• photo by Arn Klein

  • still from screendance Anacrusis

  • still from Screendance Anacrusis

  • photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

  • photo by Arn Klein

  • photo by Lizzie Leopold

  • photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis

  • photo by Brian Mazzaferri

Amanda Dye

Amanda Dye hails from Evanston, IL, where she began her training at the Evanston School of Ballet under the direction of Kerry Hubata. In 2008, she graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Dance Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree. There, she had the privilege of performing in works by Peter Sparling, Amy Chavasse, Gay Delanghe and others. Her next steps in dance brought her back to Chicago, where she became a founding member of Project 606 Dance, Dmitri Peskov Dance Theatre and Fôr Dance Company. In addition to her work with those companies, she has appeared in the Chicago Freelance Dance Spring Showcase, Dance Chicago, Two Evenings of Dance Drama (in Paul Sanasardo’s Sleepless Nights in the City) and the Joel Hall Dancers’ Here’s to Life! (in Paul Sanasardo’s Ancient Canyon). She has also danced extensively on camera in This Way Up.tv.

My favorite dancing movie is: I’m embarrassed to say that’s probably Dirty Dancing Havana Nights.

My favorite non-dancing movie is: Donnie Darko and La Dolce Vita are two favorites.

When I’m not dancing I like to: Travel; my top destination right now is Ecuador because my dear friend from growing up has lived there for years and could give me the off-the-beaten path tour. This time of year, I also love bbq’ing with my friends. We’ve been getting really creative lately but inevitably, we end up eating no earlier than 10:00pm.

My favorite food: Cheese, particularly hard goat cheeses. I have no self control whatsoever when cheese is around, it’s just hand to mouth, then repeat.

Something you might not know about me is: My pay-the-bills job is Spanish-English translation and interpreting. I am a huge Spanish language and culture enthusiast and I also teach and tutor in Spanish.