Amy Muffley's formal training is rooted classical ballet, jazz, and tap. She has traveled over the past 30+ years and gained a broad foundation of training from master teachers all over the world, such as; Al Gilbert, Doug Caldwell, Roland Dupree, Joe Tremaine, Jackie Slight, Laura Fremont, Keith Clifton, and Savion Glover. Amy continues to stay abreast of the dance world with yearly conventions, workshops and continuing education. The dance world is an ever changing and exciting world.
She opened Dance Elite after creating and building the elementary dance magnet program at Milam Elementary Fine Arts Magnet in Odessa, Tx and teaching dance/director of the Golden Girls dance team at Midland High School, Midland, Tx. Amy has taught various master classes and workshops for numerous studios, dance teams, gymnastics programs, dance conventions, school districts, special needs dance programs, and Expressive Arts Therapy groups. She has been the resident choreographer for Robert E. Lee Choirs for 18 years. Amy has choreographed for various theatrical productions, dance companies, UTPB, and Texas Association Teachers of Dance. Her choreography and dancers have won numerous Regional/National awards, and have received scholarships to college and intensive dance trainings all over the country.
Amy has also been asked to build a dance program in the new Young Women's Leadership Academy in Midland, Tx the first year they are opening. She is excited to be a part of this new frontier for MISD and building a quality dance program in the school district.
Her performing career spans from local entertainment to international commercials. She has extensive experience in pageantry, as former Miss Texas and choreographer for the Miss NM pageant, in dance teams, as former officer/performer/competitor to Dance team director, and in arts education; dance, drama, music and expressive arts. Her passion resides in educating and training others to have the skills to reach their dreams. Amy's pride lies in the success of her students.
Amy has a Masters degree in Psychology: Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change. Dance connects individuals on an emotional, mental, kinesthetic and spiritual levels. She encourages dancers to tap into those levels as they develop their artistry.
Her passion for her work and mentoring students is evident in all that happens at Dance Elite. She loves educating dancers, witnessing their accomplishments and most of all, watching her dancers dance.
Tana Petty began her dance training at Dance Elite as a child. She trained and competed under the direction of Amy Muffley, and traveled to learn from other professional choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Brian Friedman and Tabitha and Napoleon all before High School. During her secondary school years, Tana danced for her Jr High and High School dance teams. After high school Tana was selected to join the 2008-2009 Texas Tech Pom Squad. During her university years she choreographed locally for the UTPB dance team, Odessa College Dance Team, Odessa High School and Permian High school, The Permian Playhouse and was a member of the UT Arlington dance ensemble. Also during her university time, Tana taught at Dance Elite in Odessa, Tx and at The Dance Gallery in Big Spring, Tx. Tana lived and trained in Los Angeles, CA in 2011 and came back to Texas to perform as a member of the DGDG dance group in Dallas, Tx, in many contemporary and Hip Hop pieces. In 2019, Tana was asked to teach dance for the ECISD Fine Arts Magnet Elementary School and is currently over seeing that dance program during the day.
Tana has traveled the United States learning and taking class from many different teachers and has often found herself taking class in other countries, sharing her love of dance with people from around the world.
Dance Elite is very blessed to have Tana Petty in the studio, part of our dance family and help building our dance community. She is not only a beautiful dancer but an incredible person.
Lindsey Lara began her dance training at Dance Elite as a child, under the direction of Amy Muffley. During her secondary school years, Lindsey competed with the Permian High School dance team. Lindsey’s sophomore year she attended Crowd Pleasers national Dance contest, where her team won overall in Hip Hop, and Lyrical. Lindsey’s junior year she qualified to travel to New York and participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. While in New York she was able to take classes with choreographers from the Broadway Dance Center such as Ryan Daniel Beck, Jamie J and Chio. She was also able to learn from a dancer in the Broadway show “Wicked.” Lindsey was also a cheerleader at Permian High School.
Lindsey is currently working towards her bachelors degree in secondary math. She is minoring in dance theory and plans on starting a dance program in a school district in her future.
We are excited to have Lindsey teaching in the studio and thrilled she is part of our dance family!