Amanda Waxman

Miss Waxman's love for dance began at the tender age of 3. It wasn't until age 8 that she realized her true passion for performing when she joined a competition dance troupe.

Since then she has not looked back. Every year from "97 to '09 she competed in KAR, Starpower, Starlight, Showbiz, Encore, Fire & Ice, Platinum Dance, Showstoppers, Dance USA, Applause, Bravo, and Tremaine dance

competitions alike. During that time she also found time to participate on Lone Oak High School's Dance Team from '05 to '08.

After high school, Amanda graduated with a Bachelors degree in Health and Human Services in the area of sports management, business administration, and entrepreneurship at Western Kentucky University.

During her college years she danced with WKU's Topperettes' on their varsity team and national competition team.

Miss Waxman's training and competition dance experience over the years has provided numerous opportunities to share her knowledge and love for dance with many others throughout the country. From 2010 to 2011, she taught dance for the competition and recreational dance teams at Starz Elite in Bowling Green working with children ages 3 to 16. She also served an internship for Dynamic Dance, also in Bowling Green, coaching two all-star competition dance teams from 2011 to 2013.Her experience includes teaching lyrical, ballet ,tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, and hip hop."Dance is a fantastic way to express myself and tell a story... I am excited to share my passion for dance while motivating students in a fun and creative learning environment at the Beverly Rogers Academy of Dance."


Elena Foresman

Mrs. Foresman trained as a rhythmic gymnast, ballerina and modern dancer. She made the national team in Russia and competed against the best rhythmic gymnasts in the world. At age twenty she decided to leave Russian and make her way to the Big Apple, performing at stops in Bulgaria, Greece, Slovenia, Switzerland, Japan and finally Turkey to pay her way. After five years of travelling and performing she finally reached her destination in Manhattan. Because of her abilities she was immediately noticed by the most technically demanding and innovative choreographers of our time, performing at some of the most prestigious venues in the world; Carnegie Hall, The Joyce Theatre and The Danny Kaye Playhouse–an experience most dancers can only dream of having. Mrs. Foresman began teaching and directing 18 years ago. She is excited to be here in Paducah working with her friend and colleague Beverly Rogers and is inspired to bring the best she has to offer to the future stars at the Beverly Rogers Academy of Dance. We are delighted that Elena will be a guest instructor for the Academy this season.

David Foresman

For the past 27 years Mr. Foresman has taught, directed, choreographed, and performed in New York., California, Kentucky, and locations in Europe and Japan. His Video experience includes Sawyer Brown, Betty Being Bad, and Joni Mitchell, Be Cool. Television credits include commercials for Acura cars, MCI, Miller Beer, and Joe Boxer briefs. Steve Martin's comedy special entitled "The New Show" with choreographer Patricia Birch (Grease). His stage experience began at age 5 in Baltimore in "Teahouse of the August Moon". Productions in the U.S. include Annie, Anything Goes, Die Fledermaus, Fiddler on the Roof, and Gigi. He joined The Edward Morgan dancers in 1985 and then The Tsai Fung Modern Dance Company in '86. 1986-87 taught for Tandy Beal in Santa Cruz, California and at the University of California, Santa Cruz and joined The San Jose' ballet. In '88 he joined the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, European tour. In 1992 performed The Arabian in Coupe' Ballet's production of the Nutcracker, Nanuet, New York. During the summers of '94 and '95 he participated as director, choreographer, teacher and dancer in the Baroque and Dance Festival in Valtice, Czech Republic. In '96 did a performance of Les Sylphides as lead dancer and performed in The Tides of Intolerance" at The Asia Society in N.Y.C. also as lead dancer and as a principal dancer in the German Emmy awards Telstar productions in Koln Germany. In 1996 Mr. Foresman taught at The Virginia School of the Arts full summer program. In 1998 was a principal dancer for choreographer Max Stone in New York City. He has since earned degrees in Anatomy and Physiology, Massage Therapy, Functional Assessment and is a certified Shiatsu practitioner and has his own practice. Mr. Foresman has also modeled in New York, L.A. and Japan. After his career as a performer he is mostly interested in teaching and the healing arts and has spent the past six years raising the technique level of The Beverly Rogers Academy and is extremely proud in assisting to make Beverly's school one of the top ten schools nationwide in 2009 by Star Systems.

Timera Cunningham

Ms. Cunningham came to the academy at the age of 5. At the age of 8, she began competing with the BRD companies and continued to do so throughout high school. In 1999, she attended the Governor's School for the Arts and returned in 2002 as a dance assistant. After graduating Valedictorian from Lone Oak High School, she attended Oklahoma City University, where she received academic and dance scholarships. While in college she was a member of the American Spirt Dance Company, the American Spirit Touring Company and the OCU Pep Dancers, and did summer work as a dancer at Six Flags/Frontier City. In 2004, prior to graduating Magna Cum Laude and receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, Ms Cunningham successfully auditioned for Disney/Tokyo, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Holland Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Since accepting the position with Royal Caribbean, she has been dancing professionally in many styles of dance, choreographing ,and managing costume and wardrobe for various productions. Between her professional dance jobs on the cruise ships Miss Cunningham will be guest teaching at the Academy for the 2011-2012 season.

Beverly J. Rogers

Ms. Rogers is founder and director of the Beverly Rogers Academy of Dance since 1971. Her dance companies have won regional and national championship awards since 1985. Beverly's students have attained professional performing carers in Broadway shows, national touring companies, cruise ships, TV and film. Her students have performed on Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, and Disney. In 2009 her school was ranked among the top 10 Competition Schools in the nation by Star Systems. The academy's success throughout the years is a direct result of Ms. Rogers' desire to inspire each student with the joy of dance. Mrs. Rogers holds the position of judge for several dance competitions throughout the U.S. and is proud to bring this experience to the children of Paducah. Ms. Rogers holds a BFA in dance from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and an MA in dance from Case Western Reserve University,Cleveland, Ohio and is a member of Dance Educators of America. Ms. Rogers is proud of the fact that three of the top choreographers in the country whose choreography is featured on "So You Think You Can Dance", Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, and Andy Blankenbueller, have choreographed for her BRD Competition Companies.

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