Photo by Kailea Sonrisa

Photo by Kailea Sonrisa

Header photo by Ajja DeShayne

Amelia Couture began her dance training in Hawaii at Alexander Academy of Performing Arts and Seabury Hall. She went on to study with Ballet Hawaii, American Ballet Theater, Ballet West, and the University of Utah Ballet Department. After working shortly as a ballet dancer she began to turn her attention to other dramatic arts and studied singing and acting in the UCLA Department of Theater, Film, and Television where she won multiple awards in acting and musical theater performance and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting in 2006. She has been on staff at the Alexander Academy of Performing Arts since 2010 teaching Ballet and Contemporary dance to all ages.

"I have always had a passion for expression.  My life in dance started as so many do; at the barre. Ballet drew me in immediately with its precision, dynamism, and grace. In ballet, as in life, you strive always for a perfection that is forever unattainable, a beauty that is unimpeachable. However, as I left childhood behind, I began to feel the need to express a darkness and depth that classical ballet could not approach.  I left the ballet world disillusioned and lost, and so threw myself into the dramatic arts. I sought in the words of great playwrights and great masters of acting the means to express something I felt unable to articulate. I began, finally, to see that there is room in art for less than perfection. In fact, there is a desperate need for less than perfection.  There is a unspeakable ugliness, and awkwardness in life that is nothing to be afraid of. It is part of being human, and it seems to me that no matter what we set out to express through art, we ultimately end up telling our human stories.  They are not all beautiful, and the are certainly not perfect. I eventually returned to dance for the simple reason that I could not live without it. I was not done. I am still not. I hope I never will be."

 Amelia is also the creator of CADM (Couture Adaptive Dance Method). Learn more about CADM at www.cadm.dance