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Amy West

Lecturer of Dance
Amy West


Amy West currently holds the position of LEO Lecturer II in the Department of Dance and is the Health and Wellness Coach for the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is a Mayo Clinic-certified Health and Wellness Coach and an ACE-certified Personal Trainer.

She joined the Dance faculty at SMTD in 2009 and has taught upper and lower level Ballet Technique and Teaching Methods classes, created the syllabus for First-Year Seminar, and served as Mentor for senior BFA capstone concerts. She has taught for New Jersey Ballet, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, David Taylor Dance Theater and was a guest teacher for the
Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program. She also founded her own studio, The Dancer’s Studio, in Littleton, CO.

Ms. West 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 a featured soloist with the opera companies of Santa Fe, Seattle and Dallas.

Ms. West traveled extensively throughout Europe, taking company classes with the Deutsche Staatsoper Ballet (Berlin), Bayerische Staatsoper Ballet (Munich), Paris Opera Ballet and Salzburg Festival Ballet, and trained on scholarship at the David Howard Studio in New York City. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah where she was the recipient of the Willam F. Christensen Scholarship.

She is married to opera singer and U-M professor bass-baritone Stephen West and is the proud mother of three young-adult children.

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