Dance Director Ms. Amanda Pope

 We are beyond Amazing, We are Passionate, Hardworking, and Dedicated...To our Family, School, Academics, and Dance. 

APDC-Chimera Concept WOD NJ


A note from Ms. Pope

Welcome to LoMA! You have just chosen a program that will change the next four years of your life in a positive way. I am delighted to have you. You can expect to experience a tremedous amount of support, to gain a wealth of knowlegde in various dance techniques, and to become a part of a life long family of dancers. You will soon realize that dance at LoMA is beyond your typical dance training, it is a place that will help you to discover your artistic voice and emerge your artistry. There will be many opportunities for you to showcase your work, audition for dance programs, shows, and agencies, and to work with professional dancers throughtout your journey at LoMA. Though you will gain a lot dance wise you will equally be expected to produce the same interest in your academics. All LoMA teachers are passionate and 100% at your service. I leave you with this, "you can only get out of something what you put into it, so be diligent in all that do so that you can reap the best possible results." Ms. Pope

Ms. Amanda Pope-Biography

Ms. Amanda Pope



Amanda Pope was born in 1980 in Manhattan, N.Y. and was raised in Clinton N. C. Amanda began training in dance at age 16 in public school. Eager to learn all she could about dance she continued cultivating her gift in college in 1998. Amanda graduated in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Studies and graduated in 2011 with a Masters of Arts degree in Dance Education (K-12) from New York University. She specializes in hip-hop and contemporary, choreography, competition dance, production, videography, and sound editing. She has performed in numerous live shows throughout the U.S., a few highlights include, dancing for hip-hop recording artist Lil' Kim (2003), Ne-Yo and Lady Sovereign (2010), a soloist and company member with Bellan Contemporary Dance Theater (2008), Hip Hop International, World of Dance, and Prelude Urban Dance Competition. Amanda has been choreographing since the age of 14, teaching in private dance studios, guest teaching for intensives and workshops, and has been a full time dance teacher in the public school setting since 2004. She’s been the dance director at Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (NY) since spring of 2011 and has been dance faculty at the Harlem School of the Arts (NY) since fall 2011. In 2013, she was recognized as one of the top fifty teachers in New York City receiving the NYC Big Apple Teacher Excellence Award, awarded by former mayor Mike Bloomberg, and in February of 2015 she was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine. She realized in her undergraduate studies leadership, teaching, choreographing, mentoring, and directing was her passion and calling in life, she also enjoys performing whenever possible.


Training with Amanda, "Ms. Pope/Ms. A," has promoted remarkable success early in young dancers careers, such as, participating in prestigious elite level dance competitions, training programs, and conventions. A few of her students have signed with major dance agencies and management companies, have booked numerous dance jobs and toured the world as professional dancers. Many of her dancers have earned full scholarships to further their dance training and many attend universities and colleges pursuing dance and other professions.


In 2005, she founded her first dance company Dreams in Motion, an after school competing and performance hip-hop team and co-founded Young Choreographer Collective summer dance intensive (NC). After relocating to NYC she founded a new dance team and company, Amanda Pope Dance Company (Chimera Concept). Along with training with Amanda, her award winning company is geared toward pre-professional level dance training with other reputable teachers and choreographers and exposure to pre-professional level opportunities, such as live performances, dance intensives, workshops, industry level dance competitions, community arts events, and performing at charitable events. Ms. Amanda dedicates most of time to developing her artistry, directing, teaching, choreographing, judging dance competitions, and coaching and mentoring aspiring dance teachers and choreographers. She believes that with the proper training, self-motivation, work ethic, discipline, and support all who are passionate and driven in life are capable of pursing their dreams and career goals.

 A few quotes that Amanda lives by: 

 “To quit is to never open the door to your destiny, strive for excellence in all that you do and keep pushing forward!" Marion Pope

"If you're going to do something, master it! Be the very best at what you do." William Pope

 "It's a great day to be great." Katrina Pope

 "Giving is the gift that keeps on giving." 

 "If you believe you will receive, create a plan then get to work." Pastor Andy Schaffer

 "Passion has no excuses." Carol Stein

 "Anything you can imagine you can make real." Sony

 "Push past your potential." Amanda Pope

 "You get what you give."

 "Your lack of planning does not constitute and emergency on my behalf."

 "You are the master of your ability your success heavily depends upon your work ethic and self-discipline." Amanda Pope

 "Live to inspire, be the change that you seek." 

 "Passion leads to purpose, purpose leads to action, action leads to results. Walk bravely, courageously, and confidently toward your chosen career pathway.” Amanda Pope 



Famous Quotes

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. - Martha Graham                
Dance is the hidden language of the soul. - Martha Graham

You want fame? Well fame cost, here's where you start paying in sweat! - Debbie Allen

I am trying to show the world that we are all human beings and that color is not important. What is important is the quality of our work. -Alvin Ailey


APDC-Chimera Concept Prelude New York 2015

  * Levels of Dance *
     9th Grade
  Intro to Dance: 40 Days Only 
   10th Grade Level 1 

  11th Grade Level 2 

   12th Grade Level 3 

    Chimera Concept
All Grade Levels

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