MOTION STUDIO FACULTY

Owner & Director

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Amy Robinson, Director

Amy received her dance education with an emphasis in Ballet at Springs City Ballet in Colorado Springs, Colorado, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

Mrs. Robinson has been educating dancers from toddler to pre-professional in ballet, tap, and jazz for over 20 years.

Her passion to teach movement has lead her also to become a certified yoga and Pilates instructor. Amy has completed teachers’ training with leaders of the national yoga community at The Midwest Yoga Conference in 2002, and received a teaching certification from American Aerobic Association International/ International Sports Medicine Association in the same year.

Amy Robinson is an ABT® certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Mrs. Robinson has practiced Pilates since her stay at North Carolina School of the Arts in 1994, has taught the principles and mat exercises for 17 years. She is also currently teaching movement classes for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Miss Amy is also Mom to 3 boys; Jed, Magnus and Markus. 

Dance Department

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Audra Brian | Tap, Jazz, Acro, & Director of Company Dancers

Audra is originally from Russell Springs, Kentucky. She is a graduate from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business and a minor in Dance. Since moving to Louisville she has performed in numerous Modern and Contemporary works with Moving Collective and Theresa Bautista Dance.

She is a certified Ballet and Jazz Instructor through Dance Masters of America, a certified Progressing Ballet Technique Instructor, a Group Fitness Instructor certified through the American Council on Exercise, a certified instructor for Basic Level Giordano Jazz, and a certified Junior Acro Instructor with the Acro Dance Teachers Association. 

She is the former Dance Director for All About Kids Sports Center and a former Program Manager for the Louisville Ballet School.

When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband Eric, her children Beau and Penny, and their fur babies, Moose and Lily

 

Caroline Cox | Adult Tap

Caroline is a NC native and a Cabarrus Dance Academy alum. She received her BS in Exercise Science and Minor in Dance from the College of Charleston and her Masters of Science in Athletic Training from UNC Greensboro. She is a Licensed and Certified Athletic trainer and has worked directly with the Louisville Ballet Company for 5 years providing treatment, injury prevention and medical coverage for every show.

She now works as an AT in orthotics and coaches CrossFit and Weightlifting at the National level! Before moving to Indiana she taught technique classes and choreographed for national competitions in Charleston SC for 6 years. She has had 2 national title holders with choreography in jazz and contemporary. Her favorite discipline has always been Tap!

Jeanne Doyle | Dance Faculty

Jeanne Doyle took her first ballet class at the age of 2 and hasn’t stopped dancing since! Jeanne began her training at the competitive-admission Alabama School of Fine Arts, before relocating and graduating from L’Etoile, The Russian Ballet Academy of Maryland, a rigorous pre-professional Vaganova program. She had the pleasure of attending summer intensive programs with many elite schools, including with the Alabama Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the Richmond Ballet. She has been teaching for over 7 years and has held faculty positions with L’Etoile/RBAM, Baltimore Ballet, and Misako Ballet. Jeanne holds a degree in Early Childhood Development and enjoys bringing this knowledge into the studio to help her students maximize their potential and success.

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Lew Winstead | Hip Hop Instructor

Lew is a native Kentuckian and a duPont Manual and YPAS graduate.

He attended New World School of the Arts in Miami Fl, before his love of dance took him on the road.

He is a former Walt Disney World dancer and also worked for Norwegian and Century Cruise lines. He was a dancer for Tonya Mitchell on the N’Sync Pop Odyssey Tour and was a company member in Culture Shock, a Chicago-based hip hop dance company.

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Lilly Ann Comstock | Contemporary, Ballet, and Pointe Instructor

Lilly Ann Comstock, a Louisville, Kentucky native, has trained in and continues to explore an eclectic culmination of dance styles. The origins of her dance training are rooted with the Louisville Ballet School, the Louisville Youth Performing Arts School, the University of Louisville Dance Academy, and the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. Lilly accepted a full scholarship to Western Kentucky University in 2015 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Performing Arts Administration in 2019.

Throughout her college career, she served as Treasurer of the WKU Student Chapter of the National Dance Education Organization. In 2017, Lilly traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to study Gaga under Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company with full funding from a Faculty-Undergraduate-Student-Engagement Grant. Lilly has also trained with the Joffrey Ballet School on a full talent-based scholarship. Upon college graduation Lilly spent six months dancing professionally in New York City with VISIONS Contemporary Ballet Company under the artistic direction of Ranardo-Domeico Grays.

Lilly teaches contemporary, ballet, and improvisation movement classes at several studios in Kentucky, as well as  choreographs works influenced by the all-encompassing human experience which explore the relevance of relationships and community. Lilly strives to live through awareness and acceptance, and places continual growth and learning at the forefront of her being.

 

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Norma Cathey | Yoga

 

Allie Peak | Dance Faculty

Allie has been a dancer at Motion Studio for 9 years and a part of the Motion Studio Dance Company since 2017. She has attended Louisville Ballet and Indianapolis summer intensives and in the future hopes to continue a career in the arts and in dance.

When she isn’t dancing she enjoys playing music and spending time with friends and family. She is looking forward to teaching so she can share her love of dance with other kids with the same encouragement and support she was shown as a student.

 

Chloe Carr | Dance Faculty

Chloe has been dancing at Motion for over four years is a member of the Motion Studio Dance Company. In the future she hopes to become a pediatric oncology nurse while also continuing to teach dance at Motion.

When not dancing she enjoys hanging ou with her family and her dance friends as well as choreographing dancers on her own time. She is excited about teaching because she loves being around kids and she wants to show the younger generation that dance is something they can find a passion in.

She never thought that one day she would be teaching the younger generation the art of dance but she is very glad that she is going to pursue a second career in dance!

