meet Our Staff
MEET OUR STAFF
OWNER & INSTRUCTOR
Amanda danced for 20+ years under the instruction of Verna (Purdy) Cross. She is trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, clogging, belly dancing, and hula. She also devoted 18 years to gymnastics. Amanda has owned and operated Le Rose Dance Academy since 1994. Early in her career, she won several state and national dance awards including the National Championship at Tremaine Nationals in New York City. She performed on television for “Kids Around Town” for one year and was selected to perform in the Pan Am Games, as well as in Europe as part of a traveling company. She is a graduate and past faculty member of the Indiana State Dance Convention. She has been named top choreographer at the Indiana State Dance Championships. She taught dance classes for three years for the Franklin Community High School Winter Intensive. She is a graduate of Franklin Community High School where she was given the Outstanding Citizen award her senior, crowned prom queen, and cheered Varsity all four years. Her cheer squad made it to NCA Nationals in Dallas, Texas. She was named a National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) All American Cheerleader for three years. She worked with NCA for five years and was selected as part of the top 35 Veteran Cheerleaders in the United States. She was the assistant coach for Franklin Community High School’s cheerleaders for two years and coached for one year. She was a pre-school teacher for the Franklin Parks and Recreation Department and also ran their dance and gymnastics department for two years. She also choreographed musicals for Franklin Community High School including “Wizard of Oz”, “Oklahoma” and “Guys and Dolls”.
Her studio was selected to perform in the 2000 Indianapolis 500 Parade. They are also a six-time performer for the Indianapolis Circle of Lights. They have also won the opportunity to compete at the National level in Missouri and Ohio. Her students have several local, state, and national titles.
Amanda lives in Greenwood with her husband, Andy Nixon. She has one son, Tyler, a step-daughter, Hannah, and a step-son, Kyle. She would like to welcome all of you to our dance family.
Jessica has been dancing for 17 years and is a former student teacher and Rosette of Le Rose Dance Academy. Her love of dancing started at a very young age and only continued to grow as she spent more hours training and assisting classes at Le Rose. Outside of dancing at the studio she also started teaching her own dance classes during her freshman and sophomore years of high school at the Franklin Parks Department. Jessica graduated from Franklin Community High School in 2009 and attended Ball State University where she attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a minor in Counseling Psychology in December 2013. Jessica continued to dance at the University level her entire four years in college on the hip hop dance team, Outlet, where she also served as President for two years. Jessica has choreographed for numerous dance teams and studios and has participated and performed in many different dance events and projects over the years. She is always striving to continue learning by attending workshops and conventions. Jessica has taken classes from some of the biggest dance names in Hollywood such as “Willdabeast” Adams, Mia Michaels, Laurie Ann Gibson, Brian Friedman, and more. She is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, pointe, clogging, and is currently working on her certification to become a Ballroom dance instructor.
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Miss Mackenzie Wissler has been with Le Rose Dance Academy since she was 3 years old. Mackenzie danced competitively as a member of the Rosettes for 10 seasons.
During her time as a competitive dancer, Mackenzie competed at regional and national level dance competitions, performed live and televised in the Circle of Lights four times, as well as performing in Walt Disney World. Mackenzie went on to dancing for the Division II dance team at the University of Indianapolis while studying Human Services.
This is Miss Mackenzie's 5th year as an instructor of Le Rose Dance Academy. Mackenzie is the creator and instructor of LRDA's, Everybody Dance Now, an inclusive dance program for dancers with special needs of all ages and abilities. Mackenzie enjoys teaching all ages and styles of dance to anyone who comes through the door at Le Rose Dance Academy.
When Miss Mackenzie is not teaching dance, she is working as an employment advisor for a non for profit that serves individuals with special needs to ensure their success with competitive community employment. Mackenzie can also be found at home with her new baby Hudson who arrived recital weekend 2021.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR
Miss Holly began dancing when she was 3 years old and was a former dancer at Le Rose Dance Academy for 9 years. She was part of the Rosette competition team and began assisting classes when she was 11 years old. With LRDA, she competed regionally and nationally, attended many conventions, participated in the Disney Performing Arts Program, and danced for the Circle of Lights twice. She also was also part of her middle and high school dance teams where she performed for football and basketball games, community events, and competed in the Indiana High School Dance Team Association.
The summer after graduating high school, she worked for National Dance Alliance, where she got to travel to several different dance team camps and share her passion with teams across the Midwest. She was also a dance team coach and choreographer for her former middle school team.
Miss Holly attended IUPUI and received her Bachelor's degree in Informatics. She now works full-time as a Project Manager for Software Development in Indianapolis. This is Miss Holly's 4rd year as an instructor for Le Rose Dance Academy and she loves engaging with students of all ages and nurturing their love of dance. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and modern.
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Miss Taylor has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She grew up at a local studio training in all styles including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and pointe. During her time at the studio, she performed in several productions of "The Nutcracker", won multiple regional and national titles, and worked as a student assistant and instructor. Outside of the studio, Taylor was a member of her high school's competitive varsity dance team that won several state championships and performed around the community and at school events.
Taylor attended Ball State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in exercise science. During her undergraduate career, she took elective dance classes such as modern, clogging, and ethnic to further her training, and taught at a competitive studio close to campus.
Currently, Taylor works as a rehab tech a Rily Hospital for Children and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Indiana University. Taylor loves being able to share her passion for dance and movement with kids while being surrounded by people who inspire her and encourage her every day. Taylor loves spending time with her dog, Meeko, and traveling to explore new places.