JENN

SCHAEFER

From the age of two, Jenn Schaefer grew up training in all styles of dance and has never stopped.  Her philosophy is simple: “work hard. be kind.”, and she’s proud her students have had great success on and off the competitive stage.  Jenn is a Eureka, Missouri resident and has been an elementary school teacher in the Lindbergh School District for over 18 years.  A born leader, in 2011 she was the youngest person ever to receive the district’s prestigious honor of “Lindbergh Leader”.  She has also served as the Varsity Cheerleading coach at Lindbergh and is currently the Head Coach of the Dance Team at Ursuline Academy.

Jenn started her career teaching dance as an assistant to studio instructors when she was 13 years old, and ever since she’s been building her experience and reputation as a top freelance dance instructor.  Since 1995 she has taught dance at numerous studios in St. Louis, leading classes, coaching dance teams and giving private instruction for serious performers with career-oriented goals.  Jenn has worked at Six Flags St. Louis since 2010 as a choreographer for their stage shows, and also does coaching, training and makeup for actors in their annual Christmas and Fright Fest productions. 

Jenn is a busy woman and Launch Pointe Dance is the perfect outlet to put all that productive energy, talent and experience to work.  In addition to acting as the studio’s Director, Jenn will teach classes, coordinate and participate in special events, oversee and create choreography for students and teams at the studio and beyond.  She is also responsible for Social Media Marketing and Promotion, and with all her experience and contacts in the St. Louis dance community, Jenn is the studio’s star recruiter.

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Office & Student Support

ANGELA

LIEBEROFF

Angela is responsible for various office and administrative duties at the studio in addition to acting as a liaison and support person for students and parents. She also assists with event planning, competitions, convention registrations and class details. She is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), and serves as an elementary School Nurse in the Fox School District.

Dance has always been an integral part of Angela’s life. She was a studio dancer herself from the age of 3 through her teens. She attended Oakville High School where she was the captain of the dance team. During her college years in Kirksville, Angela had a blast in her yearlong stint performing as NMSU’s sports team mascot. She eventually returned to Oakville High and spent 7 years coaching the dance team she had captained as a student (Fun fact: her daughter, Hannah, dances on that very same team today!) 

Angela has been a proud Dance Mom herself since 2009, guiding and cheering on her daughter as she went from dance class to local and national competitions, conventions and master classes.  With all of Angela’s experience, we can’t imagine anyone better to help our students and parents understand and navigate the world of dance! Whether your child joins us just for the fun and love of dance, or if they’re on a more competitive track with professional goals on their horizons, Angela will be there to support you and your child all the way.

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Instructor

DANI

TUEGEL

Dani Tuegel is a St. Louis native who has been dancing since the early 2000’s. She studied dance at a collegiate level for four years and during that time learned variety of different styles, such as West African, aerial dance, and pointe work. Her passion is performing and she especially loves ballet and contemporary work. She has performed with several dance companies, both inside and outside of the St. Louis area, as well as several commercial projects. 

Dani was a feature dancer in Ashleylaine Dance Company’s performance of “Eternal Explosion” and performed with Nicolay Dance Works in their production of “A Wynne Hone Nutcracker: An Immersive Experience,” in Huntsville, Texas. She has also worked for Six Flags St. Louis as a dancer and character actor and at Six Flags-Great America as a feature dancer, singer, actor, stilt walker and magician’s assistant.

Dani hopes to one day perform on cruise ships and is currently attending Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville pursuing a degree in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, with an interest in wildlife conservation and marine ecology. In addition, Dani is a certified corrective exercise specialist and loves to help dancers not only improve their dance technique but also do so in a safe and sustainable way. We’re excited to have Dani on staff to help guide young dancers as they express their love for dance.

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Instructor

KRISTEN

CUNNINGHAM

Kristen Cunningham began taking dance lessons at the age of 3 and has been growing her love of the art ever since. Kristen trained in various styles of dance while growing up in St. Louis and danced competitively for On Your Toes Dance Studio and Dynamic Edge Dance Studio for a total of 13 years. She was the proud winner of First Overall for her tap solo at a Stage One Dance Competition, and she was honored to be offered a spot in The Nutcracker for the Missouri Ballet Theater. 

