Instructors & Staff

Maria Huber-Mitchelson


Mrs. Maria has danced since the age of two. She danced professionally nationwide, touring the Country with Sesame Street Live International Tour "Let's Be Friends". Maria enjoyed costume work so much she went on to portray Angelica from the Rugrats. Maria was invited to dance for Disney in Japan and has appeared on "Entertainment Tonight" dancing for well-known actors and actresses and their families. She's danced, modeled, and narrated for the North American International Auto Shows, danced and sung in Off-Broadway Musicals, danced for cable music videos, and has instructed Master dance classes at Oakland University and Macomb Community College. Maria is a former member of the Macomb Ballet Company. She danced with MBC in such classic romantic works as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Les Sylphides. Maria has choreographed for award winning dance companies, dance teams, Flash Mobs, Wedding Party Dances, Bride & Groom dances, Hair Shows and more! She is sure to get any event jumping with her choreography! Ms. Huber has studied dance throughout the country, primarily in New York and L.A. In the 90's, Ms. Maria made the move to North Hollywood, CA to continue her studies in dance. She trained under the intense instruction of Joe Tremaine and associates at the studio, formerly named, Tremaine Dance Center. Maria danced with the top dance teachers /choreographers in the field. Maria presently sits on the General Board of the Cecchetti Council of America. She has studied Cecchetti levels I-VII, and has passed student and teacher exams levels I-V. Maria has had numerous students pass cecchetti exams with honors. Many of Maria's students have danced with professional ballet companies in performances such as the "Nutcracker" and" La Bayadere". You may have seen Maria in the commercial for World Gym & Fitness Center or Sesame Street Lives' commercial as Roxy Marie or Prairie Dawn. Maria has instructed dance for over 30 years and is great with children! As a former competitive bodybuilder, she is also very fitness orientated. Maria has choreographed and won multiple top overall and special dance awards, including "Most Entertaining" dance consecutively year after year! She has been awarded “Best Choreography” for many of her dance Pieces. Ms. Huber has also judged for dance competitions regionally and nationally. In June 2007, Ms. Maria was awarded “Top Teacher” at Kids Artistic Revue National Dance Competition. In November 2008, she directed RPDA dancers and teachers in the televised “Feature Act” for the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade. RPDA has been awarded National Top Production, National Top Studio, and has had numerous 1st overall dances year after year. Maria's studio was awarded National Champs in 2017! Her choreography has been displayed at multiple Motor City Movement dance shows, Macys Thanksgiving Day Parades, Rochester Christmas Parades, Fairs, Eastside Derby Events, Detroit Dance Festivals, Shores Mortgage Events and AT&T. Ms. Huber-Mitchelson continues her studies today to remain a creditable dance teacher and studio owner.

Miss Shelby

Shelby is one of the original Rhythm Po!nte dance students! Yes, that’s right, she’s been training here since it all began (in 2004)! She is also an original RPDA company member. She has received numerous first place overall awards and was titled Miss Teen Dance 2016 & 2017! She works well with children and is very thorough! We are happy to have her!

Dr. Jennifer

Dr. Jennifer began dancing at the age of four and training with Ann Parsley at the age of eleven. Dr. Tillinger was one of the original members of the Macomb Ballet Company and has performed the role of Cinderella. Her passion to dance drove her to continue her dance education at the University of Michigan where she received a BFA in Dance. Dr. Tillinger has danced and choreographed professionally throughout the Metro-Detroit area and has toured with the International Auto Show. Dr. Tillinger has been teaching dance since 1988 and is a certified instructor of the Cecchetti Method of Ballet. She holds certificates for teachers grades I – VI and has been preparing and presenting students and teachers for ballet since 1993. Dr. Tillinger also has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Oakland University, where she is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Miss Sammy

Miss Sammy is a former RPDA company dancer who received multiple overall awards. She has been dancing for well over 20 years. Samantha also danced for the WNBA Detroit Shock's Dance Team and Shockwave for 6 years. Samantha is an Eisenhower High School alumni. She is currently pursuing her degree in Business Administration. She is at Oakland University working on her bachelor's degree. In 2011, she participated in the Disney College Program for eight months in Walt Disney World, where she enjoyed life as a Character Performer. She is the former varsity dance coach for Lake Orion High School. Currently, Sammy is the dance team coordinator for our American Ultimate Disc league team, the Detroit Mechanix. She is a proud RPDA alumni and very excited to be an RPDA dance teacher!

B-Boy Arthur

B-Boy Arthur was trained by former Rhythm Po!nte Dance Academy teachers and students; Andrew Chan and Joshua Dick, to name a few. He is now instructing his own B-Boy classes at the studio. Mr. Arthur's passion for dance motivated him to become a more ambitious dancer, which has lead him to dance competitively and perform in showcases for RPDA. Mr. Arthur and his team have been awarded top production, top studio, and numberless 1st Overall choreography Numbers. He is a former National Honor student at Henry Ford II, and is now majoring in biomedical engineer. During the time that Mr. Arthur has danced at Rhythm po!nte Dance academy, he has displayed leadership, perseverance and overall character. Arthur was a star in the classroom. With adult-like maturity he understood directions, facilitated other students and offered additional insights on any number of activities. In a group dynamic he took charge. He ensured that team members were delegated and that tasks and deadlines were met. Discussions provided a medium for Arthur to display his talents.  He is also a fine athlete who participated in football and track.  We are happy to have Arthur on our teaching staff!

