Dr. Amy Rapp is originally from Virginia, where she studied clinical psychology and dance in her undergraduate studies at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She is also a licensed psychologist, specializing in severe and persistent mental illness, anxiety disorders, performance improvement, and forensic issues. She was the founder and director of Dance Creators, an independent dance studio in Roanoke, Virginia. She was an instructor and ensemble co-director for Floyd Ward School of Dance’s Junior and Senior ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop competition teams. She has received training from Sharon Kinney (Paul Taylor Dance), Lynn Jackson (Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre), Keith Lee (Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and American Ballet Theatre), Cem Catbas (Baltimore Ballet), Barbara Muller Huffman (American Ballet Theatre), Dagmar Kessler (Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre), Colin Wirth (National Ballet of Canada), and Doug Varone, among many others. She has performed with Roanoke Ballet Theatre, Center for Ballet Arts, Moveri Dance Company, and Hollins Repertory Dance Company. She represented Hollins University at ACDFA regional and national conferences for her performances in Doug Varone’s Bench Quartet and Jack Arnold’s Her Pearly White Hand. In 2001, Amy was awarded an Outstanding Educator Citation by Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts at University of Richmond. She loves teaching ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and modern. In her spare time, she consults with Stone Soup Games Development. She is also an avid kickboxer, a karaoke aficionado, and a huge fan of all things science fiction.