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.
Miss Amy teaches primarily ballet, tap, and jazz to children ages 4-14. She teaches both recreational students and members of the studio's competition team, the Rosettes. She has been teaching at Le Rose Dance Academy since 2015 and has been a choreographer for the Rosette mini, petite, and junior competition teams since 2016. Previously, Miss Amy taught and choreographed at the Indianapolis dance studio, Progressions Dance Centre, for six years and at the Baxter YMCA for two years. Miss Amy received her early dance training at Jan’s School of Dance in Evansville, Indiana, and as a member of Danceworks, a not-for-profit pre-professional ballet company also in Evansville, Indiana. Miss Amy is an instructional assistant in Kindergarten at St. Jude Catholic School. She is also a founding member of the St. Jude Fine Arts Committee and has choreographed the annual school musical at St. Jude since 2016. Miss Amy is a proud dance mom to her two daughters who are members of the Le Rose Rosettes competitive dance program.
KATIE JAMES MILLER
ROSETTE DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR
Katie James Miller has been part of the Le Rose family for 22 years! She is currently the assistant director of the Rosette company. She began dancing at LRDA at the age of two and competed in the Rosette program for 13 years. After graduating, she began teaching and sharing her love for dance with young dancers! Mrs. Katie still has quite a passion for performing! She spent two seasons with the IPL Yuletide Celebration, and she is currently in her 2nd season as an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader. When not on the sidelines or in the dance room, Mrs. Katie serves a local elementary school as an instructional interventionist. Her other hobbies include creating social media content, health and fitness, and being a dog mom!
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Miss Mackenzie Wissler has been with Le Rose Dance Academy since she was 3 years old. She was a member of the competition team, the Rosettes, for 10 years. During those years Mackenzie competed regionally and nationally, performed in Walt Disney World's performing arts program, and participated in the Circle of Lights four times. Mackenzie pursued dancing in college for the University of Indianapolis dance team, the Crimsonettes. Miss Mackenzie now has her Bachelors's degree in Human Services and works full time for a non-profit agency that provides services for individuals with special needs as an Employment Advisor and Case Manager. Miss Mackenzie has grown up dancing in various styles including jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, and lyrical. Her passion lies in helping others learn and grow in dance. Miss Mackenzie loves doing this by teaching a variety of styles to all ages and abilities. This is Mackenzie's 5th year as an instructor of Le Rose Dance Academy and her 4th-year creator, director, and instructor of her all-inclusive dance program for special needs, Everybody Dance Now.
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 2 times. 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 Technology Implementation Specialist and Junior Project Manager in Indianapolis. This is Miss Holly's 3rd 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 Hannah has been part of Le Rose Dance Academy for over 20 years. She started at the age of 2 and was a Rosette for 7 years. Miss Hannah is a pediatric nurse at Riley Hospital for Children. She has been at Riley for five years now and loves helping to make a difference in her patients' lives. She works on the general surgery/trauma/gastrointestinal unit. Miss Hannah loves to be able to help sick babies at work and also seeing children dance and play at the studio. She loves teaching little ones as they are so fun to be around and make her laugh!
Miss Tracey began her dance career at the age of three and by the age of seven, she was competing both regionally and nationally with a local dance studio. Tracey is a full curriculum dancer and has been trained in the styles of jazz, ballet, clogging, tap, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, pom, and gymnastics. In addition to local training, she studied ballet, jazz, and modern at the IU school of ballet for 2.5 years.
While continuing to compete with her studio, Tracey also joined the Rise-N-Shine Clogging Team out of Bloomington, IN, and began competing on the Clogging Champions of America circuit. This experience allowed her some really unique experiences such as performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage and performing with the Charlie Daniels Band in the first Bowl Game Halftime Show to feature cloggers.
Tracey was also a member and eventually captain of the Indian Creek dance team from 1997 through 2001. She was named an All-American dancer by National Dance Alliance all four years. This experience also led her to an invitation to become a National Dance Alliance staff member after graduation. Tracey proudly excepted a position on NDA staff and spent the next five years traveling the country instructing dance camps and judging for this organization. Tracey’s accomplishments include numerous state and national titles.
Tracey resides in Nashville, IN with her husband, Bruce, two step-daughters, Layla & Aubree, and her two-year-old (miracle baby) son, Jackson. She loves teaching and is grateful for the opportunity to return to the Le Rose staff and share her knowledge and passion with the Le Rose students and families.