Amanda Downs was born and raised in Farmington where she danced at Silhouette and Mann Dance. She attended Piedra Vista High School where she participated in the Panteraz Dance Team as well as the Thespian Club in the theater department. Throughout high school Amanda taught at Mann Dance as well as danced several lead roles in the annual recitals: Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Glenda in the Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Captian Hook in Peter Pan, and Bell in Beauty and the Beast.
She attended New Mexico State University on Dance and Theater scholarships. She later changed her major to Family and Child Sciences and dance. She received a Bachelor in Science and a Minor in Dance Performance and Education. During her undergraduate studies Amanda participated in dance companies affiliated with the dance department, Dance Ensamble and Contemporary Dance Theater, as well as a student run dance organization Dancers Unlimited. During her years in Dancers Unlimited Amanda served as Vice President, President for 3 terms, Homecoming chair, and Fundraising chair. Amanda was also lighting producer for 6 years.
During Amanda’s graduate studies in the department of Marriage and Family therapy, she continue membership in Dancers Unlimited as an officer/chair, dancer, and choreographer. She also took on the position of technique coach for the NMSU Sundancers for two years. After obtaining her Masters degree Amanda began choreographing for Dance Connections Competition Team, she has judged several dance auditions in the Las Cruces area and has also continued to be a member of Dancers Unlimited. Amanda has choreographed over 100 college level pieces for Dancers Unlimited in the geners of tap, jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, and contemporary. In addition to these Amanda performed in the genres of Hip Hop and Swing.
Amanda has always considered dance to be a creative outlet for her. She enjoys choreographing a wide array of genres and a wide array of topics. She has always enjoyed performing, and through the years has come to love teaching and sharing her knowledge. Amanda looks forward to any new opprotunity to share her love of dance with others though performace or teaching.