Amanda Jenkins (Shanks) has been teaching and choreographing for almost 10 years. Immediately after high school, Amanda started her professional career, as both a dancer and a teacher. She performed with Six Flags Over Georgia in Fright Fest performances from 2009-2012, and was the dance captain in 2010. In addition, some of her more notable appearances include the Indiana Pacers “Masquarade Gala”, multiple events with Bacchus Productions, the “Independence Day Celebration” during The Earl Strand Theatre’s grand reopening year, and several charity events, including ChrisKids’ “Seasons of Love”, Divas for a Cause, and was one of a small group of featured dancers in the Atlanta Temple Cultural Celebration, “Southern Lights” in 2011.
From 2009-2014, Amanda was an instructor/choreographer in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, and Contemporary dance at Bravo Dance Center, and taught company Jazz at The Studio Atlanta Dance.
Amanda exhibited a passion for performing from an early age. She participated in competitive gymnastics from ages 7 through 13, but discovered her true love was dance. At age 13, she was selected for the performing company at Bravo Dance Center, and for the next 6 years she studied jazz, modern, hip-hop, lyrical/contemporary, and classical ballet under the direction on Janet Rowthorn. She performed in many local and regional shows, including Festival of Trees, Tour de Georgia, BalletFest, and Jazz on Tap. Amanda has been the recipient of many high-level awards, including several judge’s awards for her technique and first place overall for her senior solo. During her years at Bravo, she danced principle roles in group numbers and ballet productions, which included “Les Sylphide”, “West Side Story”, “Peter Rabbit”, and “Waltz of the Hours”. In 2006, Amanda’s company was recruited to perform in the Chick-fil-a Bowl pre-game show, parade, and half time shows. In 2006, Amanda was chosen to perform as a featured dancer in the televised performance of Macy’s “Lighting of the Great Tree”, in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2012, Amanda decided to pursue an education in dance, and attended Kennesaw State University as a member of the dance company. Her studies specialized in contemporary and modern dance, until her husband was transferred to Germany in 2014. While living in Germany, Amanda continued to share her love of dance with private students, tutoring in jazz and contemporary styles.
Since returning to the United States this year, Amanda has returned to teaching classes in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and Modern/Contemporary. She is part of the teaching team for Bravo’s Ensemble group, and recently choreographed a contemporary piece that received 1st place over-all at competition. Amanda is extremely passionate about teaching and is dedicated to helping her students personify their emotions through dance.