After a very rewarding performing career in Ballet, Broadway, Film , Television and video Jeff Amsden decided to dedicate his time and talents to teaching, training and mentoring the next generation of dancers.
In 1990 he co founded the Professional Dance Center of Tokyo Japan bringing American Style Jazz and contemporary dance to students eager to learn all the newest techniques from NY and LA. Jeff headed the studio staffing it every two months with Master teachers from both coasts offering students in Japan a rare opportunity to study with Americas best Master teachers. While in Japan in addition to teaching, Jeff Choreographed for many top recording stars and choreographed numerous Broadway Style Musicals. It was while in Japan that Jeff had the opportunity to teach and choreograph for Carrie Ann Inaba , the judge of
Dancing with the Stars. Carrie Ann Credits Jeff as being her first professional Jazz teacher.
After running the Professional Dance Center in Tokyo for three years Jeff changed his focus to LA and was hired on staff at The Edge performing Arts Center in Hollywood where he taught on faculty for ten years teaching ballet, jazz and lyrical. He trained and mentored students in the professional scholarship training program as well as choreographing for their annual production. While at the Edge Jeff met student Sheryl Murakami and was instrumental in encouraging her to keep dancing and performing. Now Sheryl is a wildly successful teacher and choreographer and is best known as Beyonce's choreographer and was awarded an MTV award for best choreography for Beyonce's Run The World video.
From LA Jeff went to London to be Associate Choreographer for the West End Production of Saturday Night Fever. The show was nominated for Best Choreography at the Olivier Awards . While in London Jeff was asked to teach master classes at London's famed Pineapple studios as well as at Dance works.
From London Jeff moved back to NYC where he had trained as a young dancer on Scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School. Jeff launched his own show A Few Good Men Dancin' and also began a long term relationship teaching at Broadway Dance center. Jeff taught Jazz, lyrical and Ballet at Broadway Dance Center for ten years and continues to teach master classes there when he is in town. Jeff worked closely with the scholarship, pre professional trainees while at BDC and students that he mentored have gone on to dance in Videos, Broadway shows and are dancing with The famed Radio City Music Hall Rocketts. While in NYC Jeff also was honored to teach at the Joffrey Ballet School and was instrumental in the launching of the Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and contemporary workshops. Jeff also was invited to teach master classes at Marymount Manhattan University as well as Pace University.