Amanda Melrose-Smith received her formal training at The Washington School of Ballet and Miami City Ballet School where she had the opportunity to guest with both companies throughout her training. She was awarded first place at Youth America Grand Prix nationals and attended multiple summer intensives including Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Harid Conservatory, Miami City Ballet and NCDT Chautauqua. She has also worked with artists including Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Patricia McBride, Helen Simoneau, Tanya Wideman-Davis, Rebecca Wright, Stacey Calvert and many others. Award-winning choreographer Thaddeus Davis choreographed his original work “If Only I” on Melrose-Smith. Throughout her career, she has danced soloist and principal roles with companies including Rochester City Ballet. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of South Carolina where she received the Director’s Award for Excellence and taught college and conservatory students. Melrose-Smith is thrilled to be teaching at her home school.