Amanda’s love of belly dance began immediately after her first class in 2008. Never before had she experienced such a welcoming and positive movement environment. The music of faraway lands spoke to her soul and hasn’t stopped since.
She first trained in the improvisational group format of American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance, before transitioning to regularly study classic American Cabaret and Folkloric with her mentor Donna Barrett of Hudson, NY. Presently, she studies with Willow, of Woodstock, NY. She has workshopped with Aszmara, Ranya Renee, Leila Haddad, Petite Jamilla, Heather Stants, Suhaila Salimpour, Puela Lunaris, and more!
While her style is varied and she greatly enjoys the opportunity to stretch the art form, her heart and soul remain deeply inspired by the beautiful and emotional classic music of the Middle East and North Africa.
In early 2017, she trained and became licensed to teach Doonya: The Bollywood Workout, and in early 2018, earned her Group Fitness Instructor Certification from the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Her classes are a safe and positive space to be oneself, find joy in movement, experience the music of the world, and support one another on this unique and special journey.
Amanda is based in Saugerties, NY, between Woodstock and Kingston in the lovely Catskill Mountains.