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Allegro Dance Company

Founded 1994
Director/ Founder:  Anna Harsh 

Preserving authentic Italian dances for the next generation.

We offer:

Cultural Lectures,  Tarantella dance workshops,  Performances,
Book Signings & Documentary screenings.

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Allegro's history & mission: 

Our Mission:
To preserve these ancient Italian dances for the next generation, teach traditions and have a sense of community. 
Allegro Dance Company was formed out of the love and inspiration of being an Italian-American by founder and director Anna Pishner Harsh. Anna's grandparents made a home when they came to the United States in the early 1920's from Reggio di Calabria.
Anna holds a M.A. degree in Communication from WVU and a B.A. degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University. She is also a certified Pilates Instructor and E-RYT200 yoga teacher. She has studied various styles of dance from ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom and so many more.
Through her extensive research in Italy over the years with various teachers, she continues to grow Allegro’s repertoire of authentic dances to share with audiences of all ages. Dances that date back thousands of years. These precious dances hold history, express various emotions and are sacred and ceremonial.

Allegro has toured the United States and Italy giving workshops and spectacular performances for festivals, cultural events and universities.They have performed for the late Pope John Paul II, toured with several symphonies and taken master classes from flag wavers from Italy.

Allegro has been featured in: Fra Noi magazine, NIAF Ambassador Magazine, and Italian America magazine.

Since 1994, Allegro has presented their lively and entertaining showcases of authentic, traditional Italian dances as well as their contemporary and innovative choreography inspired by Italian life. Allegro preserves the Italian heritage and traditions for the next generation to enjoy and treasure.

Today, Allegro is one of the only touring dance companies in the United States performing these precious dances.
Dance is a means of communication or story-telling through movement.  When we dance, we speak. 
We love sharing and teaching these dances to preserve them. 
Join Allegro and help us preserve these beautiful dances for tomorrow !

Unique advantages when you join:  


  • Get paid to perform
  • Learn authentic Italian dances
  • Complimentary dance & fitness classes
  • Network with other dancers / musicians
  • Perform for unique venues / festivals
  • Opportunities for other jobs
  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Help preserve the Italian dances for the future generation

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