Director/Founder/Choreographer Anna Pishner Harsh
Artistic Director and founder Anna Pishner Harsh, a West Virginia native is a professional dancer and award-winning choreographer. Anna travels to Italy to study dance and visit with family and friends often.
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.
Her work has been seen in Dance Magazine, Danza Italia, and a published author in Dance Spirit Magazine. She has instructed dance and fitness for several colleges and universities in the tri-state area. In 2013, Anna was given 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.
Allegro Dance Company allows Anna to share her love for her Italian heritage through the art of dance. 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."
Be sure to see an Allegro performance or enjoy an inspiring dance or fitness class with Anna.