Amie is so very excited to begin the season as the new Owner and Director of Dance Arts Amarillo. A Local native, Amie is proud to continue to bring the wonderful art of Dance to her home. Amie has completed a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts while majoring in Dance at West Texas A&M University. She has performed with Dance Art Connection & Lone Star Ballet on many occasions and was a member of the WTA&MU Dance Ensemble during her college career. She began her dance training at the age of four under the instruction of Pam Williams. Amie has also trained and performed under the instruction of Sharon Cost as well as Janice Jurgens and Neil Hess.
Amie taught various classes for the WTA&MU Dance Academy and has taught classical Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz & Contemporary for the last 14 years at Dance Arts. Amie's credits include performing in the re-dedication ceremony at the State Capitol with "The Light Crust Dough Boys," and the "Jim Cullum Jazz Band." She has also danced The Sorcerer, Dancin' People, The Neiman Marcus 90th Anniversary Gala Celebration, numerous performances in various capacities of The Nutcracker as well as the Musical Drama TEXAS for four seasons. Amie has performed and assisted in directing and cueing many Dance Arts Recitals over the years.
Dance Arts has had dancers participating in the Physical Education Program with the Amarillo School District for the last 12 years. In order to do so, Dance Art's classes have been approved by the State of Texas as substitutes for physical education classes. We also have several teachers with experience / training to teach Special Needs children. We are overjoyed to have the opportunity to share the wonderful world of freedom of movement and creativity through movement to all children, including those with special needs. Often, the movement that dance provides also helps improve confidence, Proprioception, as well as discipline and control over the body's movements.
Dance Arts began as Blaglowsky School of Dance by Sharon Blaglowsky-Cost. Sharon began this dance school in her garage at the age of 16! The school was named Dance Arts in 1980, and developed into a partnership between Sharon Cost & Pam Williams. The School has remained in business since and will continue under the ownership of Amie Chollett. The entire range of dance instructional classes taught at Dance Arts, instills discipline of the mind as well as the body. Dancing is a highly athletic skill that develops flexibility and agility as well as stamina. Dance has the ability to create and boost one's self-confidence, this is a core teaching goal at Dance Arts. We will continue to bring the art of Dance to the Texas Panhandle through instruction taught with patience & kindness.
Studied master Classes with:
- Robert Bell, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Formerly of the Ballet Russe, Paris, France
- Gus Giordano, Chicago
- Heather Shepley, New York
- Al Gilbert, Los Angeles
- Margorie Tallchief, Lawton, Oklahoma
- Ms. Cost has enough college dance credits for an associate degree in dance from Pensacola college.
Teacher of Ballet, pointe, tap and jazz for 35 years. She has owned her own dance studios for 30 years in Oklahoma, Florida, Texas. She has taught various classes in exercise and worked with physicians in teaching classes for the blind, handicapped, and mentally handicapped in Florida and Oklahoma. She worked closely with a physical therapist to help a dancer correct a club foot.
She has taught dance for the Department of Recreation in Pensacola, Florida
Ms. Cost has performed with the Pensacola College Performers and served as assistant director and stage manager for the group for three years. She has been tested to teach by Dance Masters of America. She was the Co-Director of the Amarillo Dance Connection, a performing group for younger dancers in Amarillo. She has been a member of the National Dance Association, Professional Dance Teachers Association, and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Some of Ms. Cost's students have been dancing professionally in the performing fields and teaching in Dallas, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Her studio has seen a Miss America, a Miss Amarillo, and a Miss Teen Amarillo, a lead dancer in the Fort Walton Beach Ballet, a Los Angeles Laker Girl, and a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader. Some students have become film actors as well.
Originally from Amarillo, Texas, Allie found her passion for dance at the young age of six. She has trained and competed in all forms of dance but especially enjoys Contemporary Dance. Allie has been dancing professionally on the East Coast for the last 6 years. She has choreographed for the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders and worked with many well-known choreographer's such as Phil Wright, Alexander Chung, CJ Salvador, Galen Hooks, Sienna Lalau, Pam Chancy and Criscilla Anderson. Teaching all ages and levels of recreational and competitive dance, Allie also has extensive experience directing competitive teams and performance companies. She brings creative choreography and cutting-edge dance instruction specializing in Contemporary, Femme Hip-Hop and Jazz Technique. Allie's choreography has been awarded and recognized at several national dance competitions and is proud to have received many "Judges Choice" "Intensity" and "Outstanding Choreography" awards. She continues her dance education at world-wide dance conventions and masterclasses. Allie works every day to fulfill the highest expression of herself as a human being and an artist in hopes to continue to grow and share her creativity, and passion for dance by training dancers to become well rounded individuals.
Aaryn started dancing at the age of four, under the instruction of Jennifer McKinney at Amarillo College. She danced at AC for 11 years and was a part of their competition team for 3 years, her other instructors included Marissa Hollar, Lauren Ambercrombie, Mikayla Bassett, and Lizzy Camp. In 2016 Aaryn suffered from a knee injury which led to her taking a break from dance for two years. In the fall of 2018 Aaryn joined Dance Arts for her Junior and Senior years. Aaryn has taken master classes at the Showstopper dance convention from 2013-2015 from master choreographers including Dusty Button, Aaron Burr, Angel Roberts, KC Monnie, and FikShun (winner of So You Think You Can Dance season 10). Aaryn was a former assistant and teacher at Amarillo College for a year. She had assisted with ballet-tap combination classes for 3 years and taught a hip-hop class for one year. Aaryn will be attending West Texas A&M University.
Amanda Newton was born in Amarillo, Texas, where she began dancing at the age of 4. In 2016, attended the Rockettes Summer Intensive in New York City and received a Phoenix Fire scholarship from Liberate Artists in 2017. Since enrolling at West Texas A&M University in 2017, she has performed in choreographic works by Arkadiy Orohovsky, Edward Truitt, Staci Hall, Leslie Williams, Mark Lanham and Alexie Fox. As well as producing two choreographic works performed in the 2019 concert "Falling Into Dance". She has studied under many well-known choreographers including Matt Steffanina, Tucker Barkley, Jeremy Duvall, and Steve Ewing. Amanda has been teaching classes at Dance Arts Amarillo since 2017 including: Hip-Hop, Jazz and Contemporary. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from West Texas A&M University in December 2020.
Bethany has been dancing since she was three years old. She began assisting with classes four years ago and became a teacher's assistant in 2012. She expressed a desire to become a teacher and began training to teach in 2011. In 2014 she became Dance Arts Amarillo newest teacher and office assistant.
Bethany has taken masters level classes under these instructors:
Shannon performed in her dance recital at the age of 3. She has danced at numerous dance studios from Georgia, to Colorado, to Texas. Shannon danced under Diane Caputo at the Center of Dance studio from 1992 to 1999. Shannon went to Dance Caravan, Denver, in 1996. There, her dance team participated in the Stars of Tomorrow dance competition, where they placed 2nd Regional Grand Champion. Shannon came to Dance Arts in 2002 and started teaching in 2006. In 2010, Shannon married and moved to Ohio, where she had 3 children. Shannon moved back to Amarillo in 2015 and is excited to be instructing again at Dance Arts Amarillo.