Amanda grew up in Eugene, training at the Eugene School of Ballet. As a student, she attended Regional Dance America Festivals both regionally and nationally. There, she was awarded the title “honor student” and consecutive scholarships to prestigious CRAFT of Choreography workshops. Amanda attended summer intensives on scholarship at prestigious schools such as Joffrey Ballet School NY, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Ballet Austin, and Portland Festival Ballet. At age 16, Amanda began her professional ballet career as an Apprentice with the Eugene Ballet Company. She spent two performance seasons with EBC, touring across the the Northwest performing Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Dracula, American in Paris, The Nutcracker, and original works by Toni Pimble and Gillmer Duran. Amanda first danced with Ballet Fantastique for the 2011 season, performing as the Macaw Bird in Northwest composer Charles Gurke's "Cincuenta Años de Soledad/50 Years of Solitude" in Ballet Fantastique's bossa/brasil (premiere 2011) and as CeCe in As You Like It: A Wild West Ballet (premiere 2011). Amanda then moved to Portland to study under the late John Magnus, where she performed roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy, Snow Queen, and Arabian in The Nutcracker, Fairy Queen in Hansel and Gretel, and original choreography by Les Watanabe. Amanda presented her own production of contemporary choreographic works, Chiaroscuro, with Emily Schultz, Amelia Unsicker, Melissa St. Clair, and Lavinia Magliocco. Amanda danced as a company member with Moxie Contemporary Ballet under Artistic Director Gina Candland. She performed the soloist role La Lune in the holiday production of Noel, and in "Water Wheel," "Brain Crane," and "Monsters" in A La Mode. In addition, Amanda performed original pieces by internationally-recognized choreographers such as Michele Oliva, Jourdan Epstein, Emery LeCrone, Doug Baum, Marie Zvosec, and Drew Jacoby. Amanda is very excited to reunite with Ballet Fantastique.
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Favorite role CeCe in As You Like It: A Wild West Ballet
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