Studio Owners/Directors

Amanda Estes

Amanda has been dancing since 1990 and teaching dance since 2006.   I was born and raised in Prineville and am a graduate of Crook County High School and Central Oregon Community College.     My mom put me in my first tap class when I was three years old and I never looked back. I took tap, ballet, and jazz classes, and my sophomore year of high school I was introduced to the world of competitive dance team.      During college I served as an assistant coach for the Crook County Sparkles and danced with The V!be Dance Center in Bend, Or. During that time, I was also an education major at COCC and quickly realizing that the academic classroom wasn't where I truly wanted to teach.     In July of 2008, I took over as the head coach for the CCHS Sparkles and we won our first dance State title in my first season. From that moment on I have known that this is the path chosen for me. In 2012 I won the Dance and Drill Coaches Association 1a-4a Coach of the Year. The award is nominated and voted on by the DDCA membership, comprised of coaches and other affiliates from across the state.     I've worked with teams all over Oregon at the high school and Junior level as a choreographer and also taught workshops and technique classes. I've worked in studios as a guest instructor and a faculty member.     I currently serve on the DDCA Board of Directors where I am both the New Coaches Liaison and the Junior Teams Liaison. I took this opportunity to give back to the dance community that has raised me. It has given me a chance to mentor other coaches, contribute to the growth and change of dance team in Oregon, and to represent an organization that I truly believe in.   I am beyond thrilled to see Legacy Dance Company succeeding. We have been so embraced by our community and I hope we can continue to serve Prineville and Crook County well. I am forever grateful to do this with a co-Director who is as tenacious and creative as Ciera; we both truly have a passion for bringing dance to everyone. I am a firm believer that when you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. I look forward to the challenges and adventures this will continue to bring!

Ciera Hensley

I spent all of the life I can remember in Prineville. Dancing since I was 4 years old. I still remember my very first tap dance, “Catfish for Supper”! Since then my love for dancing has just continued to grow stronger and stronger. Since then I have danced in just about every style imaginable. Tap and Ballet have always been a couple of my favorites though. In my later years of dance I was an assistant teacher, this was when I realized that teaching was my passion. I knew that I wanted to share my love of dancing with everyone.   

I taught in Colorado at, A Dance Place, for a few years. I learned so much and grew so much as a teacher and a dancer. I was able to take several master teaching classes in Denver, working alongside of some amazingly talented teachers.   

My world is centered on my daughters, Adisynne (6) and Brynlee (4). This dream I am living is because of them. I want them to know that you can do anything that you set your mind too! Nothing is out of reach!   

I have lots of fresh new ideas that I am excited and ready to share with all of you. I can’t wait for this year to start and to get to share my passion and love for dance with all of your dancers! Thank you all for the tremendous amount of love and support! We appreciate every single one of you!  

Office Manager

Megan Foster

I am the mother of three and graduated with my Associates Degree in Accounting from COCC. Since I was little I've loved seeing the joy that dancing brings to the dancers as well as the ones watching. I have three dancers that attend Legacy Dance and am very excited to be running the office and working behind the scenes for my second year.

Instructors

Taneshia Valenzuela (Tap Instructor)

Hello my name is TaNeshia. This will be my first year instructing at Legacy Dance Company as a Tap instructor. I grew up in dance and truly enjoy the the journey it takes us on, the lessons it teaches us, the passion it possesses and the drive it takes. I not only look forward to being apart of your Dancers Legacy but to inspire them to be great.

Vicky Bates (Pre-K Instructor)

 My name is Vicky and I am going into my first year of college at COCC. This will be my first year teaching at Legacy and I couldn’t be more excited! I will be teaching Tot Combo ll and lll, Rhythm and Movement ll and lll, and Acro l. Ever since I fell in love with dance when I was a little girl, I have wanted to continue to spread the love of dance. To be able to spread the joy and beauty of dance with young kids warms my heart, and I can’t wait to see what this year brings!

