Amanda’s Dance Academy has been sold to Rachel Weitekamp. She has been an assistant teacher at the Academy and took over the studio on August 1.
“This opportunity fell into my lap,” Weitekamp said. “Being able to own a successful dance studio doesn’t come along very often and I’m really attached to the girls hear already so it is a perfect fit.”
Weitekamp who will graduate from KU in the spring with a Psychology Degree with a minor in dancing, is looking forward to the challenge of being a business owner.
“This is all pretty surreal at the moment,” she told us during her first week as owner. “I never expected to have this chance at this point in my life. This a very unexpected blessing.”
Weitekamp has been dancing since the age of three-years-old. She began as a student in her hometown of Springfield, IL where she was classically trained at a dance art studio.
“Miss Grace always said I was destined to be a teacher,” Weitekamp said about her mentor Grace Nanavati. “She was my biggest inspiration. ”
Weitekamp plans to keep things at the studio the same for now. She said she wants to focus on the performing company and their technique to not only equal but surpass the standards Amanda Herrmann set during her ownership.
“I hope to bring new artistic creativity and empower the students with confidence while doing the most important thing with dance: have fun,” Weitekamp said. “Jeff and Amanda will continue to help on occasion as their schedule permits as well. I couldn’t be able to be at this point without their hard work over the years and everything they have done for all the girls who have come to the Academy.”
Amanda Herrmann announced the sale of the Academy to Weitekamp a couple of weeks ago. We attempted to reach Hermann for comment on the sale, but she was unavailable to talk.
Weitekamp says that for the time being, the name will stay Amanda’s Dance Academy and she has no immediate plans for major changes. She said a name change could possible happen eventually but right now was concerned with, as she put it, “getting her feet wet” as a business owner.
Amanda’s Dance Academy is holding an open house on Friday August 15, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. and on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Classes will begin on August 18th. Amanda’s Dance Academy is located at 104 W. 20th Street, just south of K-10 and west of Church Street. For more information, you can check out their website at: http://www.amandadanceacademy.com/