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Artistic Motion Dance Academy

Dance from the Heart to Create the Art

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Meet our instructors:

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.

 

Lindsay is so happy to be joining the AMDA team! She is originally from Houston and graduated from OU with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance. Lindsay grew up dancing at the Houston Academy of Dance under the direction of Evelyn Ireton. She has also trained at the Martha Graham School, BDC, and Dance New Amsterdam in NYC.

 

Her performing credits include: National Tours of "George M!", "Singin' in the Rain", Hawaii Tour of "A Chorus Line".  Regional: "Wilber" in Charlotte's Web at Casa Mañana, "Yvonne" in Miss Saigon at TUTS, "Fly Girl" in DCT's Diary of a Spider, a Worm and a Fly and "Connie" in 6 productions of A Chorus Line. Lindsay most recently performed in The Cat in the Hat as "THING 2" at DCT and "The Spotted Elephant" in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with Wishing Star Productions at the Majestic Theatre!  Lindsay danced with the prolific, post-modern dance company, Suchu Dance, for two years and she is also an aspiring square dance caller!  

"I would encourage you, as an extremely proud and happy parent of an AMDA student, to take time to come into AMDA Studio yourself. Sit and meet the staff... you will be pleased. Sit and watch how the children interact with new students... You will be pleased.  

 

Be amazed by the pre-professional instruction the children receive from talented, educated and loving instructors. Be encouraged by an outstanding group of women that encourage not only each other's children but each other as successful women."

 

- Bevette A.

Angela

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

 

817-575-7785

Lindsay

Angela McCord McGarity

Lindsay Longacre

Sydnie Walker

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.

 

Sydnie

Whitney is a local dance artist and educator who recently 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, and 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, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, 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 currently teaches dance courses at Collin College, classes at AMDA, and assists with the AMDA Company working with the Mini Elite performers.

Whitney Coleman

Whitney

Stacy Ali has been a dancer since the age of 8, studying ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop at dance schools in California and 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

Staci

Andony Ybarra

Andony

Andony first began dancing well into college after a friend dared him to audition for the campus hip-hop team. Although he did not make it to the team, he fell in love with the art of dance and hasn't stopped since. He cites Excel Garner as the core of his hip-hop training since he "pushed him in the deep end".

 

Though he had a late start into the dance world, he has performed in live events all over DFW and beyond via live showcases, Dallas Cowboy's halftime shows, fashion shows, and music videos. He is currently a member of the "Electronic Super Villains" dance crew as a dancer and choreographer. His most noted credits are opening for the Yin Yang Twins, having his choreography featured at Six Flags Over Texas and Dark Hour Haunted House, and being dance captain at the SFOT production of iLuminate from America's Got Talent. Since joining the staff at Studio 74, Andony's competitive teams have won two consecutive national titles.

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 3. 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

Cassie Dancing

Our passion

is dance