Getting to know Miss Amanda S.

Miss Amanda performing – what a beautiful shot

This year, we added Miss Amanda to our teaching staff. She teaches on Wednesday nights and also has been a great fill-in substitute for both Miss Robin & Miss Christine when they were out on their maternity leaves. We wanted you to get to know Miss Amanda better so we asked her about her dance experience, her time with us so far, and a little more about the danceability night at the Bandits game! Here’s what she had to say:

How long have you been dancing?

I have been dancing since I was 18 months old and haven’t stopped since! I started taking classes at Center Stage Dance Studio where I danced up until I graduated high school and then continued to study dance at SUNY Fredonia. I danced at Center Stage Dance Studio up until I graduated high school and moved on to college. I studied at SUNY Fredonia where I was a member of the Orchesis Dance Company and the Fredonia Dance Ensemble throughout my time there. I was able to work with amazing choreographers and professors there that have inspired me and taught me so much!

 

When did you fall in love with dance? What is your favorite type of dance?

I think that I really fell in love with dance when I had my first solo when I was 8 years old. I always loved being on stage but having my first solo really sticks out for me because thats when I found the confidence and love for performing that I continue to carry out today.  I truly love all types of dance but I would have to say my favorite to perform is contemporary and lyrical. Those are the styles that suit me best and that I really love to choreograph.

 

You are the reason our dancers had a great opportunity to perform with the Buffalo Bandettes a few weeks ago. Tell us more about the night and what was involved

This is my first year being a Buffalo Bandette and I absolutely love it! The girls inspire me to be the best I can be and I love being involved in the Buffalo community. When the opportunity came up to have the Bandettes perform with some of our danceability girls, I was thrilled. It was truly a great night for two of my passions to come together. The girls did an amazing job and I couldn’t have been more proud to perform with them in front of thousands!

 

What is your favorite dance memory?
My favorite dance memory to date would probably be finding out that one of the Fredonia Dance Ensemble pieces that I was in made it into the Gala Performance at the 2016 ACDA East Central Conference in Michigan where we were able to perform with other amazing schools in various states. They only selected 13 pieces for this performance and I was so honored and proud to be representing my school and dancing with my fellow classmates! I will remember that forever! 

Miss Amanda and our dancers (and Miss Lisa) before their performance at the Bandits game on February 25th

What have been some of your favorite parts of teaching at danceability so far?
My favorite part of classes thus far being a teacher at danceability has to be the smiles and joy that I see on my students faces when they are truly having fun and enjoying what they are doing! I love being able to share my love for dance with my students and seeing how happy they are when they hear a song that they love or are just feeling inspired by their own movements.
I love being a danceability teacher and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring!
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We are thrilled to have Miss Amanda as part of the danceability family this year and look forward to seeing her Wednesday night class perform in our Annual Performances on Saturday, May 13th. If you didn’t already save the date, get it on your calendar now. More information will be coming soon.
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