Established in 2002, our mission at Moss Performing Arts Academy is to train the triple threat. What's the triple threat? In the entertainment industry, a triple threat is a performer who is trained and confident in dance, acting, and voice. At Moss, we emphasize the importance of being a well-rounded performer and offer professional instruction in all three disciplines. Joe and Amy Moss have trained students who have gone on to perform on Broadway, with the Radio City Rockettes, on cruise ships and with the Walt Disney World Company. They have also helped students audition and get accepted into top musical theater universities across the country.
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Ms. Amy has been dancing since the age of two when her aunt opened a dance studio - she hasn't stopped since! At age 16, she got her first professional job as a dancer/singer in a Summer Stock in California. She attended the University of Utah and studied Dance and Musical Theatre. She studied with the Sacramento Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West and the Minneapolis Dance Theatre. Ms. Amy got hired on with Disney where she performed as a "Kid of the Kingdom", in the Diamond Horseshoe Revue, Mickey's Toon Town as well as the very first Disney Cruise Line. She also traveled with Disney to Tokyo, where she performed for over a year. While she loved performing, she discovered her true passion was teaching.
Affectionately called "Mr. Joe", he has loved the performing arts from a very young age. He attended James Madison University where he sang with the "Madisonians" - one of the top college choir groups in the country. His resumé could go for days, but he has had the privilege of performing at Kings Dominion, Kings Island, for the USO, on Regency Cruise Lines, with the touring company of West Side Story and finally Disney with the Diamond Horseshoe Revue and the Hoop De Doo Revue. His passion continues to show as he teaches private voice lessons and helps direct our various shows. Mr. Joe and Ms. Amy have been married for 25 years and they have six kids.
Graduating from WKU with her BFA in Musical Theatre, she first went on to perform and choreograph at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. From there, she moved to NYC to pursue her dream and landed the national tour of 42nd Street, where she danced in the ensemble and understudied for the lead, Peggy Sawyer. She has returned home to pass on her passion and knowledge of what it takes to make it in the industry. Jocelyn teaches dance (hip-hop, tap, jazz, musical theatre dance), acting, choreographs for our dance teams and is directing our show for Junior Theatre Festival as well as our Audition Only show in the Spring.
VOCAL COACH & PIANO
Miss Donna has over 30 years of professional singing experience and over 15 years as a vocal instructor. She attended NKU where she dual majored in Vocal Performance, with an emphasis on Vocal Pedagogy and Broadcast Communications. While attending NKU, she was cast as Fiordiligi in Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutti", Susanna in "Marriage of Figaro" and Gretel in Humperdink's "Hänsel und Gretel". She was a four time 1st place finalist in NATS Regional Competition (National Association of Teachers of Singing). In addition, Miss Donna has performed with the Cincinnati Byzantine Singers, Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, Northern Kentucky Symphony Choir, Andy Williams and Amy Grant. Miss Donna is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is a board member for the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame. Voice lessons with Miss Donna can focus on musical theater and/or classical repertoire in Italian, German or French depending on student's goals.
Kody started dancing at the age of one at The Dance Company in Johnson City, TN. Throughout her studio days, she traveled, performed, and competed all over the US. She began teaching around the age of ten with her mom and studio owner, Kristy Pratt. She made the University of Tennessee Dance Team in 2008, and won Nationals in 2009. She experienced performing professionally in many different genres including commercial dance (NFL Monday Night Football opening in 2009), football and basketball sidelines and halftimes, and the vigorous nationals jazz and hip hop routines. She stayed on the dance team until 2010, when she decided to pursue a degree in Musical Theater. She danced and starred in productions of The Music Man and Kiss Me Kate, and was named Dance Captain in Kiss Me Kate at the Clarence Brown Theatre. She was also the choreographer of the CBT's production of A Christmas Carol and Master Harold and the Boys. She went on to choreograph Mary Poppins and Rock of Ages for Encore Theater Company when she moved back to Johnson City, TN and eventually took over as the owner and artistic director of The Dance Company. She loves all styles of dance, but specializes in teaching and choreographing jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, tap and tumbling. She moved to NKY with her husband and 2 children, Jonah and Zoey.
