Say Hello to Our Talented Faculty!
AMY MOSS - Owner/Operator of Moss Dance Academy
Miss Amy has been dancing since the age of two when her aunt opened a dance studio and she hasn't stopped. She studied with the Sacramento Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West and Minneapolis Dance Theatre. She attended the University of Utah and studied Dance and Musical Theatre. She got her first professional job at age 16 as a dancer/singer in a large Summer Stock Theatre in California, where she performed in over 16 musicals. She also worked for the Walt Disney World Company as a dancer/singer. At Disney, she danced and sang as a "Kid of the Kingdom", in the "Diamond Horseshoe Revue", in "Mickey's Toon Town" and performed on Disney's first trial cruise for Disney Cruise Lines. She also traveled with Disney to Tokyo, Japan where she was a dancer/singer at Tokyo Disneyland for a year. Miss Amy loved performing, but has found that teaching is really what she enjoys. She loves the students and gets joy out of watching them grow and improve as dancers. Miss Amy is married to Joe Moss and together they have six children.
JOE MOSS - Owner/Operator of Moss Dance Academy
Mr. Joe was introduced to the performing arts at a very young age, because his mother was a high school drama teacher. He played many roles in her plays as a young boy and continued all the way through high school. He attended James Madison University as an English Major. He was a singer with the James Madison “Madisonians,” one of the top College Choir groups in the country. After graduation, he performed as a singer/dancer at Kings Dominion and Kings Island. He was then hired to sing and dance with the USO, and spent two years entertaining the troops overseas. Joe was then lucky enough to audition for Regency Cruise Lines and get hired as a singer/dancer. He spent the next two years singing and dancing on board Regency Cruise ships going on Alaskan cruises. Next, he joined the Touring Company of “West Side Story” and toured the United States. Upon completion of his tour, he auditioned for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida. Joe was hired as a singer/dancer and performed all over Walt Disney World in shows such as “The Diamond Horseshoe Revue” and “Hoop de Doo Revue.” It was at Disney where he met his wife Amy. Joe enjoys teaching voice and acting, and finds much fulfillment in watching his students grow and progress. He is also the Director of the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State College. He and his wife Amy have six children and live in Northern Kentucky.
ELIZABETH HICKERSON - Music
Elizabeth has been teaching music for nine years in various venues. After graduating from the University of Louisville with her Bachelor's in Music Ed and Master's in Teaching, she and her husband Mike moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where Elizabeth taught music at a private elementary school. Prior to deciding to stay home with her young family, Elizabeth taught high school choir at Dixie Heights High School for three years. Besides the work she does for the Moss Dance Academy, Elizabeth has sung with the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati and also teaches music classes to infants, toddlers and their families using the Musikgarten curriculum. Elizabeth and her husband have three children.
AMANDA SHERMAN - Dance Instructor (Modern, Competition Team)
Miss Amanda has over 20 years of dance experience in a variety of dance styles, and has been teaching at Moss Dance Academy since 2006. She grew up studying ballet, tap, and jazz and was a cheerleader at McNicholas High School. She attended Eastern Michigan University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance-Studio Management and Arts Management. In college, she began studying modern dance and worked with choreographers such as Joann McNamara, Julianne O’Brien-Pederson, Holly Hobbs (Peter Sparling Dance Company), Bill Evans (Bill Evans Dance Company), and Becky Jung (Pilobolus). After graduating from EMU in 2006, Miss Amanda returned to her hometown of Cincinnati. In April 2010, she became a licensed Zumba instructor. She also helps choreograph for the Dance Teams. Amanda loves teaching at Moss Dance Academy and enjoys watching each of the students grow each year into beautiful dancers and great people. When she is not at the studio, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ross, and training for and running half and full marathons!
ALICIA BAUTISTA KEMP - Pre-Ballet/Tap, Competition Team
Alicia has been dancing for 35 years. She started out dancing ballet at the YMCA in Covington, KY then received dance scholarships to Von Ottengen School of Ballet in Cincinnati, Ohio for four years in a row and studied most of her ballet training there for another ten years. Alicia has studied Ballet, Modern and Jazz at Woodland Hills, CA and studied Filipino, Hawaiian and various Ballroom dances with the Filipino Association of Southern Ohio. Alicia also modeled for Shillito's now Lazarus and was contracted to do jobs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio and various industrial and retail such as Cincinnati Bell Wireless and Lenscrafters. She and her husband, Mike, have three of their six children dancing at Moss. Alicia and Mike both work full time at their company manufacturing bio diesel and brokering petroleum by-products throughout the US with their own tank trucks.
