Nina Gaydos-Fedak began her dance studies in tap and ethnic dance at the age of four in Cleveland, Ohio and discovered classical ballet when she was seven. She studied and performed with Marie Abels, Heinz Poll at the University of Akron and Dennis Nahat at Cleveland Ballet School, and locally with Doris Von der Hoff and Esther Moody. She is the founder and director of To The Pointe Performing Arts.
Passionate about dance and the arts, Nina serves on numerous arts-based boards and donates time and talent to area schools and organizations. She is well versed in many styles of dance, ballet, musical theatre, character, and folk dance. She is committed to teaching dance as an art form, showing dancers not just how to dance, but where the movement comes from physically, creatively, and historically. A lifelong goal is to integrate dance with the core curricula of every school, helping to develop creative and divergent thinkers.
Ms. Fedak has been accepted as a member in the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and ascribes to the PTSDA (Professional Teaching Standards in Dance Arts) while working toward her CiD (Certificate in Dance). She is also a member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Arts Alliance of Waukesha County, Pewaukee Area Arts Council, and Wisconsin Dance Council. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Lake Country Dance Theatre and has established three performance groups within To The Pointe.
To The Pointe has been awarded a Chapter in the National Honors Society in Dance Arts and is pleased to offer its students all the benefits of the the NHSDA program.
She lives in Hartland with her husband, Doug, and has three grown children, Becky, Jenny, and Scott.
Lori Heckel began her dance training at the age of five at Lehman Studios in Raleigh, NC under the direction of John & Terry Lehman. While in North Carolina, Lori danced in many children’s works with the Ballet Theatre Company of Raleigh. After 7 years of study in NC, Lori’s family moved west to Oconomowoc, WI where she continued her dance training at many reputable ballet schools, such as Esther Moody School of Dance and Doris Von der Hoff School of Dance. Upon completing high school, she ventured to UW- Stevens Point, where she declared a major in Theatre Arts/Dance.
While at the university she performed in many student and faculty productions of AfterImages and Danstage. She also had the privilege of dancing with Kelly Roth and Dancers who performed at the ACDFA (American College’s of Dance Festival Association) where one of their pieces was given “top” honors and asked to perform at the Festival’s Gala. In May 1991, Lori received her BA in Theatre Arts/Dance and a minor in Psychology.
Lori has always loved teaching and working with people. She loves to share her passion of dance with everyone. Over the years, Lori has had numerous experiences working in her field of passion. She has been teaching for the past 15 plus years and continues to grow as a teacher and dancer by taking workshops and classes from master teachers. She is a member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin. She has been working at To The Pointe for 15 years teaching ballet, Pointe, jazz, and contemporary and serves as the Manager of Programs for the school.
Shawn Dunn Motley
Shawn Motley holds a BFA in Dance from UW-Milwaukee and graduated with a certificate to teach dance in the public schools Pre K-12. Shawn was a member of Dance Masters of Wisconsin for many years. She has studied dance at Esther Moody Ballet Studios, To The Pointe, and with UWM faculty including Ed Burgess, Marcia Parsons, Janet Lily, and Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker-Bronson.
Shawn has been with To The Pointe since its opening in August of 1988, first as a student and then as a faculty member and Assistant Director of Dance.
With a growing family, Shawn left To the Pointe in 2006 for a full time career at a global software company headquartered in Wisconsin. She continued to teach a night or two a week until 2011 when her second child was born, but her passion for sharing dance with students was so strong, she rejoined the faculty in September of 2013. She has danced in, or choreographed for, all but one of To The Pointe’s annual recitals, and her son danced in that one.
Shawn lives in Waukesha with her husband Nick and her two sons.