Amanda values dance not for its surface pictures but for its fundamental insights into gravity, anatomy, and space, and uses those principles beyond a state of restating the familiar. Her choreographic works have been performed nationally and internationally in venues ranging from the Royal Opera House in London, to Danspace at St. Mark’s Church in New York, with commissions by The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She danced with Pennsylvania Ballet from 1993 to 2002 and has studied the choreographic and improvisational techniques of Alonzo King, William Forsythe and Siobhan Davies.
Melissa is a lifelong lover, supporter and promoter of the arts.
She is passionate about seeing individuals grow and thrive in their environments and then organically influence their culture and society.
At EBTC, her goal is to support the dancers as they apply lessons learned in the studio to other areas of their lives and to build relationships that honor their own dignity as well as the dignity of others.
Melissa joined EBTC in January 2014 and is currently pursuing education in Arts Management.
Founding Artistic Director
Stephen is the Founding Artistic Director of English Ballet Theater Cambodia. A British born professional dancer, choreographer and teacher, he completed his formal dance training at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London and later received his teaching qualifications from the Royal Academy of Dance.
Stephen worked internationally teaching and choreographing both classical and contemporary dance before moving to Cambodia in 2011. In his capacity as Artistic Director he strives to guide his students to become versatile, individualistic artists able to collaborate and evolve in a fast changing society.
Stephen believes that dance participation can be an empowering experience and one that should be available to all.
Rachel is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. She completed formal dance training at The Hammond School of Dance in the UK and Stage 7 School of Dance in California. She has been involved in community dance projects for the past 20 years in the UK and internationally.
Rachel is passionate about enabling others to discover their own creativity and express their thoughts, beliefs, emotions and ideas through the language of dance.
She moved to Cambodia in 2014 with her husband and two daughters and started working with English Ballet Theater Cambodia in January 2015.