Spotlight Dance Center
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About our teachers

Spotlight Dance & Performing Arts Center instructors are a remarkable group of smart, dedicated and passionate teachers who strive to bring out the very best in themselves and their students. They boast an impressive set of credentials, both in and out of the studio. And though their personalities and teaching styles are as diverse as their outside areas of expertise, they share several important attributes:

Every instructor at SDPAC is University trained in Dance, Theatre or Performing Arts and holds a BA , BFA or MFA.

Become an instructor for Spotlight

At Spotlight, we are committed to providing each student with a professional, well rounded performing arts education. To achieve this, we hire the most experienced instructors who love sharing their passion for dance, musical theatre and voice with each and every student.

We are always interested in speaking with qualified instructors. Please read through the material on our website to learn as much as you can about SDPAC. If you believe our values align with yours, please submit your resume to, or contact us to inquire about current openings for substitute and permanent faculty

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Our Teachers

Miss Amanda
A Puget Sound native, Miss Amanda (Owner & Artistic Director) returned to the PNW after nearly a decade performing, choreographing, teaching, and continuing her own dance training in other corners of the globe. Upon completing her B.A. (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in NY with a double major in Dance and Movement Science and a minor in Science and Society, Miss Amanda embarked on a professional career as a dancer, performing in a variety of venues in AZ, CT, MN, NC, NY, OR, WA, WY, Italy and Austria with companies such as Center Dance Ensemble (soloist), Co-Art Dance, University of Oregon Repertory Dance Company, Joint Forces Dance Company, Walrus Dance Company and BQ Danza.

In 2008 Miss Amanda co-founded the BareFoot Collective (a community-based organization dedicated to creating opportunities for dance in the Greater Tacoma Area) and served as a Co-Director until 2011 when she became Artistic Director of Spotlight Dance & Performing Arts Center. She holds an M.F.A in Dance from the University of Oregon where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow instructing students in modern, ballet, jazz, and tap dance. Miss Amanda is also a certified Acrobatic Arts Teacher, DanceAbiltiy (dance for people both with and without disabilities) Teacher, has presented research at annual Int’l Assoc. of Dance Medicine and Science conferences, and is published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science as well as the Journal of Dance Education. Miss Amanda believes strongly in the brain-compatible curriculum taught at SDPAC and loves sharing her passion for dance with her youngest students in diapers to her oldest in pointe shoes!

Miss Meredith
Miss Meredith is a genuine Georgia peach, born and raised in South Georgia. She received her BA in Art History with a secondary concentration in Dance from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. Before settling in Seattle in 2009, Miss Meredith worked with choreographers such as Jodi Melnick, Louis Gervais, Carol Dilley, and was a company member of Fuzion Dance Artists in Sarasota, FL. She also trained four consecutive years at the Bates Dance Festival, a front runner in summer dance intensives.
During her time in Seattle, Miss Meredith has worked with countless choreographers in the area such as KT Niehoff, Kristin Hapke, Shannon Stewart, and Marissa Niederhauser. Currently, Miss Meredith is a company member and rehearsal director for Khambatta Dance Company. With KDC, she has performed and taught dance nationally and internationally in places like San Francisco, Montana, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, and India.
Miss Meredith is excited to continue her teaching experience with Spotlight Dance & Performing Arts Center. She has previously taught dance classes for Fuzion Dance Artists, Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, FL, and Beyond Dance, a private studio in Sarasota, FL. Miss Meredith recently attended the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers run by world renowned master teacher Anne Green-Gilbert, furthering her understanding of brain-compatible dance.

Miss Meredith strives to push her students to dance beyond the limits they currently know by encouraging a positive and supportive class atmosphere combined with high intensity, athletic movement! SDPAC reminds Miss Meredith of her own childhood dance experience and she loves being part of such a welcoming and supportive community!

Miss Carrie
Miss Carrie is a Seattle-based dancer, choreographer, educator, and movement practitioner who brings a deep appreciation for kinesthetic awareness to her work in the healing arts. Miss Carrie holds a bachelors degree from Carleton College, where she danced with Minneapolis choreographers as part of Semaphore Repertory Company. In New York, Miss Carrie danced with Sapphire Moon and presented work in the White Room Series. She earned her MFA in dance at the University of Oregon in 2008, enjoying several years with the repertory company. Miss Carrie was a founding member of the BareFoot Collective in Tacoma, WA and her resume includes extensive work in theatrical lighting and musical composition. In addition to her work as a Pilates instructor and somatic educator, Miss Carrie is currently on faculty at Spectrum Dance Theater and Spotlight Dance Center. She frequently presents creative work with TRANSForm Dance Collective, but her latest productions have been a couple of amazing boys, who inspire and challenge their Mama to use humor and life lessons in her choreography.

Miss Amanda O.
Miss Amanda O. (Miss O) is from Seattle, WA and trained under Pat Hon’s mentorship in the Preparatory Dance Program at Cornish College of the Arts, where she went on to receive her B.F.A. in Dance. Attending summer dance programs at Alvin Ailey sparked her interest and passion for exploring and training in all forms of dance. She has a strong Ballet and Modern background and is also a versatile performer and teacher in Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, and Musical Theatre.
Miss Amanda O. has danced with ARC Dance Company, Walrus Dance Company and Maureen Whiting Dance Company, and has worked with local choreographers Wade Madsen, Geoffrey Johnson, and Daniel Linehan. Her choreography has been showcased at On The Boards, Velocity Dance Center and Northwest Film Forum. As a performer at the Village Theatre, Miss Amanda O. has been featured in the musical productions of Annie Get Your Gun and Big River. She also currently serves as the Managing Director for the Maureen Whiting Dance Company.
Miss Amanda O. recently completed the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers led by the pioneer of creative movement and the brain-dance curriculum, Anne Green Gilbert. This is Miss Amanda O.’s third year on Faculty at Spotlight Dance & Performing Arts Center, and she is excited to continue to inspire students to find their love and passion for dance and discover expression and technique through the joy of movement.

Miss Jilyan
Miss Jilyan started dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. A graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education, she has had the opportunity to teach in studios, middle schools, high schools, and day & overnight camps in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arizona and Washington. Her training is based in modern and has included, jazz, ballet, tap, and acrobatics. Recently, Miss Jilyan became a certified Acrobatics Arts instructor.
Miss Jilyan takes a personal approach to teaching dance. Her focus is on combining proper technique while exploring self-expression, confidence, and personal growth. She is dedicated to educating dancers about all areas of dance including its rich history, kinesiological principles and choreographic methods. More than anything, Miss Jilyan is focused on having fun in the classroom and creating a love for dance and movement. She is excited to continue to work with the warm and welcoming community that Spotlight has created for dancers, families, and staff.