Cary, North Carolina
Andrea was born in Cary, North Carolina and trained at Cary Ballet Conservatory under Heather Iler and Mariaelena Ruiz. As a student, she participated in numerous international ballet competitions, receiving 3rd place in the Youth America Grand Prix semifinals and 4th place at the American Dance Competition. She performed as a trainee in productions with BalletMet and Philadelphia Ballet before joining Ballet San Antonio for its 2020-21 season. Since then, she has had the opportunity to perform featured roles including the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake, the Sugarplum Fairy and Clara in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Patrick Armand’s Don Quixote, and the White Rabbit in Brian Enos’ Alice in Wonderland. She was promoted to soloist in 2022.
GET TO KNOW ANDREA
When did you start dancing and why?
There happened to be a ballet studio next to my preschool, and my mom noticed the dancers through the windows and decided to sign me up. I quickly fell in love with being onstage.
What inspired you? What inspires you as a pro?
Music is a big inspiration for me. I love thinking about how I can call attention to different features of music by doing the same step or sequence in different ways. I also take inspiration from noticing how other artists, dancers and otherwise, communicate diverse perspectives and life experiences through their art.
Why did you choose BSA, and for some both BSA-SBSA?
Our artistic director, Sofiane Sylve, was a big role model for me as a student both technically and artistically. I was really excited about the opportunity to work with her as part of a growing and diverse company.