Amy (Berto) Lehman is a native Whidbey Islander and has been dancing since the age of three. She received her early training from Island Dance and Olympic Ballet School. She was the youngest original company member of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre and was the very first dance captain. With WIDT, she performed pieces by choreographers including Asharaine Machala and Susan Campbell Sandri, and also performed leading roles in the Nutcracker.
Amy graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University, where she had the opportunity to study and perform works by artists from all over the globe including Andee Scott, Luis Lara Malvacías, and the late Fernando Bujones. Dancing highlights for Amy include performing as a guest with Peninsula Dance Theatre (Bremerton, WA) during a dance tour of France, performing with other selected dancers from the Regional Dance of America/Pacific Region at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS, performing at the gala night of the American College Dance Festival/Southwest Region, earning a 1st place overall with fellow WIDT alumni at the Showstopper Dance Competition, and performing the titular role in WIDT's The Snow Queen ('14).
Professionally, she performed as a dancer (dance captain) & magician's assistant in Baltimore, MD, and performed for three seasons as a company member of Redd Legg Dance in Seattle, WA. She has 'retired' from the professional world, but still loves performing with fellow WIDT alumni in annual Choreography Showcases!
Musicality is at the core of Amy's teaching methods - to this day, she still loves to put music on and just dance around her living room. She believes that discipline and hard work in the classroom help pave the way for true artistic and technical growth, and loves helping students reach new goals and achievements with their dance education.
Amy and husband Culley have a spunky & charming daughter Kinley Jo. Amy is the office manager for Cascadia Water and also does bookkeeping for B&W Pump Co (her in-laws' family business). She has always hoped to someday retire to a life of cows and Dodge Ram trucks.