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Amanda began her dance training at the age of 3 at " Theresa Giddings School of dance."
Starting with Tap and Jazz she eventually added Hawaiian, Hip Hop, Riverdance, Country Line,
Ballet with "Rothsay Ballet School", and Bellydance with "Desert Magic dancers".
Amanda knew from a very young age that she wanted to teach children to dance.
Not long after that decision she began to take her " Al Gilbert " Graded dance examinations.
Amanda often took her exams alone and always directly from Al Gilbert, who has taught the likes of Michael Jackson and Annette Funichello, receiving a grade of 100% again and again.


Over the years Amanda has attended many dance workshops including Al Gilbert workshops,
where she took classes from Al Gilbert, Darryl Retter, Heidi Anderson-Jarrett and Janice Barringer. Amanda also has taken Dance Quest workshops, where she has taken classes from Barry Youngblood, Alana Turner and Traci Stanfield.
Also 5,6,7,8 Showtime workshops, where she has taken classes from Menina Fortunato, Shaun Fortunato and many more.

Amanda has also taken part in many competitions having received awards in 1st 2nd and 3rd places for many styles and levels of dance, performing in solo's - duo's - trio's and groups.

Amanda also attended the Summer arts Ete Dance Camp, having taken classes from Mrs. Logan, Mrs. Lanigan, Megan McNeil and Mr. Lalonde who has choreographed for Cirque de Soleil.

Amanda has also performed for many events around the city including:

*Several years in the Imperial Theatres annual dance showcase.

*The festival of trees.

*Romero House during their Christmas dinner.

*Annually at the Loch Lomond Villa for the Senior Citizens.

*West Side Beach Grand re Opening.

*King Squares Loyalist Days.

*Harbour Stations Christmas Craft Fair.

*Latimore Lake Community Centers Fall Fests and Spring Flings.

*The 6th annual Christmas Gala at the Imperial Theatre .

*Tops Convention at the Trade and Convention Center,

*For Premier Bernard Lord.

Amanda has had her dance training here in the city from such well know teachers at Theresa Giddings, Joan Amirault (who taught her to love dance), Rachelle Lanigan, Sylvia Logan, Joanna Bryson, and Lorena Robertson.
Amanda would like to thank all of her mentors without whom, she would not have achieved her dream of owning her own dance school.

From the time she took her first class, Amanda has always wanted her own Dance School.
Over the years more experience only made her love to teach even more.
From assistant teaching exam classes at the age of 12, to students looking to take exam levels she had completed, to becoming a student helper at the age of 13 and to be coming a assistant teacher by the age of 15 and a teacher by the age of 19.
Nothing has turned her attention away from her goal of teaching children the art of and a love for dance.

Amanda Watkins.