Amy is the director and owner of Spark Dance Studio. She received her BFA degree in dance from Towson University. Amy has performed professionally in NYC as a principal dancer with the Doris Humphrey Dance Company. She has worked and performed with members of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Anna Sokolow. She has studied with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, STEPs on Broadway, Joy Kellman, 92nd Street Y, Broadway Dance Center, and Dance Space. She has received a number of awards at competitions for her choreography and has choreographed for local school productions.
Amy believes in exposing her dancers to NYC dance, to have her dancers take professional dance classes and see professional dance companies and Broadway shows. She brings professional choreographers to her studio and provides dance festivals, and master classes.
Former SPARK dance students have gone on to dance at the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts, North Carolina School for the Arts, Pacific North West Ballet, Dominican University of California, and the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, College Park, Rutgers, and Butler.
SPARK gives top notch dance instruction while providing a warm and supportive environment. We ignite every dancer’s potential whether or not they are dancing for fun or as a serious dancer. SPARK is for all levels from beginner to pre-professional.
Amy has also been in the fitness industry for 25 years. Doing everything from fitness instructor, assistant manager, and personal trainer. Amy enjoys helping people achieve their fitness goals.
Annapolis Tango – Teacher/Owner
A dancer/performer since the age of 10, J. Abling fell in love with Argentine tango in 2001 and immediately committed to it exclusively. Since, he has dedicated himself to continuously refining his dance as well as his teaching method, actively learning from some of the most renowned teachers in tango, including Jaimes Friedgen, Luciana Valle, Graciela Gonzales, Sebastian Arce & Mariana Montes, Carlitos Espinoza & Noelia Hurtado, Chicho Frumboli & Juana Sepulveda, and Tete Rusconi. Through these influences, he melds elements from various tango styles into a dance that is both natural and socially conscious.
J.’s highly energetic classes and workshops blend hands-on practical technique, musical morsels, and flavorful figures with a touch of quirky humor. He approaches both tango and teaching with critical analysis in an organic and fluid fashion that engages, challenges, and enlightens participants of all levels. Many of his students have commented on J.’s ability to help them reach important and lasting breakthroughs in their dance. He has taught at major festivals and cities in the country including San Diego, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Tucson, Ann Arbor, Maui, Portland, Denver, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and New York City.
Annapolis Tango – Teacher
Rachel has been a social dancer for 20+ years. After many years of salsa and swing dancing, she finally stumbled upon and fell in love with tango in 2009. In the past two years, she decided to focus almost exclusively on learning tango and immersing herself in tango culture, which included 6 months of training and dancing in Buenos Aires. Outside of tango, Rachel’s career has been primarily in the educational field, including about a decade in speech-language therapy. Currently, she is bringing together her love for tango and her educational experience as a tango teacher, and will always remain a dedicated student of tango.