Amanda Whitesell has a dance background of more than 20 years. She studied dance intensively at Oklahoma City University on dance performance scholarship, and is a certified STOTT Pilates instructor. Whitesell’s professional credits include dancing in a Miley Cyrus music video, the Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular and at Walt Disney World. She has taught dance and Pilates classes to children and adults, with varying abilities. Whitesell’s goal in working with clients is focusing on proper alignment to reduce tension, combat muscle imbalances and strengthen the core.


Certified STOTT Pilates & Experienced Barre Instructor | Freelance, Brighton, Mich. | January 2011—Present

  • Available for private reformer sessions from a Brighton-area studio, and home mat Pilates sessions
  • Teaches weekly group classes at Brighton Yoga Center

Guest Instructor/Adjudicator | Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center, Walled Lake, Mich. | August 2005—Present

  • Substitutes dance classes as needed
  • Adjudicated dancers prior to top competition events
  • Taught music theater, jazz dance and conditioning for semi-professional dancers ages 8-18

Dance Instructor | Movement Innovations, Oklahoma City, Okla. | September 2009—May 2011

  • Taught ballet, jazz, tap, creative movement, and strength training/conditioning classes for students ages 3-14
  • Choreographed dances for annual recital and compiled appropriate weekly lesson plans

Dance Instructor | Camp Gan Israel, Ann Arbor, Mich. | June 2008—August 2010

  • Taught hip-hop, ballet and jazz dance classes for amateur campers ages 2-12.
  • Choreographed routine for weekly camp showcase

Demonstrator | Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Okla. | December 2007—May 2008

  • Served as ballet demonstrator for Professor Kay Sandel for collegiate-level ballet classes
  • Assisted in correcting students’ placement and technique