anna hartje 01ANNA KATHERINE HARTJE, originally from Ankeny, Iowa, began her dance education under the instruction of Nancy Moore Overturff.  In Iowa, Anna had the opportunity to be a member in Performing Edge Dance Company, Private Collection Dance Company, and Iowa Dance Theater.  While spending many years as a competitive dancer and attending workshops, conventions, and intensives, Anna had the chance to work with many inspirational artists.  In 2009, Anna attended Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress, where she received a full year scholarship to study with Giordano Dance Chicago (formerly Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago) and with staff members including: Nan Giordano, Ronn Stewart, Homer Bryant, Fury Gold, and Giordano Dance Chicago company members. After being accepted to Point Park University and the University of Arizona as dance majors, Anna decided that she wanted to jump straight into the professional world of dance.  She has since studied in the professional world with such companies and names as Richard Smith of Inaside Chicago Dance, Ronn Stewart of Foster Dance Companies, and Nick Pupillo of Visceral Dance Chicago.  Anna also has a unique love for circus arts, and is a professional contortionist at The Actor’s Gymnasium in Evanston.  Anna feels honored to have had dance teachers in her life who have nurtured her passion and dedication for dance.  She strives to help her students find the same passion.  Her teaching technique aims to provide students with the dedication and technique, to not only succeed, but to have fun while doing so.  Anna is excited to be teaching for DeForest Dance Academy.

Coming Events


Thursday, June 7th - Dress Rehearsal
Friday, June 8th - 6:00 pm - Steppin' Out Showcase
Saturday, June 9th - 1:00 pm - Glen Ellyn Recital
Saturday, June 9th - 6:30 pm - Elmhurst Recital

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