Amanda Garland is a Tampa, Florida native who began her dance training at the age of three. She attended the University of South Florida where she graduated with B.F.A. in Dance. While attending the University of South Florida, Amanda was a two-time recipient of the Henry Parrish Award for Excellence in Performance. After graduating, she discovered her passion for teaching, leading her to working with local dance and theater companies, high school magnet programs as well as Dance Masters of America.
Throughout her years, Amanda has performed and choreographed with companies such as The Walt Disney Company, Cirque Productions, Moving Current Dance Collective, Spanish Lyric Theatre, Miss Florida and Miss America Pageants, SkoolGirlz, Sullivan Productions and the Home Shopping Network. She has studied with dance greats such as Darrin Henson, Savion Glover, Wade Robson, Frank Hatchett, Jose De La Cruz, Dee Caspary, Susan Quinn Williams and numerous others as well as participating in intensive workshops with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Doug Varone and Dancers, and Maloshock Dance and Company. Her choreography has won numerous awards over the years. Amanda’s students can be seen choreographing and dancing nationally and internationally for Dancing With The Stars, World of Dance, The Rockettes, NFL & Pro Bowl cheerleaders, cruise lines, theme parks, numerous elite collegiate dance programs and dance teams as well as working on commercials, tv shows and movies. She is currently a Universal Movement Performing Arts Company Director and a judge with the Star Dance Alliance.