Nurturing creativity,
Instilling Passion

Turning Pointe Dance Center opened in July of 1993 under the direction of Julie Otani. She had a life long dream to create a meaningful dance experience for all her students. The dynamic and professional faculty at TPDC is dedicated to providing a strong technique base, guiding each student towards self-confidence, while promoting a love of dance.
Turning Pointe Dance Center proudly celebrates over two decades as the area’s leader in dance education. Julie and her staff create an environment where fun, fitness and art unite! TPDC has been a second home for thousands of students as well as a versatile and award winning studio. Whether your dancer takes one class a week or many, your child will feel a part of the TPDC family.
At TPDC the instructors instill passion while nurturing creativity.

Thank you for choosing TPDC as your child's dance studio.

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Turning Pointe Dance Center is a proud recipient of the ADCC Studio of Excellence Award in 2018 & 2019

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Thank you for choosing TPDC for your child's dance education. Your child will be learning with our professional instructors from different backgrounds and experiences. We have a variety of dance forms that you can choose from.

You can join us for in-person classes or if you are uncomfortable attending in-person classes you are welcome to learn-at-home with our Zoom Live Streamed Classes.

All classrooms have large screen tv's to integrate technology into the dancer's education. Links for at-home participation are available and can be emailed to those interested.

Testimonials

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“Julie and the staff of Turning Pointe Dance Center are teaching our daughter not only to dance, but to move through life with grace, confidence and a commitment to her passion. We truly believe that they see her not just as a student, but as a special young lady who can benefit from their guidance. Our daughter leaves Turning Pointe each day having been challenged by both dance and life lessons, and ALWAYS having had FUN!!”

T.D. of Westfield, NJ

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“Weve been a part of the Turning Pointe dance family for 7 years and counting. Our girls started there at the age of 3 with a passion for music and moving. With the energy, enthusiasm and support of Julie, the teachers and staff, that passion became all about dance! As a parent I appreciate that TPDC has given them the opportunity to beautifully and appropriately express themselves through the art of dance. They have grown both as a dancers and young ladies, learning life skills such as time management, goal setting, and responsibility. Our daughters appreciate TPDC for being a safe and nurturing place where they can form wonderful friendships, try any and every genre and develop a strong love for dance. I highly recommend Turning Pointe Dance Center to all dancers of any interest or ability!”

C.H. of Summit, NJ

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“Every year I am blown away by the outstanding job that TPDC do on their recitals. The level of talent and professionalism is amazing ! The teachers’ dance for the finale just blew me away !!! Can’t wait to start year 6 with my girls there.”

E.M. of West Orange, NJ

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“My daughter and I both love TPDC! We have been part of the TPDC family for over ten years. Julie and her staff are truly exceptional instructors. Julie, Meghan, Vanessa, and Jude continue to encourage my daughter to be the best that she can be both in and out of the studio. It is comforting knowing my daughter is surrounded by instructors who are not only true professionals, but positive role models as well. It is amazing to see how much my daughter has grown as a dancer and how the staff at Turning Pointe has and continues to help her develop the confidence that she will carry with her into the future”

M.G. of Mountainside, NJ

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TPDC is an amazing dancing studio. My daughter has been dancing at Turning Pointe for over 6 years. She is 10 years old. Four years ago, she joined the competition team.

The talented and passionate instructors are phenomenal and have taught her so much. She has learned many styles of dance including ballet, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, tap, and acro.

Not only would I say that they have shaped her into an amazing dancer, but also an athlete. She has learned the importance of hard work, team work, dedication, and determination. She has also made great friends who have motivated and inspired her.

TPDC is her second home.

A.S. of Mountainside, NJ

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My daughter is 11 years old and has been dancing at Turning Pointe Dance Center for the last 8 years. Over the years I watched my daughter excel in her dancing skills and build her confidence in every aspect of life. She lives to perform and this studio knows how to make every child shine on stage. The teachers are very courteous and professional; they’ve taken the time to get to know our daughter as well as her individual needs and abilities. TPDC brings everyone together which makes it special. We are like family. We can’t wait to see what this new dance season brings because the choreography at Turning Pointe is top notch!

J.C. Scotchplains, NJ

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My daughter began dancing at a studio in a neighboring town at the age of 2 1/2. After a few years of feeling like a just number at that studio, we switched to Turning Pointe Dance Center. We are now in her fifth year of dancing at TPDC. From the first year she joined this studio, we noticed a change from the studio where she began dancing. The staff at TPDC is warm, personable, hands-on, and makes everyone feel welcome.

My daughter has received top notch dance training in many different styles of dance from ballet to modern, hip hop, tap, contemporary, etc. The instructors are extremely dedicated in helping all dancers improve, succeed, and most of all enjoy dancing! My daughter looks forward to every class she takes and is always motivated to come home and continue practicing what she has learned.

M.K. of Mountainside, NJ

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“We were fortunate enough to join Turning Pointe Dance Center four years ago when my daughter was four years old. Throughout this time, we have been filled with nothing but the absolute best experiences. Her skill level develops each year, more than I would ever expect. TPDC has become a second family to her, as well as my younger daughter, who joined three years ago. Beyond skills, my children have gained self-confidence, respect, and a positive attitude which is a constant reflection of the owner, directors, instructors, and assistants. From the day the girls entered the doors of this studio, they have been fueled with the love of dance because of their talented staff. I couldn’t be happier with the decision we made to join the TPDC family four years ago.”

K.F. of Springfield, NJ

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"I would like to thank Turning Pointe Dance Center for being such an important part of our lives. Both of my children danced and performed at TPDC from pre-school until graduation. I can wholeheartedly attribute their success to the confidence and poise that they gained from their experiences with Julie and her staff. TPDC has always given them a safe and positive environment to grow and learn."

R.B. of Berkeley Heights, NJ

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My 12 year old daughter started dancing at Turning Pointe when she was 2 years old. My 8 year old also started there when she was 3. They are both there now numerous days a week. TPDC is like their home away from home. They love their classes, teachers and dance friends. The dance instruction and choreography is top notch. They both have also gained a sense of self confidence and a real appreciation for team work. TPDC is a special place to my girls and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to send their children somewhere for dance education.

C.S. of Westfield, NJ