Who: Amanda Braun
About: Amanda started dancing at the age of three, following in her big sisters foot steps, and fell in love with it right away. This Jersey girl was a national award winning competition dancer and she pursued her passion for the arts at Pace University in New York City, where she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre.
Credits: She traveled the country with the 1st National Tour of Catch Me If You Can and the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which was directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner and Hamilton choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler. She has also been seen in the recent National Tour of Elf the Musical at Madison Square Garden and she worked as an assistant choreographer for Nick Kenkel with Saturday Night Live.
Favorite Summer Jams: Back to Sleep Remix – Chris Brown feat Usher and Zayn, Work From Home – Fifth Harmony, Into You – Ariana Grande
Who: Ethan Butler
About: Ethan Davis Butler, a Pittsburgh native, received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. Dancing since high school, Ethan found his real love for it in hip hop and contemporary/lyrical. Only a year out of college Ethan is thrilled to find a home in AKT – blending his love of dance with athletic fitness.
Credits: Recently Ethan performed regionally in Syracuse Stage’s production of Hairspray.
Favorite Summer Jams: Bad Decisions – Ariana Grande, Work (Lost Kings Remix) – Rihanna, The Anthem – GRiZ
Who: Victoria Ellis
About: Victoria grew up dancing competitively in Vestal, NY. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Boston Conservatory in May of 2015 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance.Since graduation, Victoria has relocated to New York City and has started a career as a free-lance dance artist. Victoria is thrilled to be bridging her passion for dance with a love of fitness as a part of the AKTeam!
Credits: Victoria performed works by Colleen Thomas, Adam Barruch, Tommy Neblett, Danny Buraczeski, and Omar Carrum & Claudia LaVista, worked with Amalgamate Dance Company and LEMI Collective, and she is a proud company member of CaptiveFlow Dance.
Favorite Summer Jams: Me Too – Meghan Trainor, If It Ain’t Love – Jason Derulo, Bad Girls – M.I.A.
Who: Ryan Lingle
About: Ryan was born and raised in sunny Orlando, Florida. He followed his passion for the arts to Florida State University where he received his BFA in Music Theatre and has since been a professional performer for the past 10 years. Always an activity seeker, Ryan played baseball as a youngster, was a swimmer through high school, discovered his passion for dance in college, and is now amped up to spread joy at AKT. Always seek out your passions and maybe sweat a little while you do it!
Credits: Ryan performed at professional music theatre at the Gateway Playhouse, the Fulton Opera House, and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre; sailed across Europe as a dancer on the Saga Rose Cruise Ship; and toured the country for two national tours of Elf, the musical as dance captain.
Favorite Summer Jams: Good to be Alive – Andy Grammar, Last Friday Night – Katy Perry, White Walls – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Look for their classes on the schedule and let us know what your favorite summer songs are!