- Founder -
Co - Director
Co - Director
Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary
Layla Amis, a native of Florida, attended New World College of The Arts in Miami on full
scholarship. She continued her education in Chicago, training with Biruite Barodicaite,
Anna Czaun, Jonathan Levy, Elana Anderson, Kevin Iega Jeff, Hubbard Street Chicago
and on full scholarship at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center. Layla has danced
professionally with New World Modern Dance Company, the Lyric Opera of Chicago,
and as a principal dancer with Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, the Gail Gilbert Dance
Ensemble and Moving People Dance Santa Fe. She has performed works by Mia
Michaels, Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott, Tomi Paasonen, Gail Gilbert, Robert Moses,
Nora Reynolds, Raoul Trujillio, Kevin Wynn and Sam Watson.
In 1998 Layla moved to Santa Fe, NM and served as Artistic Director for Dance Arts Los
Alamos for two years. In 1999 Layla co-‐founded Moving People Dance Santa Fe,
a non-‐profit professional contemporary dance company and school. Layla served as School Director and co-‐Artistic director for Moving People Dance Santa Fe for five years, teaching ballet, modern dance technique and repertoire, as well as producing, directing and choreographing for over 20 pre-professional and professional productions. In 2005 Layla accepted the position of School Director for Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet in San Francisco. During her time at LINES Layla helped build the LINES Ballet Summer Program to one of the premiere Summer Intensive programs in the country, along with creating a Year Round Training Program for young pre-professionals and “Discovery Project”, a national outreach program. In 2009, Layla returned to New Mexico to serve as Executive Director for Moving People Dance Santa Fe. Layla also served as Dance Director and adjunct faculty for Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Currently, Layla is the co-founder and director of Modas Dance, an organization that produces workshops and intensives nationally and internationally, She continues to teach and choreograph for various dance organizations nationally and internationally.
WENDY MINER, FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe, Cecchetti, Jazz, Lyrical, Technique Integration,
Mommy+Me, and Private Coaching
Wendy Miner is passionate about sharing her love for dance and imparting a disciplined desire for
excellence in dance to each of her students. Wendy began her study of dance at the age of three under
the instruction of Karen Alwin. Under Alwin’s mentorship, Wendy grew up as a member of The Performers
Ballet & Jazz Company, gaining pre-professional performance experience and training. During her teen
years, Wendy began teaching and coaching rehearsals and performed leading roles in
Wendy went on to study ballet at both the University of Utah and Chicago Ballet and studied jazz at Lou Conte’s school in Chicago and EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. Wendy danced with companies in Chicago, Los Angeles and Albuquerque, including Touch Dance Ensemble and Luis Fuente Ballet New Mexico. She also performed commercially across the country in corporate trade shows, videos and commercials. Wendy was groomed as a teacher under the tutelage of Karen Alwin. She has taught for over 25 years in numerous studios in New Mexico, Utah, Chicago and California and was a summer faculty with Lines Ballet School.
Wendy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of New Mexico with additional studies in biology and nutrition. Wendy is a Licentiate Member of the Cecchetti Council of America and carries her Teacher’s Certification for Cecchetti grades I-VI, as well as her student certifications. She is currently training and studying for certification in Cecchetti Advanced (grade VII).
In 2010 Wendy was appointed Artistic Director of Albuquerque’s pre-professional training company, The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company, where she directs dance performance and educational programs for 65+ aspiring, young dancers. In addition to teaching, Wendy is an accomplished choreographer and has commissioned full length productions for dance companies & casinos. Her choreography has twice earned the National Merit Award in the AG Fine Arts competition as well as achieved high scoring at YAGP and other competitions.
Having two decades of teaching experience and being pulled by a sense of purpose to impart the joy, discipline and direction of dance education into young lives, in 2014 Wendy opened Magnify Dance Center. Magnify’s mission is to nurture students to achieve their fullest potential as well as to positively impact our community through artistic integrity. Wendy has cultivated a top-notch and well-rounded Faculty who make Magnify a place to lovingly guide, inspire, teach and shape its students toward their personal best.
Wendy and her husband Allen are the proud parents of three children.
Ballet, Cecchetti Technique, and Private Coaching
Karen Alwin has taught dance for more than 50 years. She was the founder and owner of Alwin School of the Dance (1975-2010) and the founder of The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company. Ms. Alwin is a member of Dance Masters of America, Cecchetti Council of America, and Chicago National Dance Masters. Ms. Alwin holds a teacher’s certificate for Primary-Intermediate Professional grade for the Cecchetti Method through the Cecchetti Council of America. She is dedicated to the love and discipline of classical ballet and utilizes her expertise and decades of experience to grow and advance each of her students. Ms. Alwin is responsible for the training and love for dance instilled in hundred, if not thousands, of dancers, including every other Magnify Faculty (with only one exception). Magnify is proud to carry on Ms. Alwin’s strong sense of discipline and respect for the art of dance as well as her high technical standard and expectation. Our 2018 Showcase, The Golden Years, A Tribute to Karen Alwin, will remind audiences of the enormous impact Karen Alwin has had on the dance world in the state of NM and beyond.
Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Technique Integration, Pre-Pointe, Five Point Fit,
Hip Hop, and Private Coaching.
Andrea Basile is a native of Albuquerque, NM. Ms. Basile began training under the direction
of Karen Alwin and Lynn Cox and to this day works very closely with them on training pre-professional
dancers in NM and CA. Ms. Basile continued her training at the San Francisco Ballet School before
starting her professional career. She is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, photographer, and most
recently founded The Five Point Dancer Theory as an online resource to advocate for the wellness of
young dancers. She moved to San Francisco after high school and continued to have a 20 year
professional dance career in the Bay Area. Through many years of experience as a dancer, she has
become passionate about building a solid foundation of support and informative guidance for the
next generation of dancers who wish to reach their maximum potential. She recently moved back to
New Mexico, where she coaches the next generation of dancers at Magnify Dance Center and
continues her work teaching and choreographing for Marin Dance Theatre.
Ms. Basile has performed with several dance companies, including The San Francisco Ballet, ODC Dance, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Kate Weare Company, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Smuin Ballet, The Lawrence Pech Dance Company, and The Foundry. Ms. Basile’s performance highlights include classical and contemporary works; Allegro Brilliante (Balanchine), Glass Pieces (Robbins), La Bayadere (Petipa), Etudes (Lander),Othello (Lar Lubovitch), Swan Lake (Tomasson), the premier of Mark Morris’Sandpaper Ballet, The People of The Forest Project (Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet), Drop Down (The Kate Weare Company), It’s Not a Cry (Amy Seiwert’s Imagery), and more. Founder and Artistic Director of LINES Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King, choreographed Pas for Ms. Basile and Homer Avila which premiered with Axis Dance Company, toured across the United States, and was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine.
Ms. Basile’s teaching career spans 23 years. She teaches ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, contemporary ballet, improvisation, and composition. Ms. Basile has been an instructor at many dance schools, including Alwin’s School of the Dance, LINES Ballet School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Cincinnati Ballet Academy, Marin Ballet, Marin Dance Theater, the ODC School, and now Magnify Dance Center. She has taught for professional companies such as: ODC Dance, Smuin Ballet, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, and Robert Moses’ KIN. Ms. Basile served as a choreographer’s assistant to Marc Brew, a leading choreographer from the UK, and Ballet Mistress for AXIS Dance Company. During her time in San Francisco, Ms. Basile worked under the mentorship of two top dance photographers and began to photograph for different dance companies and performers. She then became the photographer for the San Francisco Ballet for three years before returning back to full time dancing and to this day continues to photograph for dancers and dance schools in New Mexico.
Ms Basile has choreographed solos for numerous dance competitions, including YAGP and the Cecchetti International Ballet Competition. Her choreography has also been featured in many showcases and summer intensives of pre-professional ballet schools. Within the past four years she has had the opportunity to choreograph at Marin Dance Theatre, where she creates several new works per year on their top pre-professional students.
Ms. Basile has furthered her education by becoming a Certified Personal Trainer and believes that dancers are athletes as well as artists, which has become a major part of the creation of the Five Point Dancer Theory. This multifaceted program works with students to create a more mindful and well rounded dancer through workshops, online resources, and services offered by highly certified health professionals. She brings all of this knowledge and experience together to share her passion for dance with others and to continue to help each dancer she works with reach their maximum potential.
Jazz, Ballet, Mommy+Me, Tap Private Coaching
Karroll Candelaria-Bauer is an Albuquerque native and a recent EMBA graduate from Anderson
School of Management at UNM. She received most of her extensive dance training right here in
the Land of Enchantment under the direction of Karen Alwin, Suzanne Johnson, Kay Windsor Brooks,
Bill Evans, Lana Kroth, Eva Encinias, and David Chavez. In addition, Ms. Candelaria-Bauer has
studied dance in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Michigan, and San Francisco.
She has performed as a principal dancer for the New Mexico Ballet Company, the Performers
Ballet & Jazz Company, and Festival Ballet Albuquerque. Karroll’s adventures as a professional
dancer include featured roles at Sea World of San Diego, Princess Cruises, and numerous
Commercial, TV, and movie appearances.
