PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY YOU SHOULD KNOW: Amanda Tae – Dance Choreographer
Who are you?
My name is Amanda Tae and I’m the director of Focal Point Dance Studios and president of Tae Talent Agency.
What do you do in real life?
I run a dance studio and dance company, as well as actively teach and choreograph locally and nationally. In addition I work as a talent agent, filtering dancers, actors, and models into the local and national dance, movie, and music related industry.
How long have you been in Miami?
Pretty much my entire life. I was born in Fairfax, Virginia, but moved here with my family when I was 1.
How long have you been dancing?
Since I was three, so for twenty seven years. Yes… I am thirty years old!
What dream have you had that you have accomplished?
I honestly have lofty dreams, so I wouldn’t say I’ve accomplished them as of yet…but I’m on my way.
What do you like most about what you do?
That it never gets old! There’s always something new to do or someone new to work with. I also love that because the dance world is so small, you end up running into people you worked with last month or 10 years ago. Also, it doesn’t feel like work (for the most part), so I’m making a living doing something I love. Not a bad deal.
What do you do now, that you did not do 5 years ago?
Own a dance studio and talent agency. 5 years ago I was on tour dancing with various artists and a couple years before that, I was on track to becoming an entertainment lawyer.
Something new that you have just discovered about yourself?
I have nothing deep to share, being that I’ve known who and how I am for a minute (a while). However, my tastebuds have developed a new liking to Tuna and Cod, which if you knew me last year, I would not touch fish – raw or cooked. Definitely not a good Asian lol!
One luxury that you cannot live without?
My crackberry! It’s glued to my hand at all times. I’ve lost my phone for a day and found myself typing on my ipod (it’s not touchscreen) to fill the void.
I have no one favorite, but I love Prime 112, Akashi, and Green Street. You can never go wrong with Chilis or Cheesecake Factory though!
Three Words to describe you?
Driven, Inspired, and Nonstop.
So what does the future hold for you?
I would love to know, but if I have any say in it, I would love to make a difference in Miami’s dance and talent industry, if not the world’s!