Meet our Staff!
Amber Blezinger is the owner of Center Stage Dance Studio.
She has a passion for dance that she enjoys sharing and has had the rewarding experience of teaching dance since 2003 specializing in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, and ballroom. Amber has judged many auditions and has been a guest instructor at numerous workshops. She has been in various award winning dance companies. While on her high school drill team, the Bellville Brahmadora's, she was Dancer of the Week and won many dance awards including First Overall Duet.
Amber continues to develop her knowledge by taking dance classes as often as possible at Reliant Stadium Texans Cheerleader Training Camp, JUMP dance convention, New York City Dance Alliance, Line Dance classes in California, Louisiana and Texas, Salsa and Ballroom classes in The Heights, Indiana and many other places.
Amber's Dance Education/Experience includes:
2015 and 2016: Choreography for Houston Astros Shooting Stars
2013 and 2014 : Shooting Stars and Houston Astros Park Patrol
2012 and 2011: Houston Astros Park Patrol (Entertainment Team) and Houston Texans Grid Iron Gang
2012: Park Patrol Training Camp MVP Award for choreography
2011: Teaching certification: Early Childhood through 6th Grade
Graduated Sam Houston State University, magna cum laude, with BA in Interdisciplinary Studies
2009-2012: Taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Lyrical and Ballroom to all ages at Hot on Your Heels Dance Production
Worked for and with Dana Sullivan (previous Houston Rockets Power Dancer and Houston Texans Cheerleader)
2009: Named to Dean's List at Sam Houston State University while studying Elementary Education and English as a Second Language
2008: Taught ballet at Center Stage Dance & Fitness
2007-2008: Attended Blinn Junior College in Brenham, TX
2002-2007: (Founding) Brahmadora member, holding positions of Line Lieutenant, Junior Lieutenant, and First Senior Lieutenant. An officer for 3 of those years.
2004-2006: Taught at both locations of Dance Unlimited, various styles of dance
2004: Began taking ballroom dance lessons
2003-2004: Taught at Dance Extreme, various styles of dance
Katie began her dance training with the Ballet Center of Houston at 8 years old under the guidance of Gilbert Rome and Victoria Vittum. While a student, she performed with Houston Repertoire Ballet for seven years, in Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, La Bayadere,
Cinderella and principal roles in The Nutcracker.
Mrs. Koy, who has danced in works by Sandra Organ, Anne Polenjenko, Leeyan Neeley, Gilbert Rome and Lynn Cote, also trained at summer dance programs at the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and The Washington Ballet.
In 2005, after her success as a student, she joined the faculty at the Ballet Center of Houston; also serving as a rehearsal assistant and ballet mistress for Houston Repertoire Ballet during those years. Mrs. Koy continued her dance training at the University of Houston where, as a Dance minor, she completed courses in Ballet, Modern and Choreography.
Nicole (Weyand) Cook
Nicole fell in love with dance at the age of 3 and has never looked back! As she progressed, she accepted any challenge and took on dance competitions at the age of 6.
At the age of 10, she discovered her main true love, TAP! Under the instruction of J. Hall (a protégée who studied under Luigi in New York City) she took classes for 3 years and she now has taken on a new style of tap, Rhythm Tap! Nicole teaches all levels of tap from Level 1 to Sr. Company members doing her best to bring both worlds of American and Rhythm Tap to life in her classroom.
She also focuses her efforts toward instruction in contemporary, technique & proper stretching techniques and the relaxation of muscles.
Teaching for more 10 years and a national competition award winner for more than 5 years, Ms. Nicole’s goal is to provide a fun-loving but challenging atmosphere through positive reinforcement for her students to become the best dancers they can be!