Amanda Kaneshiro is the Co-Owner and Team Director of Summit Dance Co. Her journey with dance began in diapers, at age two. For 15 years, Amanda trained and competed in tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and hip-hop. Her training and passion became drastically more serious when she started teaching dance at age 16. While working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Puget Sound, Amanda taught dance to all ages for multiple studios, directed youth dance summer camps, and served as the Director of Tap at Image Studio of Dance in Tacoma, WA. Her artistic work has been recognized at regional and national levels. Amanda also danced and choreographed for her college’s dance company, the Puget Sound Repertory Dance Group. During her time with this college dance group, Amanda served several executive positions, developed a tap program, and choreographed many pieces for the dance company’s productions. Amanda also has a passion for theater; she starred in the Puget Sound production of Anything Goes and has choreographed for several children’s theater productions at local schools. Currently, Amanda instructs and choreographs for dance studios, high school dance teams, school productions, and other events in the Pacific Northwest. Amanda knows that teaching and working with children is her calling in life. Being able to make so many special connections with thousands of children, has been one of the biggest blessings in her life. Opening Summit Dance Co. has been a dream come true and Amanda is overwhelmingly excited to spend her life attending to the needs of the studio and creating a safe and second-home-feel for all who enter. Amanda spends her “spare time” with her hubby, Jon, their new baby girl Dani, and their dog Teddy. They do just about anything and everything together! Their motto is "family first".