Amanda Rose Nixon
Amanda danced for 20 plus 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, and currenly coaches the Franklin Community High School Dance Team, and is the Varsity Head Coach for the Franklin Community High School cheerleading program. 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. 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. She has been named top choreographer at the Indiana State Dance Championships. She taught dance class 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”. She lives in Greenwood with her husband, Andy Nixon. She has one son, Tyler, a step-daughter, Hannah, a step-son, Kyle and a Schnoodle named Petunia, who keep her very busy at home before and after studio hours. She would like to welcome all of you to our dance family.
Hannah has been dancing since the age of three. Her love for dance has grown from being a student, to master teacher and choreographer, to trailblazer on the Southside of Indianapolis for outreach ministries in Fine and Performing Arts. Hannah has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and cheer, as well as gymnastics. She has studied under the direction of many accomplished choreographers and teachers, but they have yet to surpass the inspiration of the late Al Gilbert. Hannah was an assistant instructor to Mr. Gilbert on several national dance conventions. She has also taught at Dance Educators of America conventions in Indianapolis and New York City. Her dance experiences have taken her to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Australia, Italy, Hawaii and the Caribbean. She has been blessed to have performed on three different continents, but loves nothing more than giving back to her community. In doing so, she has coached and choreographed for Blooming South Poms, Whiteland High School Dance Team, Breakdown of Indy, Dancing With a Purpose and area dance schools. Hannah was also owner and director of Indy Arts Xchange for three years. Currently, Hannah is a coach and choreographer for the IHSDTA State winning Center Grove Varsity Dance Team. Hannah is married to Jason Mueller and is a step mom to Jake and Jimmy. Her proudest accomplishment in life is her two beautiful children, Vanessa and Justin.
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.
Miss Amy joined the Le Rose Dance Academy faculty this year, but is not a newcomer to the Le Rose dance family or the Indy metro dance teaching community. Miss Amy studied dance at Jan’s School of Dance in Evansville, Indiana for 14 years. For five of those years, she was also a member of Danceworks, a not-for-profit pre-professional ballet company in Evansville, Indiana. During those years, Miss Amy gained a great deal of performance and competition experience, and studied under a number of master teachers in various dance disciplines, including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and lyrical. Miss Amy was an instructor at Jan’s School of Dance for three years before taking a hiatus from the dance community to finish college and pursue other career goals. Miss Amy, now a resident of the Indianapolis community for many years, returned to teaching dance in 2007. For six years, she taught ballet, tap, and jazz to children ages two through early teens at the Indianapolis dance studio, Progressions Dance Centre. She also trained and choreographed the mini competition dancers there for two years. Concurrently, Miss Amy was a pre-school dance instructor at the Baxter YMCA from 2010-2012. For the past two years, Miss Amy has enjoyed being a full-time dance mom to her two daughters who are very active participants in the Le Rose Rosettes competitive dance program. But alas, Miss Amy’s passion for teaching has lead her back to the classroom this year to continue “paying forward” to young dancers the inspiration and sense of self she received from her dance teachers and performance experiences for so many years. Miss Amy, her husband, and her three young children reside on the Southside of Indianapolis and are active members of St. Jude Catholic Church.
Miss Katie has been a part of the Le Rose family for 19 years now. She began dancing at LRDA at the age of 2. She was a member of the Rosettes for 13 years. Katie also participated in cheerleading and dance team throughout middle school and high school. She is a 4 time UCA All-American and a 2 time NDA All American. She also had the opportunity to dance at the Capitol One Orange Bowl with the In10sity dance team at Whiteland Community High School. Along with competing at studio competitions Miss Katie also enjoyed performing for Indianapolis' Circle of Lights 6 times. Miss Katie is currently performing in the IPL's Yuletide Celebration. She is also currently an assistant coach for the Center Grove Varsity Dance team. Miss Katie is going to school at IUPUI for a health science degree. She then plans to attend graduate school for Occupational Therapy. Miss Katie enjoys sharing her love of dance by continuing to have a strong influence on young dancers lives.
Amanda has been a dancer and gymnast since the age of 2. She started taking dance with Verna Cross and finished up dancing under and alongside Amanda Nixon at the same studio. She competed in gymnastics multiple years before giving it up to focus on dance and cheer as she reached high school. Amanda has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, Middle Eastern, and all-around gymanstics. Throughout her dance career, she competed in mulitple conventions and competitions, including Termaine Nationals in Orlando and St. Louis. She was selected as a two-time All-American cheerleader with NCA and All-Conference her junior and senior years of high school. She also choreographed for both the Heritage Singers and musicals while in school.
Amanda graduated from Franklin Community High School with an academic honors diploma. She went on to St. Joseph's College in Renesselaer, IN where she continued to cheer and supervise the student portion of all homecoming festivities as well as planning the annual Little 500 go-cart race. At St. Joe's, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. She continued her education at IU School of Optometry, graduating in 2010. She currently practices optometry in Greenwood at Ossip Optometry.
Amanda lives in Plainfield with her husband, JD and their three kids, Morgan, Luke, and Mollie. She loves that she can continue to be a part of the dance family she has been involved with for essentially her entire life and looks forward to continue sharing her love of dance and gymnastics for many years to come!