SpotLight Dance Company is proud of our Professional Instructors. Each one
brings their own creativity, ideas, professionalism, and personalities to make an
absolutely awesome team of instructors! They create their own choreography for
their classes, performances, and competitions.
Our classes are taught by professionally trained, friendly, ADULT Instructors.
We have assistants to the Instructors in most classes. Our Junior Instructors are
very talented and responsible students.
Ms Amanda is our Ballet Program Director. She directs, choreographs, and instructs for our competition Ballet Company and all recreational classes in Pointe, Ballet, & Tap.
Ms Amanda began dancing at the age of 5 at Athens School of Ballet in Georgia. She studied Cecchetti style ballet within the school’s ballet company until moving to Clemson, SC at the age of 15. Ms Amanda continued studying ballet while also branching out into tap, jazz, lyrical and Martha Graham’s technique of modern dance at Foothills Dance Conservatory in Seneca and Fain School of Dance.
She was accepted to and attended the South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities Summer Honors Program at the age of 17 where she spent the summer learning from top professional dancers and performing in their showcase.
After high school she attended Winthrop University where she received her B.A. in Dance in 2006. While at Winthrop she studied classical ballet, many forms of modern dance, and choreography.
Ms Amanda performed in many faculty shows and student showcases while also choreographing for student showcases as well. Winthrop opened many doors in working with amazing guest artists and faculty, including Mary Beth Thompson, Sandra Neels (who danced with Merce Cunningham), the Amy Marshall Dance Company, and many, many others throughout her four years at Winthrop. Amanda received her M.A. in Teaching from Kaplan University in 2010.
She has always enjoyed dancing, but her real passion is expressing her love for dance through teaching .
Ms Amanda was recently married to the 'Love of Her Life' Phillip!
Mr Brandon is our program director for Tumbling, Acro, and Gymnastics at SLDC. He is also the instructor of our IronMan Acro Competition Teams . He works closely with other instructors to bring Acro into different dance genres.
He received his earlier gymnastics training from Blue Ridge Gymnastics Academy. He has many years of training, both recreationally and competitively. Mr Brandon competed in the gymnastics circuit and won many awards, including Gold Medals in Vault and Gold Medals in Floor. He is an 8 time Gymnastics Medalist.
While attending North Greenville University, Mr Brandon continued his gymnastics training. It gave him more agility for playing on the North Greenville University Football Team.
More Recently, Mr Brandon has been training with USA Gymnastics and has received his certifications from this prestigious organization. This makes SLDC the only facility in our area to offer a USA Gymnastics Certified Instructor!
He is experienced in teaching many different ages and levels. He enjoys working with children, teens, and adults. His friendly nature endears him to everyone he meets.
Mr Brandon is also a former EMT in Spartanburg County. In addition to teaching at SLDC, Brandon is the pastor of The Bottom Line Ministries and is employed by Downtown Greenville Airport.
Ms Stella Nicole has studied dance her entire life. She has studied all genres from Pointe to Clogging. She continues her dance education, like all SLDC Instructors, at dance conventions and workshops.
Ms Stella is a multi-title holder in many genres of dance both with her team, Lethal Explosion and Choreographed Solos. She was awarded the title of All American Clogging Hall of Fame, USDP All Starz Teams, and NCCA All Star.
She has participated in and placed in numerous talent and beauty pageants including the title of OverAll Miss Epic, OverAll Miss Ultimate Starz, & OverAll Miss SpotLight.
Ms Stella teaches classes, a wide variety of classes and substitutes for other instructors as well.
Ms Stella is familiar with all aspects of SLDC and can even be found in the office!
She received her degree in photography & previously studied interior design.
Ms Stella is engaged and plans to be married soon.