Amanda Sachs is currently based in Portland, OR dancing as a company member for NW Dance Project under the direction of Sarah Slipper.
Before joining NWDP, Amanda spent three years as a company member of TU Dance under the direction of Toni Pierce-Sands. In her time with TU, she acquired new repertoire by Marcus J Willis and Stefanie Batten Bland, while also performing notable works such as “Walking with Pearl: Africa Diaries” by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, “Night Creature” by Alvin Ailey, and the solo work “Witness” by Alvin Ailey. In addition, Amanda was also one of the founding dancers of “Come Through” - an evening length collaboration between TU Dance and the Grammy award winning band, Bon Iver.
Prior to joining TU Dance, Amanda danced with The Francesca Harper Project in New York City. Under Ms. Harper’s direction, Amanda performed at locations such as the Joyce Theatre and Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as having had the honor to perform an improvisational solo at Bryant Park. Amanda also served as assistant to Ms. Harper’s choreographic residencies with Dance Theatre of Harlem and TU Dance.
Additional credits include the Metamorphosis International Dance Residency under the direction of Iratxe Ansa and Igor Bacovich, and traveling to Beijing, Shanghai, and Barcelona for month long choreographic residencies and performances.
Her commercial work includes performing in Bon Iver's lyric videos "Naeem" and "We." She has performed at Bonnaroo Music Festival and Eau Claire Music Festival. Amanda also opened for Oprah Winfrey on her 2020 Vision Tour.
Originally from New Jersey, her training began at The Academy of Dance Arts in Red Bank, New Jersey under the direction of Jennifer James Church and later Nicolas and Shayne Mishoe. She continued her training in San Francisco, California at the Alonzo King Lines Training Program. By the completion of the program, Amanda had performed works by Iratxe Ansa, Sidra Bell, Maurya Kerr, Gregory Dawson, Erik Wagner, Kara Davis, Keelan Whitmore, and Sandrine Cassini as well as excerpts of Alonzo King’s "Rasa" and "Ocean."