AMANDA LAY(Owner/Director)


Amanda began her performing arts studies at the age of 3. She studied tap, ballet, jazz, en pointe, and acrobatics for 15 years with Carol Lee School of Dance.  Her theatrical background includes various roles on TV, both regionally and nationally. She has performed with many local theaters throughout KY and IN. She studied locally at the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) for four years in the fields of visual and performing arts, including both dance and drama. Amanda has also attended the University of Louisville majoring in theater with a minor in Visual Arts. 

Amanda's background also includes studies in areas of play writing, lighting and sound, directing, choreography, costuming, and scenic design. She has worked on projects for "Pirates on the Waterfront" and "Light up Louisville" writing, directing, and choreographing the shows. She has attended workshops for theater and dance regionally and nationally (NYC). She opened Act One, Step Too in the Spring of 2001. Under her direction, the studio has won numerous awards regionaly and nationally. Her teaching has lead her students to succeed in the dance and theater world. Her own daughters currently are members of the Elite dance competitive team. Her oldest is also a class assistant.

 

BRittany Payne (Instructor/Choreographer)

Brittany began her dance career as a child. She studied locally and with At One, Step Too. As a student under Amanda Lay, she competed and earned high honors in the fields of Hiphop, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Jazz. She entered Act One, Step Too's apprentice program as a Sr. in high school. She began teaching for Act One, Step Too in the fall of 2005. She teaches both recreational and competitive students. Her daughter currently is a member of our Elite dance team. Brittany is also back in school pursuing her Masters. 

 

Phillip Hancock (Hiphop Instructor)  

   Phillip started his career dancing at age 13. He studied ballroom dance for 2 years. From there he started working at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom as a show character. He attended Western Kentucky University majoring in theatre and dance. While at WKU he became their mascot, Big Red. After graduating, he moved to California to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional actor/dancer. He trained at IDA, and Debbie Reynolds studio for dance. He also worked at Disneyland as a character while auditioning for dance gigs. He got the opportunity to dance with big LA Artist like Silento(Watch Me Whip, Watch Me Nae Nae) on Good Morning America in New York.  He was also in a music video by an artist named Gabriel Orengo. His work includes dancing on shows such as Hello Ross, MTV Movie Awards, Price is Right, and So You Think You Can Dance. Now he is currently pursuing his dreams of helping people chase their dream in dance! He teaches dance during the first semester seasonally.                                                                                                                                          

 

 Samantha Wilson

Samantha began her dance career as a child. She attended multiple studios, including Act One, Step Too, taking primarily technique, hip-hop and Jazz classes. She competed on a regional team and was on the dance team throughout middle and high school. She went on to dance for Western Kentucky University. She danced all four years of her college career, each year receiving Most Improved and Academic Excellence awards. Each year they competed at NDA Nationals and moved on as finalists. She led the team as captain her senior year at WKU.  She joined the staff of Act One, Step Too in late 2016. She teaches all ages and focuses on technique for the comeptitive dancer.
 

Patrice smalley 

 

Patrice joined Act One, Step Too teaching ballet, tap, and jazz. She studied dance locally since she was 3 years old. As a students, she participated in many recitals, fundraisers, Dance Masters of America Competitions. She assisted in teaching at local studios and joined our staff at Act One, Step Too in 2015. Patrice loves sharing her love of dance with the students, parents, and other faculty at the studio. She is an active member of our Elite Team Booster Club.