Amanda Melrose-Smith

Faculty, Upper Division Faculty

Amanda received her formal ballet training on scholarship at The Washington School of Ballet with Septime Webre, Rebecca Wright, and Victoria Leigh, and at Miami City Ballet with Edward Villella, Carter Alexander, and Geta Constantinescu. She was a Gold Medalist in Contemporary Ballet for the Youth America Grand Prix competition and summered with Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre in Chautauqua, and Miami City Ballet. Having performed with the companies at The Washington Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre, she then danced professionally with Rochester City Ballet as a principal dancer with many leading roles including George Balanchine’s Serenade, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with academic and dance scholarships from the University of South Carolina and was awarded the highest honor of Director’s Award for Excellence. She provided dance faculty coverage for college students, taught at the conservatory year-round, danced principal roles, and had Award-winning Thaddeus Davis choreograph his original work “If Only I “ on Ms. Melrose-Smith while she was in residence. Amanda joined the TWSB faculty in 2015 and is a répétiteur for children’s roles performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, including ABT’s Harlequinade and TWB’s The Sleeping Beauty. She is thrilled to be back at her home school sharing her extensive teaching and performance experience, and her passion for dance.