ABBY WAGNER - Tap, Ballet, Jazz
Abby Wagner started taking lessons from Moss Dance Academy when the studio doors opened. She is now a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University. On a full scholarship, she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Performance with an emphasis in Dance. Upon graduation she received the "Most Outstanding Senior" award from the Theatre & Dance Department. She has studied all areas of dance, voice, and acting. Her favorite credit from NKU is You Can't Take it with You (Essie, League of Cincinnati Theatre's nominee for Best Supporting Actress). Her favorite professional credits include Nunsense (Sister Mary Leo) with Commonwealth Theatre Co., Chicago (Hunyak) with Carnegie Performing Arts, and Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale (Sarah Elizabeth) with Lincoln Amphitheater. She also was the featured dancer in the "Stand Back" music video for Fleetwood Mac's 2013 Summer World Tour. Abby is also proud alumni of Governor's School for the Arts 2008 (dance).
DONNA DAMON - Vocal Coach, Beginning Piano
Miss Donna has over 25 years of professional singing experience and over 10 years as a Vocal Instructor. She attended Northern Kentucky University where she had a dual major in Vocal Performance/Vocal Pedagogy and Broadcast Communications. She was a four time 1st place finalist in NATS Regional Competition (National Association of Teachers of Singing). While attending NKU, she was cast as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutti”, Susanna in “Marriage of Figaro” and Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel”. In addition, Miss Donna has performed with the Cincinnati Byzantine Singers, Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, Northern Kentucky Symphony Chorus, Andy Williams at Cincinnati Music Hall and with Amy Grant. Voice lessons with Miss Donna can focus on musical theater and/or classical repertoire depending on student goals. Vocal technique includes breath support, vocal freedom, tone, pitch and resonance. Musical theater also includes acting while singing, as well as GSA (Governor’s School for the Arts) audition preparation. Classical voice lessons may include repertoire in English, Italian, French, German or Latin. Donna and her husband live in Northern Kentucky and have two children, Matthew and Mimi. Miss Donna has been at Moss for the past six years and is looking forward to many years to come!
KAYLA RICHARDSON - Ballet, Jazz and Modern
Kayla is a recent graduate of Point Park University where she earned her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Dance, with a concentration on Modern Dance. She had the opportunity to perform in multiple shows such as The Jazz Nutcracker, Faculty Works, Student Choreography Project, and much more in her career at PPU! Before college, Kayla was a student at The School for Creative and Performing Arts in downtown Cincinnati for nine years. At S.C.P.A. she received dance, vocal, and acting training. She also performed in many shows from the 4th-12th grade such as The Nutcracker, Aida, Treasure Island, and The Jungle Book. While growing up in Cincinnati she also trained at CCM through their Preparatory Program for many years.
LISA DAMSTROM MARSHALL - Acting
Lisa Damstrom Marshall is excited to put her undergraduate degree to work again. Lisa holds a Bachelors of Arts in Musical Theatre Performance, as well as, Secondary Theatre Education from Ball State University. During her undergraduate tenure there she performed in numerous shows such as Camelot, Damn Yankees, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, The Great Gatsby, Gypsy and various one acts; but her favorite roles would be Roxie in Chicago and Marie-Ange in Les Belles Seurs. Lisa was part of the BSU award-winning improv troupe, Reflex, and a twice member of their professional summer theater company which performed four shows each summer. She was a singer/dancer for The Great Escape theme park in upstate New York, as well as The Medora Musical in Medora, North Dakota and Troupe America Productions out of Minneapolis, MN. After graduating and moving to NYC, she continued some acting and dance classes in New York before life quickly took her in another direction that involved a lot of international travel, MBA studies, and a law degree. Lisa now practices law in Kentucky through her own law firm, resides in Union, KY with her husband and two children, and is thrilled that her daughter Novi, carries the same torch for musicals as she does. Though she makes frequent trips back to NYC to see shows on Broadway, Lisa is happy to have this more regular involvement in theater again, through this new teaching opportunity.
JOCELYN MOSS - Various Dance
Jocelyn Moss, one of Amy and Joe's six children, has been with Moss since the doors opened. Jocelyn is one of Moss's many students to attend the Governor's School for the Arts (2011) for Musical Theater. After graduating high school and Moss Dance and Performing Arts Academy, she went on to Western Kentucky University pursuing a BFA in Musical Theater. While there, Jocelyn studied under great mentors such as Tracey Moore and Jeremy Benton, while also working regionally at Jenny Wiley Theater and McLeod Summer Playhouse. After receiving her BFA, Jocelyn went to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge Tennessee as a dancer in their summer season. While there, she was handpicked to choreograph for Dolly Parton's revue show. After Dollywood, Jocelyn headed straight to NYC for the yearlong national tour of 42nd Street directed by Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner. Jocelyn is very excited to be teaching at Moss and is so excited to give back to the place that trained her for these amazing opportunities!
HANNA McGUIRE - Tumbling
Hanna has been in the tumbling world since the age of three! Starting in gymnastics and turning to solely cheerleading at the age of 12 and into college, her combined competitive gymnastics and cheerleading experience is 17 years! Hanna studied Early Childhood Education at Northern Kentucky University and went on to become the Director of Gymnastics at Silverlake for six years. Hanna is now a wife, mother, and foster mother which keeps her days busy, but is so excited to bring her knowledge and expertise to Moss!