Rachel Fejfar | Dance Faculty

Rachel has been dancing at Motion Studio for 5 Years and has been part of the Motion Studio Dance Company for 3 years. She loves movement and helath which is leading her to pursue a career in health coaching and fitness training.

When not dancing, Rachel enjoys playing soccer, hanging out with family and friends, and reading. She is excited about teaching becase she enjoys spreading her love of dance and movement to the next generation, and she can’t wait to encourage, guide, and instruct young dancers who are excited to learn.

Music Department

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Clayton Ray | Music Instructor

Clayton Ray has been involved with music since the age of 12, and began taking lessons with Louisville guitar extraordinaire Mark Hamilton for several years before continuing at the Bellarmine School of Music, studying jazz guitar.

Since 2009 he has been writing, recording, performing, and touring across the country professionally with various bands. He has countless hours of live performance under his belt, as well as numerous writing credits on guitar, bass, and drums. These include Parlour (guitar/bass), Future Fossils (drums), Work Shirt (guitar/bass), Barrel & Biscuit (guitar), and Deady (bass), among many others. Deady recently opened for legendary Los Angeles punk band Fear, and their status as one of Louisville’s most energetic bands continues to rise.

Clayton’s experiences with both performance and music education have given him a unique perspective on music and its importance to the critical development of a young person’s creativity. He firmly believes any person of any age can learn an instrument and ultimately, write their own songs. Let’s get you started!

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Cody Cowles | Music Instructor

Cody started learning guitar at the age of 13, and in just a short time he began playing in bands after school and for his church. While being influenced by so many genres, Cody adapted his playing technique to fit the par to almost any style of music. Cody’s favorites would lead on to become garage rock, punk, and rock n roll, especially the bands from the New York CBGB era.

After College, Cody began studying music theory more seriously along with song writing, while also enjoying playing in as many bands as he could. Some of his acts went on to be Cody and the JailBirds, The Spurs, Sick Velvet, and his latest new band Smiley Coyote. 

 

While playing in these bands, Cody was able to record several EP’s and albums that lead him to have four originals aired daily on 91.9 WFPK, and open for many well known touring acts of the underground rock and roll scene.  He also was able to headline two years in a row at Louisville’s own Poorcastle Festival and make it on the cover of Leo Weekly, along with several interviews.

Currently, Cody is a Music Teacher at Green Valley Elementary and studying Music at Indiana University Southeast for the pursuit to always gain knowledge in the art of music. Since then he has also been able to pick up and learn a few new instruments such as the Bass, Ukulele, Drums, Recorder and he is currently learning the Piano among other instruments.

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Jenny | Music Instructor

With now over 26 years active teaching experience under her belt, Ms Jenny originally started her music study at the age of four with the piano. She participated in dance, theatrical performances, skits, and choirs through her educational course.  Throughout her life, Ms Jenny has received professional instruction in the spectrum of instruments including: piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, violin, guitar, percussion, and more. She began her teaching journey and was taught the art of teaching by a prominent member of the Music Teacher’s Association. By the age of 14, she began teaching private lessons. When she turned 15 she joined the city’s jazz band playing the keyboard and was singing vocals at conventions all over the state. She teaches students of all ages, as well as has experience with teaching special needs children.

Her whole life she has participated in performances, recitals, shows, and concerts, as she furthered her musical education and experience.

She has also donated her time and worked pro bono to further the music education in her hometown. Among many side projects, she has composed multiple works, as well as created specialty lesson plans for early childhood piano instruction.

Theatre Instructor and Vocal Coach, for over 15 years, Ms Jenny has been coaching and instructing groups of students and classes in stage performances, choirs, skits, short plays, and vocals.

She has traveled to teach a variety of classes and groups who have performed at conventions in Quebec, Canaca; Destin, Florida; Gulfport, Mississippi; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Arkansas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and more.

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Marie Johnson | Music Instructor

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Michelle A. Welp | Piano & Vocal Instructor

Mrs. Welp got her start singing in choir at school and church in middle school and discovered her love for music. From there she began participating in musicals and show choir through high school and in local acting groups.

 

Her favorite characters to portray were Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Sr. Robert Anne in Nuncrackers. While attending Oakland City University, her college choir performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City under the direction of composer John Rutter.

 

Mrs. Welp has had students and choirs attend local contests such as Solo & Ensemble and receive high scores resulting in silver and gold ratings.

 

Mrs. Welp holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Oakland City University with a minor in Vocal Performance and a Masters of Education from Indiana Wesleyan University.

She currently teaches K-8 music at Holy Family School and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School. She also cantors at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Mrs. Welp lives in New Albany, IN with her husband, Adam, and their two children, Benjamin and Emma.

Ubaldo Lopez | Violin Instructor

Ubaldo began his career as a violinist at the age of 7 at the School of Arts in my hometown of Matanzas, Cuba. After completing the elementary level, he entered the Professional School of Music. In the same institution he was part of the Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra. 

He went on to study at the School of Professional Improvement of Music and became a professional member of the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra. At that time he also began teaching violin at the School of Arts. 

He has performed in various countries and is excited to now call Louisville, KY home.

He is currently a member of the American Federation of Musicians and performs at private and corporate events, restaurants and teaches violin classes. Music is his passion, transmitting emotions and knowledge is the most important thing for him as an artist.

Office Staff

Alex Rodmaker

Julie Kemp 

Lee-Anna Jones

Louise Gohman

Teachers In Training

Learn more about our Teacher Training Program HERE.

Lydia | Level 3

Elianna | Level 2

Eliyah | Level 2

Emma | Level 2

Emerson | Level 2

Jasmine | Level 2

Lexie | Level 2

Grace | Music Intern