As a 10-year-old with one year of dance lessons behind her, Amy Houston decided that when she grew up, she wanted to own her own dance studio.

Houston went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in theatre and dance, with a concentration in business in 2001 from the University of Texas at Austin. In May 2005, she opened Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Bartonville Town Center.

Houston said the studio grew, and because she needed more space, Houston moved the business in 2011 to 2851 Cross Timbers Road in Flower Mound. More dancers signed up for classes, and in 2016 she opened a second studio at 2613 Sagebrush Drive in Flower Mound. From there, the dancers multiplied. In June 2021 Houston bought property that was previously a church at 2801 Morriss Road in Flower Mound.

“It had always been my goal to own my own building. We want to be good stewards of our money,” Houston said. “We wanted our own property that we could make our own.”

Houston explained that her vision for the new location, which she believes will be ready to open in January, goes beyond the dance floors.

“One thing I love about our studio is we’re not just coming in for dance class. We’re a dance family,” she said. “With this outdoor space I’m seeing things like garden parties, Easter Egg hunts and family picnics.”

Mommy and Me classes are offered for those 18 months to 3 years old. Preschoolers can dip their toes into the world of dance with the tap and ballet combination program. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and contemporary dance classes are offered for dancers ages 7-18. There are also adult classes and special events.

With 17 years of studio ownership experience, Houston said she is pleased that Turning Pointe Dance Studio has held steadfast to a commitment of making sure its dancers are in a safe environment.

“Parents don’t have to worry about what music [students] are listening to, what costumes they are wearing, how they are dancing,” she said. “It’s a wholesome activity.”

Dance Studio’s Top programs:

Debut Dance Program: This is an introduction to tap and ballet. (Ages 3-7)

Next Steps Program: Dancers can choose from ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop classes. (Ages 7-13)

Dance Company: Teams are grouped by age and skill level. In June 2022, teams will perform at Walt Disney World in Florida. (Ages 6-18)

Prices for all classes: $70 (first class), $45 (each additional class)

Turning Pointe Dance Studio. Main campus is at 2851 Cross Timbers Road, Ste. 101, Flower Mound, and Studio C is at 2613 Sagebrush Drive, Ste. 102, Flower Mound. Coming soon is a location at 2801 Morriss Road, Flower Mound. 972-539-7017. Hours vary. See website for details.