Meet Our Teachers
STUDIO OWNER | INSTRUCTOR
Amy (Fulks) York is a native of Barboursville, WV and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) degree from The University of Akron, which was named one of the most sought after dance programs in the nation by Dance Spirit magazine. While at The University of Akron, Mrs. York studied dance technique, performance, and choreography with an emphasis on dance education. Mrs. York is privileged to have studied under the instruction of Marc Ozanich and Maryanne Black, both formerly of the Ohio Ballet; Cydney Spohn, formerly of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Kaye Davis a leader in dance education in Ohio, Lana Heylock, formerly of New York City's Muller and The Works and Tom Smith, formerly of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Mrs. York is a former professional modern dancer with Living Fountain Dance Company (Canton, OH) and is an expert in teaching the wonderful art of dance. She has participated in several master classes with the Ohio Ballet's Jeffrey Graham Hughes, Stomp, Cleveland's Dancing Wheels, the former Cleveland San Jose Ballet, and in her youth the West Virginia Dance Festival. Mrs. York has lead students to participate in the annual Ohio Dance Festival and she is currently preparing students to attend the West Virginia Dance Festival classes and performances. Both festivals host world renowned instructors.
Mrs. York is the founder of the original Miracles in Motion Dance Academy established in Akron, OH in 2002. She was also awarded the WV Chamber of Commerce "Who's Who Award" in 2009 for displaying strong business and community leadership.
Amy is the daughter of local artists Rabert and Sheila Fulks and the wife of Olen L. York III, Esq. She has two daughters, Sara Elizabeth and Meredith LeAnne.
INSTRUCTOR | PICASSO KIDS ART
Rabert Fulks received the majority of his training in the visual arts from Columbus College of Art and Design. He holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Art Education and a Masters Degree in Graphic Design/Adult Education from Marshall University. He is the current president of the Tri-State Arts Association and has displayed works in many local area art exhibitions including Huntington's Art in the Park, the Ironton Art Fair, and the Renaissance Art Gallery, just to name a few. Mr. Fulks is a retired art teacher of Cabell County Schools and has led many area art students to achieve their best technique, many of whom have also completed art degrees from respected visual arts colleges and are leading successful professional careers in the arts today. You'll spy some if his work on display the lobby at TIPA. His influence can be found in all of our classes, including Picasso Kids Art. He also assist our TIPA parents by keeping the studio clean and welcoming.
DIRECTOR | PICASSO KIDS ART
Josie Fulks, director of Picasso Kids Art at True Impact, holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education Multi - Subject (K-8) from Marshall University and is a former Covenant School teacher of ten years. She is currently employed by the Cabell County Board of Education where she provides training for area public school teachers. She has been recognized by many for her wonderful teaching talents and her ability to motivate students in achieving their best. Miss Fulks was trained in the visual arts by her father and well known local artist, Rabert L. Fulks Jr. She is also known for her interior murals, many of which grace the walls of fine homes in our area. Josie has two sons, Bryson and Joey, and one daughter Anna.
INSTRUCTOR | SEWING, MANNERS MATTERS
Sheila Fulks, wife, mom, grandmother and retired RN BSN, is the sewing instructor at TIPA. She began sewing at the age of five. She studied Home Economics at Marshall University and holds a B.S.N. in nursing.
In September 2011, she was one of twelve national finalists in the Passion for Fashion National Sewing and Design contest located in Novi Michigan, which is affiliated with the popular Project Runway reality television program. She is the founder/owner of the former Chattanooga Prom and Bridal of Barboursville. She is the costume specialist at True Impact Performing Arts and has a gift for creating costuming that brings our stage characters including the White Witch, Mr. Beaver, Aslan the Lion, and Mr. Tumnus of the Christmas in Narnia ballet. Also, she has created classical tutus for the former Little Ballet Theater of Barboursville. Sheila is a Licensed Sewing Instructor for Kids Can Sew, a national sewing curriculum.
INSTRUCTOR | DANCE
Chanisha Mendenhall is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education at Marshall University. She is a former Marshall University Marching Thunder majorette of 4 years, one of which she served as a team captain. She is beginning her fifth season of teaching jazz, hip hop, baton twirling, tap, and ballet at True Impact Performing and Visual Arts. She is also employed at Central Christian Church of Huntington. She is a native of Scott Depot, WV and is a proud mother of her little boy, Sawyer.
Leah Copley Summers
INSTRUCTOR | DANCE
Leah Copley Summers has taught ballet for the past 24 years. Leah studied with Dr. Mary Marcuzzi, along with many others as she attended pre-professional programs. Leah graduated Cum Laud with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education at Marshall University in 1991. After receiving her degree, Leah began her career as a ballet teacher, choreographer, and artistic director, with the River Cities Dance Company. She served as director for thirteen years working with both Marshall University and Shawnee State University to provide arts to the area community. Leah also worked as adjunct faculty at Marshall University and served on the faculty of the WV Governor’s School for the Arts during her time in the Tri-state area. After moving to Cary, North Carolina Leah continued her career with the Cary Ballet Conservatory for 8 years where she worked as full-time faculty creating original story ballets and concert pieces. Moving to Lexington, KY Leah worked with the Bluegrass Youth Ballet and later became the founding director of the LDF Ballet Academy. Leah’s greatest achievement has been the success of her students. Leah’s students have gone on to study at prestigious arts school and continued on to careers as professional dancers, teachers and choreographers. Leah is now happy to be joining the staff of True Impact Performing and Visual Arts.
INSTRUCTOR | DANCE
Tiffany Baker is from Beckley, WV where she began her dance training at the age of four at Beckley Dance Theater under the direction of Jerry Rose. She performed in their yearly recitals, fall performances, spring concerts, and WV dance festival performances. At the age of eight, Tiffany also was cast in various roles for BDT's yearly Nutcracker Ballet, including snow, flowers, and marzipan. She continued dancing with Beckley Dance Theater until the age of 18 when she began attending Marshall University.
Tiffany graduated cum laude from Marshall University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She went on to receive her Master's Degree in teaching preschool and preschool special needs. She is certified in a cardio-dance exercise program called REFIT®, which is offered at the studio. She also teaches ballet and tap to our younger students.
Tiffany is married and a stay at home mom of two boys.