Amy Hornberger trained and performed at The Harrisburg Academy of Dance under Jo Ellen Hoffman, and at The Harrisburg Dance Conservatory under Richard Hoskinson.
She went on to study, choreograph and perform atGoucherCollegewhere she had the opportunity to study with such greats as Violette Verdy, John Clifford, Steve Koester, Bruce Wells, Carolyn Dorfman, Pat Graney, Trisha Brown, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Madame Yelena Vinogradova, Lesa McLaughlin, Gus Solomons, Jr., Jacques D’Amboise and Christopher D’Amboise. Ms. Hornberger also studied under faculty members Chrystelle Bond, Jane Ward Murray (a former NYC Ballet dancer under George Balanchine), Kathy Ferguson, Laura Dolid, Elizabeth Ahearn, Juliet Forest and Amanda Thom Woodson
Ms. Hornberger earned a B.A. in psychology from Goucher College in 1994, and went on to study at the graduate level, specializing in child psychology. This additional training gave her an in-depth understanding of child physical, cognitive and emotional development, which she used to develop her “ABC’s of Dance” preschool –early elementary school program.
She continues to study dance in New York at the prestigious Broadway Dance Center and the Pulse Teacher workshops. She has had the opportunity to study with “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographers Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, Cris Judd, Dave Scott, Shane Sparks and Laurie Ann Gibson, master ballet teachers David Howard and Finis Jhung, and hip-hop expert “Ms. Vee.”
Ms. Hornberger has been teaching and performing since 1996 in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. Her award winning choreography has been performed up and down the East Coast. Her students have been accepted to Baltimore School for the Arts and Carver Center for Arts Technology. Her work with Ballet Petite won “Best of Baltimore 2003.”
She founded Synergy Movement Theatre and School in 2001; in addition to her role as studio director, she designs the sets, scenery and costumes for the performances. The school became Baltimore School of Dance in 2009.
Marketing and development, Ballet, tap, modern teacher
Amanda Morell is a graduate of the
University of Baltimore, where she received her
bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a
specialization in Marketing. She has always had a
love of dance. As a child and young adult she
studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance at the
Let’s Dance Studio in Towson, Maryland. The
performing arts have been ever present in her life as
she attended The Baltimore School for the Arts for
music performance, where she studied to play the
flute under Sara Nichols. Her dance training
continued when she went away to university. She
studied the modern dance techniques of Martha
Graham and Ruth St. Denis during her time
attending Ohio Wesleyan University. Upon
returning to Baltimore, Amanda wanted to pursue a
career in Arts Development. She began working at
BSD with Miss Amy in June of 2014 as the
Marketing and Development intern. She is now on staff as Director of Marketing and Development, as well as teaching ballet, tap, and modern. She is also a member of Impetus Dance Company in residence at BSD.
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