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Our Teachers & Staff

Amanda Nye, Artistic Director & Owner 


Meet Amanda Nye, Owner & Artistic Director. Amanda studied dance education at Bowling Green State University in the College of Human Movement and Development. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in August of 2016. Amanda was apart of the Repertory Assemble, BGSU Dance Team (2013 to 2014) and University Dance Alliance as a Vice President at Bowling Green State University. She has a varied and extensive background in dance from Studio 82 in Cleveland, Ohio including ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, modern, tumbling, acro, contemporary, tap, cheerleading, hip hop, ballroom, and combo classes. Amanda's dance related experiences include Dance Teacher, Imagine Madison Dance Teacher 2017 to 2018, AmeriDance Judge, Inferno Dance Competition Adjudicator 7 Judge, Founder of Maumee Dance Team, Ashland University Choreographer, former Toledo School For The Arts Dance Teacher, current TSA Dance Team Coach, Precision Arts Challenge Dance Adjudicator & Judge and Clay High School Dance Teacher and Limelighters Choreographer. Amanda is also Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified and Progressive Ballet Technique Level 1 certified. Amanda is excited to continue her dance career with the Nye Dance Productions dancers.

Tyler Nye, Director & Owner 


Meet Tyler Nye, Owner & Assistant Director. Tyler graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Middle Childhood Education. Tyler is currently a middle school Science teacher at Bowling Green City Schools. At Nye Dance Productions Tyler can be found at the front desk and taking care of all the behind the scenes operations.

Jamila Coleman, Instructor 


Jamila Scott Coleman, born and raised in Toledo, Oh. She started dancing at the age of 5. Jamila was trained in tap, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical at the Toledo Workshop of Dance. She is a proud 2008 graduate of the Toledo School for the Arts, where she majored in music and dance. Jamila's passion for dance continued after high school in which she went on to study tap at the Bowling Green State University. Currently, Jamila heads the liturgical dance ministry at her church. Jamila is a substitute teacher and entrepreneur by day. 

Rapheal Griffin, Instructor 


Rapheal Griffin has over 29 years of teaching and choreography experience, having instructed young
children through adults. She is currently an instructor in dance at Nye Dance Productions and also has
taught at various studios throughout Northwest Ohio. Rapheal holds an M.F.A in Dance Performance and
Choreography from the University of Michigan and a B.S in Dance Education from Bowling Green State
University. Rapheal is a 5th year company member of Toledo’s first professional modern dance company,
T.H.E. Modern Dance Company. While Rapheal specializes in modern dance, she also has extensive
teaching, performing, and choreography experience in Contemporary, Ballroom, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop,
and Ballet.

Isabel Huembes, Instructor 


Isabel Huembes has completed her first year studying Dance at Eastern Michigan University. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Isabel's dance career started when she joined Ballet Folklorico Imagines Mexicanas; the Mexican folkloric dance group that Isabel performed with for 9 years. This provided her with the opportunity to travel and share her love for dance and her culture with others. Isabel then went on to dance at Nye Dance Productions, where she trained in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Isabel has just returned from New York where she expanded her creativity and passion for dance. She has taken classes with Ballet Nepantla, a group highlighting ballet and modern along with Mexican folk. This year Isabel looks forward to teaching and providing a safe space for all dancers!

Stephanie Messer, Instructor 


Bio coming soon!

Kadyn Miller, Instructor 


Kadyn Miller started dancing at the age of 11. Even though she started out later then others, she knew it was her passion! Kadyn is a graduate of NYE dance Productions. She was a competitive dancer for 8 years. In her senior year she accomplished so much, such as traveling to California for nationals. She is trained in various styles, with contemporary and lyrical being her favorites. She found a true love for teaching dance her senior year as well and is now on her third year apart of NYE staff! Kadyn is also one of the directors for the spotlight performance company this season! She loves the family aspect of NYE! Kadyn hopes to share her love she found in dance with so many more!

 Zoë Parsons, Instructor 


 Zoë began her dance training at The Canton Ballet at the age of 3. Her background also includes jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, and baton twirling. Zoë studied dance education at Bowling Green State University and received her Bachelors of Science in Education in 2014. She has worked for EnerGy National Dance Competition and That’s Entertainment Performing Arts Competition. She was the dance teacher and choreographer for Toledo Public Schools from 2015-2022. She received her state educator license in 2021 and will be teaching dance at Toledo School for the Arts starting this fall. This will be her 3rd season with Nye Dance Productions!

Samantha Roth, Instructor 


Samantha Roth began dancing in grade school at Toledo School for the Arts where she graduated in 2014 as a dance major.  She has trained in varied styles including jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, ballet, modern, hip hop, and pom. Sam has choreographed and instructed for local studios and served as the Head Coach for local Varsity high school dance teams. Sam has received several choreography awards, judges specialty awards and overall placements at dance competitions for her work. She recently became a Certified Progressive Contemporary Technique Instructor. Sam is so excited to continue her work at NDP and strives to bring creativity, inspiration, education, and purpose to her classes.

Lillian Stichler, Instructor


Lillian Stichler has been teaching at Nye Dance Productions since year one. Lillian has been dancing since 6 years old and competitively danced for 10 years. Lillian was a member of her high school dance team and college dance team. Lillian now also coaches a high school dance team and works as a pediatric emergency room nurse. Lillian mainly teaches jazz classes and the competition team, but has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, pom and game day dancing.

Paris Wellman, Instructor 


Paris Wellman has been dancing for the past 20 years and has been on staff with Nye Dance since 2020. She has done summer intensives at The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. She is a Toledo School For The Arts alumni. Paris went on to Otterbein University to obtain her B.A in Allied Health with a Psychology Minor. While at Otterbein University Paris was a cheerleader for four years. Paris was a part of professional showcases, and competitions, and even danced with her students at competitions at the Fred Astaire Westerville studio. Paris danced for the Arena Football League The Columbus Destroyers in 2019. She also represented with her team the AFL league in Washington, D.C. Paris graduated from the University of Findlay with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2023 and will be working in the home health setting.

Alexys Wenzel, Staff 

Meet Lexy, a proud member of the Nye Dance Studios family for three enriching years on staff and a past dancer of 14 years two which were with Nye. My role has spanned from the welcoming front desk to the intricate backstage operations, ensuring every aspect of the studio runs seamlessly. Currently majoring in education I'm passionate about nurturing young minds. I'm excited to continue contributing my dedication and expertise to our dance family, fostering an environment where every student can discover their unique rhythm and self-expression.  

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