Amanda Marie Rodriguez is from Miami, Florida and began her dance training at the young age of three at Patricia Peñenori Dance Center. In 2007, she switched to Artistic Dance Center (ADC) where she decided to focus more on her ballet training. While there, her teachers were Elizabeth Acuña Nuevo and Lissette Salgado Lucas who retired from the Winnipeg Ballet in Canada. She then graduated from ADC in 2013. While at ADC Amanda has placed and won at various national dance competitions such as YAGP and The American Dance Competition. She has attended summer programs on full or partial scholarships with the following: Ballet Met, Chautauqua, NCDT (now Charlotte Ballet), Joffrey Ballet Chicago, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She auditioned and was chosen for the prestigious Butler Ballet program at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana where she graduated in 2017.
While there, she worked to acquire a Bachelor of Arts in Dance-Pedagogy with Business Law and Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation minors. While at Butler, Amanda was awarded a Butler Merit for her performances in the Nutcracker and an invitation to be part of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars for her academic prowess. She has performed in ballets like the Nutcracker, Midwinter Dance Festival, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, and excerpts of Paquita: where each performance is accompanied by a live orchestra.
Now, Amanda is a dance teacher where she gets to share her knowledge and passion for dance with young dancers. She continues to dance professionally and has been part of various music videos, and stage productions. In addition, she is a member of the MLB Marlins Mermaids Dance Team and has been on the team for two seasons.
During her off time, Amanda loves spending time at home with her family and playing around with her dogs Lila, and Dakota.