Annie is originally from New Jersey and has a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. She has studied, dance, piano, and theater since the age of three. She holds a diploma from the Dance Educators of America and piano degree from the National College of Musicians. She has studied with choreographers, acting and vocal instructors such as Phil Black, Frank Hatchett, Fred Kelly, Nick Leone, Martha Chapman, Don Lawrence, Annette Charles, Leslie Giamanco, Yolanda Fernandez-Quincoces, Cecilia Cardenas, Yadira Feliz, Jaime Smith, and many more.
In addition to this Annie has worked with artists like Jessica Simpson, Beyonce, Frankie J., Daisy Fuentes, La India, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Raul de Molina, Lily Estefan, Javier Romero, Don Francisco, and many more.
She has performed on international television shows like Sabado Gigante International, Sabado al Medio Dia, Good Day New York, New Jersey Network and numerous other shows on Univision, Telemundo and FOX. She appeared in the long running soap “As the World Turns.” She has also been the lead rose for productions of Sleeping Beauty Ballet, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Firebird, Gaite Parisienne and the Nutcracker.
She has performed in a number of regional musical theater productions such as Grease, Some Like It Hot, A Funny Thing Happened, Wuthering Heights, Picnic and more. She has appeared in films and television and print commercials. Annie has recently choreographed for Grammy Award-Winning musical group “Train,” on their appearance on ABC’s The View.
Annie’s students have gone on to work on Broadway, various dance companies. In 2005, Annie and her team were nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award.
Annie has been teaching dance for over the last two decades and her choreography has placed first in regional and national competitions. She has been the recipient of several Choreography Awards and awarded the Dance Educator Excellence Award.
She is the co-creator of the Sparkle Star Dance program for Encore Dance Studio. It is specifically developed for our tiniest dancers, to learn ballet and tap technique in a fun and creative way, while focusing on terminology and technique. Since its start, Encore’s preschool aged students have tripled in size making it one of our most “in demand” classes.
Her passion for dance, teaching and learning are the motivating force that drives the success of the program at Encore.