Amanda Herd-Popejoy, from Yukon, Oklahoma, has over 17 years of experience with Oklahoma City Ballet. She first joined the school in 2001 at the age of 14, and by age 16 received a company apprenticeship. 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 has choreographed several works for the pre-professional students, as well as the trainees. Amanda is very excited to be a full-time faculty member and the new Trainee Coordinator for the 2019/2020 season; she looks forward to helping shape the next generation of dancers at Oklahoma City Ballet.