Our Philosophy and Mission Statement

It is the philosophy of Amanda’s Dance Center that being involved in the music and dance arts helps to round out the total educational experience offered by the school, parents, and community. Each student is offered the opportunity to gain appreciation, fulfillment, and self-reward through the classes offered. With an emphasis on technique rather than trophies, we look to provide quality, up to date, and professional training that will serve the students well and prepare them for the future. Whether the student takes classes as a hobby, or to eventually pursue a career in the arts, the discipline required in the performing arts classes helps develop skills in concentration, problem solving, teamwork, public speaking, self-reliance, initiative, coordination, self-confidence, and sensitivity. These skills not only enhance the students’ future, but positively affect their schoolwork, relationships, and self image. We look forward to helping our students develop these important skills.

“Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable time in their lives…So train the whole person, not just the dancer.” – Deborah Bull

A Brief History of Amanda’s Dance Center…

Amanda Bell, as Owner and Director of Amanda’s Dance Center, recently completed her 20th year of ownership of the studios, located in Port Orange and Ormond Beach. Continuing to uphold the proud tradition of up-to-date training of the highest quality, Mrs. Bell is overjoyed to carry on the legacy started by Deborah Coe who was her instructor and owner of Debco School of Dance for 24 years. New this year, Amanda is excited to be passing the torch of ownership of her Port Orange location, Port Orange Dance, to Mrs. Shannon Faller who is also a former Debco Dancer and is thrilled to be sharing her passion and love of dance with the next generation as well.

Amanda is a long time member of Florida Dance Masters, Inc; a group dedicated to keeping very high the standards of dance education in the state and Florida Dance Association. She has been a workshop instructor for FDM’s Spring Workshop; a guest choreographer for FDM’s performance company, Main Attraction; and has served on the Scholarship Committee. She also attends teacher’s training workshops at least twice a year with FDM. Amanda holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Organizational Management and continues to further teaching education by attending a variety of dance education workshops such as: Jazz Dance World CongressThe Dance Teacher Summit, IDEA Conference, and Rhee Gold’s Dance Life Teacher Events.

Amanda’s students have attended college studying dance at Tisch School of the Arts, UC Berkley, Florida State University, and University of Central Florida among others. Amanda’s students can be seen performing locally and nationally. Some have worked, performed, and choreographed with Disney, The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Six Flags, Frontier City, Sesame Street, Moscow, Orlando and Daytona Beach Civic Ballets, So You Think You Can Dance, and NY’s Stage Door Manor.

Amanda is beyond excited to be working with young dancers from ages 3 and up and finds delight is seeing their confidence grow as they twirl, leap, and stretch their limits to reach their fullest potential not just as dancers, but as compassionate and responsible members of our community. Together we can “change the world!”

Our Dance Studio Advantage- The Floating Professional Dance Floor!

Our “Floating” Dance Floor rests on a system of wood framing to absorb the shock and impact of regular dance movement. This benefits students by reducing fatigue and preventing injury that can result from dancing on hard surfaces.The top layer of our flooring surface is a professional “marley” floor . This marley floor surface has a certain amount of controlled slip to allow for sliding in dance movement, but is not slippery like common tiles found in most other dance studios.