Ms. Candelaria-Bauer has been teaching Ballet, Cecchetti, Tap, Jazz, and Tumbling for 37 years
in Albuquerque, San Diego, and Los Angeles. She has choreographed and produced dance
productions, award winning competition pieces, and musical theater shows throughout the country.
Karroll currently teaches musical theater, tap, and jazz for Albuquerque Academy’s Think Summer
program, hip hop, ballet, jazz, and tap for Manzano Day School’s Sensations program, and offers private coaching sessions for competition pieces and individual improvement in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and tumbling. Her passion for sharing the love of dance is never-ending and she is proud to say that many of her former students are now dance teachers, dance studio owners, or professional dancers themselves. In her spare time, Ms. Candelaria-Bauer works at Manzano Day School as the Development Assistant.
Primary & Junior Ballet, Jazz, Cecchetti, Technique Integration, and Adult Ballet
Kara Schubert Carroll began her dance training at age three with Karen Alwin. She joined The
Performers Ballet & Jazz Company at age 7, and performed in Christmas Joy, summer intensives,
showcases, and summer workshops around the country until she graduated from high school. She
taught dance off and on at various studios in Oklahoma and Arizona while in college and grad
school, and began dancing regularly at Magnify after returning to Albuquerque in 2013. Kara is
currently pursuing her Teacher’s Certifications for Cecchetti Technique.
Kara holds bachelor’s degrees in history and Spanish from Oklahoma State University, and earned
her Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University in 2009. She taught history at ASU for four years
after graduation, and was thrilled to be able to move home to Albuquerque in 2013 after landing
her dream job as a history instructor at Central New Mexico Community College. She and her
husband Shiloh are the proud parents of two daughters, who love dancing at Magnify almost as
much as their mother.
Ballet and Jazz
Joanna Harbaugh has a deep passion for the art of expression through dance. For the past twelve
years, she has been sharing her love of dance with students from preschoolers to high school age.
Joanna began her study of dance at the young age of four years under the expert instruction of Karen
Alwin in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At eight years old, Joanna became a member of The Performers
Ballet & Jazz Company, dancing in Performers productions, including Christmas Joy and Spring Jazz
showcases. In addition, Joanna trained and danced with Touch Dance Ensemble until graduating high
Joanna continued to pursue her career in dance instruction through teaching ballet, tap, and jazz for
Alwin’s School of the Dance in Albuquerque. In addition, she began working as a rehearsal director for
The Performers Ballet and Jazz Company. Joanna teaches classes for The Performers Summer Intensive
workshop, as well as various company classes. In 2006, Joanna became the Stage Director for The
Performers annual production of Christmas Joy. With her great love for teaching, Joanna went on to study Elementary Education at the University of New Mexico, where she graduated with honors. She is currently teaching first grade for Albuquerque Public Schools.
LYNN COX, ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE AND GUEST FACULTY
Ballet, Pointe, and Private Coaching
Lynn Cox studied under such noted teachers as Erik Bruhn, Francoise Martinet, Alfonso Cata and Robert Barnett. She was recognized by the National Federation of Music Clubs and received the first place honor in their ballet division. Ms. Cox went on to dance professionally with the Atlanta Ballet for several years, performing such classics as Serenade, Sleeping Beauty, Carmina Burana, Raymonda, Allegro Brilliante and The Nutcracker. She previously held the position of Ballet Mistress for two regional companies and was the Pre-Professional Division Head for the Marin Ballet. She is currently the resident choreographer and Associate Division Young Dancer Division Head at Marin Dance Theatre. Ms. Cox is a vital part of MDT’s training program. She is skilled as a teacher on all levels: she now oversees and trains the faculty, with Mrs. Bassing, creating an atmosphere for all the dancers that is both developmental and consistent. She has received numerous awards for her outstanding choreography.
Erik Sampson received his formal education at Belhaven University, in Jackson, MS where he was the recipient of the Bezalel Award for outstanding artistic achievement and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Fine Art in Dance. Erik’s education also includes training programs at the American Ballet Theater and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2012, Erik took part in a collaboration between Belhaven University and the Dong-Ah Institute for Media Arts, in Seoul Korea, focusing on the integration of dance and film. After his time in Korea, Erik moved to Houston, TX for a two-year contract with Uptown Dance Company. While living in Houston Erik also served as an instructor, choreographer and artistic consultant for several schools and companies. In 2014, Erik moved to Denver, CO and served as Site Director and Lead Life-Coach for Summit Education Group. During his time in Colorado Erik also co-founded the Arts Immersion program which later became the Immersion STEAM School. As director of the Denver campus, Erik was responsible for overseeing the curriculum implementation of over one hundred and sixty students studying in five different artistic disciplines (dance, theater, visual arts, film, and circus). Erik’s passion for seeing young people succeed in life is the driving force that propels his efforts as a teacher, director, and life-mentor for youth in the arts. Erik currently resides in Santa Fe, NM where he is Co-Director of New Mexico Dance Project along with his wife Scarlett.
