The Lenfest Center for the Arts
Amy Van Kirk JAZZ Dance Master Class
JAZZ Dance Master Class: November 15, 2016 at 4:40 p.m. - 6 p.m. Jefferson Street Dance Studio
Amy Van Kirk received her MFA in dance with a dual emphasis in choreography and performance from the University of Arizona. While in Arizona she enjoyed performing, choreographing, and directing and trained with James Clouser, Douglas Nielsen, Michael Williams, and Sam Watson. Van Kirk also had the opportunity to serve as the rehearsal assistant for Ann Reinking and Gary Chryst, and as the assistant to the director for the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase. Before pursuing a graduate degree, she worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a dancer, dance captain, and rehearsal director. During her tenure with Royal Caribbean, she performed in numerous shows and traveled to Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the University at Buffalo and was a member of the celebrated Zodiaque Dance Company. Van Kirk has been a dance educator for over 15 years, and her multifaceted teaching credentials include jazz, modern, tap, theater dance, ballet, and ballroom dance. She is also a certified Ultra Barre℠ Instructor. She continues to work as a freelance performer and choreographer throughout the United States and is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Radford University.