Andrea is originally from Midland, MI, and received her BFA in dance performance with honors from Butler University. After graduating, Andrea moved to Denver where she performed and taught with a variety of professional companies including Kim Robards Dance, Boulder Ballet as well as Frequent Fliers Aerial Dance Theatre, where she taught low-flying trapeze. While in Denver, she joined the Ballet Faculty for Ballet Nouveau Colorado (now the Colorado Conservatory of Dance) and became the outreach manager for their professional company. Since moving to Chicago in 2008, Andrea has performed with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Winifred Haun and Dancers, and Inaside Chicago Dance. She has also been a guest artist in Thodos Dance Chicago's New Dances in addition to dancing with Ballet Legere and the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble in The Nutcracker. She has been teaching dance and choreographing for youth dance companies for 12 years now, and enjoys sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages across the greater Chicagoland area. In addition to her dance training, Andrea is also a licensed massage therapist and uses her knowledge of the body to help enrich her teaching.