STAFF

Lou Zamprogna - Studio Owner

Lou, a native of Hamilton, started dancing at age 6.

He trained in the Luigi method of jazz in New York and London, England, where he enjoyed a very successful career as a dancer/actor on stage in the West End and in TV and film (Man of La Mancha,Fiddler on the Roof,West Side Story,The London Palladium Show - where he met wife and partner, Pauline).

Lou has been Director of the Performing Arts Programme(P.A.P) at Theatre Aquarius for over 25 years, building it into the successful programme it is today.

He is head of The Dance Centre jazz/tap department and teaches Junior, Intermediate and Senior jazz and tap at the Hamilton location.

Amanda Atkinson (Zamprogna) - Studio Manager

Amanda has been dancing since the age of three under the instruction of her parents Lou and Pauline Zamprogna who opened The Dance Centre in 1975.

She has been teaching dance at The Dance Centre for over 20 years. Her passion lies in teaching jazz and tap.

Amanda is also a Registered Massage Therapist. She has an extensive knowledge in the body and how it works and feels that this knowledge helps when teaching dance and helping her students to understand how to use their muscles in order to support the joints and also how to avoid injury.

In 2013, after the passing of her beloved mum, Pauline, Amanda has taken on the role of managing and operating The Dance Centre, alongside her dad, Lou and sister Gema.

Amanda Diggins BFA - Dance - Studio Instructor

Amanda started taking classes at The Dance Centre as a child and continued training in ballet and jazz through her teens.

She achieved her R.A.D Advanced 1 at The Dance Centre and upon graduating high school was accepted into the prestigious dance programme at Ryerson University in Toronto, where she specialized in teaching.

Lou and Pauline are thrilled that Amanda has returned to her "roots" taking on the position of head teacher at the Dundas studio.

Amanda is a Registered Teacher of The Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D).

Sarah Jefferies - Studio Instructor

Sarah is one of our registered teachers of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) at The Dance Centre. She has been teaching and assisting all ages and levels for over 10 years. Sarah began training with us at the age of 5, and has successfully completed all RAD exams up to Advanced 1 under the guidance of Pauline Zamprogna. Sarah now strives to successfully prepare candidates for exams from Primary to Advanced. Sarah holds a degree in Applied Human Nutrition from Ryerson University. She is an advocate for providing nutrition education within the community.

Krystal Adams - Studio Instructor

Krystal was born in Fort MacLeod, Alberta and began her dance training at the age of 4 at Joy's Dance Factory in Lethbridge. At the age of 7 her family moved to Souris, Manitoba where she continued her training at Steppin' Time Dance Studio in Brandon. During her years in high school Krystal switched studios to Laurel's School of Dance in Moosomin, Saskatchewan. Growing up, Krystal studied ballet, jazz, and tap recreationally. She completed multiple jazz and tap exams through the Al Gilbert syllabus and accomplished her ADAPT Pre-Intermediate 3 tap exam. Following high school Krystal attended the Rotman Commerce program at The University of Toronto, but after her first year she decided to move to Hamilton to pursue a career in teaching dance. Krystal joined The Dance Centre in 2016 where she achieved her R.A.D. Advanced Foundation. In July 2019, Krystal completed the three year ADAPT Teacher's Trainer School and is now certified to teach jazz and tap classes through the ADAPT syllabus.