about us

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In the Beginning

Amy's Studio of Performing Arts, named for its current owner and lead instructor, Amy Cave, was originally Preston Forest School of Dance which opened in 1961. Jackie Troup Miller took over the studio in 1976 and re-named it the JTM Studio of Performing Arts. In 2005 Amy inherited the studio and changed the name but kept the same core values and teaching ideals that have been successful for 54 years. Serving students ranging from preschool to senior adults, Amy's Studio of Performing Arts offers instruction in dance, musical theatre and acting. Classes are organized by age groups and skill levels. Dance classes range from ballet and tap classes for the preschool age group to high skill level classes for teens and adults. And yes, we have boys enrolled and enjoying dance and musical theatre. We design each class to be fun and age & gender appropriate. Our instruction is guided by our passion for imparting to our students a lifelong love of music and dance.

Mission & Vision

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"My goal at the studio

is to promote a lifelong love of music and dance in an environment that creates lasting friendships. We are a dance studio located in northwest Dallas for over 40 years. At our studio, students learn so much more than just dance steps.

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While learning technique

and fundamentals, young students also learn manners, respect for others and teamwork. We always strive to keep our dance instruction and performances fun and age appropriate. My children and their friends dance with us, so I am passionate about creating a great environment for them." - Amy Cave

staff

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Amy Cave

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Amy Cave

Amy began her dance training at Nita Braun's Talent Workshop at 2 1/2 years. She joined the JTM Studio of Performing Arts in 1980 and has been with Jackie ever since. Amy began teaching for Jackie in 1988 while in college. She earned a degree in Arts and Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas with an emphasis in Theatre. She is a member of Texas Association Teachers of Dance and a past Board member. Amy currently serves as a Tap Examiner for TATD. Her career includes teaching, choreographing, and performing locally including industrials for companies such as the Arts and Entertainment Network and Wel-Built. Amy has performed in & choreographed for local theatres in the Dallas area. Amy also taught preschool for a number of years. She now takes pride in her role as owner and director of the studio.

Tap / Ballet / Jazz / Musical Theatre / Hip Hop / Contemporary / Ballroom / Acting

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Jackie Troup Miller

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Jackie Troup Miller

Jackie Troup Miller started a career spanning a lifetime as a professional dancer, performer, teacher and choreographer in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Following encouragement from Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (who discovered her at age 13) to pursue opportunities in California, she studied extensively with Louis DaPron at Universal Studios in Hollywood, where she was often Donald O'Connor's dance partner and appeared in many Universal movie musicals. She has been a soloist with numerous Big Bands, including Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Frankie Masters and the Ames Brothers. Jackie has appeared in countless television and nightclub engagements and staged many musicals for Dallas Repertory Theatre, Industrial Shows, and Universities. Ms. Miller is often in demand to teach at many Dance Conventions throughout the US. She currently teaches regular classes in the Dallas area. She is an active board member of Texas Association Teachers of Dance (TATD), recently authored "Tips on Tap", a tap handbook for teachers, and co-authored the Jazz Theory Book for TATD. Jackie is also member of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and Dance Masters of America. Ms. Miller is a co-creator of "Tap it Up", an annual one day adult tap dance workshop in existence over 15 years. Her love for teaching has always been, and remains, a priority to this day.

Tap / Jazz / Ballet / MT

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Shelley Greenwell

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Shelley Greenwell

Shelley Green began dancing at age 3 with Jackie Troup Miller at JTM Studio of Performing Arts. She has studied all facets of dance including ballet, tap and jazz. It was a natural progression to share her love of dance by teaching at JTM Studio of Performing Arts. She is a member of Texas Association Teachers of Dancing and a Tap Examiner for the organization. She currently serves as the secretary of the Board of Director for the organization as well. Shelley is a member of the SAM Tap Trio and has performed at festivals and concerts throughout the area. She continues to study her craft by attending master classes in both technique and pedagogy. Shelley has taught tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and musical theatre, and there is nothing she loves more than teaching for her dear friend at Amy's Studio of Performing Arts.

Jazz / Hip-Hop

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Lyn Harvey

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Lyn Harvey

(Bio forthcoming)

Ballet / Company

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Kay Mays

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Kay Mays

Kay Mays talents encompass choreography, performance, teaching and theatrical design. Holding a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in Technical Theatre from Southern Methodist University, Kay has an "eye for detail" in all of her endeavors. In addition to assuming the role of technical director/teacher at Dance, Etc. for the last 15 years, Kay also taught classes at Richland College and choreographed and performed in their Spring Dance Concerts for several years. She has taken her talents to various corporate conventions as well as choreographing and performing on a national level with the non-profit ECC school prom extravaganza. She has extensive training in jazz and tap, having studied with accomplished and recognized masters, including Savion Glover, Al Gilbert, Darryl Retter and Joe Tremaine. Her education and love of dance began early with the instruction and influence of award winning tap master, Jackie Troup Miller. Kay continues her education by attending Master Classes and professional workshops regularly. While accomplished in traditional “Broadway” style tap, she considers herself truly “at home” in jazz. A proclaimed protégé of Bob Fosse, she is well-versed in the more traditional Chicago-style jazz form.

Adult Jazz and Tap

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Katie Buck

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Katie Buck

Katie Buck has been a student of Amy's Studio of Performing Arts (and JTM of Performing Arts) since an early age. A veteran of drill team, she now teaches for the studio she once grew up in, contributing in the Teen Jazz & Contemporary classes.

Teen Jazz/Contemporary

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Samantha Young

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Samantha Young

Samantha Young has been dancing from the age of four and half. She has studied many different types of dance such as: Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Circus Aerial, and Tap. She is currently studying at a professional level in the ballet technique of the Cecchetti Method. In 2014, Samantha became a member of the Cecchetti Council of America, making her eligible to present her students in Cecchetti exams. As a certified Ortho-Kinetics® "Specialist" Trainer, it is her desire to help students strengthen their bodies and prevent injury in the dance community, and her greatest passion in teaching dance is to develop good character in young girls, demonstrating modesty and purity in dance movement.

Cecchetti Method Ballet