Meet Your Incredible Teachers!
"Behind every dancer who believes in themself is a dance teacher who believed in them first."
Amanda Page is a natural born performer, instructor, and choreographer that has dedicated her life to dance. She has trained in all styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hiphop, contemporary, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, acrobatics, and modern since the age of 6. While training as a competitive dancer her entire life, she has received multiple first place overall awards including Regional Ms. Headliner, first place national soloist at Encore Dance Competition, and receiving the Overall Excellence Award at Headliners National Finals. Amanda was also known for receiving several judges awards rewarding her high energy such as “made for the stage” and “dynamite performer” just to name a few. While performing at a competition, Amanda was spotted by a talent agent and asked to perform in “Cabaret for a Cause” in New York City with talented children from the hit TV Show “Dance Moms” and multiple television and Broadway stars, and was asked to return for a second performance after that.
Amanda graduated cum laude from Rider University in Spring 2017 with a degree in Dance Performance and a minor in Arts Administration. During her time at Rider, she trained at the Princeton Ballet school 4 days a week. Additionally, she performed in the Rider Dances production annually and choreographed and performed in the Rider Dance Ensemble shows each semester. Recently, Amanda auditioned and was offered a job in Disney World as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Tinker Bell but refused because of her love for teaching dance. Amanda made an appearance in the movie “Carver” as a dance extra and was the coach of the Jr. Trenton Thunder Dance Team.
Amanda has worked at multiple dance studios throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey as head instructor and choreographer. Amanda continues to teach collegiate level dancers at the Princeton Ballet School. She also teaches dance class as an elective at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, PA where she also choreographs the school’s musicals. She has an intense love for teaching that causes her energy and dedication to be contagious to her staff and students. Amanda has a strict “good juju only” policy at the studio and lives by that positivity every day. She attends multiple dance conventions such as “The Pulse,” “Excel In Motion” and “JUMP” semi-annually, takes class at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, and takes drop-in classes throughout the area in order to keep up with the most recent techniques and styles. Amanda was offered a scholarship by “Excel In Motion” for her outstanding performance at the convention in 2019. She thrives off of passing this passion and technique onto her students.
Amanda is now known for creating high energy, strong, innovative, and athletic choreography. Her favorite choreographers include Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Tricia Miranda, Galen Hooks, and Brian Freedman, who she has had the honor of taking class from at conventions and master classes. Amanda’s choreography has been recognized around the tri-state area with multiple first place, excellence in choreography, and excellence in entertainment awards. Amanda’s focus is to bring out the best in her student’s as dancer’s and young people, on stage and in life.
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As the students safety always comes first, Amanda is CPR, First Aid, and AED certified.
Jackie Murtha has been dancing since she was able to walk. Starting in classes at the early age of three years old, Jackie has now been dancing for twenty years. She began her training at Release Dance Academy, where she trained in jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, tap, hip hop, and acrobatics. As a competitive dancer, she has won many awards. This includes, first runner up for Senior Miss at a national dance competition, first overalls, and titles at numerous regional and national competitions. In addition to her studio training, Jackie attended The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, majoring in dance. In pursuit of her dream to one day be a student at the University of the Arts, she spent a summer in the UArts pre-college program.
After graduating high school in 2013, Jackie’s dreams came true and she was accepted as a student at UArts with a scholarship. During her time there, she trained under the University’s incredible professors, including Roni Koresh, Kim Bears-Bailey and a wide span of ballet teachers from the Pennsylvania Ballet. It is here where she expanded her training even further with modern dance and aerial silks. In 2017, after spending every semester on the Dean’s List, she graduated, with honors, with a BFA in Dance.
While at UArts, Jackie worked with several choreographers, including Sidra Bell, Gary Jeter, and her professors Wayne St. David and Tommie Waheed Evans. She appeared in these works in Philadelphia’s Merriam Theatre. Once she graduated, Jackie joined the Philadelphia 76ers Dancers, and is currently spending her second season on the team. She was fortunate enough to have been selected to perform in Shanghai, China, at the NBA 5v5 event where she performed all over the city and backed up Chinese pop star, Tia Rae. Her back up dancing experience extends to performing with Run-DMC.
In addition to her live performance experience, Jackie has filmed for commercials for the TV show So You Think You Can Dance. She has also appeared in ads for the NBA playoffs.
Jackie’s love for teaching started when she became an assistant teacher at Release Dance Academy in 2008. Since then, she has instructed classes, of all ages, in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, technique, tap, hip-hop, jumps and turns, and more. In addition to teaching and choreographing at multiple dance studios, she created many pieces at the University of the Arts.
Currently, she is the coach for the Old City Dancers, the senior citizen dance team for the 76ers.
Ally Adragna began her dance training at three years old, and has been training in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, and hiphop for almost twenty years. During Ally's early dance career she competed at competitions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Ally performed with her high school dance program in Downtown Disney in the Spring of 2012 and 2014. After Ally graduated high school, she continued her dance career at The University of Alabama pursuing a BA in Dance. During her time at Alabama she has performed in various shows including a student ran organization titled, "Dance Alabama!", and faculty ran organizations titled, "Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre" and "Dance Collections." Ally has also gotten the opportunity to perform at the Symphony Space in New York City for the 2018 Young Choreographer's Festival. After Ally graduated from Alabama, she spent all of July 2019 training at the Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago, IL, for their professional intensive. Now Ally has started a professional career dancing for the NLL, the Philadelphia Wings.