Meet Our Faculty...Inspiration.Dedication.Teamwork.
Ms. Mandy "grew up" in her mother's dance studio that originated in Memphis, Tennessee then later relocated to Auburn, Al. She was technically trained and studied under Master educators such as Jane Bischoff, Jerry Leatherwood, Al Gilbert, Darryl Retter, Joe Tremaine, Barry Lather, Joan Lather (Miss Puffy), Doug Caldwell, Janice Barringer, Frank Hatchett, Joe Melchiona, and Marcus Alford .
Ms. Mandy teaches tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet and contemporary/lyrical. Her use of age appropriate music and choreography and the ability to create an instant rapport with children of all ages is one of her greatest talents.
Make Your Move Performing Arts Studio is Ms. Mandy's most treasured accomplishment. Her vision to create a safe haven for children to study the art of dance is a dream come true. Daughter Mallory is her inspiration.
She has received numerous awards for her innovative choreography for her competitive "Allstar Showtroop" as well as the "Wacoochee Junior High", "Smith Station High School", and "Opelika High School Showstoppers" kicklines and dance teams.
Her credits also include: National Competition Adjudicator, Advisory Board Member for "StageWear LA" costume company, and script and choreography awards for local and regional pageants affiliated with the Miss Alabama Organization. She is also the mother of the reigning Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan.
Ms Jaime has traveled the United States teaching and educating numerous high school and college dance teams with the Marching Auxillaries Dance Camps of America. Her degree in commercial entertainment from Columbia State was very useful in landing the prestigious position of "Show Captain" for the NickToons Summer Jam Show at Paramount's King's Island in Cincinnati, Ohio. During her two years at PKI she was honored with the coveted "IAPA Award" for Most Outstanding Performer in a Children's Show.
This exciting motivator, educator, choreographer, and dancer has worked with Justin Timberlake, Henry LeTang, Marcus Alford, Jerry Leatherwood, Eric Henderson, Donald Frison, Tommy Sutton, Frank Hatchett, Joe Tremaine, Hank Crabtree, Nilo Toledo, and more. Jaime was also a featured dancer in the "DC Talk" video "Farewell my Friend".
Her goals are many. High on the list is to instruct dance in a positive manner, to create thinking and intelligent dancers who are not only technically brilliant, but creative and passionate about dance. Daughter Camden lights up her life each day. Ms. Wells has taught for the past 20 years.
Many of Jaime's proteges operate successful dance studios and appear on Broadway, in films, and on television.
Other Credits include: Dance Educator, Master Teacher with National Conventions; "Dancewerks", "Applause Intesity", and "Fuzion".
National Award Winning Choreographer, National Competition Adjudicator, and mommy to her 6 year old, Camden.
Miss Jennifer first began her dance studies with Marty Moore of Dance Syndicate in Auburn, Al. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree from Auburn University, Miss Jennifer decided to start checking items off of her "buscket list" and returned to dance in 2005. She quickly devoted all of her spare time to learning, studying and absorbing everything she could about teaching, performing and choreographing. Her organizational skills and ability to quickly adapt to any situation are infectious! She loves teaching all genres of dance and being Mommy to baby Maxwell is her biggest joy.
Her love for the Art form and her energy and zest for life is truly an inspiration to all that come in contact with her!
Ms. Sandra is our amazing Office Manager here at MYM. She is the person that can answer all of your questions, register you for classes, size you for shoes, check on your account and make sure you are having the best experience possible here at MYM~ ALL with a SMILE! :)
She is the mom of 2 beautiful dancers and loves being a part of the "hustle and bustle" of the dance studio! If you need ANYTHING~ Ms. Sandra is the "go to girl!"
We are so lucky to have her in office! <3
Breanna is a student at Auburn University studying Clinical Psychology and hopes to obtain her PhD in Child Psychology one day. She has been dancing since the age of two and has been on the competition stage since age six. Breanna has trained at numerous dance studios in Alabama and Georgia throughout her dance career in jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and acro. Her love of performing has led her to be able to win numerous titles on both the state and national levels for her solo performances. Apart from the competition stage, she was a member of the Auburn University Tiger Paws dance team from 2010-2012. Breanna looks forward to continuing her dance training and sharing her knowledge and love for the art of dance with as many people as possible! A brilliant performer who can readily translate her skills to the classroom, Miss Breanna is truly a gift to have on staff here at MYM.
We are so thrilled to have Leslie on staff at Make Your Move Performing Arts. Her perfectionism, brilliant teaching skills and enthusiastic love for teaching Ballet is unsurpassed.
Ms. Heather was raised in Spanish Fort, AL and grew up in Manchester, England. She began dancing at the age of 3 at Mobile Ballet and has studied with many companies, including Alabama Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, London Studio Centre, and English Youth Ballet. She also choreographed and performed in musicals, operas, and pantomimes while living in England. Ms. Heather is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Auburn University
Ms. Quan is a 2005 graduate of Opelika High School. She partciptated in the infamous "Spirit of the South" award winning Kick-line as co-captain. Quan attended Alabama State University, where she was head choreographer of the dance company for two years. She has recieved many "Outstanding Female Dancer" awards and had great opportunities to travel to different dance conferences including the Joffrey Ballet summer internship in Miami, Fl. Miss Quan has recieved trainning from the Dallas Black Dance Theater and Ailey II Company- she has also trained with the Alabama Dance Theater, Foye Dobose-Ballet Master, Kitty Seale-Artistic Director and with Ely Lazaar of Montgomery Ballet. Miss Quan was also chosen to travel to Pietresanta, Italy for an international dance exchange and performed in a show in Siestrei, Italy.
Heather is in her third year as a Lead Instructor after being a student demonstrator/assistant for 4 years. She has been dancing since the age of 4 and trained with MYM for 14 years. Her love for dance has blossomed throughout the years and it shows in her patience and understanding with all levels of dancers in our studio.
Heather loves spending most of her free time at the studio mentoring to younger students and being involved in all things dance!
She is currently an incomoing Junior at Auburn University and after obtaining her degree plans to begin the audition process and to further her dance career.
Heather enjoys all aspects of dance including performances,competitions, and conventions, but she has recently found her brilliance in choreography- she is truly gifted in this department and we are so lucky to be able to have her continue to grow with us here at MYM.
Angela is in her third year as a Hip Hop Instructor here at MYM. She was a member of the National Award winning Smith Station Pantherettes all 4 years of High School where she was Co- Captain for 2 years. Angela attended and danced at Southern Union at Wadley for 2 years and is now studying for her nursing degree at Auburn University. She has been a member of the Lady Lions dance team of Columbus since 2011 .
We love having Angela on staff here at MYM. Her fresh moves and beautiful smile light up the class room while she's moving and grooving to her own beat!
Mallory has been teaching and choreographing for 7years. She has received numerous dance awards across the State.
We are excited to have Kari on staff for the second year at MYM. Her love for all things tap, twinkle tots and tunes shows in all that she does in the classroom!
A Nationally award winning Twirler.