Scarlett Wynne, born in Cologne, Germany, received her early dance training from her parents. She graduated from Belhaven University in 2011 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and was the recipient of the Bezalel Award, honoring outstanding artistic achievement. Prior to attaining her degree, Scarlett danced for Talk Dance Co. until graduating and taking a contract with the Georgia Ballet. Scarlett continued her professional career in Houston, TX where she danced for numerous companies including Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Uptown Dance Company, Sandra Organ Dance Company, and Ad Deum Dance Company. Afterward, she moved to Denver, CO to dance for Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet in an original work commissioned by the Denver Public Works to commemorate the Babi Yar Holocast Memorial. During her time in Colorado, Scarlett also served as guest artist for Wonderbound from 2015-2017. In 2018, Scarlett accepted a company contract offer from The Big Muddy Dance Company in St. Louis, MO. Most recently, Scarlett resides in Santa Fe, NM where she is both the Founder and Artistic Director of New Mexico Dance Project. Scarlett continues to perform as a guest artist with a variety of companies including Lemon Sponge Cake Ballet.
Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Five Point Fit
Natalia Ruiz began her training with Ms. Karen Alwin and Wendy Miner at age three. She was
privileged to dance with The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company for 11 years, performing special
roles in Christmas Joy, How Love Wins and other productions. She has also had the opportunity to
dance for other companies, performing in productions such as Le Corsaire, Serenade, Valse Fantasy,
Don Quixote, Nutcracker, and other contemporary productions. Natalia has had significant training
from companies nationwide, such as American Ballet Theater, Miami City Ballet School, Santa Fe
Ballet and Ballet Magnificat, with reputable instructors including Jerri Kumery, Igor Antonov, Franco
De Vita, Louis Fuentes, Jose Manuel Careño, Phillip Neal, Cecille Tuzi, and many others. In 2014
Natalia was given the opportunity to dance as a trainee with the Richmond Ballet Company in
Richmond, VA. Her experiences have grown her in so many ways and she feels privileged to be
part of such a wonderful form of art education.
Hannah Graham began her training at age 4 under Ms. Karen Alwin. She has been a part of
The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company since 2009, dancing in Christmas Joy, How Love Wins,
and Project Jazz. For Hannah, there’s nothing like performing on stage. Having tested through
Grade 6 Cecchetti, she is currently taking Grade 7 under the tutelage of Ms. Karen. Over the
past several years, at the direction of Ms. Karen and Ms. Wendy Miner, Hannah has received
excellent summer workshop training from Catherine Batcheller, Joanna Berman, Jo Bolden, Lee Wei
Chao, Lynn Cox, Julie Diana, Katie Faulkner, Luis Fuente, Kevin Jenkins, Stephen Legate, Todd Wilson, and Christina Woodard.
Currently in high-school, Hannah continues her training at Magnify, while also participating in
AWANA. She loves Magnify for the wonderful teaching, friendly atmosphere, kind encouragement,
and exceptional opportunities. She is excited and humbled to begin interning with the Faculty of
Magnify, and looks forward to the future with great anticipation.
Jadyn Jameson began her dance training at the age of three and has been perusing her passion ever since. She joined The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company in 2016, dancing in Christmas Joy and How Love Wins. She trains in all forms of dance, but she especially enjoys classical ballet and jazz. Jadyn has benefited from the excellent tutelage of the Magnify directors and staff. As well as broadening her knowledge trough summer training with Joana Berman, former principle dancer of the San Francisco Ballet, and Ballet 5:8 professional company artists outside of Chicago, along with many other talented dance instructors. In addition to her own development as a well-rounded dancer, Jadyn is exited to continue interning with the faculty of Magnify Dance Center, as well as teaching classes of her own. She looks forward to sharing her love of dance and encouraging the next generation of young dancers.
Jayden joined Magnify’s Teaching Intern program in 2018. She will be present in many Magnify classes this year as well as learning the ropes of studio management.
Jayden is 14 years old and is the oldest of seven siblings. She has been dancing for 5 years, and all throughout has been a demonstrator, which she absolutely loves. Jayden has a passion and love for children and babies, and this is evident in the dance classroom. Her warm, nurturing spirit and gentle leadership guide all of our students to new learning and love for dance.