MEET YOUR FACULTY
Amy Beth Spence, instructor, is a native of Plano, Texas and attended Williams High School and Plano East Senior High. She served as an officer on both the Williams Chey-Annes and the Plano East Golden Girls. After graduating from Plano East, she attended Texas Tech University and received her degree in Spanish with a minor in Dance. Amy Beth served on the board for Chi Tau Epsilon, a dance fraternity at Tech, where she helped coordinate many events, including the annual Benefit Concert for the Hospice of Lubbock. After graduating from Texas Tech, Amy Beth participated in the Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida. There, she worked at Kilimanjaro Safaris as a Game Driver. She has since returned to Plano, where she works as a Special Education Assistant and is currently completing her Master's in Counseling. Throughout her dance career, Amy Beth has had the honor of performing in many venues, including the Cotton Bowl, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Parade, and both the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars games.
Whitney Foster, instructor, is a native of Richardson, Texas where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Whitney grew up as a competitive gymnast and by the age of 11 she picked up her first pair of pom poms and never looked back. She started cheering in junior high and went on to compete with the top All-Star Cheerleading Gym in the world, Cheer Athletics for 4 years while in high school and college. Right out of high school, Whitney received a cheerleading scholarship and went on to cheer for the University of Houston for 3 years. In 2008, Whitney moved back to Dallas and started dancing for the Dallas Mavericks! While with the Mavericks, Whitney was afforded many opportunities but some of her most memorable moments have been dancing in Milan, Rome, Barbados, China and of course the 2011 NBA FINALS! Whitney has choreographed for teams such as the Dallas Mavs, Texas Legends, Allen Ice Angles, Texas Stars, Dallas Marshals, Texas A&M Commerce, Timberview HS, Independence HS, University of Houston and many more. After dancing for the Mavericks Whitney wanted to create something that would give women more of an opportunity to prepare for professional cheer/dance auditions so she created her prep class that runs from February – July. Whitney trains the women on things such as picking up choreography quickly, mentally preparing for the process, delivering a wonderful interview, and of course how to polish your look! Along with her prep class, Whitney also created the National Champion Pom Team “Kitkatz” when she was done dancing for the Mavericks and has been passing on her knowledge of the competitive world to them ever since.
Emily Spence, instructor. Grew up in Murphy, TX and now resides in New York City. She began her dance and tumbling career at 2 years old and started competing in 1st grade. She was as an award winning soloist as well as on an award winning competition teams. Emily became a Murphy Middle School 8th grade cheerleader, McMillen High School Dazzler and Dazzler Lieutenant, Plano East Golden Girl and Golden Girl Captain. She was on Amotion's Senior Competition Company for 3 years and later became an instructor for Amotion Dance Studio teaching conditioning, ballet, technique and contemporary classes. She had the opportunity to attend the Martha Graham Professional Program and had the honor of performing her solo at the end of the workshop. She is now studying dance in New York City full time at the Martha Graham Professional Program. Emily attends classes with the Alvin Ailey Company, Broadway Dance Center and other classes she can jump into. Her love of dance is keeping her busy and thriving in NYC. Whenever she is in the area she will be choreographing pieces and holding master classes.
Meagan McDaniel, instructor, is a native of Dallas and began dancing at the age of 3. She was trained at the Academy of Dance Arts and was a member of the Dallas Repertoire Ballet from 2001-2005. Meagan studied ballet, lyrical and jazz and began competing at the age of 8. Over years of competition she was awarded many scholarships to Tremaine Dance, West Coast Dance Explosion, and NYCDA. In 2002, she was chosen to travel with the DRB company to Austria to perform in the Tanzsomer "Stars of Tomorrow" dance festival with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Meagan was also honored to work with Justin Giles and Liz Imperio and performed in 'Leap' and 'Soul Escape' with the Urban Ballet Theatre from New York. Meagan was a Thanksgiving Day halftime performer for 5 years at the Dallas Cowboys 'Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff'" with many distinguished performers. With her strong studio background in dance, she tried out for her high school drill team and become a member of the Lake Highlands Highlandettes in 2002. She served as a Junior officer in 2003, and her Senior year she lead the team as First Lieutenant. In 2005 she was awarded the National Solo Winner at American Dance/Drillteam competition. After graduating in 2005, she worked for Starmakers Dance and Performance Camps and traveled across Texas and taught and choreographed for numerous teams. Meagan attended Louisiana State University in the fall of 2005 and was a member of the LSU Tiger Girls dance team. She performed at all home men and women's basketball games at LSU. She also competed at UDA Nationals in Orlando. In 2008, Meagan became a member of the Official Cheerleading Team for the New Orleans Saints. She was a 3 year veteran and represented the NFL and Saints in personal appearances as well as trips to Mexico City, London, and Miami for Super Bowl XLIV. Meagan has judged tryouts and choreographed for many of her peers in the South Louisiana region. She just recently moved back to Dallas in the summer of 2015.
