in North Canton. For nearly a decade, she was teacher and confidant to many girls, watching them grow from fidgety, little girls into graceful college-bound young women.

Michelle and her husband, Michael, and their two daughters, Emma and Sarah, reside in Jackson Township.

 

Nadeen Green

Nadeen began her dance training in ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D), and had further classes in the Vaganova technique as well as the Balanchine style. She has had extensive experience in modern dance, immersing herself in the Graham, Horton, and Muller technique.

She attended Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts High School, North Carolina School of the Arts summer program, Breaking Ground Toronto Dance Workshop, and the Muller/The Works Summer Workshop. Nadeen Green received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from The University of Akron in 2002. Mrs. Green has performed with the Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts Dance Ensemble, Toronto Ballet Ensemble, and the University of Akron Dance Company.

Former co-founder of Nadeen O’Connor Dance Theatre, Nadeen choreographed several dances including: bEdHeAd, Classical Uppity, Pao Pao, D.A.B.D.A, Aaaand..Repeat, Pleasant Man-errs, TOTEM, Bottled Up, Recolhimento em Alegria, Embracement of the Intangible, and Mirror, mirror…. Her pieces have been performed in the University of Akron Dance Company, the Ohio Dance Festival, the University of Akron: Friends, Faculty, and Alumni concert, in the University of Akron Jazzfest, Daum Theatre, and at Jackson School for the Arts.  Mrs. Green’s work,  Bottled Up and Embracement of the Intangible were selected to represent the University of Akron at The American College Dance Festival in Ohio and in Maryland. Her work has also premiered at several charitable community events such as Dance Institute’s Pointe to the Future, The Cleveland Jewish Community Center, and Cleveland Public Theatre’s 6th annual Food for Thought.

Nadeen Green was a faculty member of the University of Akron’s Dance Institute (2001-2008) where she taught children 3-18,  ballet and modern, served as  rehearsal director for school productions such as Snow Maiden, and was an office administrator. Mrs. Green has been a teacher for the dance department at Jackson School for the Arts (2008-2016) where she has taught grades 9 through 12, ballet, modern, choreography, and set works for their annual JSA Brown Bag, Arts Extravaganza, and Dance Showcase performances. In addition to JSA, she has taught ballet and modern at Briana’s Elite Dance Institute as well as Fairytale Dance and Pre-Ballet at the Paul David YMCA in Jackson Township.

Nadeen Green currently resides in Jackson Township, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

 

Randi Brooks

Randi Brooks has over 25 years of dance experience. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Randi started her dance career at the age of two years old at Sharon Rae Performing Arts Studio. For 15 years she trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern, acting, gymnastics, and chorus line. It was at this studio where Randi in productions at Carnegie Hall New York, Walt Disney World, and invited to perform at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She started the very first Dance Team at her high school, Archbishop Hoban of Akron, and went on to dance professionally for the Cleveland Force Soccer Team at the age of 18. As an adult dancer, Randi’s dance career expanded to be a member of ILL’U’SYN Hip Hop Crew and performances at the University of Akron, Kent State University, MTV, BET, and masterclasses around the country. Today at the age of 32, Randi is currently a restaurant manager in downtown Cleveland and has her own business named SugarStoned Cake Design. While Randi is expanding her restaurant career, she is eager and excited to be apart of Natalya’s Turning Pointe School of Dance. Her goal is to help expand the young minds of the dancers to explore their creativity and grow their natural strengths into the most beautiful dancers they can be.

 

Zhanri Desphy

Zhanri Desphy is a sixteen-year-old high school senior who has attended Natalya’s Turning Pointe School of Dance for the last 11 years. She trains under American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum fellow Natalya Vyashenko and Nurzhan Kulybaev, former principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Golden Sofit recipient. She currently studies a variety of dance styles, but enjoys working with a heavy emphasis on ballet. In the two years she competed, 2013 and 2014, Zhanri was recognized as one of the top 12 classical dancers at the Youth America Grand Prix international ballet competition. She is currently focused on a more rigorous training program, following the ABT National Training Curriculum. Zhanri travels to New York to take part in examinations in front of a representative judge from the curriculum and has passed levels 5A and 5B with honors and level 6 with merit. She is now in level 7, the final level of the curriculum. Zhanri enjoys traveling for summer intensives, and has participated in the American Ballet Theatre New York summer program in 2016 and the Houston Ballet 6-week summer intensive in 2017. In the future, Zhanri hopes to attend a rigorous university, both academically and artistically, and double major in arts administration and dance with a concentration in ballet, then continuing to be involved in the arts after college.