Amanda Neikirk studied with legendary dancer Alla Sizova at the Kirov Academy of Ballet under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov. There she had the experience of touring with the Kirov Ballet. After graduation, Neikirk attended the dance program at Indiana University to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Ballet Performance as well as an outside field in English. At Indiana University, Neikirk trained with Balanchine prodigy Violette Verdy and experienced residencies with American Ballet Theatre’s studio company. Neikirk also had the opportunity to dance lead roles in many contemporary and classical works including Carmina Burana, Les Noces, Jacques Cesbron’s Time Landscapes, and The Nutcracker.
After completing her degree, Neikirk spent time dancing with The Charleston Ballet Theatre under the direction of Jill Barre and Patty Cantwell. Neikirk danced solo roles in Balanchine’s Serenade and Barre’s Piazzolla. After her time at CBT, Neikirk auditioned and was one of a small group of dancers chosen internationally for The Atlantic Southeast Ballet.
After her professional experience, Neikirk decided to pursue her passion for teaching and accepted the job as director of dance at Rolling’s Middle School of the Arts. During this time Neikirk worked and performed with Broadway talents Brad and Jennifer Moranz through Moranz Entertainment. Neikirk has also participated in numerous professional development opportunities including SCALSA, presenting at the SCAAE conferences, and attending Break Floor Production’s New York City Dance Alliance Summit. Neikirk has also served 10 years as dance department chair for Dorchester 2. Her students have danced in college programs, pre-professional programs, and with professional dance companies. More recently, Neikirk has served as a repetieur for the Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker in Charleston.