Miss Gina

Gina Tillinger began dancing at the age of three and joined RPDA Dance Company at the age of eight. Gina has passed Cecchetti Ballet Exams I – III and is currently working on grade IV. Although Gina loves all styles of dance, tap is her forte. She is excited to share her love for the art of dance with her students as she teaches them technique with grace, poise and musicality. In addition to dance, Gina also enjoys music. She plays the flute and is a member of the Dakota High School Marching Band. For the past four summers, Gina has attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for music and dance. She has participated in MSBOA Band Festivals; receiving all division one scores.   

Miss Hailee

Miss Hailee grew up in Michigan and at age 4 began dancing. After completing Cecchetti exams Grade I-VII and graduation from high school, Hailee moved to Chicago to dance with the Joffrey Ballet as a company Trainee. While at Joffrey Hailee had the opportunity to perform soloist and lead roles in performances of The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker. After two years with the Joffrey Ballet, Hailee moved to Kentucky to dance with The Louisville Ballet. Hailee has also represented the Cecchetti Council of America at the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition in Manchester, England and received the Musicality Award. Since returning to Michigan Hailee has taught master classes for local studios as well as the Macomb Ballet Company.

Miss Lyndsay

Miss Lyndsay couldn't be more of a dedicated dancer. She has been dancing since she was four years old, but, Lyndsay didn’t appreciate dancing until she came to Rhythm Pointe. Every day she is learning more and she wants to take that experience and share it with others at the studio, especially the little ones. Lyndsay strives the most in ballet where she has passed grades I-IV of her Cecchetti exams. She is currently working on Grade V and plans on continuing taking her exams as she progresses. Miss Lyndsay is an RPDA company member.  She was awarded 1st Overall for her lyrical solo. 

Miss Jenn

Ms. Jenn grew up dancing in the Metro Detroit area starting at the age of 5. It didn’t take long for her to develop a passion for dance. After many years competing at local and national competitions, it was time for the next chapter in her life as she made the move to Central Michigan University and became a Chippewa. At CMU Jenn was a member of the student contemporary company, Orchesis Dance Theatre, which afforded her the opportunity to further her dance education, opening her up to styles like Modern, tribal, and even Hawaiian. While with Orchesis, Jenn also had the chance to travel and attend the American Collegiate Dance Festival. As she progressed through her years at CMU, she started experimenting with choreographing for Orchesis and realized her true passion was teaching. She spent several years teaching at a local studio, teaching recreational classes and ultimately focusing her teaching on the competitive students and developing a hip hop program. Once Jenn received her degree in Public Health Education and Health Promotion from CMU she moved to Charleston South Carolina. Upon moving, she became certified through the Dance Masters of America organization. She is certified in Tap, Jazz, and Modern and has also held office within the organization. She soon became the Director of Programs at a local studio while being solely responsible for the competitive team as well as overseeing all the teaching staff and classes. While teaching in South Carolina Jenn earned 19 choreography awards at competitions including Hollywood Vibe, West Coast Dance Explosion, and Dance Masters of America. She also had several students hold the titles of Petite Miss Dance of South Carolina, Teen Miss Dance of South Carolina, and Miss Dance of South Carolina all with the Dance Masters of America organization. Throughout her time in South Carolina, Jenn taught master classes and set competition numbers at various studios across the country. After 8 years in the south, Jenn decided to make the move back to family and back to Metro Detroit! She is so excited to be back in the studio and to share everything she can with the Rhythm Pointe dancers. Jenn is ready to inspire them to be inspiring!

Mr. Shawn

Office Manager

Mr. Shawn is our friendly office manager. He is always willing to help in any way that he can.  He is also an amazing prop dad!

Miss Lisa

Miss Lisa has danced at Rhythm Po!nte for 10 years. She has been a part of the competition/performing company for 7 of those years. Her very first dance class was a hip-hop class and she instantly fell in love with it. Hip-Hop has been her strong suit ever since. However, Lisa also excels in and enjoys a variety of styles of dance including jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet and pom. She has received multiple first place awards for her lyrical solo while competing with Rhythm Pointe. She also choreographs and performs with her fellow dancer friends in the MC3 (a choreography showcase). Dancing has always been her passion in life and she is excited to express it with her students!

Miss JoElla

Miss JoElla has been dancing for 13 years, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at Wayne State University. JoElla is trained in a variety of styles, including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop/jazz funk. JoElla has received her Grade V Cecchetti Certificate, and has completed her Teacher's Certification for Cecchetti Grade I. Miss JoElla is experienced in teaching competitive, as well as recreational, dance classes. Growing up as a competitive dancer, Miss JoElla traveled to conventions and competitions across the Midwest, including NYCDA, Hall of Fame, and West Coast Dance Explosion. In the summer of 2016, JoElla was accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy's summer intensive in Los Angeles, California, where she studied dance for two weeks developing her movement quality and creating lifelong friendships as well. This summer, JoElla was in Third Coast Dance Company, where she toured Michigan performing their show, "In the Blue Hour" for audiences across the state. JoElla is always trying to better herself and is grateful for all of her previous dance training. Outside of the studio, Miss JoElla enjoys working out, walking her dog, and spending time with family and friends. As she moves forward with her dance career, Miss JoElla is thrilled to join the Rhythm Pointe Dance Academy family, and share her love for life through movement and dance.

Office Hours

Monday 5:30PM - 8:00PM

Tuesday  Office Closed
Wednesday 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Thursday 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Friday Office Closed
Saturday 9:30AM  - 2:00PM