(Amber McAuliffe) -Owner/Director/Instructor
Miss Amber has been dancing for 40 years and also has extensive training in acrobatics, gymnastics, and baton twirling. As a student, she won numerous awards at dance competitions and was also on a competitive gymnastic team.
In addition to her academics at Portland High School, Miss Amber was the first Portland student to be accepted into and attend the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts High School where she not only studied dance, but also was educated in kinesiology, acting, music and dance history. While at the Performing Arts High School Miss Amber was chosen to perform for Disney in a promotion for MGM Studios.
After completing high school early, she studied ballet at Trinity College and the Hartford Ballet until June of 1989 to return for formal graduation with her classmates. She then attended Dean College in Franklin, MA where she was placed in the top level as a dance major, was accepted into the Performing Dance Company and was an English tutor. Miss Amber opened Encore Dance Studio the fall of 1990. After 20 successful years, she sold the studio,took two years off to recharge and opened THE STUDIO the fall of 2012.
Miss Amber also studies in New York City with many greats such as: Charles Goddertz, Frank Hatchett, Ron DeVito, Savion Glover, Charles Kelly, and many more. In 1993, she had the opportunity of meeting Gregory Hines. Miss Amber continues her studies in NYC and also attends several dance seminars and teacher conventions each year.
Miss Amber's belief is to treat each and every student equally and fairly so that everyone has a place to feel special and build confidence. "We are teaching much more than dance. We are teaching life skills that will carry over into many successes in life."