Amanda took her first dancing steps at 8 years-of-age at Karen’s Academy of Dance where she took everything Mrs. Fama had to offer: tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, gymnastics, and majorettes. When Amanda went off to college she continued to travel and perform with both Methodist University’s dance and cheer teams. After finishing her Bachelor’s in Accounting, Amanda went on to get her Master’s in Professional Accountancy from WVU. But still, her dancing days were not over… Amanda continued to take ballet classes from The Charleston Ballet and ballroom dancing lessons from WV Dance and from Fred Astaire. Amanda is also a certified Cize Live instructor.
Her husband Matt lovingly refers to her as "the brains behind the Shall We Dance operation" - with her MBA and her CPA - this former CFO is always ready to T-A-N-G-O!!! Amanda is also the proud mother of two precious children - both of whom You will undoubtedly have the pleasure of falling in love with if You spend any time whatsoever in our ballroom!
Janae Asbury, All-Around Best Gymnastics Teacher... Period.
At the tender age of 5, Janae Cox took her first steps onto the Southern Indiana Gymnastics School mats and vaulted herself into a career of epic proportions... the kind little girls dream of! Before long, Janae had landed herself a spot on the USA Junior National Team where for three years she represented the United States in many competitions - and not just stateside, but all over the world: Australia, Belgium, France, El Salvador, Canada, and the Bahamas... Teenage Janae was the Junior Olympic National All-Around, Vault, and Floor Champion who went on to earn a full-ride scholarship to West Virginia University!
While competing for WVU, Janae made it to the NCAA National Championships three times and earned All-American honors for the Floor exercise! She was named her conference’s “Rookie of the Year,” “Gymnast of the Year,” and “Senior of the Year” throughout her four years of competition! Janae also earned conference champion titles in the All-Around, Vault, and Beam. And to top it all off, Janae really raised the bar - not only for herself, but for everyone else! - when she broke WVU’s “All-Around” record and was awarded the Red Brown Cup Award as the best female athlete for the university!
Off the mats, Janae Cox is now Mrs. Asbury and is married to Summersville-native Josh Asbury and together the couple has two beautiful children! Janae went on to earn a Masters in Elementary Education at WVU and taught both third and fifth grades before making the decision to stay home and raise her new family.
Today, Janae is excited to be involved with gymnastics again through the new tumbling classes now offered at Shall We Dance, and, in turn, the Shall We Dance family is literally flipping out over Mrs. Janae Asbury joining our team!
Courtney Martin, Children's Dance Teacher Extraordinaire
Courtney Martin embarked on her dance journey at Dance Central in Cambridge, Ohio, when she was just 8 years-old. Courtney went on to dance at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky, and eventually with Summersville Dance Theater right here in West Virginia! Along the way she had the opportunity to take classes under such notable dance legends as Sir David Howard and Ronnie DeMarco. Courtney has already amassed years of experience teaching tap, jazz, and ballet to children of all ages!
Married with two beautiful children of her own, Courtney also has a Bachelor’s in Education from Glenville State and a Master’s in Education from WVU.
Shall We Dance is thrilled to welcome Mrs. Courtney Martin to its teaching staff!
Jessica Lilly, Premier Maître de Ballet
Jessica Lilly started dancing officially at the ripe old age of 3 at Cannonsburg Dance, and from there it was off to Sally Miller Ballet in Washington, PA, where she pursued tap and ballet. After that, Jessica enrolled at the Appalachian Ballet Studio where for 6 years she focused exclusively on ballet and pointe under the tutelage of Mrs. Faye Snow. Jessica went on to star as "Claire" in Snow's annual version of The Nutcracker and also performed in Swan Lake, Patchwork, and Jewel.
Ever the athlete, Jessica also played high school basketball, volleyball, and ran track, and ultimately went on to major in business at Fairmont State University on a volleyball scholarship. Finally, it was off to cosmetology school, and now Jessica is a proud wife and the mother of 3 beautiful babies!
Despite all she has accomplished, Jessica notes her "heart has never left the dance studio," and Shall We Dance couldn't be more excited to have Mrs. Jessica Lilly back on the boards!
Randi Angus, Certified Fitness Guru
Randi Angus has had a love for dance and fitness that all started with cheerleading. Her teenage years were filled with competition cheerleading, majorettes, show-band, golf, and track. After earning her Nursing degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, it was off to work in Neonatal and OB Nursing, that is until having three beautiful girls of her own!
Now Randi has gone on to achieve her Revelation Wellness® fitness instructor certification training, and she has been leading classes in the community ever since! Her classes are designed to work out Your faith and Your fitness!
Shall We Dance could not be more ecstatic to have Mrs. Randi Angus teaching her unique brand of faith, fun, and fitness at our studio!
Matt first encountered ballroom dancing as choreographed routines onstage for musicals and began ballroom lessons while still in high school. At eighteen, Matt started training to be an instructor with National Dance Clubs and went on to teach in the independent world, for Arthur Murray International, and for Fred Astaire Dance Studios all over the country all the while earning numerous teaching credentials from the National Dance Council of America.
Matt graduated from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in Manhattan and acquired an SB from Fordham University (which is now officially partnered with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre), his MS, and his business and leadership training from Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.