Kristen learned kick lines and dance team technique during 4 years on “The Northwest Lionettes”, her high school dance team, where she also learned to love the team environment and enjoyed sharing in the team’s accomplishments. She is currently the Head Coach for the Oakville Golden Girls. Kristen has been a multi-year performer in Six Flags St Louis’ Fright Fest shows, “Dead Man’s Party” and “Freaks Unleashed". With her extensive dance knowledge and experience, Kristen has assisted and taught multiple classes in various styles of dance, mainly to children 10 and under.

Kristen is completing her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing at Maryville University. After a brief hiatus from dance to recover from a back surgery, Kristen is excited to be back dancing and sharing her love of dance with students. We’re excited to have her on board.

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Instructor

MADDISON

EILERS

Maddison Eilers was born in St. Louis, MO and has been dancing throughout the area since the age of three.  She trained at various studios in St. Louis before earning her B.A. of Dance from Lindenwood University in 2017. After she graduated she moved to Orlando, Florida and spent 2 ½ years working in the entertainment department at major theme parks and resorts. For 11 seasons, Maddison did character work and was cast in a variety of shows at Six Flags St. Louis, and she now works there as the Recruiting Retention Supervisor in Human Resources. She is also the assistant coach for the Competition Team at Ursuline Academy. We’re glad to have Maddison and all her talent on our team.

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HAILEY

CASTRO

Hailey has been dancing her whole life. Growing up in the St. Louis Region, she has been dancing since she was three years old! Trained in numerous styles of dance, she proves to be a great asset here at Launch Pointe Dance.

Hailey is also a proud Muny Kid and Muny Teen Alumni. When Hailey is not teaching at Launch Pointe, she can be seen studying hard for her nursing degree! She is currently attending Missouri Baptist University, and will graduate with her BSN in 2025! We are so happy to have Hailey on board here at the studio!

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ELLA

STONE

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MICHAEL

MIDDLETON

Launch Pointe Dance is excited and delighted to have none other than Michael Middleton, Musical Theater master extraordinaire, holding court at the studio.  With over 40 years of experience as a Performer, Music Director, Show Director, Costume Designer, Piano Teacher/Player/Accompanist and on and on, Michael brings an infectious enthusiasm for musical theater to Launch Pointe - and he has the chops to back it up! His natural likeability, caring and supportive approach and dedication to helping students grow make him a perfect fit for our “Work Hard. Be Kind.” philosophy. We are honored to have him here as an independent partner. Thank you, Michael!

Michael holds a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He began his performance career in 1981 when he joined The Patt Holt Singers in St. Charles at age fifteen. His first professional job was performing at Six Flags Over Mid-America, where he performed in numerous shows from 1986-1989. Michael had the honor of entertaining US military troops with the DOD/USO on three overseas tours, which led to him directing a total of thirty-five of their overseas tours over the years. Upon returning home to St. Louis, Michael became the show director for both the Lt. Robert E. Lee Showboat and the S.S. Admiral when it operated as President Riverboat Casinos. Michael has had the honor of performing four times at the White House during their Christmas Holiday Celebration of Lights where he met president’s Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. His most recent claim to fame was as the Music Director, Costumer and Choreographer at Six Flags St. Louis, where he relished his role as a mentor to so many young people as they honed their skills and grew their passion for musical theater. Michael tells us he “is thrilled to be joining the team at Launch Pointe Dance.” Well, Michael, you couldn’t possibly be more thrilled than us! We’re glad you’re here!

Michael offers Classical Voice Training, Sight-Singing, Musical Theater & Competition Training, Vocal Coaching & Piano Lessons on site at Launch Pointe, with some scheduled hours and flexible appointments for interested individuals. See his scheduled availability here, or contact the studio at 636-549-3590 or launch@launchpointedance.com to arrange for other appointment times.

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Class Spotlight

Ballet

Ballet classes at Launch Pointe Dance incorporate classical and contemporary ballet techniques accompanied by a range classical music. Students will learn terminology, fundamental positions and technique to develop balance, strength and artistic expression through ballet. These classes can be just for fun or for the serious dancer as we teach progressing ballet techniques in accordance with student ability and skill levels. Those interested in any kind of dance can benefit from Ballet. It’s an ideal style to develop poise, balance, graceful movement and other dance skills that have practical applications in many forms of dance and musical theater. Beginner, intermediate & advanced classes available. 

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