Amanda Cobb brings many skills to her role as Director of Ballet Academy & Movement. From gymnast to American Ballet Theatre ballerina to teacher and Pilates teacher to choreographer to director, all of her 20 years of professional experience have culminated in Ballet Academy & Movement.
Her diverse training and extremely rare background of gymnastics, jazz, modern, and ballet allow her to give her students exposure to the same diversity and high level of training, with only the very best teachers. Her goal is to support her students to become diverse, strong, passionate, and determined people, and know that whatever they put their minds to they can create, whether in dance or in life.
The word 'academy' is defined as "a place of study or training in a special field." THIS is what we do here!
We challenge you to explore your artistry, range of movement, and technique
to be the very best artist
and athlete you can be!
Are you ready for the challenge?
We are ready for you!
~ Amanda Cobb
Ms. Cara Hansvick danced with Charlotte Ballet, was a Principal with the American Contemporary Ballet, and is a company dancer, teacher, and choreographer with Ballet Project Orange County. She attended Chautauqua Institution on full scholarship two summers in a row and upon graduation was chosen by Jean–Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride to join Charlotte Ballet, where she danced for two seasons.
Ms. Madelynn Hampton, a New Orleans native, started her training at Jefferson Ballet Theatre, and attended summer programs such as American Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet, Ballet Austin, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Daria Klimentová’s master classes in Prague.
Madelynn’s professional career started with Colorado Ballet, where she placed first with the company in regionals for Youth American Grand Prix and performed in the finals at Lincoln Center.
Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Acro/Tricks
An accomplished competitive dancer, Ms. Elle O'Donnell grew up in the competitive dance world. She is also trained in jazz, contemporary, ballet, tumbling, and more, and is currently attending UCI.
She loves teaching and is looking forward to sharing all she knows with our students.
Ballet, Pointe, Variations
Born in Leningrad, Ms. Veronika Part was a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre from 2009–2017. A recipient of the BALTIKA prize (Hope award, 1999), Veronika graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 1996, then joined the Kirov Ballet (now Mariinsky Ballet), where she was a soloist from 1998–2017. She made her debut at 20 as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and in the title role in Raymonda.
Tap, Hip Hop
Mr. Harris Weiskopf appeared in the 2020 World of Dance, and won the National Title and MVA+ 2019 at the Velocity Dance Convention. He also won the National Company and Title in Hollywood Vibe 2017, the National Title in the Hollywood Connection 2015, and the International Hip Hop Competition in World Supremacy Battleground. In addition, Harris has been in numerous television commercials, in commercial videos, and in print/internet shows.