After growing up dancing at Moss, Holly went on to receive her BM in Musical Theatre from Baldwin Wallace University. After graduating, she signed with an agency and auditioned professionally in New York City, working in multiple regional theaters around the country, including the Original National Tour Production of Freaky Friday. A NASM-certified personal trainer, Holly teaches fitness and strength for dancers as well as dance and musical theatre classes.
Emma Moss is a dancer, singer, actress, choreographer and teacher. She began her training at Moss at age three and hasn't stopped dancing since! Upon graduating high school, she attended Wright State University to study dance before finishing her degree at Northern Kentucky University. At NKU, she earned her BFA in Theatre with a focus in Dance. While in college, she choreographed two full length concert dance pieces. She also choreographed a main stage play, Marisol, as a junior in college. Emma is also a performer. Her credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Liza), The Little Whorehouse in Texas (Ruby Rae), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Dance Ensemble).
Amanda has over twenty years of dance experience in a variety of dance styles. She has been teaching at Moss since 2006. Growing up, she studied ballet, tap and jazz and was a cheerleader at McNicholas High School. She attended Eastern Michigan University where she received a Bachelors in Dance Studio Management and Arts Management. While in college, she began studying modern dance and worked with choreographers Joann McNamara, Julianne O'Brien-Pederson, Holly Hobbs, Bill Evans, and Becky Jung. Amanda is a certified Zumba instructor and helps choreograph many of the numbers for our various dance teams.
Hanna has been in the tumbling world since the age of three! Starting in gymnastics, then turning solely to cheerleading at the age of twelve and into college, her combined competitive gymnastics and cheerleading experience is seventeen years. Hanna studied Early Childhood Education at NKU.
Josiah is a graduate of Western Kentucky University where he received a BFA in Musical Theatre. He has studied voice for nearly 10 years in addition to studying vocal pedagogy while at WKU. He has worked as a Music Instructor for The Carnegie as well as the Music Director of the Woodford Theatre Emerging Artists program. Some of his favorite performance credits include William Barfée (The 25th...Spelling Bee), The Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz), Willard (Footloose) and Sebastian (The Little Mermaid). Additionally, Josiah is the co-author of two research studies, which he presented at the 2016 Fall Voice Conference and the 2017 Pan American Vocology Association Symposium.
Spencer Zembrodt is a conductor, percussionist, pianist, and composer. He is an active performer in the Greater Cincinnati area, playing with regional orchestras, the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, Cincinnati Boychoir, local theatre companies, churches, and more. He was Assistant Conductor for the Shippensburg Music Festival, where he worked with several internationally recognized artists. His compositions have been played by both professional and student ensembles; recorded, including an upcoming digital release of a collaboration with tenor Leo Williams; and he is represented by Washington Street Publishing. Spencer holds a M.M. in orchestral conducting and a B.M. in percussion performance, with additional studies in piano, composition, and music education. Having been a substitute teacher at Moss several times, Spencer is very excited to get started as a permanent part of the team!
Born in Washington, D.C., Minori began her training at the Maryland Youth Ballet and continued at the Houston Ballet Academy. In 2014, she joined Tulsa Ballet and was promoted to demi-soloist in 2018. She joined Cincinnati Ballet as soloist in 2019 and was promoted to First Soloist the following year. Her repertoire includes the title role in Cinderella (Stevenson), Olga in Onegin (Cranko), Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Weber), Constance in The Three Musketeers (Prokovsky), Marie in The Nutcracker (Angelini), Petite Mort (Kylián), Rooster (Bruce), and principal roles in Strictly Gershwin (Deane). Minori has also performed in works by George Balanchine, Alexander Ekman, David Dawson, Ma Cong, Jorma Elo, Yuri Possokhov, and Dwight Rhoden.
Kara has been in the performing arts industry for over 20 years! She teaches voice, dance, acting and musical theatre. After attending NKU's Musical Theatre BFA program, she moved to New York and attended The American Musical Dramatic Academy. After graduating AMDA, she performed in various musicals and plays. Some performance credits include Annie (Lily St. James), The Producers (Ulla), Cats (Bombalurina). She later found her love of teaching and has taught at the competition level for over 5 years in Orange County, California. She was also the musical theatre director where she choreographed and directed shows such as: Elf Junior, Annie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mary Poppins, Cats, Aladdin and Descendants.