Amanda Cathey, a dancer since age 3 and a teacher since age 15, is an inspiring and professionally trained dancer, teacher, and choreographer with a tenacious work ethic and focused initiative committed to motivating student development and passion for learning dance. Extensive professional dance background and experience inclusive of twenty years of dance instruction in all levels, including contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and musical theater. Successful results as artistic director, growing and running a thriving competitive dance program and an award-winning competition studio in Orange County for 15 years.
Amanda is currently a Master Teacher for Disney and the Imagination Campus; she is the Co-Director of Imprint Dance Company, a professional company in Orange County bridging the gap between high school and college, and she is the Executive Director of HALO Dance 4 Autism, a non-profit using dance to raise money or families affected by autism; She is co-chair of Special Education Parent Advisory Committee for Murrieta Valley Unified working with district officials to strengthen the relationship between them and families of special needs. Amanda is the Coach to Vitality Dance Team at Temecula Valley High School.
Amanda has choreographed for over 20 years and performed for over 30 years for prestigious dance studios worldwide, winning choreography awards, national championships, Industry Dance Awards, World Choreography Awards, America’s Got Talent, Matel Inc, Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders, CADTD Dance Convention, Dance & Movement Workshop for Educators at Chapman University, and more. Amanda’s former professional work includes being a member of World of Dance choreographer Tessandra Chavez’s company Unity, Dancer for Disney Parades, and a special event dancer for Black Eyed Peas, Fergi, No Doubt, and Snoop Dogg. Amanda currently resides in Murrieta, CA, with her husband, Captain of the Torrance Fire Department, Chris, her beautiful children, Grayson, Jack, and Sophia, and her two pups, Harley and Zoey.
Amanda believes that dance is more than just movements and steps; it’s a conversation with your body. She also believes in an inclusive learning environment and that all children can learn anything with the right teacher.