Director/Founder/Choreographer Anna Pishner Harsh
Artistic Director and founder Anna Pishner Harsh is a professional dancer and award-winning choreographer. Allegro Dance Company was formed our of the love and inspiration of being an Italian-American. Her Italian roots and traditions inspire her choreography and desire to preserve stories of family heritage and pride. She holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Communication from West Virginia University, a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University and is a certified STOTT PILATESTM Instructor as well as a RYT200 Yoga Instructor.
Having a published article in Dance Spirit Magazine, her choreographic work has also been in Dance Magazine and Danza Italia. In 2013, Anna received the Excellence in Education award by Marshall University and the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival. In 2015, She was honored in the Ambassador Magazine by the National Italian American Foundation. In August 2019, Allegro was featured in the FRA NOI magazine based out of Chicago, IL.
She travels throughout the US & Italy for extensive research on Italian culture to find and archive traditional dances to share through performance and workshops. Allegro's mission is to preserve these traditional Italian dances. They have produced a dance documentary called "La Danza - Bridging Time Through Dance." Sharing love for her Italian heritage using the art of dance radiates through her classes and choreography.