BALLET, TAP, CONTEMPORARY, JAZZ, HIP HOP, LYRICAL, CHOREOGRAPHY
"Being in love with dance her whole life, Amy Ruth has driven nationwide (multiple times!!), to share what she feels will be a huge impact on the next generation of dancers. Her childhood dance instructor taught her at a very young age, to use music and dance therapeutically. "Ms Margie," believed giving her dancers the freedom of choosing their own music and costumes to connect them better to their performances. This sparked Amy's passion for the art form, and now, after dancing through 35 years of her life, her passion is to encourage the next generation of dancers, in creating their own choreography. She believes wholeheartedly, bringing life experiences, no matter joyful or tragic to the stage, can be healing and powerful. After more than 20 years of teaching, Amy currently resides in Southern California, where she works daily in teaching her students to "CREATE"
Founder: CREATE Dance Collection
Author: CREATE Dance Journal
& CREATE Choreography; A Journal for all Dancers
MUSIC, THEATRE, VOICE
Amy has been an acting and singing teacher in the South Bay for the last 12 years and has called the stage her home for over 30 years. She received her degree from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television with a concentration in acting while simultaneously studying voice under Dave Stroud, learning the Speech Level Singing technique. She has performed in numerous musicals and stage plays including Les Miserables, The Laramie Project, Cabaret, Assassins, and A Chorus Line. Her philosophy in both teaching and performing is that one can always dig deeper. There is always more to discover and a deeper understanding of the material creates more meaningful performances for both the performer and the audience. The phrase “Good Enough” stifles creativity and imagination. Her goal is to not only teach her students proper technique to build stamina and avoid injury, but also to effectively analyze the lyrics and musical structure of a song to enhance their performance. Her passion is bringing characters and stories to life and she encourages each of her students to use their own unique perspective to develop complex, interesting characters. She strives to create a safe, supportive environment so that each student can have the confidence to step out of their comfort zone and try new things. Like dance, music and acting allows one to explore and express one’s self in a healthy, cathartic way. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the students of CREATE and hopefully open new doors for further self expression.