Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terra Haute, Indiana. Amy developed her passion for the arts, however, years prior as a young ballet student. She began her serious study of classical ballet at City Center School of the Arts in Rock Island, Illinois, and spent most of her student years studying there under Ballet Quad Cities Artistic Director Johanne Jakhelln. Amy had the privilege of performing as a trainee with the Ballet Quad Cities professional company for three years, dancing the role of Miep in Jakhelln’s original story ballet, From the Pages of a Young Girls Life, based on the story of Ann Frank, as well as other roles.
After encountering Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord for the first time in her early twenties, Amy sought a place to continue her performance career in a Christian setting. She began to develop a passion to see the intersection of the fine arts and Christian ministry during her time spent in Jackson, Mississippi with Ballet Magnificat!, one of the oldest Christian professional dance companies in the world.
Amy moved to Chicago in 2009, going on to spend time living in city neighborhoods including Andersonville, Uptown, and the south-side neighborhood of Beverly. She spent three years working with the Joffrey Academy of Dance as an administrator and also had the opportunity to get to know different aspects of the city through volunteering in various arts-related capacities for Chicago ministries including First Free Evangelical Church, Andersonville, and The Miracle Center, an after-school ministry serving students in Hermosa and surrounding west-side neighborhoods.
Amy is thrilled to be serving as the Executive Director of Ballet 5:8 and to be able to witness firsthand how God is using the arts to begin discussions of life and faith with the people of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. She and her husband Clayton live in Chicago’s near south side.