Mrs. Amy studied Fine Art at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has a Bachelor's of Fine Art Degree with a concentration in Graphic Design, as well as, a minor in Marketing. She has over 20 years of experience in the Print Industry and has worked for clients such as UNC-Charlotte, McDonald's, Wachovia, Wells Fargo and S&D Coffee. She has received numerous awards for her work in this area. In addition to working as a freelance graphic designer, she manages a blog, www.thejoyoflifetogether.com. She is honored to serve as the Pastor's wife at LifePoint Community Church, as well. At the studio, you will find her doing the business and marketing side of the studio. She also teaches the fine arts classes, as well as, assists in all other classes when needed. When she is not working, she love's to travel with her wonderful husband Dallas and their beautiful daughter Hannah. "I look forward to the exciting things God has in store for me on this adventure called life. It is my prayer that Graceful Steps will draw students and their families closer to our Lord as they learn to excel in the performing and visual arts."
Mrs. Amanda has been involved in dance most of her life. At 4, she began Ballet and continued her studies until she graduated high school. Over the years her ballet training expanded to include tap, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz, and acrobatics. Through guidance and training at Dance Upstairs Academy of Performing Arts, she was able to achieve many goals and dreams in the world of dance.
Holding a place in the studio competition team for several years enabled her to attend many competitions; competing in groups, as well as a solo dancer. Through the Dance Masters of America Dance Conventions and the sponsorship of Dance Upstairs she was able to become a Junior Member of Dance Masters of America, and attend classes that focused on the business side of dance. Amanda received the studio’s Modern Dance Award in 2001, the studio’s Competition Team Award in 2002, and the Hal Falls Scholarship in 2004. In 2003, she was awarded the title “Teen Miss Dance of Carolina”, and went to compete in Nationals, leaving as a Top 10 Finalist for America’s Teen Miss Dance 2003-2004. In 2004, Amanda then received the Overall High Score Teen Solo Champion at the Southeastern Regional Competition, and became “Teen Miss Dance of Lenoir 2004-2005,” continuing to nationals and receiving the “Miss Congeniality Award.” She was privileged to be a member of America's National Dance Championship's dance team, "The Dream Team", and The Ultimate Star National Dance Team as well.
At the age of 14, she became a Teacher’s Assistant at Dance Upstairs. She worked her way up to become an Associate Instructor and finally a Professional Instructor in 2008 and 2009. She has been an Instructor at Graceful Steps Dance Academy, Elkin, NC, since 2011. Miss Amanda's teaching experience includes: ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, tap, and acrobatics for age groups ranging from preschool to adulthood.
“Being a part of church and dance for most of my life, I have always felt that God gave me my love of dance as a way to express and share my joy for the life He gave me."
Mrs. Kate fell in love with dance at the age of 4 and never got over it! Her studies began at Dance Arts in Olean, New York, where she took acrobatics, tap and as many ballet classes as she could manage. Her family moved to Florida when she was 12, and she was privileged to begin studying with a Christian teacher who was willing to help her channel her desire to use the art of dance for God’s glory. Under this teacher’s instruction she continued ballet and pointe classes and branched into lyrical and modern dance, as well. She was a senior level dancer with the studio from 2000 through 2004, during which time she had the opportunity to serve as a demonstrator for several younger classes, to perform as a studio soloist for three years and to represent the studio in team and solo competitions with International Dance Challenge and Showstoppers. Ms. Kate attended Appalachian Bible College from 2004-2008, where she studied Bible and vocal music. Her in-depth study of music and performance during these years, as well as a growing personal conviction about stewardship of all her artistic talents for the Lord deepened Ms. Kate’s appreciation for dance and longing to return to it. After college this desire led her to acquire certification as an International Sports Science Association fitness trainer, with a specialization in children’s fitness. She put this training to work from 2010-2012 at a recreational gym facility in northern Utah, serving as a fitness and tumbling coach and teaching beginner ballet and toddler movement classes. Ms. Kate and her husband have just moved to North Carolina, where her latest goal is to continue her fitness career as an instructor for ballet fitness and to make the most of her teaching opportunity with Graceful Steps Dance Academy! “I pray that the Lord will make me effective in sharing my love for Him and for His gift of dancing with all the children I meet at Graceful Steps.”
Miss Hannah has been involved in Graceful Steps Dance Academy since age 10, training in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe and contemporary. Her gracefulness and passion for dance is evident in everything she does. At fifteen she became a Junior Dance Assistant and was soon promoted to the position of Dance Instructor. Miss Hannah's loving nature and patience makes her a favorite amongst the students at Graceful Steps. She enjoys working with children while sharing her passion. Currently Miss Hannah is a homeschooled high school student and is looking forward to college soon. She hopes to continue with this ministry for many years to come.
Miss Abigail was born in Elkin, NC. She began her love for dance at the age of 4 when she participated in gymnastics at a gym in Mount Airy, NC. Looking for something closer to home, she discovered Graceful Stpes. She and her family were excited to find a faith-based studio that focused on bringing glory to God. She started classes at Graceful Steps in 2013 at the age of 9. Each year, she has taken more classes to broaden her experience in different types of dance. These classes have included tumbling/acro, tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary and performance. Her favorite of these is tumbling/acro which she has taken for the past 6 years. Miss Abigail has been a Junior Assistant for tumbling for several years and she enjoys helping the students grow in their strength and confidence.
Junior Dance Assistant