Amanda Lopez-Betanzos, Assistant Director

Amanda Lopez started her training in classical ballet, character dance, jazz, and modern dance, traveling to Poland at the age of 15 and Russia at the age of 17 as well as nationally to perform and train with master teachers. At 19, Amanda was awarded Regional Dance America’s Monticello Award for Choreography, which allowed her to study at a choreography intensive. The same year, she honed her choreographic skills through a summer mentorship with Paul Taylor in NYC. Transferring from Columbia College of Chicago to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Amanda continued her studies in pedagogy as well as her dance training. With her BFA in tow, Amanda began to perform with happydog performance company as a collaborator for several years. In her efforts to find a new approach to dance, Amanda discovered ballroom and the world of salsa and mambo in 2010. Since 2011, together with Jesus Aguilera, she has performed duets in latin jazz and competitive mambo nationally. Amanda has performed with Modern Clave nationally in both latin jazz and competitive mambo pieces. At the 2014 World Salsa Summit, she placed with Modern Clave in the top 5 small teams. She joined Inspiración Dance Chicago in April 2016.

Amanda currently works as a dance instructor, teaching children and adults ballet, contemporary dance, ballroom, and Latin dances. Amanda is honored to bring her teaching, performing, and training experiences to audiences alongside incredibly talented dancers.Amanda Lopez-Betzanos