Amanda is a graduate of Salve Regina University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and minored in dance. She was a member and choreographer for Extensions Dance Company as well as senior captain of Salve's largest student run organization, SRU Dance.
Amanda fused her passions for dance and advocacy for the special needs population when she began coordinating for the Let Loose Dance Troupe, an integrated dance class for children with and without special needs. She implemented this program with teens in Massachusetts, and this past year, all over Westchester, New York with adults.
A lifelong lover of pageantry, Amanda is an active member of the Miss America Organization. The first crown she wore was that of Miss Taunton 2008, which sealed her passion for competitive pageantry. She went on to win four other local titles, competing at the state level until becoming Miss Massachusetts 2013. She is proud to have represented the Commonwealth at the Miss America Scholarship Pageant in its first year returning to Atlantic City.
Amanda is a Spotlight Dance Studio alumnus and completed 13 years of training here. She is now director of Spotlight Dance Studio and is excited to share her enthusiasm for the arts with all students.
Laurie is an honors graduate from Northeastern University's Associate Program where she majored in Business Administration. She has been an active member of the Dance Teacher's Club of Boston since 2003 in addition to obtaining her Aerobics Certification through the Attleboro YMCA in 2005. She first began her dance training at age 11 at Cindy's School of Dance in Mansfield and later at DeLutis School of Dance and American Academy. Her teaching career began in 1983 and she has taught throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. In addition to continuing her dance training, she is also certified in Child Development through Project Connect of Attleboro as well as various teaching courses offered throughout New England including Rosemarie Boyden's Pre-Primary Age Program. She developed a love for teaching young children early on and specializes in pre-Primary age students at Spotlight where she has been an Instructor since 1993.
Instructor: Musical Theater
A native of Taunton, Karen trained at local studios and the Boston Conservatory, and today has more than 30 years of experience as a dance instructor. With a lifelong love of theater, she has choreographed musicals for school drama clubs, summer theater camps, and professional corporate events, and appeared in almost two dozen musicals such as “A Chorus Line,” “42nd Street,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Oklahoma!” While at Dance Express in Easton, Karen’s musical theater competition numbers captured several first and second place overalls at Spirit of Dance Nationals, and she received a Choreography Award this past season at a US Tournament of Dance regionals. Karen is very happy to be returning to Spotlight Dance Studio, where she previously taught for over a decade and founded the studio’s popular musical theater program. An associate editor and writer for Dance Studio Life magazine, during her journalism career Karen has interviewed such luminaries as Broadway stars Ben Vereen and Tommy Tune, Chet Walker (choreographer of the recent Pippin revival), and ballerina Leslie Browne (of The Turning Point).