Rachel began her dance training at an early age under the instruction of
Debbie Berry first at Young Dance Academy and then Dance Repertoire. She has
competed with numerous award winning groups and later as a soloist at both the
regional and national level.
Rachel’s love for teaching began in 2000 at Dance Repertoire under the
guidance of Debbie Berry. While studying dance there, she taught classes in
tap, jazz and ballet as well as choreographed competition and recital pieces. She
was an instructor for Universal Dance Association which gave her the unique
opportunity to teach students of all ages and technical experience as well as
collaborate with dance instructors from all over the country. She has also
coached and choreographed for the Martin Luther Dance Team, Hales Corners
Lutheran Elementary School Cats, and Racine Park Pom Squad.
Many years of dance training also allowed Rachel to earn a tuition
scholarship to Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU) as a member of the National Champion
Sea Warrior Dance Team.In 2006, she
graduated summa cum laude with a BSBA-Accounting from HPU.Later that year Rachel returned to Wisconsin
and her teaching position at Dance Repertoire.She took over the tap department at the studio and over the course of
the next four years taught over 100 students and choreographed 25+ competition
tap pieces.She also had the opportunity
to refine her skills and study under many master teachers in the tap world
including Gregg Russell, Angela Carter, and Ryan Lohoff.
In 2010, Rachel moved to San Antonio with her husband and son.She began teaching locally for Amy’s All-Star
Dance Studio last year and studying with Barbara Phillips at Third Coast Rhythm
Project.She is excited to continue teaching
and choreographing for the Rising Stars this season!
Amanda Thompson is 19 and Amy Mucha’s younger sister. She started dancing when she was about 2 and has been dancing and tumbling ever since.Dancing is her passion.She has danced competitively for 17 years and has attended many work shops and conventions to continue to enhance her dancing skills.For her 4 years at Smithson Valley High School, she was on the dance team and an officer for the last two years. After high school graduation, Amanda auditioned for the University of the Incarnate Word dance team.She made the team and has been practicing with them all summer.
Starting as an assistant teacher helped inspire Amanda's future career. Her dream is to become a dance therapist and allow children and adults with disabilities to express themselves through the art of dance.Her major will be partially in education and partially in communication skills so that she will be able to teach them.This year she is taking sign language.
Amanda loves working with children and teaching them to dance.Her belief is that dancing has made her a better and stronger person.She dances every chance she gets.
Eryn Hanes-Colin received her early training at Pontecorvo Ballet Studios in Dayton, OH, under the direction of Barbara Pontecorvo and later danced with Gem City Ballet. After spending summers at Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, Ms. Hanes-Colin spent a year with Ballet Chicago and performed with the Ballet Chicago Studio Company. She later danced with Nashville Ballet and Ballet Theatre of Ohio in Akron.
This is Ms. Hanes-Colin’s sixth season with Ballet San Antonio and second year teaching for Amy's All Stars.
began her dance training as a young child, taking classes in ballet, jazz, tap,
hip-hop, pointe, and gymnastics.At the
age of 11, she was accepted into her studio’s elite dance company, The Dancing
Dolls; and was given the opportunity to perform at various events throughout
the Mid-Atlantic region.She has placed
in numerous dance competitions, both as a soloist and a group dancer.Tara began assisting and teaching classes as
a teenager.She was also on her high
school’s award winning Varsity competition dance team.She later went to the University of Delaware,
where she minored in musical theater. Tara has held various roles in dance and
theatrical performances throughout her life; including The Nutcracker, Rent,
Grease, Chicago, and A Chorus Line.She
has choreographed for studios and for several school competition dance
teams.She most recently taught
pre-ballet, ballet, and jazz in Germany for a year.
is not just something that Tara loves.She truly feels a need to dance, to move, and to create.She finds joy and peace in dance and in music
and is looking forward to teaching at Amy’s All Stars.
Ms.Tra "Storm" Neal Born TRAMA Neal is originally from Houston Texas and now resides in San Antonio going on 10 years. She first got her experience of dance at DANCE COLLONY ARTS DANCE STUDIO in Houston Texas as a youth & maintained the love for dance to her now adulthood going on 12 years+. She began teaching in San Antonio Texas in 2007.
She has been a part of dance crews: Beat Rush (Atlanta Georgia sister crew), Varcity Squad Dancer (Local hiphop artist background dancer crew)& performed many shows opening up for big artists like: Lumidee, Tone loc, Pleasure P, Frankie J to name a few as well as San Antonio Local artists.
Ms.Tra's style is unique: she incorporates her African roots in her movement blending in reggae, hiphop, crump & dancehall in her Choreography. Leading a path for her 6 year old daughter who is the joy of her life! is what keeps dance alive in her heart, the ability to express feelings through movement is why dance is and forever will be a part of her life♥
Torie Villa relocated to San Antonio from her hometown of Odessa, Texas in 2009.She started dancing at the age of three and choreographing at the age of seventeen.
Her 20 years of dance experience include training in all styles, from Contemporary to Hip-Hop.She has instructed and choreographed for both competitive and high school dance teams.
At the age of sixteen, Torie spent a summer of dance training under professional instructors such as Tabitha and Napoleon (“Nappytabs”) and Tovaris Wilson at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.
She served as Officer of her high school dance team for three years and Captain of her college dance team for two. During the 2009/10 NBA season, Torie was a member of the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers where she performed in front of over 18,000 fans during games.
Today she works with aspiring dancers of tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop providing instruction and choreography.
The oldest of three girls, Danielle Martinez has grown up around rhinestones and imagination, so the arts are the perfect place for her. She is currently an Honor student at Texas State University in San Marcos, pursuing a BFA in Theatre.
She started dancing in Kindergarten with an after-school dance program at St. Monica's Catholic School. However, at the age of nine, she started taking studio classes when she transitioned into the homeschool world. After a few years, she began assistant teaching under the direction of Ms. Amy and began teaching when she was 15.
She has been a member of the Amy's All Star staff since the studio's opening in 2003. She has worked with ages 3-Adult in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics, and Contemporary/Lyrical. She was a member of the Rising Stars competition team for many years, in addition to choreographing for the team as well. She has danced at numerous community events, NBA and WNBA games, and even at Walt Disney World.
When Danielle is not at school or at the dance studio, she is choreographing at the Cameo Theatre in downtown San Antonio, where she is the Resident Choreographer for Jonathan Pennington Studios. Several recent projects include CATS, Hairspray, All Shook Up, and Little Mermaid, Jr. She also spends several weeks throughout the year in Walt Disney World, where she is a seasonal cast member.
Danielle looks forward to another great year at Amy's and is thankful for all the blessings in her life!