Ms. Gina Consumano
Gina Consumano has extensive training in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, lyrical, hip hop, and ballroom dance. She was a competitive dancer in Northern Virginia, attended the Virginia Governor’s School for Performing Arts, has taken multiple workshops with Dance Masters of America, and continued her training at University of Virginia. While at University Gina served as Head Dance Instructor for the Universal Dance Association managing Dance Team Camps across the country for 500-800 dancers. Throughout her University years, Gina danced with the Virginia Dance Team and was named the 2008 Most Valuable Dancer and received the Best Choreography Award. In 2010 she received the Coach’s Award for Dedication and Outstanding Leadership. She also was part of the Virginia Dance Company as a performer and choreographer for two shows per year.
After graduating from University, Gina taught various styles of dance at several studios in Northern Virginia and Maryland. She has danced and choreographed for Capitol Movement Dance Company and traveled with the CMI Freedom Tour with Armed Forces Entertainment with performances in Greece, Portugal, Spain, Egypt, Japan, Cuba and Puerto Rico. She was a featured choreographer and dancer for the Woodbridge Dance Company Coffee House Collection Concert, and also performed in the DC Tap & Jaz Festival. In 2015 Gina traveled to Guangzhou, China where she taught jazz, hip hop and pom to all levels of Chinese and ex-patriot students.
Gina’s performing arts career has taken her beyond just her dancing to include both television acting on shows such as CSI and House of Cards and print modeling. She also serves as a judge at dance competitions across the country.
Ms. Fatima Farhan
Fatima started dancing in Northern Virginia at an early age, with training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theater, and Lyrical. She began competing nationally in top-scoring group pieces and solos and expanded her training through renowned conventions. Her hard work led her to achieve several dance scholarships and she was also named captain and assistant coach of her high school competing team during her last two years.
Fatima went on to attend Old Dominion University where she majored in International Studies and minored in Dance. In college, she was able to further train in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Improv, Contemporary, and Yoga/Pilates. Fatima has always had a strong love and interest for creating choreography, specifically in the Contemporary style, which she got to explore more during her studies. While in school, Fatima was chosen to perform for showcases including UDT, ACDA, and choreography workshops. She also choreographed many pieces at her university, with her work being chosen alongside faculty pieces, and has hosted several master classes for students featuring her choreography.
At Perfect Pointe, Miss Fatima teaches many of the Contemporary/Lyrical, Jazz, and Stretch and Strength classes. Along with teaching, she is also the Administrative Manager for our Performance Company at both locations! She is also continuing to develop her dance education through the Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School in Buffalo, NY.
Fatima's favorite thing about teaching is getting to show the students the artist within them! She is excited to continue spreading her love and passion for dance with every student she gets to work with.
Ms. Keira Turner
Keira Turner, a native Washingtonian, began her professional training under Treonna Alexander and Lynn Welters prior to entering The Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA). While attending DESA she participated in the Kennedy Center/Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) Residency and traveled to New York for summer intensives at the Alvin Ailey School and Dance Theatre of Harlem as a scholarship student. After graduating in 2000, from DESA, she moved to New York as a Fellowship Student at the Alvin Ailey School and later received scholarships to DTH, Ballet Hispanico, STEPS on Broadway and the Peridance Center. Ms. Turner began her concert dance career in shows directed/choreographed by Debbie Allen, Troy O'Neil Powell and Kevin T. Malone; which allowed her to share the stage with the likes of Patti LaBelle, Rasta Thomas and Desmond Richardson. Keira has performed with DTH Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble, ASE Dance Theatre Collective, Friends of the Carter Barron and many Washington Metropolitan Area companies including local sports dance teams. Keira has shared her talents in musicals, stage plays, and film as Mary in Theatre Alliance’s Black Nativity, Angie in the award winning film “THICK” and in Tulani’s “I Heart You” video. She’s taught varied dance styles for over 10 years in the Washington Metropolitan area, and has increased her dance knowledge as a graduate of Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School as the 2015 Bachna Scholarship recipient. When she’s not teaching she instructs fitness classes; holding certifications in Kids & Teens Fitness, Strength Conditioning & Weight Training, Pilates Mat, Kickboxing and Holistic Health Consulting.
Miss Avril Hernandez
Avril Hernandez started her love affair with dance in the Philippines at the age of four, rooted primarily in ballet which continued until she emigrated to the United States. Utilizing the fervor and energy of her early teen years, she expanded her artistic repertoire and also undertook Jazz and Hip-Hop. That experience would later provide a smooth segue into Modern and Tap Dance, even dabbling in Ballroom through her college years. In 2007, she was accepted into the summer program at New York City's Amy Marshall Dance Company, a company known for its provocative and strong choreography.
In 2011, Miss Avril followed her dreams to Los Angeles. She got accepted with a $10,000 scholarship at American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) where she studied Dance Theatre. After moving back home, she taught at Dance Institute of Washington for two years.
Currently, Miss Avril continues her pursuit of her dance career. She hopes to feed the aspirations of the would be dancers she's met and will meet, so that they too may further their dreams and find their heart's desires as she is. She continues to teach in various schools and dance studios in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. When she's not learning choreography or teaching dance, Miss Avril works in Hospitality, travels as much as she can, and spends time with her family and friends.
Ms. Laura Gumbrecht
Ms. Laura began dancing at age 4 in her small hometown of Burlington, North Carolina. She began her training in a non-competitive dance studio focused on the technique and performance of ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical, modern and jazz.
With a growing commitment to all things dance, she began attending dance conventions and competitions eventually meeting Christy Curtis of CC and Company Dance Complex. During high school, she danced under the direction and legacy of CC as a competitive and performing member of ‘The Core Dance Company.’ As a Core performer, she was chosen for works by internationally renowned, Emmy-nominated choreographers and successful, touring alumni of the program.
Ms. Laura attended the top-ranked University of Utah Modern Dance Department on dance scholarship. Highlights of her college career include performing the restaging of a Merce Cunningham trio, performing in Twyla Tharp’s repertory piece ‘Sweet Fields,’ and choreographing in student produced performances.
Ms. Laura has taught in several studios in North Carolina for the past 5 years and is excited to begin her new journey in the DMV.