The Turning Pointe School of Dance embarks on a new era with a new leader

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Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down Local · 370 weeks ago Best wishes to Ginger and Elizabeth on their new adventures! Report Reply 0 replies · active 370 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Miss Jennifer · 370 weeks ago I was raised in the studio and I have Ginger and the Turning Pointe to thank for the person I am today and I will continue to share my love of dance to all the children that come through the Turning Pointe I am looking forward to a new and improved future can’t wait to see all my babies and meet new ones! Report Reply 0 replies · active 370 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Heather · 370 weeks ago I danced under the direction of Ginger when I was young when it was still Lana’s school of Dance! Some of my greatest memories as a child include dancing for Ginger! I loved it and I believe her passion for the art had a tremendous part in that! Ginger will be missed, but I do believe that Elizabeth is going to do a great job of continuing great traditions, making new ones and keeping the art of Dance and Gym alive in our small town! My daughter loves Dance and Gym and I am very grateful for the dedication of the previous owner, new owner and all of the teachers and behind the scenes staff! Gonna be a terrific year!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 370 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Garrett Wilson, Sumner Newscow — Small towns like Wellington all seem to have one thing in common, small local businesses that have been around for many years. Sometimes we see these businesses change ownership and before too long the business is either completely different or gone all together.That is a fate that the Turning Pointe School of Dance is trying to avoid.The Turning Pointe has been around since 1971 when it was known as Lana’s School of Dance. It was owned and operated by Lana Kemp until 1990 when it was taken over by one of Lana’s former students Ginger Wilson.Wilson was the owner and head instructor at the Turning Pointe for the last 23 years. She has seen it make a move into a bigger building and seen countless dancers achieve success thanks to the school.Now Wilson is seeing something else — the end. In June, Ginger took part in her very last recital and has sold the business to another Wellington local.Elizabeth Shimer has been involved with cheerleading and gymnastics her entire life. This is why when Ginger approached her about the studio, Shimer just couldn’t pass it up.“I always had to drive to Wichita for any gymnastics activity,” Shimer said. “I don’t think people realize what they have here in Wellington.”Shimer wants people to know that along with top of the line dance facilities. The Turning Pointe is also home to a wide array of gymnastics equipment.“We have bars, beam, vault… you name it and we got it,” Shimer said.Now while the studio will be under new management, the instructors will mainly be the same people as in years’ past.Amy Rogers of Wichita will be teaching ballet to the older students. Rogers has a degree in ballet and has been around some of the best dancers in the world.Danielle Marrone of Wichita, who was a Classy Cat at Kansas State, will also be teaching some of the older students.Loryn Zoglmann of Wellington who is a former student of The Turning Pointe will be teaching the intermediate classes.Jennifer Kinyon, who has been with the Turning Pointe for over 20 years, will continue to teach the young children and beginner classes.Rylee Wilson, Ginger’s Daughter, will assist with classes as well. Rylee danced for Butler County for a year and has been at the studio since she was born.That’s just the dance side of the business. Elizabeth said that gymnastics will become a bit more visible in the community.Elizabeth will be teaching the majority of the classes while Brian Smith of Caldwell will be teaching a boys gymnastics class. Smith was a yell leader at Kansas State.When asked about the future Shimer said that she wanted to continue the tradition of the Turning Pointe but wanted people to know that students don’t have to compete.“Students can just come down and have fun learning to dance,” Shimer said.Shimer also wanted to let the public know the studio will continue to be available to rent for parties and activities of that nature. She also mentioned that once a month will be a kid’s night where parents can drop kids off and let them play around in the gym.While some businesses find a new leader and struggle. I think it is safe to say that the Turning Pointe will only continue to be a mainstay in Wellington.•••••Enrollment Dates for classes are as followsSummer Session: July 15-19, students can enroll the 15th for the classes which will run until the 19th. Enrollment forms are online at http://www.theturningpointe.net/id9.htmlFall Session: First 2 Saturdays in August, 10 am – 2 pm.•••••If anyone has any questions they can call the Turning Pointe at 620-326-7821 or visit the Facebook page here.last_img

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