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Co-Owner/Director

Bridget Cummings began clogging in 1989 and has continued her education in dance ever since. Cummings danced on many teams including The Gingham Cloggers, Dance Explosion, Xtreme Dance Company, Atomic Force, and Carolina Fusion. Bridget has trained in various forms of dance including clogging, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, Irish, buck, Canadian, modern, contemporary, ballet, ballroom, acrobatics, cheer, and musical theater. An accomplished dancer, Cummings has performed at various venues including the CIOFF festival in South Korea, Dollywood, Country Tonight, and Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. Cummings has won many solo, duo/duet, and team dancing awards. She has also been honored with various choreography awards at clogging and dance competitions. Cummings was a member of the 2014 American Clogging Hall of Fame All American Team and she was also selected as a member of the 2008 NCHC all-star team. As an educator, Cummings has been teaching dance for more than a decade. She was a staff member at Xtreme Dance Company from 2005-2017 and Carolina Cheer and Dance Company from 2006-2008. She also taught dance at the Academy at King. Cummings has experience teaching a wide range of genres including clogging, hip hop, lyrical, jazz, ballroom, jazz/funk, and acro.


Co-Owner/Director

steffey3Mariah Steffey is a recent King University graduate, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Health Education. She began dancing ballet at the age of seven and has continued her love for dance throughout her life. During the summer of 2010 Mariah was selected as as one of twenty-five dancers in the state of Virginia to attend the Virginia's Residential Governors School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts. There she studied ballet, contemporary and modern dance. Steffey spent more than ten years training in classical ballet as well as hip hop, modern, contemporary, jazz, competitive cheer, musical theater and acrobatics and tumbling. As a dancer, she danced with Ballet Arts Academy and was a senior company member of the Theatre of Ballet Arts dance company for several years. While there she trained and took master classes under the instruction of Jo Rosser, Allyson Morton, Leah Rosser, Jill Scott, David Ingram, Cynthia Bernshausen and Tamlyn Bernshausen. Steffey has performed various roles including Cygnet (Swan Lake), Chinese Lead, Kissy Doll, Spanish Demi-Soloist, Clara (The Nutcracker), Doc (Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs), Rusty (Footloose) as well as numerous roles in various ballets, such as Coppélia, modern and contemporary pieces, as well as musicals, in which she choreographed. She was a member of King University's sideline and competitive cheerleading team for two years and was a founding member of King's inaugural acrobatics and tumbling team and helped her team to the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Associations National Championships in 2014 where they were ranked 9th in the nation and in 2015 where they ranked 8th.


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Nakeesha Latham began clogging in 1986 in Damascus, VA, on the team Firehouse Foot Stompers under the direction of Robin Osborne. In 1990, her family made the move to Bristol, VA, where she joined Southern Tradition Cloggers under the direct of Brenda Morrison. In 1997, Southern Tradition merged with Dance Explosion Cloggers under the direction of Matt Sexton. Latham has performed at numerous venues including Dollywood, Tweetsie Railroad, Kings Dominion, Carowinds, Royal Caribbean, the Virginia State Fair, and Silver Dollar City, as well at many local festivals and clogging competitions. In 2001, she took a break from clogging to get married, start a family, and graduate college. In 2016, she joined Xtreme Dance Company under the direction of Bridget Cummings. She currently serves as a beginning clogging instructor and is proud to be part of Pointe Break.


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Cariella Starnes began dancing at the age of three. For the firs t seven years, she trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap. After moving to North Carolina, she joined Ultimate Dance Studio and began training in clogging, lyrical, jazz, and hip hop. Starnes began assisting classes at the age of 12, and for five years worked behind the scenes of Ultimate Starz Dance Productions. She joined and performed at Bailey Mountain Cloggers at the age of 16 for a short period during her freshman year of college. She has won many awards for her solos, duo/duets, and team dances—including 6 national champion titles. Currently, she studies exercise science at Emory & Henry College and plans to complete her master degree in athletic training.


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Khloe Woods began her dance career at two years old at Xtreme Dance Company. Since that time, she has studied many forms of dance including clogging, lyrical, ballet, acro, jazz, and hip/hop. Under the direction of Bridget Cummings, Khloe has won numerous team and individual titles including multiple national championships. In 2016, Khloe’s original choreography won the dance category in the PTA Reflections Competition at Watauga Elementary, and she was the overall district dance champion for the Share-the-Fun 4H Competition. Khloe was excited to begin her pointe ballet training earlier this year. Khloe enjoys assisting our younger students and aspires to be a dance instructor.

 


Bridget & Mariah recently combined their talents and brought home and Overall Duo win at Ultimate Starz Nationals! They strive to help each student reach their full potential, gain confidence, and learn that teamwork makes the dream work! Owning a studio has been both of their dreams since they were little girls and they would like to thank Louetta Canter for helping make their dreams come true!