Burleson, TX | 817-575-7785

Artistic Motion Dance Academy

Dance from the Heart to Create the Art

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Meet our AMDA Faculty

Dance has been in her life since the very beginning. She began

her dream at the young age of 3 and has never let go of this love.

Angela grew up in Victoria, Texas and began her journey of dance

from Jan Moore Hamilton. As she progressed as a dancer, she

developed an ultimate passion for ballet. Auditioning for the

Victoria Ballet Theater was her next goal. Debbie Busby invited her

to the Ballet Company at the young age of nine. During the rest of

her school years, she danced for the Company and performed in

The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, FireBird, Giselle,

Coppelia, and many more. During her summers she spent studying dance at Dance New Mexico, Dance Aspen, and Ballet Austin. With all her training in dance she also had a passion for acting. Lucky for her, they synergize to create powerful performers.

 

In 1995, Angela auditioned for Texas Christian University’s Dance program and received the Ballet Nordan Scholarship. TCU increased her love and knowledge of dance and united her gift with all other dancers from all over. During her years at TCU, Angela studied from the late Fernando Bujones. Mr. Bujones had passion and desire that drove Angela to work harder. He had the faith in her dancing that pushed her to keep dancing. Mr. Bujones gave Angela lead roles that took her to perform in Italy and Mexico. He will never be far from Angela’s heart because he taught her how to push towards perfection. Along with Mr. Bujones, Angela also studied from Li Chou Chang, Susan Haigler Robles, Max Stone, Diane West, and Stephanie Rand. After graduating in 1999, Angela traveled to Branson, MO to perform with the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. She also performed in fashion shows all over the United States, Mary Kay Seminars, and industrials. Angela is still performing around the metroplex as much as possible as a freelance dancer.

 

Teaching dance to children of all ages has been her calling for many years as well. Angela has taught at several dance studios around the metroplex, in the Fort Worth ISD, Performing Arts High Schools, Kurt Russell’s gymnastics, and Young Audiences of North Texas. Currently, Angela is the Co-Owner of Synergy Performing Arts Competition. Competition is another passion Angela has grown to love. Pilates has also brought a new love to life that Angela feels everyone should have in their life. The truest loves of her life are her wonderful husband and two beautiful children. Thank you for giving our children the opportunity to learn dance from Artistic motion Dance Academy.

 

Let me start by saying we living 40 minutes away from AMDA and pass several dance studios just to attend. There is something special and unique offered here, and it’s not just dance. We are so blessed and thankful to be a part of such an amazing company at Artistic Motion Dance Academy. Mrs. Angela & Ms. Whitney have taken my daughter under their wing and allowed her to bloom and be herself, as they do for ALL their dancers. This is what makes AMDA so special.  The family support from ALL company age dancers and mommas is so unique. The older dancers are always right by the little ones’ side helping them in whatever they need. I am just speechless, over filled with joy, and bursting inside as a proud momma and proud AMDA parent!

 

-Magan D.

Give us a call today to learn more about our amazing dance instruction.

 

817-575-7785

Angela McCord McGarity, Owner & Director

Sydnie Walker, Instructor

Sydnie, from a young age, trained extensively in hip-hop, jazz, ballet,

clogging and tap. Specializing in hip-hop, she strives to keep her

students up to the latest styles and choreography. Sydnie has taken

instruction from major performance teams such as Diavolo Dance

Theater, the A&M drill team, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and

the performance coach from the hit show MTV Made.

 

Sydnie is still performing and has taken home individual achievement

awards such as “The Wow Award”, “Most Outstanding Performer”,

and “All American”. Her competing team now holds a National ranking, winning numerous first place titles every season. Her sole joy in life is entertainment.

 

She has been a guest performer at the Dallas Cowboy football halftime show, the Amazing cheer and dance nationals, and her favorite performance of all was singing for a Dallas Cowboy cheerleading event.

 

AMDA has brought her the wonderful opportunity of sharing her love for dance with others.

