Miss Mikayla comes to us from Virginia and is currently a senior at Boise State University, studying Criminal Justice and Psychology. She has studied dance for 15 years with Lisa's School of Performing Arts in Virginia. During which she became a member of the Wythe Rhythm Competition Team for 5 years, competing at the local and national level in tap, ballet, jazz and musical theater. Miss Mikayla has performed in the Outback Bowl pregame and halftime show and was also a dancer with the All Star Dance Team in Washington D.C., performing in the Cherry Blossom Parade for 4 years. Along with her extensive performance experience, Miss Mikayla has 4 years of teaching experience, including seasonal and summer classes, as well as numerous dance camps. When Mikayla is not attending to her studies, or dancing her way through life, you will find her on the turf, as a member of the Blue Thunder Marching Band at Boise State University. She is excited to be a part of the studio and bring her performance experience and passion to our dance family.
Mikey has 18 years of professional dance training, primarily in ballet, with supplementation in jazz, lyrical, character, and Polynesian dance. As a child she performed in the Sacramento Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker for 5 consecutive seasons. At age twelve, she joined the Folsom Lake Civic Ballet where she danced in several full-length ballets such as Coppélia, Peter and the Wolf, Cinderella, The Firebird, and many more. During her summers in High School, Mikey attended ballet intensives at BYU and The University of Utah/Ballet West which greatly enhanced her training and inspired her to continue dancing throughout her college years. With a BS in Psychology from BYU, Mikey is passionate about living a positive life, being well rounded, and pursuing the lifestyle that allows one to thrive! Mikey is excited to be apart of The Dance Academy family and hopes to inspire each of her students with her infectious love for the art of ballet! When she is not at the studio, Mikey can be found reading, cooking, exploring the great outdoors, or simply spending quality time with her husband, Scot and baby boy, Hayden.
Meet Our Staff
With 35 years of dance experience it is obvious that Miss Amber has a true passion for dance. She began her early dance training in Texas and has been dancing in the Treasure Valley for the past 29 years. She has studied classical ballet, jazz and tap with many of the nations top choreographers. During the summer of 2009, Miss Amber was awarded and completed a Research Fellowship with Jacob's Pillow Dance in Massachusetts. Miss Amber has been teaching ballet, tap and jazz in the valley for over 20 years and has entertained and choreographed for professional sports teams, as well as beauty pageants. She is currently the Children's Rehearsal Director for Eugene Ballet Company, showcasing local talent in The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Swan Lake and Mowgli. She believes that each and every child should be given the opportunity to enjoy dance in a structured and loving environment. Although Miss Amber does not have children of her own, she does have many "little dancers" around the valley. She attended and studied Sports Management at The College of Idaho. Miss Amber continued her education at Goddard College in Vermont where she focused her studies in Dance and earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies.
We are a unique dance studio dedicated to sharing our passion for dance with your child. Our lessons reach far beyond the studio.
Our instructors, Miss Amber, Ms. Mikey, Miss Mikayla , and Ms. Cindy, are here to help inspire your child through dance.
Amber D Barnes
Owner and Instructor