Meet Our Instructors

Donna-FriasDonna Frias
Owner / Instructor

Donna Frias began her dancing career as a young child. As a teen she became a member of the Fresno Civic Ballet Co. and performed with the Fresno Opera Association.

She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts from the prestigious California Institute of the Arts. There she was hand picked to be in Bella Lewitzky’s Dance Co. This lead to tours all over the U.S. and abroad. Donna performed for the Civic Light Opera, Dorthy Chandler PAvilion in Los Angeles, Madison Square Gardens in New York City and also performed in several television specials. She traveled all over the United States, Europe, and Australia performing with Los Gauchos Latinos with her husband and two beautiful daughters.

After settling in Las Vegas in 1995, Donna opened her first dance studio, Desert Shores Dance Academy, which remained successful for over 12 years. In 2007 she decided to move locations and expand her business. She is now proud to present The Pointe Dance Center.

Donna has been selected to be the permanent substitute for The Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts where several of her students attend.

 


MichelleMichelle Mota
Instructor

Originally from Las Vegas, Michelle Mota began her dance training at the age of two years old at Desert Shores Dance Academy (owned by Donna Frias). During her elementary and middle school years, she competed on the Desert Shores Dance Academy (now known as The Pointe Dance Center) advanced competition team and won many first place awards in competitions around the West Coast. She continued her training at Las Vegas Academy of Performing and Visual Arts. She was placed in the highest level of dance studies by her senior year, and performed in various shows from her freshman to senior year. She was cast as a dancer in the dance drama “Touched” in 2012, written by Jeneane Gallo Huggins. At the age of 15 Michelle Mota began teaching classes of her own at The Pointe Dance Center. She has been teaching and choreographing for students of all ages for the past six years.


CarlitoCarlito Windom
Instructor

Carlito is a triple threat performer from Georgia by way of New York City. He has earned credits in television, film, dance/choreography, acting, stage, music, production and modeling. As a performer Carlito has appeared in The Trust with Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood, 2013 & 2015 Soul Train Awards, TV1′s Fatal Attraction, Japan’s World Star Collabo with Naomi Watanabe, the Horror film Heidi, and National Geographic just to name a few. Dance wise, Carlito has worked with many famous choreographers including Frank Gatson Jr., America’s Next Best Dance Crew’s Jungle Boogie, Sean Bankhead, Kiki Ely, Corey J., and Jasmine Guy just to name a few. Thus far, Carlito has choreographed over 20 music videos, stage plays, events and flashmobs including working with CES, Soulija Boy’s Sbeezy shoe line, Organo Gold Coffee & Tea company, Dancers On Pointe(as seen on Apollo & 106th and Park), WNBA’s Atlanta Dream dance team, Noon VR, and Cupid’s Requiem starring Amber Chaney from the Hunger Games just to name a few. As a performer, he’s performed at various venues across the country, including the MGM Casino, Fremont Street, Phillips Arena, GA Dome, Madame CJ Walker Playhouse, Thomas & Mack Arena, 14th Street Playhouse, and The Tommy Wind Theater just to name a few. In the community he’s worked with the Luda Foundation, WNBA/NBA Cares, Relay For the Life, Yelp and Be a Role Model Org. “Art creates a constant platform of growth at every stage of life.”-Carl J. (Carlito)


Cheyenne DeenCheyenne Deen
Instructor

At the young age of 4 years old, Cheyenne found her passion for dance. She began her dance training with private ballet lessons with Ms. Penny Guerard in a studio her father built in her home. At age 13 she moved to Las Vegas where she began competing on the Pointe Dance Center dance team and Nevada Ballet Theaters summer dance intensive. She later on attended Las Vegas Academy of the Performing Arts as a dance major learning new styles of dance such as contemporary and various styles of modern. Currently she dances with two local companies. A soloist with The Pink Tutu Ballet company performing in shows locally such as The Nutcracker and traveling to NYC to perform. Company dancer with Sample Dance performing in shows under artistic director Greg Sample. In the month of October you can find her dancing in the Freak Show at Frightdome CircusCircus. Soon she will be traveling to India to train and get certified as a yoga instructor. She has been an instructor with The Pointe Dance Center since 2010 and loves teaching all levels and sharing her passion for dance!


JordanJordan Balaktchiev
Instructor

Jordan’s career began in 1980 in the famous acrobatics club: Sliven Bulgaria. Between 1980 and 1984 he was a member of the National Team of Bulgaria for mixed pair acrobatics. He became a national champion several times in the Masters Division and he won several European and international competitions. This gave him the opportunity to study in the Bulgarian Sports Academy for an acrobatics coach. Right after his sports career, Jordan joined the field of entertainment. Soon he won first place in the Circus Variety Festival in Bulgaria performing with his solo hand balancing act. Since then, until 2000, Jordan performed in different variety shows, circuses, and theaters in Europe and around the world. Since 2000, Jordan moved to the United States where he created an extraordinary hand to hand balancing act with his son, Nasko. In ten years of performing together, their stage experience includes performing for Cirque Du Soleil (Solstrom TV Show, Special Events), NBA games, UNICEF, circuses, several casinos on the Las Vegas strip, television shows, and corporate events. Since 2000, Jordan also teaches gymnastics and sports acrobatics in a local gym in Las Vegas. However, his specialty is solo hand balancing and hand to hand balancing. His ability and knowledge allows him to teach students from all over the world. Jordan has been performing with this son for over 17 years, and has experience working with different age groups in gymnastics, acrobatics, tumbling, and circus arts programs for the past 15 years.


Jonathan Wong
Instructor

A former Mr. Dance of the United States and award-winning choreographer with a decade of
experience performing and instructing competitive dancers in diverse settings. Dedicated to
personalized instruction and mentoring students as they hone their craft and professional
careers. Entrepreneur within the hospitality industry, adept at marketing. He is also pursuing
becoming a business owner. As an instinctive leader and detail-oriented technician, the goal is
to inspire students and others to be both well-rounded and strive to develop talents to their
fullest. All while considering workplace safety, student/customer needs, and how to best
succeed with the task at hand. Using all achievements to empower not only himself but the
people around him as well.