 

Whitney is AMDA's Assistant Director. She is a local dance artist

and educator who received her M.F.A. in Dance from Texas

Woman’s University in Denton, TX. She began her dance training

at the age of 3, participating in tap, ballet, & tumbling classes. At

the age of 7, Whitney began competing in dance competitions and

attending conventions. Overall, she was involved in the studio and

competition dance scene for 14 years. Throughout her dance

training in high school, she focused on Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Hip Hop,

Contemporary and Jazz under the direction of Ms. Angela. Whitney

began her dance career in the university setting at Sam Houston

State University in 2006. She relocated and continued her dance education at Kilgore College in 2007, where she studied under Cathy Beckman and later received her A.A. in Dance. After transferring to Texas Woman’s University in 2009 to complete her undergraduate degree, Whitney graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2011, earning her B.A. in Dance with a minor in Psychology. Following graduation, she continued her education through the TWU Dance Graduate program, earning graduate scholarships and honorable dance awards.

 

Throughout her college career, Whitney has gained invaluable performance and choreographic experience, as well as responsibilities in concert production as sound board operator, light board operator, and stage manager. She has produced six full-length choreographic works and performed in over 20 dances since 2009. Over the past eight years, Whitney has studied under the following instructors and choreographers: Jordan Fuchs, Sarah Gamblin, Mary Hayne, Matthew Henley, Gladys Keeton, Shelley Padilla, Nycole Ray, Shelley Wayne, Mary Williford-Shade, and José Zamora. She has also had the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops and master classes with artists such as D. Chase Angier, Rebecca Bryant, Sherwood Chen, Teena Custer, Kirsche Dickson, Keith Hennessy, Amanda Jackson, Nina Martin, KT Niehoff, Leslie Scates, Lily Sloan, Nicole Touzien, and Stephen “tWitch” Boss.

 

Whitney is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Texas at Arlington, as well as the Assistant Director at AMDA.

Whitney Coleman, Assistant Director

Stacy Ali has been a dancer since the age of 8, studying ballet,

modern, jazz, and hip-hop at dance schools in California & Texas,

including Goleta Civic Ballet, Ballet Austin, Joyce Willet, UNT,

Millenium, The Edge PAC, Dallas Powerhouse and more. She

has performed in “The Nutcracker” nine seasons with Goleta

Civic Ballet and Ballet Austin, and in Lambros Lambrou’s “The

Rainbow” and “Peter and the Wolf”. Stacy’s professional

experience includes dancing for Usher (in conjunction with Cowgirls Entertainment), Motley Crue and Rockwell, touring with Radio Disney, and performing in music videos for Blink 182, The Lost Prophets, J-Lo, A Tribe Called Quest, Pras, and Joss Stone. She has modeled for both Ian Logan Photography and Starz Dancewear.

 

In addition to MTV’s well known dance competition, “The Wade Robson Project,” Stacy has competed in other dance and drill competitions, receiving many awards and scholarships. She’s taught ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and tap for Dana's Studio, Debbie’s Studio, Miss Persis Studio, Creative Arts Theatre and School, Millenium, Dallas Powerhouse, and Artistic Motion Dance. Several of the year 2000 Junior Olympic Gymnasts benefited from her guidance as their ballet coach as well. Stacy has volunteered extensively in nursing homes and at Cook’s Children’s Hospital. She is currently pursuing her dance therapy certification and has degrees in both dance and social work/mental health. Most recently Stacy has received certifications in both Autism Movement Therapy and Pilates.

Stacy Ali, Instructor

Cassie's story started in an unusual fashion as she dreamed of

being an ice skater from the beginning but her mother had other

plans for her. Cassie's mother enrolled her in dance at the age of

three. The first lessons that she had were tap and ballet. Cassie's

love grew to encompass all forms of dance. She started competing

at the age of 6, and by 14, she was touring with a convention. At

the age of 16, Cassie started to instruct others in dance. She

finished out her remaining year at Debbie’s Studio of Creative

Motion where she was a student for 15 years. Cassie was privileged enough in her adult career to have been able to dance at Six Flags, the Super Bowl party for Mark Cuban, Video Game Premiers, Private Parties and much, much more. Cassie taught dance at a multitude of places ranging from Gilley’s Palladium to the University of Texas at Tyler. During all this time, she was able to complete her bachelor’s Degree from University of Texas in Arlington. Throughout all of this, even today, Cassie's love for dance has not wavered and she hopes to be able to pass this on to the youth of today.

Cassie Morris, Instructor

Cassie Dancing

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