WARSAW — Debra Collier’s School of Dance recently recognized Amy Clay for her 25th teaching anniversary at the studio’s 39th annual recitals. What began as a part-time job, as she attended Grace College, has become a cherished career.
“Amy has worked with every age at the studio and our non-profit performance company, Class Act Dance Troupe,” explains studio owner Deb Collier. “She is such an asset to our studio. Her talent, artistry and passion for dance make such an impact on our students.”
Clay was recognized as a Certified Dance Educator by the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM) after completing required hours of training, as well as written and demonstrative testing in various disciplines of dance. In 2013, CNADM awarded her their highest level of certification, Master Dance Educator, after 160 additional hours of training focused on all levels of teaching and the submission of a Graduate Portfolio. The portfolio included detailed methods of teaching, lesson plans, history of training and letters of reference.
Throughout the seasons, Clay has also developed the curriculum for the studio’s Modern program. “It is wonderful to see the growth of the program that Amy has created,” Collier said. “Students have taken the foundation they have built through her classes and continued to utilize their training in college and professional endeavors. Her contribution to our studio over the past 25 years is immeasurable and we look forward to many more years to come.”
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