Andrea’s interest in group fitness and exercise began as an extension of her background in jazz dance and ballet. She taught high and low impact, STEP, and aqua aerobics in Michigan for several years before embarking upon a career as a professional bellydancer. Under the name “Alexandria,” she performed as house dancer for the top venues in Detroit and Chicago, long-term contracts throughout the Middle East, and special events from Las Vegas to London. She received her Personal Training Certification from ISSA, taught bellydance, dance cardio, and conditioning classes, and co-founded and operated a studio in Chicago. After retiring from the stage, Andrea relocated to Seattle where she enrolled in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at PIMA and is now a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant working in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation. Currently AFAA Group Fitness Certified, Andrea is thrilled to have discovered Barre, and the opportunity to further pursue her life aspirations of helping others attain fitness goals and improve wellness through movement.
A little known fact about Andrea is that at one point, she seriously considered a career as a professional French Horn player.