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About Dance Studio West

In 1998, noticing that Corner Brook lacked a dance studio, Amy Andrews left her home in St. John's and opened Dance Studio West. In September of that year, Amy held registration for classes in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, and Ballroom, and enrolled eighty-two students.

Since that initial year, Dance Studio West began to carve out its niche in the artistic community of Corner Brook. As students from Dance Studio West began performing in community musicals, Winter Carnival variety shows, Santa Claus parades, and Transition House Benefits, Amy's work gained a reputation for excellence and the number of students enrolled in Dance in Corner Brook increased dramatically.
Currently Dance Studio West offers classes for both males and females from the age of 4 and all the way to adult. It currently enrols approximately two-hundred students, and employs a trained staff of three instructors, and four student assistants to meet the dance needs of Corner Brook. Enrolment for new classes begins in early September. Students can now enjoy Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Hip-Hop, as well as workshops in Ballroom and Latin. Classes conclude each year in mid-May with students performing a year-end recital.

Aside from their year-end recital, Amy Andrews and the staff of Dance Studio West have made dance accessible to Corner Brook through various original theatre productions that use dance to tell a story. In January of 2001, Amy choreographed and directed the students of Dance Studio West in an all dance-stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, called Oz. This led to later productions of Cinderella in 2006, Alice in Wonderland in 2007, Peter Pan in 2008, The Nutcracker in 2008, A Midsummer Nights’ Dream in 2010, and Sleeping Beauty in 2011.
Students of Dance Studio West have gone on to some very prestigious schools across Canada, including National Theatre School in Montreal, the School of Dance in Ottawa, Quinte Ballet School of Canada, in Belleville, and have performed professionally with Alberta Ballet in Calgary, Ballet Jurgen in Toronto, and Kittiwake Dance in St. John's.

Most importantly, Dance Studio West is known as providing a safe and healthy learning environment allowing students to socialize and create, while improving their health through exercise. Class sizes are kept low to allow effective instruction and students are encouraged to have fun while developing at their own pace.


Amy Andrews

Amy Andrews has been the owner and Artistic Director of Dance Studio West since 1998. Originally from St. John's, Amy has been involved in dance since she was four years old. She has completed two years of dance teacher training offered though Judy Knee Dance Studio in St. John's. She has also trained under Sandra Blackmore and Wanda Allix in St. John's, studying Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Pointe, Ballroom, Contemporary, Choreography, Music, Anatomy, and Baton. Amy began teaching dance at age thirteen, teaching in St. John's and in Trinity, before moving to Corner Brook to open Dance Studio West.

Amy's work with Dance Studio West has brought many artistic projects her way. From 2001 - 2004 she worked as a Master Teacher at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Department of Fine Arts, where she taught movement and dance to acting students. Since 2000, she has choreographed TNL's annual community musical. She has also choreographed for the Stephenville Theatre Festival, The Off-Broadway Players, and has worked with both Rising Tide Theatre, The Stage West Theatre Festival, and Gros Morne Summer Music.

Some of Amy’s past choreography credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, The Sound of Music, Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, Oliver, Romeo and Juliet, The Fantastiks, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, which she also directed for The Off-Broadway Players.  She has also choreographed Gros Morne Summer Music’s Productions of “Splash” and “Borrowed Black” which saw dancers performing around and in Glynmill Inn Pond.

 

In 2007, Amy choreographed the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Awards. In 2000 she used her choreography skills to organize the opening ceremonies for the Canadian Judo Championships, hosted by Stephenville, and in 1999 she worked on the opening ceremonies for the Canada Summer Games, hosted by Corner Brook.

Amy has helped make dance accessible to Corner Brook audiences by creating and choreographing all-dance interpretations of The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Sleeping Beauty.

Aside from dance and choreography, Amy's other interests include acting, directing, painting, fashion, and cooking. She is also an award winning costume designer, and in 2010 was voted one of the “Top 10 Movers and Shakers” in Corner Brook by readers of The Western Star.

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