Amanda Hunt is the studio owner, artistic director, and a teacher. She began her dance training at the age of five and went on to major in Ballet and Modern Dance at Texas Christian University, where she traveled the Southwest Conference performing as a TCU Show Girl. Amanda includes among her performing credits the Children’s Dance Theater, Bruce Lea Dance Factory and TCU Department of Ballet and Modern Dance. Her choreography credits include the Irving Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker, Grand Prairie Community Theatre’s production of The Music Man as well as concerts and award-winning competition material for her own xtremeDancers – a nationally ranked performing company.
Sue is a 1977 graduate of the University of Connecticut where she received a BS degree in Finance. She came to work for ADX in 2001 as Office Manager. She is responsible for managing the website, drafting and writing forms and correspondence, enrollment, customer account management and often works in the office. In addition she is responsible for music editing, concert program and tee shirt design and assists with much of the costume accessory construction. During three years spent in Salt Lake City, Sue continued to work with the studio acting as an Administrative Assistant and continuing to manage the website, concert program and most of the forms and correspondence required by the studio. She resumed her duties as Office Manager in 2011 when she returned to Dallas.
Margie Hollywood was one of ADX’s first company dancers when the studio was opened in 1993. She started off as an assistant in 1996 and has taught at ADX ever since. Margie has studied dance at TCC, Texas Woman’s University and the University of Texas at Arlington in the areas of ballet, modern, jazz and folk dancing. Her dance training and teaching experience were invaluable preparation for her position as Director of the award winning Indi-Anne and Chey-Anne Dance Teams at South Grand Prairie High School from 2002-2006. Margie has done choreography for several local musicals including the city of Grand Prairie’s Once Upon a Matress and Once on This Island and Aida that were staged by SGPHS musicals including Once on This Island, and Aida. In addition to her personal experience performing in dance competitions, Margie has been called upon to judge drill team auditions around the metroplex. Margie teaches World History Pre-Ap at South Grand Prairie High School and serves as lead for her group. She received the SGPHS Teacher of The Year award (2012). Margie credits her training at ADX for her confidence and love of teaching which has carried over into all her endeavors. She is currently working towards her Master’s of Education at Southern Methodist University. Margie teaches ballet, tap and jazz and enjoys all ages from babies all the way to adults. She believes that dance is an excellent way to build confidence, provide socialization, instill an appreciation for the arts and provides an outlet for the soul.
Chloé is a 2011 graduate of the University of Utah where she received a BFA in Modern Dance. A recipient of the Etta Keith Eskridge and George P. Bowers scholarships, Chloé was selected as a member of Orchesis for both performance and choreography; as a 2011 ArtsBridge Scholar; and received the Modern Dance Service Award for exceptional service for both 2008 and 2011. While attending the university she performed with PDC and taught ballet at Prodigy Dance Studio in Holladay, Utah. Chloé is a 2007 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts with academic high honors and high honors in dance. She was a three year member of Repertory Dance Company II and the National Honor Society. Chloé was a student at ADX for twelve years and a member of the apprenticeship program for seven years. She competed with the xtremeDancers and FIRE! and was a founding member of Images Contemporary Dance Company. She has been sought out to perform the choreography of Tiffanee Arnold, Denise Bailey, Brynt Beitman, Ting-Yu Chen, Pam Chu, Fred Darsow, Nick DiNicolangelo, Vernon Gooden, Laurie Johnson, David Justin, Jennifer Kayle, Nicholas Leichter, Gabriel Masson, Bridget Moore, Carlos Orta, Sonya Tayeh, Joey Tarwater, Keith Thompson, Holly Williams, Lily Cabatu Weiss and Bruce Wood. In addition to her work at ADX where she teaches ballet, modern dance and many classes for the young dancer, Chloé is the director of Images Contemporary Dance Company and is a full time dance instructor with the Grand Prairie Independent School District.
