Andrea was introduced to dance at the young age of three in Overland Park, Kansas. Her formal training began at DanceWorks Conservatory in Leawood, Kansas. At the conservatory, she studied ballet, pointe, and jazz under the direction of Sharon Romine, Nicole Romine, and Loren Whittaker. In high school, she had the privilege of performing with Tanzsommer’s “Stars of Tomorrow” in Europe. Andrea accepted a four-year ballet scholarship to the University of Utah where she received a BFA in Ballet Performance and Teaching and a minor in Nutrition in 2007. She was trained in Vaganova, Cecchetti, and Neoclassical ballet techniques by world-renowned artists and instructors such as Bené Arnold, Conrad Ludlow, Attila Feczere, Jane Wood, Peter Christie, Sharee Lane, Carol Iwasaki, Maureen Laird, Barbara Hamblin, and Gilles Maidon. She enjoyed training with Ballet West and volunteering for the Ballet West “I Can Do Program.” Her professional experience in Utah included dancing with the Utah Ballet, Utah Contemporary Ballet, and Spirit and Truth Dance Company. After graduating, Andrea danced professionally in the Kansas City area with Störling Dance Theater. She is beginning her eighth season with the company. Her most memorable performances from her professional work include Störling’s Underground, choreographed by Mona Störling-Enna and Tobin James, where she was Caroline Walker in the original cast; The Little Match Girl, choreographed by Mona Störling-Enna, where she played the role of the mother; Ordo Virtutum, choreographed by Suzanne Ryanstrati, and Fly Girls choreographed by Catherine Meredith. Andrea and her husband spent seven years in North Carolina where she taught and danced professionally with Winston-Salem Festival Ballet, Durham Ballet Theatre, and High Point Ballet, where she was also on faculty. Andrea became an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) certified ballet instructor in New York City in 2013. Andrea is an adjunct ballet instructor with Stӧrling Conservatory through Visible Music College. Andrea has been teaching for over 17 years and is looking forward to her first year with the Kansas City Ballet School!