AMY SEAWRIGHT HARTMAN
Amy Seawright Hartman is a native Floridian from Gainesville, FL. She began her dance training at Pofahl studios in her hometown with Kim Tuttle, Judy Skinner, and Mary Ellen Pofahl. She continued her study at the School of American Ballet in New York City. While attending the University of Florida, she danced professionally with Dance Alive National Ballet and was also a guest artist throughout the state of Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Florida and was then asked to join the Miami City Ballet where she danced for the next twelve years. Upon personal invitation, she joined the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center for the subsequent three years. During Amy’s professional career she has toured extensively in national venues throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America. She has performed on the main stage at the Edinburgh Festival, Spoleto Festival, Torino Arts Celebration, Kennedy Center Honors, Jacob’s Pillow, Wolftrap, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Dance Aspen. She has had the privilege to work with a wide spectrum of directors, choreographers and ballet masters from the Balanchine Trust, the Bolshoi, the Kirov, the Stuttgart Ballet, the Paul Taylor Company, and Royal Ballet to name a few.
While dancing for Suzanne Farrell in Washington DC, Ms. Seawright Hartman began teaching ballet and Pilates to students of all ages at the Reston Conservatory. In 2003, she moved to Richmond, Virginia where she joined the faculty of Richmond Ballet. She taught Richmond Ballet’s professional company class and served as assistant ballet mistress. Additionally she was taught in the Richmond Ballet School as an instructor and repeteur for the upper level school students and pre-professional trainees. She was also on the faculty for Richmond Ballet’s acclaimed education outreach program Minds In Motion for two years. During her four years at Richmond Ballet, Ms. Seawright Hartman had extensive experience as an instructor, choreographer and repeteur for a wide range of performances. These productions ranged from school workshops to the professional main stage to the Minds In Motion year-end showcase where no less that 700 fourth grade students performed together on one stage. In addition, to teaching at Richmond Ballet, she also coached the dance elements for competitive gymnasts from the Virginia International Gymnastics School from Developmental I through Level 9.
She now resides in Orlando with her husband, Tim, and children, Lauren and Jacob. She is on staff with the Orlando Ballet and has also taught for the Russian Ballet Orlando where she has performed guest roles in various performances. She loves to pour all of her experience as a dancer and teacher into leading her students towards a better understanding of movement, technique, body alignment and stage craft. She enjoys working with people of all walks of life as she shares her great love of the art of dance.