The goal and purpose of Amanda Cuoco Dance is for dancers to learn the intricacies of ballet and grasp a deeper understanding of the healing effect that dance and physical activity has on a person. These techniques will enable dancers to pursue their creative futures with confidence and knowledge. ACDance teaches those students who are eager and have passion for dance. Dancers will be encouraged to train hard, build self-discipline, and develop beautiful technique by studying the craft and pushing the limits. As a result, the dancer will walk away with an experience that is unparalleled.
I began teaching ballet at the age of 18 at Champion Studios in El Paso, Texas under the direction of Andree Harper. I continued to teach ballet at various studios throughout Texas under the direction of Neil Hess. I have taught at The School at Steps, a division of Steps on Broadway in NYC, Backstage Performing Arts in Rutherford, NJ, Studio L in Bridgewater, NJ, Starlight Dance Center in Nutley, NJ, Danza, Center for the Arts in Austin, TX, Westfield School of Dance in Westfield, NJ along with numerous private lessons at Zura in Montclair, NJ and throughout the tri-state area.
I love being able to teach dance and share what I have always been so passionate about. Dance is the one thing that has been a constant in my life and has brought me so much joy. I love meeting new students, finding out what their goals are, and being able to create an individualized program for them. Watching my students progress into strong, knowledgeable dancers is one of the greatest feelings I could have. I also like to know that I am contributing to the dance world with new properly trained, up and coming talent.
I graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a BFA in Ballet Performance. I have performed with Ballet of the Americas, Ballet El Paso/UTEP Ballet, Lone Star Ballet, El Paso Opera, El Paso Symphony, "Viva El Paso!", Shakespeare on the Rocks, El Paso Salseras, UTEP Dinner Theater, Amarillo Little Theater, West Texas A&M Ballet, & "TEXAS!" Outdoor drama. Several of my performances include productions such as Sleeping Beauty, Scaramouche, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Canival of the Animals, Samson and Delilah, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet, & Rodeo.
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She has been inspirational and encouraging me throughout the ballet lessons
Amanda is very patient and inspirational. I enjoy her class.
She's an excellent teacher, patient, and has a fun personality! She keeps reminding you of corrections (constructively) but also mentions when you do something right. The reinforcement is helpful.
My 15 year old son is a competitive ballroom dancer. His Latin coach suggested he take private ballet classes from Amanda to enhance his ballroom dancing. Ever since he began taking lessons with Amanda, he has progressed not only in ballroom but in ballet too. His ballroom coaches have seen even greater improvement in his dancing ever since he began to take lessons with Amanda. Amanda makes it easy for my son to understand and then incorporate ballet dance techniques. She was able to bring my son to a higher level of understanding body movement and control. My son has become to appreciate the benefits of ballet through the expert instruction he receives from her. He always looks forward to, and thoroughly enjoys, his lessons with Amanda. She is supportive and caring and a most welcome member of my son’s dance coaching team. I was told by other professional dancers/instructors that ballet training is good for all other genre of dance. This has proved true for my son.
In order to build strong and competent dancers, I ask each dancer what their goal is by taking these classes. Once I understand why they want these lessons, I can then develop an individualized lesson plan for each student.
BFA Ballet and over 20 years of professional dancing and training.
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My second ballet instructor wanted me to sub and teach summer courses. I was not too interested in teaching at the time, but I also understood that it was an opportunity to teach in my field at a young age. It turns out, I enjoyed teaching more than I expected.
All different ages and levels. I prefer to teach ages 6 and up.