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!
Katie Kitzenberg was born and raised in Billings, Montana where she trained at Diversity Dance Studio, under the direction of Amantha Vandiviere and Lisa Oppegaard, and School of Classical Ballet, under the direction of Betty Loos, in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. Her other dance mentors include Tessandra Chavez, Theo Ivey, Kirsten Cooper, Karen Gale, and Elisabeth Motley. She grew up competing and received many national awards and scholarships from conventions such as Velocity Dance and 24 Seven Dance. She also received unique and prestigious awards such as being named a 2013 ‘Dance Spirit Magazine’ Future Star recipient and winning the 2014 Discount Dance Supply “Life in Motion” Video Contest. She has danced behind musical artists Pia Toscano, Midnight Red, and Becky G through Velocity Dance Convention. Katie is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where she received both dance and academic scholarships. She has created three full length pieces of choreography for the dance department’s fall and spring concerts. During her time at the college she received incredible daily technique training in classical ballet, modern (Horton, Graham, and O’Donnell techniques), jazz, contemporary, tap, improvisation, and composition/choreography. During school, she dance on two short tours, one to Mexico and one to Guatemala, with JUNTOS Dance Company. She is excited to see where the future takes her after college!
Maddie grew up in Billings, MT and has been dancing since the fourth grade. She studied Hip Hop, Jazz, and Tap at Rimview Dance Studio and started getting connected to the Diversity family in high school. She became close with several of the girls at Diversity, and even ended up having Miss Lisa choreograph her solo her senior year - which she loved! After high school, Maddie continued her dance journey on a collegiate dance team at Boise State University, where a fellow Diversity member, Cassie Ostermeier, recruited her to go! Maddie was on the Mane Line dance team for 4 years, and ended up becoming a captain her senior year. While on Mane Line, she competed at nationals in California and worked with some of the best collegiate choreographers in the nation. She had amazing opportunities that allowed her to perform at countless major sporting events in Boise and other states around the country. One of her most memorable moments was dancing in front of 60,000 people at Fiesta Bowl in 2014 (and the Broncos won - it truly was the best feeling). She is forever grateful for the memories she made while dancing throughout college - and highly recommends the experience to anyone! Since graduating in 2018, she has come back to do what she loves most, working with kids and teaching dance!
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.
Leah grew up in Billings, MT and began dancing at the age of 3. She trained primarily in jazz, ballet, lyrical and tap while competing across the country through elementary, middle and high school. Upon graduating from Billings West High School in 2011, Leah moved to southern California to attend Chapman University's College of Performing Arts, where she was accepted with both academic and talent scholarships. During her time at Chapman she performed and showcased choreography in several concerts and events, toured with Chapman's only performing arts traveling company, and was the president of Chapman Dance Alliance which gave her the opportunity to cast and direct an entire evening length performance. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Chapman in 2015, Leah began working as a strength and conditioning coach at Equinox Beverly Hills, helping clients of all ages and physical abilities improve their movement patterns, increase their strength and mobility, and build a solid foundation of fitness and healthy lifestyle behaviors. This work inspired her interest in human anatomy and physiology and sparked her need for a larger scope of practice, which has lead her to pursue a career as a physician. Leah is now completing her medical school pre- requisites at MSUB as well as interning as a student researcher in MSUB's biochemistry lab. One of Leah's most fun choreography projects was creating a 10-minute narrative piece for a composition class, in which she chose to re-create Disney's "Mulan" on 12 of her Chapman colleagues.
Maribel grew up dancing in Chihuahua, Mexico. She has a masters degree in Education and is currently a Spanish teacher at West. She is versed in many different dance styles including Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Hip Hop and Contemporary. She has worked with the Outlaws Dance Team, Rimrock Opera and Terpsichore Dance Company as well as many other local artists. Maribel is founder and director of RaizEtna Dance Company as well as the non profit organization, El’s Clay company which seeks to bring positive and valuable messages to society through the arts.
Carly Mann, born and raised in California, is a performing artist, choreographer and dance youth educator. Her Dad first enrolled her in dance at the age of 5! She holds a Bachelor's of Arts magna cum laude in Dance from San Jose State University, and has extended her training in San Francisco, Colorado, and Montana. As an artist in Billings she has performed in Rimrock Opera performances, other independent projects, 5 seasons with Terpsichore Dance Company, and one season with Arc-a Montana Dance Collective. Carly is co-director for MADCo, as well as co-director of El's Clay, a non- profit organization devoted to sharing meaningful messages to the community. Carly once danced in a Raiders football halftime show! She also used to work for Disney!!
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.