Amelia Bolyard is a native of Seattle, and received her dance training in the Cornish College of the Arts Preparatory Dance Program between 1986 and 1996. During that time she had the opportunity to study with Gwenn Barker, Frank Bays, Tinka Guttrick-Dailey, Dannul Dailey, Pat Hon, Magali Messac, Shelagh Regan and Ron Tice. Between 1996 – 2000, she studied modern in the Cornish College Dance Program under Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf and Michelle Miller. During her time at Cornish, she had the opportunity to work extensively with Pat Hon, and performed a piece for Lois Rathvon. From 1995-2001, she performed with various local dance companies including: Ballet Bellevue, The Big Red Dance Company, The Bleeding Hearts Ensemble, ArtsyFartsy Theater, Civic Light Opera and Huerta Industries. Amelia also danced for local choreographers and performance artists including Jessica Jobaris, Amy Baca and Reggie Watts.
Amelia has been teaching ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, creative and primary dance since 2004. Amelia’s teaching experience includes The Dance Studio in Everett, Cornish College of the Arts Summer Dance Program, Vashon Allied Arts Blue Heron Dance Program, The Ballet Studio in Seattle, Definitive Dance on Mercer Island and the Mountlake Terrace Community Center. She also works as an artist-in-residence for the Seattle public schools and has been involved in programs at Madrona K-8, Summit K-12 and Pinehurst K-8. We are pleased that she has joined the faculty of the Preparatory Dance Program. Amelia’s experience as a student and performer has guided her to become a teacher whose foremost interest is to inspire young people to dance with respect for their bodies, and to work with intelligence and an awareness of healthy practice. She is pleased to be part of a faculty that shares her mission and values. Amelia has a passion for music as well as dance, and you may have the opportunity to hear her performing with At the Spine or The Beautiful Sunsets with whom she sings and plays bass.