West Austin Dance Academy Faculty
Here at West Austin Dance we know you have many options for dance. Thank you for letting us be a part of your child's life . Our staff will ensure each child has the opportunity to reach their potential and dreams - whatever those may be!
Director/Owner- Amy Swift Reynolds
Amy Swift-Reynolds is a fourth generation dance instructor/studio owner. Her great grandfather taught her first time-step, grandmother her first plie, and her aunt taught her first pirouette. She grew up in Palestine, TX, then graduated from the world known Oklahoma City University's dance department, and moved to NYC. While in NYC she danced on scholarship at Broadway Dance Center, and performed professionally all over the country playing roles such as Cha-Cha in Grease, Charity in Anything Goes, and Cinderella in the National Tour of Cinderella. Amy moved to Nashville for performing and recording opportunities, and fell in love with teaching! She was fortunate enough to get to teach and assistant direct a competition team that won numerous awards before moving back home to Texas and opening her own studio. Amy has judged for competition companies such as International Dance Challenge and Celebration Talent, and sets choreography all over the country. Her choreography has won several awards such as overall Lyrical, and best choreography as well as placing top ten at competitions and winning national championships. Amy currently has dancers dancing at several different colleges on scholarships and pom teams as well as working professionally all over the world. Some of her previous dancers have worked in contemporary companies touring China, international tours of musicals such as 42nd Street, and teaching at studios. She has a passion for what she does and is excited to help your dancer reach their goals!
Assistant Director-Heather Bishop
Heather has been dancing for the past 23 years starting with Keely Jardells School of Dance in Nederland, Texas training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Tap, and Pointe. Heather was a member of a National 1st Place Award winning competition team for 8 ears. While on the competitive team she performed at the 1998 Dallas Cowboy Thanksgiving Halftime Show and the 1995 & 1997 Dallas Cowboy pre-Game shows. She has also performed in Washington D.C. and New York City. In 2004, at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals in New York City, she received the Best Choreography Award for her hip hop trio.
Heather went from being a high school cheerleader for 2 years to a member of an Award winning Drill Team during high school. She choreographed dances for both organizations during that time and still goes back to work with their teams. After high school, heather was a member on the S.F.A. Pom Squad the first 2 years she attended Stephen F. Austin State University. They received 5th place in Denton, Texas. She was named All-American at camp and asked to be a part of the D.A. Staff. She then spent 7 years in Lufkin, Texas teaching dance and working with their competitive dance teams and Ballet Company receiving numerous competition awards. Teaching since she was 17, heather is so grateful she gets to go what she loves every day and share such an important part of her life with such wonderful kids.
Instructor-Leigh Anne Spencer
Since the age of two Leigh Anne has learned to master the art of expression through movement and sharing her love for dance with others. She was trained at Keely Jardell’s School of Dance near her hometown in Nederland, Texas. Through over 20 years at KJSD she danced competitively, began teaching and started choreographing. There, she also assisted in putting together productions for the Mid-County Performing Arts Company that she first began dancing in at age 14. Leigh Anne’s specialties include ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre and even clogging! She has choreographed for drill teams, organizations and individuals throughout Texas winning regional and national titles.
Following her love of dance, she studied Musical Theatre and Dance at Sam Houston State University which sparked her imagination and idea of what dance and teaching dance really means to her. Leigh Anne has taught at many workshops and conventions throughout Texas sharing her positive vibe and and enthusiasm for her art.
Leigh Anne is also a trained fitness instructor at Define Body and Mind where she has been teaching Barre, Cycle and Bounce classes for 5 years. As a former dancer and current dance teacher- health and fitness is an extremely important asset to dance as our bodies are our instrument- I love that I am able to bring my knowledge in this field to our students to educate them on their mind, bodies and how to lead a strong balanced life inside and outside the studio!
She is beyond excited to be teaching at West Austin Dance Academy where she hopes to continue to share and inspire the students here and others to do what they love and follow their dreams.
Rachelle Davis started her dance training at the age of 3 in South Africa where she went on to compete in the biggest competition circuits in South Africa. With top awards she qualified to compete in various styles of dance in World Championships in Germany and Morocco where she finished in top positions. From there Rachelle competed in South Africa’s version of “so you think you can dance” where she finished as a semi-finalist. She went on to dance for the top choreographers in South Africa and make her mark as a top commercially book performer. In 2008 Rachelle moved to Dubai, UAE, where for 6 years she performed along side artists like Kylie Minogue, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and J-Lo to name a few. She performed in many stage and theatre shows and did many performances for the Royal Families of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In 2014 Rachelle moved to Queensland Australia where she progressed as a choreographer in Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz. Her work was seen in the competition circuit in Queensland and nation wide in Australia. In 2016 Rachelle moved to further her career as a choreographer in Los Angeles, where she continued teaching Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz and was endorsed by the YouTube channel “Dance On” as one of their local choreographers. She has currently moved to Austin Texas, and even though she has been teaching for over 15 years in 4 countries, her desire still remains the same... to create beautiful stories on beautiful dancers.
Matthew Smith graduated from the High School For The Performing Visual Arts in 2015. He has trained with The Pulse on Tour as a Protege, Tremaine Performance Company, Debbie Allen,Artist Simply Human Assistant and other various conventions. He has been featured in Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Beyonce’s (BLOW) Music Video, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (DANCE OFF) Music Video and other various projects. He signed with MSA Dance Agency Los Angles California. He has also been a main assistant to Stephen “Twitch” Boss. Matthew is only 21 years old and is excited to continue his journey.