The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
Jamie Colburn and Jessica Gomes-Ng will perform the roles of Tony and Maria, respectively, in selections from West Side Story as part of one of the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert at Hill Auditorium on Nov. 18
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
Lecturer of Dance
Amy West has danced with internationally acclaimed ballet companies such as Pennsylvania Ballet and Ballet West, and as soloist with New Jersey Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Nevada Dance Theater. She was principal artist with contemporary dance company David Taylor Dance Theatre in Denver, CO, and has also been featured soloist with the opera companies of Santa Fe, Seattle and Dallas.
West has traveled extensively throughout Europe and trained at the Deutsche Staatsoper Ballet (Berlin), Bayerische Staatsoper Ballet (München), Paris Opera Ballet and Salzburg Festival Ballet. She has coached privately with Eleanor D’Antuono of American Ballet Theatre and was on scholarship at the David Howard Studio in New York City. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Utah and was the recipient of the Willam F. Christensen Scholarship.
West currently holds the position of LEO Lecturer of Dance in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan. She has taught for New Jersey Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theater and was guest teacher for the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program. She also founded her own studio, The Dancer’s Studio, in Littleton, CO, teaching classes and coaching privately.
As a continuing performer, West has often appeared in liturgical dance, creating her own works and performing with her husband, opera singer and University of Michigan professor Stephen West. She is the proud mother of three children.
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