The Dance Academy
Offering classes in classical ballet, tap, & jazz

About Us

Amber D Barnes, Director/Owner
With 33 years of dance experience it is obvious that Miss Amber has a true passion for dance. She began her early dance training  in Texas and has been dancing in the Treasure Valley for the past 26 years. She has studied classical ballet, jazz and tap with many of the nations top choreographers. During the summer of 2009, Miss Amber was awarded and completed a Research Fellowship with Jacob's Pillow Dance in Massachusetts. Miss Amber has been teaching ballet , tap and jazz in the valley for over 18 years and has entertained and choreographed for professional sports teams, as well as
beauty pageants. She is currently the Children's Rehearsal Director for Eugene Ballet Company, showcasing local talent in The Nutcracker,  Alice in Wonderland and Swan Lake. She is also the West Coast Director for American Dance Training Camp. She believes that each and every child should be given the opportunity to enjoy dance in a structured and loving environment. Although Miss Amber does not have children of her own, she does have many "little dancers" around the valley. She attended and studied Sports Management at The College of Idaho. Miss Amber continued her education at Goddard College in Vermont where she focused her studies in Dance and earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, completing her thesis on the socioeconomics of dance.

Melissa Rassett

Miss Melissa is in her fifth season of teaching jazz and ballet classes with The Dance Academy. Melissa recieved her early training in California. Under the tutelage of Sheri Gilbert and Kristi Davar studying ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical. She moved to Idaho in 2005 where she has continued to study and perfrom as a member of both EPAC and Ballet Idaho performing ensembles. She is currently priveledged to continue dancing with Lana Kroth at Boise Dance Collaborative and with Marla Hansen at BSU.  We are excited to have Miss Melissa as a part of our staff. She looks forward to teaching your children ballet and jazz.  




Coach Jessie
Bio coming soon!

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