Tessa is a 2012 graduate of the University of Utah with a BFA in Modern Dance. She was inducted into Orchesis for both dance performance and choreography. While a student at the U, Tessa was the BSU Co-Chair, the Fine Arts Representative to ASUU and was a member of the Senior Council. Tessa is a 2008 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she received High Honors in Dance and Academic High Honors as well as the Dance Coordinator’s Award. She received an Honorable Mention in West African Dance from the NFAA Presidential Scholar in the Arts competition for 2007-2008. She was a three year member of the African Dance Ensemble and was a rehearsal captain for the 2007-2008 year. Tessa was a three-year member of the National Honor Society and served as treasurer in 07-08. Tessa was a student at Amanda’s Dance Express for thirteen years and was a member of the apprenticeship program for eight years. Tessa competed with the xtremeDancers, FIRE!, and Águilas Azteca Ballet Folklórico and was a founding member of Images Contemporary Dance Company. She has been sought out to perform the choreography of Denise Bailey, Belle Baggs, Camille Brown, Pam Chu, Jonathan Campbell, Moussa Diabate, Chuck Davis, Nick DiNicolangelo, Chris DuPree, Laurie Johnson, Chloé Langley, Garfield Lemonius, Chelsea McCall Lujan, Kendra Portier, Joey Tarwater, Sonya Tayeh, Amanda Thomas, Camille Thompson, Keith Thompson, Lily Cabatu Weiss, Alexis Willson and Nick Zborowski. She taught tap, jazz, and hip hop at Prodigy Dance Studio in Holladay, Utah while attending college. Tessa is currently teaching hip hop and numerous classes for the young dancer. She is a company dancer with Mandinka 13; an African dance ensemble based in Dallas, Texas. Tessa is a full time dance instructor with the Grand Prairie Independent School District.
Tina Menchaca is a Dallas native and graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Public Relations. She is represented by one of the top dance agencies, Go 2 Talent Agency. Tina moved to L.A. in July of 2009 and was on the work-study/scholarship program for the world renowned Millennium Dance Complex. Tina was a Hip-Hop/Jazz instructor for the Jr. Program at Millennium Dance Complex before joining the ADX family. She has assisted many choreographers in the industry. Tina has worked with such artists as Nicole Scherzinger, Beyonce, Nelly Furtado, Enrique Iglesias, etc. Other credits include L.A. LIVE Morning show, AT&T promotional Tour, Bloomingdales, MTV Dancelife, reality TV show Mobbed. etc. Before moving to L.A., Tina was the Hip-Hop Director and taught for Ultimate Dance for seven years. She is proud of producing three award winning Hip Hop companies during her time there. She has choreographed for numerous dance teams all over the metroplex and her choreography has been recognized all over the state. Tina is grateful for all the accomplishments God has blessed her with and truly enjoys pursuing her dream along with inspiring others through her talent. Tina also loves being inspired by her students who work extensively to improve their ability. Tina is the director of FIRE!, our resident hip hop company.
Kelsey Moor-Yarbrough began dancing at the age of 3, at Step-N-Out in Grand Prairie Texas. At 7, she began competitive dance at Encore Dance Academy under the direction of Holly Belford. Since then she has won various competition titles including Miss Caravan, Miss Starquest, Dancer of the Year at Hollywood Vibe, and the Fred Nevius Scholarship. She was a cheerleader for six years and a two-time All American Cheerleader with NCA. She has worked with many choreographers including Laurie Johnson, Tabitha D’umo, Nichelle Bane, Tina Menchaca, Berry Youngblood, Alex Edwards, Johnathan Campbell, Chris David, Rustin Matthew, and Dave Scott. Kelsey Attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she was a member of the six-time national champion Pom Squad. While on the Pom Squad, she won the title of Top Gun Turner and was a two-time All American dancer with NDA. She was offered a position on staff her freshman year working with the National Dance Alliance teaching all over the country. While working for NDA she was honored with Rookie of The Year. Kelsey has been teaching dance since she was 15 years old, beginning at Ultimate Dance under the direction of Jaime Truman. Since then, she has also taught at Academy of Dance Music and Theater. She is currently a jazz instructor at Amanda’s Dance Express. Teaching has been a passion of Kelsey’s since a very young age. Growing up she always knew this is what she wanted to do. She loves to work with dancers who push themselves to improve their ability and who are truly as passionate as she is.
