Amalie Barton (she/hers) began her dance training in Camas, Washington at Virtuosity Performing Arts Studio at the age of three under the primary instruction of Briley Neugebauer and Diana Alcomendas. There, she had the opportunity to train according to American Ballet Theatre’s curriculum through level 5, while attending many annual dance conventions such as Tremaine, Jump, and Radix. While Amalie focused mainly on her ballet training, she also danced competitively in contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, and lyrical throughout her middle and high school years. Amalie began teaching lyrical, contemporary, and tap for ages 6-11 at Virtuosity in 2019.
Amalie performed in nine of Virtuosity’s annual ballet recitals, some memorable roles being Abu in “Aladdin”, Barrel in “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, and the Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland”.
Amalie is now entering her junior year at Western Washington University, pursuing a Secondary English Literature Education major and dance minor. So far at WWU, Amalie has worked with guest choreographer Toni Passion in performing “Propelled by Our Pillars” and Susan Haines in performing “That Place, Those People”.
As someone who began dancing at a very young age, Amalie strives to create and foster an environment that facilitates a love for movement and a deep appreciation for the body. She encourages students to move freely and view dance as a form of connection with both the self and others.
Photo credit: Emily Peterson