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About Making Moves Dance Collective
Making Moves Dance Collective was created through the united visions of Amber L. Comer and Kellie N. Sellers. Both Amber and Kellie are proud to introduce a competitive dance studio that caters to the entire community. Making Moves Dance Collective is an innovative and energetic environment for aspiring and professional dancers. Our choreographers facilitate diverse bodies of works, so MMDC’s dancers are technically and artistically versatile. We encourage creative movement in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, and gymnastics to develop sound dancers for all ages. We also offer an upbeat adult street jazz class that focuses on toning and conditioning the major muscle groups.
The studio has developed into a diversified, creative and all encompassing entity just as the owners envisioned it would. An enriched environment has been created through inviting special guest choreographers who study, perform, and teach different genres of dance to include: modern, step, hip-hop, jazz, and ballet. The staff of MMDC fully understands and accepts the challenge of not only exposing MMDC’s students to a variety of dance styles, but also preparing them for future dance opportunities by enhancing their ability to learn and pick up other styles of choreography.
The success of MMDC is a joint effort and therefore all opinions, suggestions and comments are weighed, valued and appreciated. We are also “Making Moves” in community with a program that sends our instructors into local daycare centers to provide children with dance training in a familiar and comfortable setting.
The ultimate goal of MMDC is to provide superb technical training while developing students’ confidence, poise and self-esteem. While dance is our mission, our priority is the overall development of every student who crosses our threshold. Along with exposing MMDC students to dance conventions, competitions and community performances, MMDC students are eligible and encouraged to participate in our annual recitals to showcase their talents to family and friends!
Meet the Directors
Amber Comer - Owner/Director/Senior Instructor
Born and raised in Prince George’s County Maryland, Amber began her dance training in 1985 at Dance, Inc. located at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in New Carrollton, Maryland. After Dance, Inc. closed in 1989, she continued her dance training at Beverly’s School of Dance and later under Gary Pate, Co-Director of Starpower Dance Competition, at Starmakers Dance Studio in Camp Springs, Maryland from 1990 to 1991. Finally in 1992, she found her home at Dance Expressions located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. At Dance Expressions, she competed as a soloist and member in small and large group routines.
In 1994, she made the Bowie High School Pom Squad and continued to train in Ballet. Amber was invited to perform in the Macy’s Day Parade in 1996 and 1997 and Hawaii Pro Bowl in 1998. She was a selected member and great asset in the Jazz/Funk and High Kick subgroups of the Bowie High Pom Squad. Her energy and fun loving attitude provided a positive environment for the team and she was elected Co-Captain in 1998.
Amber’s teaching career began at the Bowie Community Center in 1995. At fifteen years old, she was asked to substitute for a creative movement and Ballet class that catered to three and four year olds. A year later, she became a regular teacher and was invited to teach for the Glenn Dale Community Center. In the summer of 1997, Amber wanted to escalate her dance career and begin teaching at a reputable dance studio. She discovered the family at Starbound Dance Center in Lanham, Maryland and owner, Carol Trinkley, hired Amber as a teacher and assistant. In 2003, under new ownership, Madelyn Calà requested Amber to create and direct a competition group – the StarBound Spotlights. With full dedication and motivation, Amber exposed the Spotlights to another level of dance - competition. After StarBound closed its doors in July 2006, she and a fellow teacher, Kellie Sellers, branched off and opened Making Moves Dance Collective. Amber’s goal as a studio owner is to educate students of all levels of dance and share her love for creative movement.
Amber’s strength is her ability to combine different forms of dance and make it her own. She participates in dance seminars and workshops, which focus on the fundamentals of tap, modern, jazz, hip-hop, afro and Latino Jazz, and Lyrical.
During the day, Amber is a Project Support Specialist for NASA in Greenblet, Maryland. She is a graduate from the University of Maryland and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History. Her influences include her mother and father because they have supported her dreams and guided her to get where she is today.
Kellie Sellers-Crisp – Owner/Director/Senior Instructor
From the moment Kellie Sellers visited dance class with her best friend at the age of 7 years old; she knew that dancing would always be in her blood. Though her parents couldn’t afford dance lessons, she often went to class with her friend as a spectator. More often than not, the instructor would allow her to join in the class, but even when she just watched, Kellie would return to her home in Lanham, Maryland to practice the moves in her backyard over and over until she got them right.
In 1998, Kellie joined the adult class at StarBound Dance Center in Lanham, Maryland and took classes in tap and jazz. In this class, she re-discovered her love for the art of dance. In 2001, Kellie was recruited to be a substitute instructor at StarBound and her skill and patience in working with beginner students and choreographing clean technical routines led to her placement as a permanent instructor in September, 2002. Her focus on detail and precision provided her students with a knowledgeable foundation of dance and led to her becoming a highly requested instructor by parents and students alike. By the 2005/2006 dance season, Kellie was teaching approximately 25% of the student population and her classes were all filled to or a little over capacity. She received continuous adulation from past supervisors, fellow staff members and parents and students for not only her clean choreography, but for her students confident presentation of the routines whether it be in the classroom, at a community event or an annual recital. In addition to being an instructor, Kellie also progressed from being a volunteer receptionist one evening per week to eventually being named Office Manager and then Assistant Director underneath three separate owners of StarBound.
Kellie attends dance conventions, workshops and drop in classes to maintain fresh ideas and to continue her training in all genres of dance. Her appreciation of technique and the art of performance continue to be passed down to her students. Kellie has choreographed numerous routines which have been awarded generously with special judges’ awards, high adjudications and top recreational awards.
Kellie is also the proud mother of Dellan and Da’Vaughn Sellers.
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