Dance studio in Middlesex, NJ: Our Staff

Amanda Patikowski-Quinn
Miss Amanda
Miss Amanda and a few of her Legacy students

Owner/Artistic Director: Miss Amanda started her love of dance very early in life. She studied dance at Fabulous Feet in Metuchen and NJ School of Ballet. In high school she was selected into Arts High School for two consecutive years. She then went on to college and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from Montclair State University in 2001. At MSU, Miss Amanda worked with many teachers and choreographers such as Maureen Glennon, Lisa Grimes Van Sickle, Lori Katterhenry, Nancy Lushington, Joanna Mendel Shaw, Lonnie Mooreson, Donna Scro Gentile, Maxine Steinman, and Paul Sutherland (to name a few). While at Montclair, Miss Amanda was an intern for Freespace Dance Inc. where she was able to learn the skills to managing a professional dance show as well as performing for the company for various festivals throughout New Jersey. Immediately after graduating from Montclair State University, Miss Amanda relocated to Orlando, Florida, and was a member of the prestigious Entertainment Department at Walt Disney World for 2 years. She performed in stage shows and parades throughout the Walt Disney World Resorts. This included the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade hosted by Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa of Live with Regis and Kelly, on Christmas day, The Storytime with Belle show, and Spectro Magic night parade. Throughout Miss Amanda's professional dance career she has performed at/with Six Flags Great Adventure, Prime Time Entertainer’s DJ Company, the Middlesex County Beauty Pageant, and Freespace Dance Inc., a modern dance company based out of Montclair, NJ. She always had a love of teaching dance and and spreading the love of dance to children. She has taught at numerous dance studios in New Jersey and has choreographed many award-winning routines for competitions throughout the Tri-State area. In September of 2005, she founded Destined to Dance and the rest is history. Miss Amanda stays current with her dance education by regularly attending yearly workshops and conventions for dance instructors. In addition to all of her dance accomplishments, Miss Amanda is a certified Pilates Mat instructor and a licensed Zumba Instructor. She welcomed a her son Tyler James into the DTD family in July of 2015.  



Ariel Lleva
Miss Ariel
Miss Ariel has an Associates of Science in Biology, Dance and Performing Arts from Raritan Valley Communit College. She studied dance at Joffrey Ballet School and Broadway Dance Center in New York City and the American Repertory Ballet Princeton Ballet School in Princeton, New Jersey. She is also a part of the Aerial Arts and Circus Arts Community and has competed as well. At a young age, Miss Ariel always had a passion to test her abilities. She trained in Martial Arts, Gymnastics, and Dance ever since she started elementary school, and still continues to grow and study to this day. She currently teaches Dance, Aerial Arts, and is a certified Yoga Instructor for various ages and skill levels. Her goal as an instructor is to influence others to feel motivated, confident

Katie Patikowski
Katie

Miss Katie started dancing at the ripe age of two years old. She has won hundreds of awards in dance competitions throughout the Tri-State area since the age of three. In May 2009, She received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance from Rider University. Miss Katie trained in many styles of dance at the Princeton Ballet School, New Jersey School of Ballet in which she was a member of New Jersey Ballet's Junior Company, as well as dance studios in the area. Miss Katie recently had the opportunity to study the arts abroad in England, Greece, and France and performed in Germany, Austria, and France for the United States troops that are stationed in those countries. She has also performed the role of a Bon Bon in the American Repertory Ballet's holiday tradition of The Nutcracker in 2007 and 2008, Dances In The Park in 2002 and 2003, and at Walt Disney World for Magic Music Days.  Miss Katie continues to train in all art forms of dance by taking weekly dance classes. She recently became a certified yoga instructor.