Our Faculty

Amy Xotyeni,  Owner/Director and Teacher

Amy Xotyeni, Owner and Director of Izizwe Dance Studio, has been teaching and choreographing for the past six years. She has trained with Boston Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, The HARTT School of Dance, iKapa Dance Theatre, and Bridgewater State University. Her choreography has been showcased at several events and festivals, including the American College Dance Festival. Most recently, she has launched international dance exchange programs for underprivileged youth in South Africa and Boston. She has taught at several leading dance studios around Massachusetts before becoming the director of Izizwe Dance Studio. She has collaborated with international leading artist on several projects both here and abroad and remains an outreach dance teacher for Boston Public Schools through the Community Music Center of Boston. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance Education.

Mcebisi Xotyeni Owner/Director and Teacher

Mcebisi Xotyeni, of Cape Town, South Africa, is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He began dancing with the outreach program Dance For All, where he trained extensively in ballet, African, contemporary, and hip hop. He was awarded a full scholarship with Dance For All, and eventually began working for the professional dance company iKapa Dance Theatre. He has also worked with leading companies in South Africa such as: Cape Town City Ballet, Suede Productions, and Sibonelo Dance Project. He has performed for numerous festivals and has collaborated with international artists for performances and outreach projects. He currently dances professionally with one of Bostons leading dance companies; Jean Appolon Expressions in Cambridge Massachusetts.

Shaniece Cooper

Shaniece Cooper is a Dancer, Choreographer and aspiring Fashion Designer. Shaniece began dancing at the age of 7 and studied Hip-Hop, Color Guard, Gymnastics, Step, Contemporary, Tap, and African from Alexandra Ferdinand at Enmotion Inc. in Cambridge, MA. Shaniece became a member of Jam’Nastics Inc. shortly after and is now currently traveling, exploring and training in numerous styles of dance. Along with training, Shaniece has performed at Fundraisers, Weddings, Talent Shows, Sweet Sixteens, Carnivals, Community Events, Competitions, etc. Shaniece has choreographed and taught routines for her HighSchool Modern Dance Company, Summer Camps, Workshops, Competitions, and Dance Teams.

Alongside Dance, Shaniece Cooper is furthering her Education at Salem State University, where she is pursuing a Degree in Graphic Design. Shaniece hopes to one day become a graphic designer alongside one day creating her own costume book. Also interested in Fashion Design, Shaniece has designed costumes for performers including sweat pants and shirts designed for The Expressive Movement and hopes to continue furthering that progress.

Creative and full of ideas, Shaniece views the Studio as not only a learning experience for the students, but also a learning experience for herself. Shaniece seeks to Inspire, Challenge and push each student past and beyond their limits.

Sasha Melina Krumholz Lynn

Sasha Melina Krumholz Lynn was first exposed to African-Caribbean dance at age four when living in St. Croix. She competed in regional dance competitions as a high school student, and minored in Dance at Boston University. She went on to Study and teach classes in jazz, ballet, modern in Massachusetts in the New England area, and recently Latin dance as part of a workshop for Maasai children in the Enkijape School in Chyulu Hills of Kenya, Africa. Performance experiences include the companies 1000 Virtues, Derrick Davis Dance Co, Impulse Dance (Adrienne Hawkins), Present-Day Dance Theatre, Tony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker, and Heather Bryce Dance Company in NYC, Boston, and Brattleboro, Vt. Along with vogue performances with “Derrick/Icon Labeija”, and was recruited by former Broadway star-turned producer and choreographer Otis Sallid to join his “Choreolab” series in Harlem NYC to create and perform dance in conjunction with Aubrey Lynch, formerly of Alvin Ailey and currently Director of Dance at the Harlem School for the Arts. She is currently a member of Mystique Illusions and is thrilled to be joining Izizwe Dance Studio in breaking out her jazz hands again and instructing Musical Theatre students in the art of Performance Tap, Jazz, and Ballet!

Ashley Igartua

Ashley Igartua is an energetic and passionate dancer and choreographer. She attends the University of Massachusetts Lowell where she majors in Psychology, and is the captain of her school’s dance team.  Prior to that, she attended Northern Essex Community College where she obtained her degree in Dance Education. Ashley enjoys all types of dance, but has a fondness for Contemporary, Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, and Jazz. She has choreographed and performed for the American College Dance Association, and Prelude New England. She has worked for non-profit dance organizations, and has taught all ages from toddlers to her college peers. Ashley is inspired by her students and enjoys guiding them in achieving their goals.