Anna Handelsman

Anna is a Cincinnati native and is so thankful to be coming home to work with dancers in the Ohio area! Anna started in figure skating at the age of four during which she was first exposed to dance through private ballet lessons to help with her grace and technique on the ice. She fully transitioned into her dance training at the age of thirteen. Growing up she studied at various studios in the Cincinnati area including, Patty Pille’s School of Dance, the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Starstruck ADA’s ballet intensive program, North Cincinnati Youth Ballet, and Dance Kids Studio. During this time she was blessed to experience intensive ballet training as well as exposure to the competitive world of dance. After high school she went on to receive her BFA in dance from Wright State University while also dancing with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s second Company. She also had the honor of dancing as a summer apprentice with the iconic River North Dance Chicago for two years. After living in Chicago, Anna was offered a full time position with Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, Texas. While dancing with Ad Deum, Anna received Graham technique training from former Graham dancer, Dani Hammack as well as Horton technique training from former principal dancer of Alvin Ailey and the new department head of dance at Juilliard School, Alicia Graf Mack. Anna has had the honor of working with amazing choreographers such as Steve Rooks, former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company, Broadway choreographer Greg Graham, Roxane D'orleans Juste, principal dancer for José Limón, Vincent Hardy, former dancer with Complexions, and many more. Anna has also had the privilege to teach and perform throughout the country and Internationally. She has recently performed and taught at workshops and intensives in Paris, Cambridge, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and Dublin, Ireland. Anna is so excited to be integrating back into the Ohio dance scene and looks forward to developing further as a teacher and mentor.