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Amberly M Simpson

Amberly M. Simpson is a dancer, aerialist, teacher, and choreographer local to Louisville, KY. She was born and raised in Glendale, California where, through a somewhat atypical route of first dabbling in figure skating and theatre, she began training in dance with the Glendale High School Dance/Drill Team.

Her more formal training would not begin until she attended Purdue University where she received a minor in Dance, as well as Bachelors degrees in Psychological Sciences and Creative Writing.


During this time, she trained and performed with the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company (2011-2015) where she traveled and performed in multiple American College Dance Association Festivals (2013-2015), the American Dance Festival (2013), two TED Talks (2013, 2015), and the Prague Quadrennial (2015), as well as co-directing a production for Obsessive-Compulsive Dance (2014).


 After moving to Kentucky in 2015, she attended Bellarmine University (2015-2017) where she received her Master of the Arts in Teaching for English Language Arts.


During this time, she began her professional dance career, first working with the Lexington-based companies Blackbird Dance Theatre (2015-2016) and the Allegro Dance Project (2016-present), and then becoming a choreographer for, and performer with, Suspend Productions (2016-present).


It was here that she created her first evening-length dance work, “Only Weeds Will Rise In Winter” (2018) that laid the groundwork for launching her own modern dance company, Ambo Dance Theatre, in 2019.

Both preceding and with her company, Amberly’s work has been featured in

– Voices HEaRD (2017, 2018),

– Fund for the Arts Opening Night at Churchill Downs (2017-2019),

– Louisville Dance Series (2017-2019),

– 6th No Borders Project (2018),

– Kentucky Refugee Ministry’s “We Create” Festival (2018)

– Louisville Fringe Festival (2018)

– Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park (2019),

– Princeton Research Day (2019), and

– Brighton Dance Festival (2019).


After three years of teaching English, Amberly is now the full-time Dance teacher at Noe Middle School where she teaches ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop to her students, as well as directing the youth modern dance company Noe Dance Theatre. She continues to work at Suspend teaching aerial and mixed-genre dance classes, as well as at Dancensations teaching modern dance.


It is her hope and unrelenting goal that, between her work in dance education and with Ambo Dance Theatre, she can continue to help foster and build sustainable career opportunities for local adult dancers, as well as a strong presence for modern dance in and outside of Louisville.

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