The Dance Company of Hertford

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Amy Tinsley

Amy has been dancing all her life!  She began dancing at a small studio in Elizabeth City at the age of four.  Following many years of elementary and basic education, she went on to perform as a professional dancer with The Lost Colony production, Manteo, NC in her late high school years. Accepted immediately upon her very first audition, she enjoyed four years of work with this myriad of performers from around the country.  During her stay, she was privileged to meet and become friends with many people you've probably seen on television, or in the movies.... including Andy Griffith (Well known local celebrity, television and movie actor) John Highsmith (School of Rock), Mike Yavnielli (King of Queens), Patty Sawyer(Broadway performer), and Holly Wright (Miss Virginia, 1980)

Her more formal training includes sessions and training at: Broadway Dance Center, New York City under the instruction of Frank Hatchett (Renowned jazz instructor and performer), Chuck Allen (Tap Instructor), Sue Samuels (Jazz Instructor and a founding member of Broadway Dance Center), Theatre Arts studies at College of the Albemarle, performing in The Foreigner production during her studies. In 1995, began four year study at East Carolina University where she was involved with the Bachelor of Fine Arts dance program. A performer in the Dance '98 production while in East Carolina University, she also performed in many student projects and productions.

Amy’s credentials include: Associates of Art degree from College of the Albemarle, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elizabeth City State University, thirty seven continual years of experience as a dancer and dance instructor, and a love for dance that few people possess. She continues to attend conventions and classes, and even takes her students with her! Amy’s philosophy is to expose students to many different styles of dance and teachers so they become well rounded dancers and performers.

Donnie Tinsley

Donnie Tinsley is the main instructor for the Martial Arts Programs here at The Dance Company of Hertford.  He founded Tinsley Family Martial Arts and has been teaching in the Albemarle area since 1998.  For a complete bio please visit the TFMA website here.

 Lisa Higgins

Information on Mrs. Lisa coming soon!

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