Kelli Rudy (Elite Coach)

Hi, my name is Kelli! I’m going to be nineteen this year. This will be my third year as an intern at Legacy and my second year as a coach for our Elite team. This year, I will be assisting rhythm and movement lll! I love coaching and I’m looking forward to teaching some littles for the first time! I believe every style of dance is beneficial to creating a strong dancer, but my personal favorite is ballet! I love the challenge the hard work it takes to achieve amazing and impossible things. I’m so excited for this year!

Emaleigh Verbeck (Elite Coach)

My name is Emaleigh! I am 19 years old and I am one of the coaches of the Elite Team! I have danced ever since I was 8 years old and it has become my safe place to get away from the world and just let my emotions show through dance! I can't wait to see where us coaches take the Elite team this year!

Interns

Brooklyn Sampson

 My name is BrookLyn Sampson. I'm in 9th grade this year! This is my third year interning at Legacy Dance Company and I am so excited! I love to dance! My favorite style is tap! I love how you can express your feelings through moves and sounds you make with your feet and the way you can tell a story! I am interning hip hop l and lll, and acro lll!  I can't wait to share my love of dance with all these other beautiful dancers!

Layton Marshall

My name is Layton. I come from a big family. I am going into 8th grade this year. I am the youngest of four kids. I am interning for the first time and I am really looking forward to it. I really like dancing. My favorite style is Hip-Hop because it has cool rhythms and choreography. I am interning in Hip-Hop II and Boys Hip-Hop I. I can’t wait to help and learn from your dancers.

Natalie Stefanek

My name is Natalie Stefanek. I am in 9th grade. This is my first year interning. I am interning Ballet ll and Tot Combo lll! My favorite style of dance is contemporary. I love the way one can tell a story through body motions and the way one can express themselves through the art of dance! I’m so excited for this journey with Legacy!

Kylee Knight

My name is Kylee Knight, and this year I am going into the 8th grade! This is my first year interning at Legacy Dance Company and I am so excited to be an intern! My favorite styles of dance are jazz and lyrical! I am always happy when I'm dancing and I love how you can tell a story through movements  and express you feeling and emotions without saying a word. This year I am going to be interning two classes, Acro l and Rhythm and movement! I am so  happy that I get to share my love and passion of dance with these dancers!

 

Lylli Barnes

My name is Lylli Barnes and I'm going to be in sixth grade.This is my first year interning with Legacy Dance Company and I am super excited. I love all styles of dance but my all time favorite is jazz because you can express yourself through all styles of music. I am interning acro II. I am so excited to meet all the little dancers and teach them to love dance as much as I do this year!

Julia Lester

My name is Julia I'm going to be in 8th grade this year! This is my first year interning at the Legacy Dance Company, and I can't wait to start! My favorite style of dance is ballet, I love how gracefully you can show your emotions through out your body as you dance. I am interning Ballet lll and Jazz ll. I can't wait to share my love of dance with the tiny dancers that I get to teach.

Abbie Jordan

My name is Abbie Jordan, this year I am going into 8th grade! This is going to be my first time interning at Legacy Dance Conpany and I am so glad that I get to be an intern this year! I love to dance, one of my favorite style of dance in ballet, I also like lyrical a lot too! I love to dance because I can tell a story through movements and express my emotions and feelings. This ear I am going to be interning two classes, ballet 1 and tot combo 1! I’m so excited to be able to express my feelings and emotions with other amazing young dancers!

Kadyn Madison

My name is Kadyn and I'm going to be in 9th grade this year! This is my second year interning at Legacy Dance Company and I'm so eager to get back into the studio! My favorite type of dance is tap because I have been tapping since I was three, and ever since then I've fallen in love with it. I always have an amazing time when I tap and it just makes me so incredibly happy to be able to do it. This year I am assisting tap ll and ballet lll. I am so happy that I get to be apart of dancers learning and growing in dance, and also learning how to express themselves through it!

Awbrey Owens

My name is Awbrey Owens! I'm in the 9th grade and this will be my first year interning at Legacy Dance! I have a strong passion for dance and I love that I can express myself through my dancing! My favorite style of dance is hip hop. This year I will be interning for jazz poms and top combo ll. I cannot wait to express my love for dance and to teach these young dancers the art and ability to express themselves.