Originally from Paducah, Kentucky, Tressa Wilham travelled the nation competing in both regional and national dance competitions. In 2003, Tressa travelled to New York City to attend Hunter College Manhattan. During college, Tressa auditioned and performed as a principle with the Hunter College dance company. She extensively studied such renowned choreographers such as Josè Limòn, Martha Graham, and performed with the 'Urban Bush Women'. Tressa graduated from Hunter College in 2006 with a BA in dance, and a minor in Economics.
After college, Tressa continued dancing and training with such choreographers as Andy Blankenbuehler, Jack Hertzog, AC Ciulia, and Mia Michaels. In addition to dance, Tressa went on to get her NSCA personal trainer certification. As a personal trainer, Tressa is not only able to instruct the technique of dance, but to teach the anatomy of the human body (something that is very important for all dancers to know).
In 2009, Tressa made the dream of owning a dance studio a reality with the opening of AMPA. She is dedicated to offering incomparable dance training, top of the line dance studios, and exposure to top dance choreographers. As director, not only is Tressa dedicated to teaching her students proper dance technique, but she is also committed to enstilling in her students creativity, confidence, and body awareness.
Trish Steckenrider began dancing at the age of 3 under the direction of Joan Crawford in Paducah, KY. Trish received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Missouri State University. Trish has training in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Ballroom. She did obtain a Masters of Science degree from NYU, but not in dance….it’s in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Marketing. This serves her well as her full time job is Executive Director of the Greater Metropolis CVB in her hometown of Metropolis, IL. Trish loves working with the Company Dancers at AMPA, however her other 2 focuses in the studio are truly a passion for her. Trish works with many of AMPA’s Dance 1 and Dance 2 classes and the Dancers with Special Needs Class. Trish also loves being with her husband Steve and 3 kids, Logan, Kaden and Ella.
Ashley Lane Henley grew up on Dance! She has 34 years of Competitive Training and Teaching Dance.
At the age of 9 she traveled Abroad and Performed in Russia and Denmark. Trained at the Kentucky Governors School for the Arts, Hofstra University in New York, Goucher College Boston in Dance Intensives and Studied with Mia Michaels, Ray Leeper and Andy Blankenbuehler.
2017 Ashley was a Pro in our Local Dancing with our Stars for the American Cancer Society..which her Partner Jay Smith Won!!
Ashley is so excited to continue her passion for dance and to mentor the next Generation of young Performers learn, love and reach their full potential. In Ashley’s spare time she is a Wife, Mother and Full Time Controller for Michelson Jewelers.
Brooke was born and raised in Paducah, KY and began dancing at just three years old. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to travel all over the nation dancing and competing. She has also had the opportunity to train under many renowned dancers and choreographers. In 2009 she took her passion for dance and her studies to the University of Kentucky where she was a member of both the University of Kentucky Dance Team and the UK Dance Ensemble. In 2013, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Health communication and a minor in health promotion. She is so excited to be back in her hometown with her husband, Matt and her little girl, Millie and to be able to bring her passion for both dance and health to AMPA while helping young performers grow their love for dance. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Public Health Administration at Murray State University.
Emily Suhrheinrich-Weeks has been taking and teaching dance in Western Kentucky for over twenty years. She is the founder of the Murray State Dance Company STudent Organization, and has been teaching in Paducah since graduation from Murray State University. Her motto is anyone and everyone can dance, all it takes is passion!