Amp Dance Family is organized and operated by a Director Collective. There are five of us (and yes, we all dance at Amp), each contributing skills, knowledge and talent that allow the dance studio to function smoothly. We work together peacefully and value communication, not just among ourselves, but with you as well. We operate as a democracy and welcome any input from our dance families.
Back row (from left to right): Selena, Ashley, Dana (a founding director, currently living in Colorado), Erin
Front row (from left to right): Teresa, April
We are so lucky to have these talented individuals share their gifts with the Amp family!
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Thanks to a program called “Pinwheel” on Nickelodeon, I was introduced to ballet at the age of 3. My Mom signed me up for a ballet class, while I watched a tap class. As we were leaving I started to cry, even though my Mom assured me she signed me up for ballet. I pointed to the class and said I wanted to do that too. So back she went to sign me up for tap class as well. Each year I added more classes – jazz, acro, lyrical, pointe, and modern. I did competitive dancing from the age of 8 until 14. When I was 12, I decided I wanted to focus more on ballet. I started taking classes at a ballet school/company. I attended a Performing Arts High School where I attended dance classes from 12-5 p.m. and then stayed and took classes until 9pm. During the summer I attended summer intensive dance programs – The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, The Virginia School for the Arts, Butler Ballet, South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, and Governor’s School for the Arts. Teaching dance began my senior year in high school. One of my ballet teachers was in charge of sewing all the costumes for our end of the year performances. So if she was too busy, I would run her ballet class. My first paid teaching job was when I was 19. I’ve taught at six studios over the last 18 years of my life. I’ve taught ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and modern dance classes. I usually say I don’t have a favorite dance style. I love all of them for their own reasons…but deep down I would probably have to say ballet, since my dream was to be a professional ballet dancer.
Fun fact: I used to be so flexible they called me Gumby at dance. I could kick my leg behind me, grab my ankle, and pull it straight up behind my head.
I began dancing at the age of 3! I was on the varsity jazz, lyrical and hip hop dance teams at Lawrence North High School. I graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Spanish Education and a minor in Dance (focus: Musical Theatre). While at BSU, I was a member of the Outlet Hip Hop Dance Troupe and Rhythms Dance Troupe. I have assisted and taught dance classes since 2007, and owned a dance studio for 5 years. I am happy to teach jazz/hip hop (my favorite dance styles!) and be a part of Amp dance family!
Fun fact: I grew up bilingual, learning both English and Spanish at the same time, so when I count in my head, I do so in Spanish!
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I started dancing at age 6, and always knew I wanted to be a dance teacher. After 13 years at the Peterson Studio of Dance in Frankfort, Indiana, I went on to study at Anderson University, where I graduated in 2019 with a B.A. in Dance Business and a minor in Spanish. My favorite genre of dance is tap, and I am a pro company member with the Circle City Tap Company based in Indianapolis. I joined the Amp Dance Family in 2017 and hope to continue teaching, as well as take on some administration duties, over the next few years!