Hannah Diener, instructor, grew up a Navy brat and had the pleasure of discovering dance throughout her childhood in many different states under many different teachers. She explored ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hula, Baroque, ballroom, hip hop, and musical theater before narrowing her focus to classical ballet during her high school years. She trained at the Colorado Ballet Society under the tutelage of Patricia Hoffman, Jennifer Hawking, and Holly Marble. While at CBS, Hannah placed in 1st at the Esther Geoffrey Scholarship Competition in both ballet and contemporary, in the top 5 at Denver Ballet Guild for 2 years, and performed as a soloist and principal in Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Paquita. Hannah toured nationally with the THORN Company, Ormao Dance, and Lemonspongecake Contemporary Ballet before leaving Colorado to attend the University of Oklahoma as a National Merit Scholar. Hannah majored in Modern Dance with minors in Latin and Psychology and studied primarily under Austin Hartel, Derrick Minter, and Mary Margaret Holt. While at OU, Hannah was selected to perform works by Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon, Jessica Lang, and original choreography under her professors. Hannah auditioned for a dance study in Paris, France, and was selected to perform internationally with Ashley Goos Dance while studying the history of dance in Europe. Hannah interned at Dallas Black Dance Theatre before completing her degree at OU and returned to Dallas to marry her husband, Max and complete a comprehensive certification in Pilates. Hannah has instructed and choreographed a variety of dance techniques since her high school years and especially enjoys continuing the legacy of the Horton, Graham, and Humphrey-Weidmann techniques of modern dance.
Ashley Limoges, instructor, moved to Texas in July 2012. In Massachusetts she was a School Psychologist by day and a dance teacher by night. She was trained at Lisa Miranda’s Dance Studio I in Seekonk, Massachusetts in such disciplines as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Pointe, and Modern. After dancing at her hometown studio for 15 years (competing for over 8), she graduated from high school in 2001. She went to college at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island and auditioned to become part of their dance team. For four years (2001- 2005), she participated on the Salve Regina Dance Team as a performer and choreographer. My sophomore year I was voted as Social Coordinator and assisted in team building activities, fundraising and advertisement for our shows. Her junior and senior year I was voted as captain of a completely student run team. Ashley was honored to lead a team of over 100 young ladies in planning; choreographing and directing two shows a year. Upon graduation, she began what had always been a dream: to come back to where it all started and teach at her hometown studio. She had the opportunity to teach recreational and competitive classes for Technique, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz and Modern. Ashley also co- led the Competitive Edge Dance Team. During this time several of her choreographies were recognized for “Best Choreography,” received Top Ten Standings, the National Grand Champion title for Dance Olympus, as well as Special Awards. We have competed both regionally and nationally in such competitions as: Starbound, Starquest, Headliners, Rhee Golds, Dance Olympus and Dance America.
Michelle Spence, Co-Owner of amotion dance is a graduate of Richardson High School and Texas Tech, where she obtained a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. A mother of three (Amy Beth, 22, Collin, 19 and Emily, 17), both of her daughters have danced their entire lives in both private companies and high school drill teams. Michelle is heavily involved in local public school organizations. She works in the couseling office at a local middle school, and both she and her husband of 23 years, Chad, have been on the executive boards for their children’s high school drill team booster club, serving in positions including president, vice president and secretary. Over the years that her daughters have taken private dance instruction, Michelle has worked for those studios and brings to amotion her extensive experience dealing in the business side of dance, including registration, tuition, scheduling, and customer
Amber Houser, Co-Owner/Lead Instructor of amotion dance: Motion has been a constant throughout my life in dance. A native of Dallas, at the age of 2 I was fortunate enough to have begun my dancing career, growing up as a competitive company member and auditioning for popular shows including Star Search. My tenure in the Lake Highlands High School Drill Team (the Highlandettes) led to my becoming a senior staff instructor and judge for professional drill team companies throughout the region. That opened the door for numerous opportunities to teach and choreograph all over the United States - ranging from the Cotton Bowl Classic Halftime Show to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York - which gave me so many wonderful experiences from which I could learn and grow., With a degree in Dance from the University of North Texas in hand, I soon became a Charter Member of Dallas Dance, a nonprofit dance company, serving as Artistic Director from 2003-2008. There I was incredibly fortunate in opportunities to develop my creativity by choreographing for numerous festivals, charity events (such as the Cattle Barron's Ball and the Dallas Junior League), and television competition shows (America's Got Talent). Since then, I have choreographed numerous award-winning works for soloist, dance and drill teams, both locally and ranging across the country. I returned to my roots for a year as Assistant Drill Team Director for the Lake Highlands Highlandettes, and have since moved on to Director of Ballet at a local Dance Studio, and Director of a new adult competitive dance company, DefiANCE. Along the way I started a dance costume consignment company, Costumes Unlimited, which along with my choreography keeps me connected with some of the best people in the dance world. My travels now bring me to the opportunity to move others with a passion for dance at my own studio, amotion dance.