Amy Munoz Evert
Amy has been dancing since the age of 6 studying ballet, tap and jazz and her favorite, Musical theatre dance. She has appeared in many local theatre productions including “Annie”, “The Goodbye Girl”, and “Fame”
While pursing her masters degree in early elementary education at West Virginia University, Amy continued dancing under the direction of Mary Kathryne Wiedebusch and Carole Wiedebusch.
Amy and her husband Tyler now reside in Charleston with their dog Boomer and are expecting their first child. Amy is currently employed by Kanawha County Schools as a Head Start teacher and is thrilled to be joining the faculty at the Academy of Arts at January’s for the 2009-10 season. She will be teaching children’s ballet and tap classes.
Amanda Lanham was trained at the Academy of Arts at January's from the time she was 3 till she graduated high school. She left Charleston to attend college at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon WV. She graduated with a BFA in International Studies with a dance Minor. While in college Amanda attended all the West Virginia Dance Festivals as well as the American College Dance Festival, and the Winter Dance Festivals at Wesleyan. Amanda was accepted into a Dance Intensive at the Dance Alloy Theatre in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and trained intensily for two weeks in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, African, and Hip Hop. She was also awarded the Outstanding Dancer in Theatre Award in 2011. Ms. Lanham also worked for Kanawha County Schools working as a dance intructor for Kindergarten-fifth grade at JE Robins Elementary and also spent the 2013 summer at Theatre West Virginia, hired as a dancer for Hatfields and McCoys, Honey in the Rock, Wizard of Oz, and Rocket Boys.
Katie is new to the staff at January's this year. Recently moved to West Virginia with her fiance and is eager to begin as a new teacher for this school year. She has been dancing since the age of two in Roswell Ga. She studied many different genres of dance as she grew up. Her more serious training was under John Pozzouli at his studio where she focused on Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and also did some competition dancing. While she was dancing she was also a teacher assistant and then went on to get her teaching certificate in Coral Springs FL the summer of 2007. She has experience teaching preschool aged students up to Collegiate students. She attended Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA, where she received a degree in Athletic Training. She went on to work at Belhaven University as a Dance Athletic Trainer in Jackson, MS. There she also got to teach Tap and Jazz to the college aged students. Katie loves to dance and express herself through dance.She has been asked to be apart of the Company at January's and is excited to be able to dance and perform again. She will be teaching some of the preschool classes, Jazz fusion, and a tumbling class this season. She loves teaching children her passion for dance and hope that she can be a positive and fun influence for the students.
Children's Programs & Hip-Hop
Lacy started her dance training at age eleven, and continued throughout high school, where she was a member of the Capital High Dance Company.
Lacy has an Associate's Degree in Applied Science and an American Sign Language certification. She incorporates sign language into her choreography and utilizes it to teach dance terminology to students.
From 2006 to 2009, Lacy instructed classes in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, sign language, art and yoga at The Boys and Girls Club in Charleston. She directed recitals to showcase the student's talents. Lacy has taught at the WVSU Charleston Stage Company Summer Arts Camp, The Cultural Center's “Arts Sampler” Camp, and also for Child Care Centers and churches around the area.
Lacy has performed interpretive/belly dance professionally with the musical groups, Trielement and Synergy. She has also performed at The West Virginia Dance Festival, FestivALL and in dance competitions such as, Star Systems National Talent Competition, Dance U.S.A., and DTI (Dance Troupe Incorporated). Lacy has taken Hip-Hop dance intensive classes with Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval, Shane Sparks, Robin Dunn and Ryan Cyphert; and has taken Contemporary/Jazz classes with choreographers; Mia Michaels, Melanie Moore, Tina Cyphert, Melody Lacayanga and Allen Cooper.
From 2009-2010, Lacy interned at The Academy of Arts at January's and performed in the 2010 show of “Chasing Butterflies” as a Lady Bug. Lacy has been teaching at The Academy of Arts at January's since 2010.