COMPANY ARTIST | San Diego, California
JOINED CBC: 2007
TRAINING: California Ballet School, San Diego Dance Theater, Jean Isaacs and Monica Bill Barnes, LINES Ballet of San Francisco, Summer Lee Rhatigan, Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, Christian Burns, Alex Ketley
FEATURED CBC ROLES: Arabian Coffee —The Nutcracker, Fairy of Eloquence and Little Red Riding Hood —Sleeping Beauty, Lost Boy —Peter Pan
NOTEWORTHY: San Diego Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Top Business Leaders 2019, California Ballet School Student of the Year, California Ballet Company Dancer of the Year, chosen by Peter Kalivas to choreograph for The PGK Project's "San Diego Dances"
When I'm not working I enjoy... Reading, running, eating great food.
I love San Diego because... It's a collection of diverse neighborhoods. You can drive for 20 minutes and feel like you're in a different city.
What ballet or role would you like to dance (and why), but haven't yet? I would love to perform as Lady Capulet in Romeo & Juliet. The acting for that role is so powerful.
If I weren't a dancer, I'd be: A teacher.
What is your favorite costume and why? Anything with a gigantic skirt or cape. I love a dramatic costume.
What can always make you laugh? My sister. She is hilarious.
Describe your perfect day: Walking around somewhere beautiful in between amazing meals.
What has been your most memorable moment as a dancer? Performing in Paul Koverman's Elegy as a child. It was an incredibly emotional experience, and it is what made me decide to dedicate my life to dancing.
What is the hardest part about being a dancer? Staying in shape when we're off season.
Fun to know: Amanda and her boyfriend are avid social dancers and can be spotted out enjoying salsa, hustle, swing, and more.