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. She studied dance techniquw and dance education under notable instructors inlcuding Kaye Davis, Marc Ozanich, Cydney Spohn, and Tom Smith. 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. Mrs. York 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 and West Virginia Dance Festivals and Project Dance events in Greenville, NC and Orlando, Fl. Mrs York has trained students who have acheived their own successes in the professional world of dance. Mrs. York's students have also received ample scholarship awards and recognitions.
Amy 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. She is the founder of True Impact Performing Arts, LLC in 2009 and the foudning director of True Impact Arts Foundation 501 (c)3 in 2015. Mrs. York continues her dance education studies with continued research and summer training programs.
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 | Dance
Heather Looney holds an MFA in dance from the University of Maryland and a BFA in dance from Brenau University, GA. . She received additional dance training with two summers at the American Dance Festival, located in North Carolina, The Cunninghanm Studio of New York CIty, and The Mark Morris Dance Group, also of New York CIty. During the four years she lived in New York, she taught with Ballet Academy East, as well as freelance performing and choreographing with contemporary dance companies. In addition, she served as an assistant costumer and seamstress for various professsional ballet companies. Following receipt of her MFA, she served as the artistic director and ballet mistress for The Dance Theatre of Fairbanks, Alaska, where she created full length ballets for the modern era and recreations of classical ballets.
Since returning to WV in May of 2011, she has worked extensively with private studios, universities, performing companies and public schools around the state and serves as an idependent choreogrpaher. Currently, Ms. Looney serves as the Director of Events for Dance WV and organizes the Dance WV Fall Festival held each year at Jackson’s Mill. Her work with Dance WV has been a pivotal factor in the lives of many young West Virginia dance students earning them ample opportunity to study under master dance teachers who particpate in the Dane WV Fall Fest annually and providing them opportunities to earn a considerable amount of scholarship awards for out of state summer study. Heather enjoys performing with Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Charleston Ballet when time permits.
INSTRUCTOR | DANCE
Sharnice Taylor grew up in Beckley, WV where began her dance education at Beckley Dance Theatre School under the direction of Jerry Rose. During her studies at Beckley dance theater, Mrs. Taylor discovered her knack for hip hop and tap dancing. Mrs. Taylor particularly enjoyed studying tap under the instruction of Alyssa Young, also of Beckley Dance Theater. She has served as a dance coach and choreographer for XXXXX High school She's also been involved in creating chorography for public high school musicals and served as dance captain for Theatre WV’s 2015 production of Pippi Longstocking. Also, she has worked as a coach for Triple Threat Dance and Cheer Camp where she honed her ability to inspire youth to be their best. Mrs. Taylor continued her dance studies through Marshal University's theater program. Mrs. Taylor is currently teaching tap and modern dance at Marshall University and recently choroegraphed "It Don't Mean a Thing", "Interpretations", and "Rescue" for Marhsall Dance Theater's spring concert. Sharnice is an active member of Jefferson Avenue Church of God where serves as a leader in the youth ministry, particpates in drama ministry, and assists in organizing outreach events. Sharnice earned her Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (2018) from Marshall University. Sharnice is currently working towards earning her Master’s in counseling with a clinical mental health emphasis
INSTRUCTOR | DANCE
Morgan Stepp began her dance training at ten years of age at Arts In Action, Hurricane, WV, where she studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, and jazz. Later, Miss Stepp served as a member of the Youth Dance Ensemble at River City Youth Ballet. While at the RIver City Youth Ballet, she continued her studies under Michelle Raider and Margaret Lieberman. Also, Morgan enjpyed performing in River CIty Youth Ballet's Nutcracker production as well as their annual winter and spring story ballets. In 2011, she became a company member at The Macholah Ballet of Scott Dept, WV where she has perfpormed many lead roles in their annual holiday production, The Nativity. She has participated in the WV Dance Festival 2009 and 2011. Morgan was privledged to attend Ballet Magnificat's Summer Dance Intensive, Jackson, Misssissippi. During her summer study with Ballet Magificat, Miss Stepp was trained by Kathy Thibodeaux, Jiri Sebastian Voborsky, and may Ballet Maginifact professional dance company members. In addition to her work at True Impact Performing Arts, Morgan is currently a member of the teaching staff at the Macolah Ballet Company. True Impact audiences will enjoy seeing Morgan perform during the 2019 - 2020 season. Miss Stepp will also be creating choroegraphy for True Impact's Youth Dance Company.
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. While studying at Beckely Dance Theater, Tiffany performed in yearly recitals, fall performances, spring concerts, and WV dance festival performances. Starting at the tender age of eight, Tiffany was cast in various roles for Beckley Dance Theater's yearly Nutcracker Ballet, including snow, flowers, and marzipan. She continued dancing with Beckley Dance Theater until the age of 18 .Tiffany's years spent studying dance at Beckely Dance Theater provided her with a good ballet foundation, a passion for the art form, and a desire to inspire generations to come to work hard in acheiving their own goals.
Tiffany graduated cum laude from Marshall University with BA in Psychology in 2006. She earned a Master's Degree in Education with a focus on preschool and preschool special needs in 2009 She is certified in a cardio-dance exercise program called Refit.
TIffany has been a member of True Impact's dance teaching staff for 4 years. During this time, TIffany has successfully lead creative movement for toddlers as well as young children's ballet and tap classes. She has more recently began coaching level 3 and 4 ballet students. While at True Impact, Tiffany grows her own dance education skills through refular practice, studying our curriculum, and annual lesson plan meetings with our director, Amy York.She has a gift for inspiring young people to use their talents for Godly purposes.
Mrs. Baker is a proud wife to Branden, mother of two boys, Noah and Luke, and one daughter, Ellie. Tiffanny is an active member of River Cities Community Church.