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, Herd-Popejoy 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. She performed featured roles in many classical works, including Swan Lake, La Slyphide, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, in addition to leading roles such as The Cowgirl in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo and Titania in Robert Mills’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Herd-Popejoy is best known for her role as Clara in the annual production of The Nutcracker, created on her by Robert Mills. While performing with Oklahoma City Ballet, many roles in original works were created on her by renowned choreographers Matthew Neenan, Alan Hineline, Jessica Lang, Brian Enos, Ma Cong, Sarah Tallman, and Jacob Sparso.
Herd-Popejoy is an American Ballet Theatre® Affiliate Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and has successfully presented students for examinations. She taught for The Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School and the OKC Ballet Summer Intensive, and has choreographed several works for pre-professional students, as well as for the Trainees. Following her retirement from dancing, Herd-Popejoy joined the staff of Oklahoma City Ballet as the new Trainee Coordinator for the 2019/20 season.