Laura began her dance training in 1996 at ADX, “because”, she states, “my mom made me do it!” By 2000 though, when Laura joined the extremeDancers competition team…she was dancing because it had become a part of her life. The thrill of performing on stage has kept Laura involved in dance ever since. Laura graduated from SGPHS in 2011 where she was Captain of the award winning Chey-anne Drill Team. She graduated in 2016 with a degree in Dance Education from Texas State University where she was a member of the Texas State Strutters. Her favorite forms of dance are jazz and contemporary jazz. Laura has choreographed jazz and contemporary pieces for the West Mesquite Larriettes and the SGPHS Chey-annes. She has studied with Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Doug Caldwell, Teddy Florance, Melanie Moore, Nick Lazzarini, Misha Gabriel, Kenny Wormald, Bobby Newberry, Katy Spreadbury, Sonya Tayeh, Nick DiNicolangelo, Laurie Johnson, Joey Tarwater, Chloé Langley, Kelsey Moor, Dani Warden, Nick Zborowski, Camille Thompson, Joe Tremaine, Marty Dew, Derrick Schrader, Keri LaGrand, Tony Bellissimo, Jamie Perrin, Maxwell Jones and Alisa Paradowski. She will begin teaching dance for GPISD in the fall of 2016 and coaching the award winning Chey-anne Drill Team.
Shelby is a 2012 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas where she was a four-year dance major. She began her dance training in 1996 at ADX. She has studied various dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, musical theatre, and some international dance styles. Shelby has performed the choreography of or studied under: Garfield Lemonius, Paula Morgan, Danny Tidwell, Clifford Williams, Robert Battle, Linda James, Jennifer Mabus, Kyle Richards, Kate Walker, Bridget Moore, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Lily Cabatu-Weiss, Kitty Carter, Pam Chu, Tyce Diorio, Melody Lacayanya, Nick Lazzarini, Keri Legrand, Caroline Lewis, Kim McSwain, Desiree Robins, Benji Schwimmer, Joey Tarwater, Sonya Tayeh, Joe Tremaine, Nick DiNicolangelo, Laurie Johnson, Dee Caspary, Justin Jiles, Doug Caldwell, Chris Jacobsen, Mia Micheals, Mandy Moore, Wade Robson, Marty Dew, Gil Duldulao, Napolean & Tabitha Dumo, Comfort Fedoke, Micha Gabriel, Lauireann Gibson, Darrin Henson, Chris Judd, Dave Scott, Jamal Sims, Shane Sparks and Nick Zboroski. Shelby’s strengths in dance are in jazz, contemporary/lyrical and hip-hop. She competed with the xtremeDancers, Images Contemporary Dance Company, and FIRE! hip-hop performing company.
Kristen has been coaching tumbling since 2004. She has trained athletes who are cheerleaders and gymnasts and now is excited to have the opportunity to train dancers. Kristen is credentialed through USASF as an Advance Level 3 Tumbling Coach. She is also USA Gymnastics Safety/ Risk Management Certified.
Tamika is an organized, accomplished woman and an integral part of Amanda’s Dance Express. She is the mother of two beautiful and talented girls, Ashlyn and Ariel. She is the wife of her best friend, Alton Anderson and “mommy” to puppy AJ. Tamika manages and oversees the day-to-day operations at the office of ADX. She has been a part of the ADX family since 2003 and an employee since 2008! Tamika has served in multiple business roles related to office management and customer service. She is very organized, gives attention to details and loves to help all people. She is a native Texan. Tamika attended the University of Houston, in Houston, TX.