She may be only five years old, but even at this young age, she has that sparkle in her eyes as she prepares to prance onto the dance floor at To the Pointe of Performing Arts studio in Cranston. Five-year old Natalie, bedecked in pink ballet slippers and a fluffy purple tutu, tugs on her mother’s sleeve and whispers with the awe of a star-struck teenager “There’s Mrs. Sheri!”
Young Natalie is pointing to Sheri Masiello, better known as “Mrs Sheri”, the owner and artistic director of To the Pointe of Performing Arts’ three dance studios. Dancers like Natalie and many, many other ballerina-hopefuls, flock to these studios because of the encouraging and nurturing teaching style which Masiello embraces and expects of her team of instructors and staff. Whether you are five or fifty, in pointe shoes or tap shoes, tutus or leotards, you too can find a place to dance at one of To the Pointe’s three studios.
Sheri Masiello has been a dancer since she was herself about 5 years old. Masiello started teaching dance when she was 17 years old and in 1999 parlayed her lifelong passion for dance into her flagship studio on Oaklawn Avenue in Cranston. To the Pointe of Performing Arts is a welcoming, bustling and happy place to be for dancers from ages 18 months through adulthood.
To The Pointe offers classes broken down into appropriate age groups. A carefully planned curriculum is designed by TTP’s Director Sheri Masiello who has spent over 25 years cultivating a fun, professional and educational learning plan. This curriculum allows for each level to learn and grow into the dancers and individuals they are meant to become
There are classes offered in traditional Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary and Pointe, as well as Zumba classes. There is literally something for everyone on the full and varied schedule of classes.
One of the things that sets To the Pointe of Performing Arts studios apart from its counterparts is that the dancers here do not participate in dance competitions. Instead of working for trophies, the goal here is to build self-confidence and to encourage hard work and dedication. While there is an exciting annual recital where the dancers adorn beautiful costumes and perform choreographed numbers, the emphasis here at To the Pointe of Performing Arts is to give expression to the passion to dance and to give students of all ages that feeling of accomplishment and self-mastery. Come feel the positive energy that is evident here from the first pirouette to the last graceful bow.
To The Pointe of Performing Arts studios are found at three locations: 999 Oaklawn Ave. in Cranston (401-942-5554), 9 Cedar Swamp Rd. in Smithfield (401-354-0054) and 2435 Nooseneck Hill Rd. in Coventry (401-385-9500). Visit their informative website at www.tothepointeofperformingarts.com for class schedules, contact information and details about the upcoming programs. Call for a tour of a studio near you today!