She’s a native of southern California, trained at Orange Coast College before earning her BA and MA in dance from California State University, Long Beach. While at CSULB she received the Margot Fonteyn Memorial Scholarship. She became Pilates certified from Long Beach Dance and Conditioning in 2003.
In addition to teaching Pilates at Shape-Up, and modern dance technique, Amythyst has also taught: Conditioning for Dance, Strength and Stretch, Pilates, Dance History, Restorative Yoga, Yoga, and the Performance Dance Ensemble courses at multiple colleges.
She has had the pleasure of performing the works of noted choreographers in California and New York including Bradley Lindberg, Louis Cornejo,Linda Sohl-Ellison, Amelie Hunter, Damon Patrick Rago, Doug Nielsen, Sharri Brookler, Colleen Dunagan, Delyer Anderson, and Michael Nickerson-Rossi.
Amythyst was a founding member of the Nickerson-Rossi Dance Company, the Assembly, and also performed with Palindrome Dance Company. Her own choreography has been presented at ACDA, Orange Coast College, Golden West Invitational, Kinesis, and Nectar dance performances.
In addition to teaching, Amythyst is honored to have the opportunity to mentor students for the Young Choreographers Project. The Young Choreographers project is a non-profit in Los Angeles.