MANAGER OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS
Amanda Herd-Popejoy, from Yukon, Oklahoma, has over 19 years of experience in professional ballet. At age 16 Amanda received a company apprenticeship with Oklahoma City Ballet beginning her professional career. From 2006-2009, she danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Dominic Walsh Dance Theater before returning home to Oklahoma City Ballet in 2009. She then climbed the ranks of the company and retired as a soloist at end of the 2019 season.
Over her career with the company, Amanda has performed many principal and soloist roles in ballets, such as: Helen Pickett’s Petal, Nicolo Fonte’s Left Unsaid, Margo Sappington’s Cobras In The Moonlight, Amy Seiwert’s Dear Miss Cline, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Nacho Duato’s Without Words, and George Balanchine’s Serenade.
Amanda has performed featured roles in many classical works, including: Swan Lake, La Slyphide, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Some of her favorite moments on stage have included The Cowgirl in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, and Titania in Robert Mills’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Amanda is best known for her role as Clara in the annual production of The Nutcracker, created on her by Robert Mills. While at Oklahoma City Ballet, many roles in original works were created on her by the following renowned choreographers: Matthew Neenan, Alan Hineline, Jessica Lang, Brian Enos, Ma Cong, Sarah Tallman, and Jacob Sparso.
Along with dancing for the company, Amanda has taught extensively in The Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School. She is an American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum Affiliate Teacher and recently travel to South Korea to serve on a panelist for Asia Dance Audition. She has choreographed several works for the pre-professional division students, Oklahoma City Ballet Trainees, and most recently presented her work State of Being in Oklahoma City Ballet’s Future Voices.
Amanda is a full-time faculty member and the Manager of Professional Training Programs for Oklahoma City Ballet where she manages Oklahoma City Ballet’s Trainees and Studio Company. Amanda instructs these dancers in Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, and Partnering; provides mentorship on audition preparation; and rehearses them in classic ballets and choreographed works.