Amanda Sieradzki (MFA) is adjunct dance faculty at the University of Tampa. She is the founder and artistic director of Poetica, a creative dance company that moves at the intersection of contemporary dance, poetry, and community. Amanda attended Anne Green Gilbert’s Summer Dance Institute for Teachers in Seattle where she was certified in Brain Compatible Dance Education. Her classes weave a patchwork of modern influences from her training at the Ailey School in NYC, and uses storytelling and improvisation to challenge mind-body connections in technique and choreography. Poetica has premiered choreographies in alternative spaces across the southeast. Most recently, Amanda co-produced Dance in the Time of Coronavirus, a socially-distant summer dance series. She has also created work for the Tampa Museum of Art, the Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, Moving Current’s NewGrounds Festival, Tallahassee’s 621 Gallery, FEMMEfest Atlanta, the Decatur Arts Festival, and the Atlanta Fringe Festival. Additionally, Amanda is a feature writer for Creative Pinellas’ Arts Coast Journal, the Tallahassee Council on Culture & Arts, DIYdancer Magazine, & ArtsATL. She holds an MFA in choreography and performance from Florida State University and a BA in writing with an applied dance minor from the University of Tampa. Amanda believes in dance as a medium that can transcend language, connect cultures, and create environments for exploration, collaboration, and engagement.
"I called out the demons one by one. I named them. I gave them precise blocking and ultimately, I controlled where they stood, breathed, and bourréed. I gave them an entrance, and a stage, and then I sent them away."