Meet Our Teachers
Amantha grew up in England where she fell in love with dance at a young age. Upon graduating high school she was awarded one of only 10 arts scholarships given across the nation and used it to attend the exclusive Bird College of Performing Arts where she obtained teaching qualifications in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and group fitness. She went on to perform professionally with various cruise lines where she held the positions of Principal Dancer, Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer. Her professional experience also includes trade shows, pantomimes & British TV. She moved to Montana in 2004 and taught at numerous area studios before opening Diversity in 2008. Amantha continues to train and perform. She has danced for professional modern company, Terpsichore of Billings, choreographed for local band Alder Lights and regularly contributes to the dance arts worship at Faith Chapel. She has also travelled around the country guest teaching, judging and choreographing. She recently added Progressing Ballet Technique to her string of certifications. Amantha is perhaps best knows for her unique, quirky choreography and she has won many choreography awards. One of her most fun dance jobs was working as a magician’s assistant but don’t ask her how the tricks are done, she’s not allowed to tell!
Megan was born and raised in Montana, where she began dancing at the age of 3. She was a shy child initially, and dance became an outlet for expression that helped her confidence and character bloom. Megan’s passion for dance grew as she danced and performed with the Northwest Ballet Company. As she continued to develop in the company and assume principal roles (Cinderella, Titania, Snow Queen, and Sugar Plum Fairy), she became a mentor and teacher to younger students and company members, helping with teaching, auditions, and choreography. Additionally, she performed in her company’s annual Nutcracker performance for over a decade, where she began as a mouse and eventually played the role of Sugar Plum Fairy her senior year in high school (with many roles in between). Upon her high school graduation, she attended the University of Montana where she pursued a minor in Dance Education. Throughout her education, her love for teaching grew as she taught numerous dance classes to children throughout the Missoula community. One of the dance experiences she most enjoyed was the challenge of incorporating dance and movement with science and math curriculums. Looking back at her younger self, Megan is grateful for the ways in which dance has shaped and impacted her life. As she joins the Diversity family, she is eager to share her passion and love for dance with her students throughout this next year.
Madison Purcella discovered a passion for dancing when she was 11 years old. Competing in cheerleading and dance throughout her life, she realized how special the art and sport of dance was to her. She continued her dance education in college through ballet and modern classes, as well as teaching hip hop with a local studio. Madison has traveled to many states and been to several conventions and competitions to take classes from highly skilled choreographers/dancers such as ian Eastwood, Robert Hoffman, Tessandra Chavez, the San Diego Cheerleaders, and several more.