Studio Owner/Training Director
Growing up in a small town in New Hampshire, Doug was always a natural competitor looking for the next challenge, and at the age of five, he enrolled in his first competitive sport and never looked backed. A champion Jumper and and All-New England selection decathlete, Doug competed in rugby and track while studying at Keene State College. It was during that time that he also discovered his love of dance.
After attending his very first ballroom dance lesson, and naively thinking it would be an easy transition for a lifelong athlete, he quickly found that there was so much to learn - and he was hooked! He immediately immersed himself in lessons, falling in love with performing and eventually competing. He continued his education, earning a BA in English and a BS in Sociology, and upon graduating decided to pursue a professional career in ballroom dancing.
The following year, Doug attended his first ballroom dance competition as a professional, and that's where he met his dance partner, future wife and namesake of the studio, Angel Fox. They began dancing together almost immediately, and compete in the Cabaret and Show Dance divisions. As the youngest couple in their division, they have been crowned the New England Champions five times, won multiple competitions within the New England region, and are Two-Time National Finalists. They also work with many of the country's top coaches and choreographers as they continue their journey as national competitors.
Doug also has a deep passion for instructing and has enjoyed years of teaching and competing with students of all levels and ages. From choreographing creative shows to helping wedding couples create unforgettable first dances, his main goal is to inspire students and instructors to continually push their own limits -- and to never lose sight of the joys dancing is meant to bring into our lives.
Amanda discovered her passion for dance when she first started ballet at the age of six, and it has been a vital part of her life ever since. Raised in a large household of entertainers and artists, where getting up on stage to sing or act was a family requirement, she has been performing ever since she can remember.
In addition to ballet, Amanda has trained in a variety of styles, including Irish step dancing, which she considers an important part of her heritage. For a number of years she taught English Country Dancing (19th century period dance), and organized numerous historical dance events around the New England area. Also a prolific musician and actress, she lent her talents to a number of theatrical productions, including The Secret Garden, Little Women, Les Miserables, The Sound of Music (as Baroness Schraeder), and Annie (as Grace). She played Celia in The Slackville Player’s debut production of “As You Like It,” and was also a part of Franklin Performing Arts Company’s premiere production at the highly-acclaimed Black Box Theater, playing Mrs. Darling/Smee in “Peter Pan.”
Always passionate about ballroom dancing, Amanda enjoys teaching professionally, and competes with her students and professional partner throughout the New England region. She is a Mixed Division finalist. Amanda loves bringing her theatrical background to her dancing, and telling a story through each of the many ballroom dances.
An accomplished seamstress and certified cosmetologist, Amanda lends her skills to the dance world, creating competitive ballroom gowns and styles. She is excited to be a part of the Fox Ballroom dance team, and bring her own unique strengths to this brand new studio.
Studio Owner/Dance Director
Born into a family of dancing sisters known fondly by their family as the Fox Girls, Angel has been dancing and performing since the age of three. A native of Plymouth, Massachusetts, she studied tap, jazz, lyrical and ballet extensively under Katie Keyes of Manomet School of Dance. By the age of nine, she was so advanced that she was promoted to a competition team as one of the studio's youngest competitors ever.
Her Jazz team won multiple Gold and Platinum awards across the New England Region. At the age of thirteen, she was ready for a new challenge, so she attended a ballroom summer camp. Soon after, she committed herself fully to ballroom dancing, transferring to an online high school that allowed her to train full time. Angel went on to earn multiple pro-am titles throughout high school before turning professional on her 17th birthday.
Angel began her career competing with longtime pro Adam Spencer, with whom she was named a rhythm finalist and Mixed Division Champion. As her dance repertoire grew, she sought out the perfect partner for competing in cabaret, which led her to Doug. And the rest, as they say, is history! The five-time New England titlist and two-time National Finalist trains with world-renowned choreographers and is always working on her craft, as she has been her entire life. Now as the owner of a studio, she also looks forward to sharing the joys of dancing with her new community, guided by her deep and vast knowledge of multiple dance disciplines.
As a teacher, choreographer and competitor, Angel's main goal is to inspire everyone who walks into her studio to be creative, active and passionate - and to embrace the social and technical aspects of dancing in a way that can enrich their lives both in and outside of the studio.