Meet The TP Team

Our Instructors are here to create a nurturing atmosphere where technique is taught and creativity is explored.

Co-Founders, Studio Owners, Instructors

The Miss Erins


Erin Lee

Co-Founder, Studio Owner, Instructor


Erin Lee began her dance training at the age of three under the direction of Kathy Thomas-Law, former member of the Atlanta Ballet. She became a member of Praise in Motion Dance Ministry in 1993.  During college, Erin continued her ballet training with En Pointe School of Dance and the University of Georgia. 


After substituting for En Pointe intermittently through her college career, Erin joined the staff of En Pointe in 2003, and later, Discipleship through Dance, an outreach of Praise In Motion.  During her 20+ years with Praise In Motion, Erin has had the opportunity to perform for various church functions and charities such the Atlanta Hunger Walk and Wellspring Living.  Erin continues to be involved Praise in Motion’s biyearly concerts and has had the honor of several choreography opportunities with Praise in Motion.  Although Erin’s first love is ballet, she also has experience in hip hop, modern and jazz. 


“Miss” Erin, as her students call her, has enjoyed 15 years of teaching ages three years to adult and she has also had the privilege of leading dance groups at various organizations. In 2012, Erin began directing Celebration Arts, a ministry of Celebration Church.  And in 2016, Erin achieved her purpose in opening Turning Pointe School of Dance.  Her desire is to instill into dancers of all ages a yearning for excellence in technique, but more importantly, to focus on the child as a whole person. 


Erin is married to Jeremy Lee, and they live in Jefferson, GA with their three children, Abigail, Garrison and Jeremiah.


Erin Dunbar

Co-Founder, Studio Owner, Instructor


Erin Dunbar began dancing at the age of 3.  Her dance education and training encompasses a wide variety of schools and instructors. Much of her early training was at Buford School of Ballet under the direction of Bernadette Campbell.  Erin was very active in the Mill Creek High School dance department and competitive dance team under the direction of Suzanne Kross. During this time Erin was awarded two summers of concentrated professional dance instruction. In 2005, Erin was selected to study at the Virginia School of Art Summer Intensive Program. In 2008, Erin was one of 12 dancers selected to attend the Georgia Governors Honors Summer Program.


Erin pursued her passion of human movement by attending Auburn University where she received a Bachelor’s of Exercise Science Degree in Kinesiology. She also completed a Group Exercise Certification and Personal Training Certification. Erin held the title of Wellness Director and Fine Arts Director at the YMCA of Georgia’s Piedmont from 2014-2016 where she directed the Aerobics Instructors, Personal Trainers, Special Events, taught dance classes, as well as orchestrated and choreographed multiple dance recitals.


Erin has dance education and performance experience in areas of ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, and tap.  She has been sharing her love for and knowledge of dance with children since 2007. In 2016, Erin opened Turning Pointe School of Dance where she fulfills her passion every day by making dance fun for and accessible to all.


Erin and her husband, Jordan, live in Hoschton, GA with their daughter, Harper, and two fur-babies: Nova and Bentley.


Mary Schaefer

Twinkle Stars, Ballet, Lyrical, Tap/Jazz Combo, PAC

Mary Schaefer began dancing at age nine, most recently training as a member of the Gainesville Ballet Company. Prior to that, she attended EnPointe School of Dance as part of the school's performing company, Praise in Motion. During this time, Mary attended intensives such as the International Ballet Intensive and performed as a guest artist at such events as Celebrate Freedom Atlanta, Mt. Paran's Sounds of Christmas, and Proia Dance Project's Uncaged Christmas. Currently a marketing major at the University of North Georgia, Mary seeks to express her creativity and love of the arts through the next generation of dancers!

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Lauren Hughes

Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern, PAC

Lauren Hughes is a Brenau University Dance and Organizational Leadership double major graduate.  Atlanta native she began dancing at the age of three, starting under the direction of Debbie Daniel Wells, owner of The Dance Factory, Inc, in Austell, GA. Since then she has studied various forms of dance including: West African, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and her personal favorite Tap. Her love for the art lead her to a pursue a degree in dance at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. While at Brenau she has been an active member of the Brenau Competitive Dance Team, The Brenau University Dance Department and other dance and movement based organizations on campus. She has served as lead performer, choreographer and teaching aid throughout her tenure at Brenau. Lauren strives to change the lives of any and everyone who wants to dance!

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Kaylyn Elrod

Twinkle Stars, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap and Jazz

Kaylyn Elrod is a junior at the University of North Georgia. Her major is Elementary Education, in hopes to become a 3rd grade teacher. She began dancing when she was three and has trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Theatre. Her personal favorites are tap and contemporary. Her dance styles have been trained at various studios across Northeast Georgia, and the Metro Atlanta area. Her most valuable years were at Buford School of Ballet under the instruction of Bernadette Campbell. Training under intense ballet conditions showed her why she wanted to dance and gave her the passion to teach. She has experienced several workshops and technique classes including: Dave Scott, FSU Golden Girls Dance Team, Jessica King, and many more; as well as attending Ballet Fest in Atlanta, GA for three years. Kaylyn loves kids and wants to teach them through her passion for dance in hopes they will pursue it as a lifelong journey of strength, determination, and becoming a true artist.

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Michelle Mitchell

Front Office Admin

Ms.  Michelle has been an important member of the Turning Pointe team for the past 4 years. The first smiling face you see when you enter the studio, "Mama Michelle" is the heart of the Turning Pointe lobby. Not only does she manage the daily office tasks, she encourages dancers, answers questions, and loves on our TP team. 


Carrie Morgan

Ballet and Lyrical

Carrie Morgan began dancing when she was 3 years old at En Pointe School of Dance under the direction of Kathy Thomas-Law. In 2005, she became a member of Praise In Motion, where she trained and performed for 6 years. Throughout this time, she participated in several dance intensives—including with Atlanta Ballet and Hosanna School of the Arts. In 2015, she began her teaching career at The Studio School of the Arts where she taught ballet and jazz for 2 years. She also lived in Colorado for a time and taught at Durango Dance. She is trained in ballet/pointe, jazz, modern, and contemporary. 

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Dawn Kopoulos

Front Office Admin

Ms. Dawn is the newest addition to the TP Team and we are super excited! Ms. Dawn is all things Front Desk: assisting parents in the lobby, answering questions about the studio, cheering on dancers, and helping us stay organized. We are so thankful she joined the Turning Pointe Family!