Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Fanikos.
A Massachusetts native, Andrea began her dance career at the Dance Studio of Wakefield, where she trained formally in a variety of styles of dance and competed in numerous regional and national dance competitions, winning multiple titles and awards.
In 2010, Andrea took her dance education to the classroom and received her Dance Adjudicators Certification from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course. Immediately following, she toured across the country with Excel in Motion dance convention as an Elite Dancer assisting So You Think You Can Dance headliners such as: twitch, Allison Holker, Alex Wong, Lauren Froderman, and Kent Boyd.
Andrea continued her dance career at Boston University. While there, she was member of BU’s Division 1 Varsity Dance Team. During her four-year tenure, the team won two NDA National Championship titles for D1 Hip-Hop and Team Dance. Andrea ended her career at Boston University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in public relations and minor in business administration.
Post College, Andrea took a brief break from dance. She took a job in Real-estate development marketing thinking that’s what she was supposed to do. She soon realized this world did not make her happy. She wanted to dance. So, after eight months she took a leap of faith, quit her job, and dove head first into her dance career.
Since then Andrea has yet to stop dancing—and she doesn’t plan on it. She now shares her love and passion for the art by teaching and working with both competitive and recreational dancers at La Pierre Dance Studio in Reading, MA, as well as coaching the Bentley University Dance Team. During the fall of 2017, she also co-directed Melrose Youth Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.
Most recently, Andrea was named the new Assistant Director of Dance Works Boston. A company, founded by powerhouse #Girl Boss, Lisa Mara, focused on building a tight knit community that provides dance performance and choreography opportunities to working professionals post college. Dance Works Boston also has a sister community located in New York.
Her recent performances include: Wayfair commercials, Boston Community Dance Project Internalize, Liberty Hotel’s Illuminate Gala, and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival with Urbanity Dance Company.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Reaching your goals is never easy, that’s what makes the experience even more rewarding when you reach them.
Along the way, I faced hardships. Starting in high school with cyber bullies which then stemmed into an eating disorder in college. After all that post college proved to be equally as challenging facing negative people telling you cannot make your dream a reality.
Bentley Dance Team – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
La Pierre School of Dance specializes in training students ages 3-18 in the art of dance both recreationally and competitively.
The Bentley Dance Team is a group of 18 young women who represent their school at sporting, community, and charity events. As well as. competing Nationally at National Dance Alliance Collegiate National Championships in Daytona. This is the Team’s first year with Andrea as their coach and are excited to work towards their goals of making it to National Finals.
Dance Works Boston is a dance company, founded by powerhouse #Girl Boss, Lisa Mara, focused on building a tight knit community that provides dance performance and choreography opportunities to working professionals post college. Dance Works Boston also has a sister community located in New York, Dance Works New York.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Taking a chance and quitting my 9-5 job because I believed in myself and my dreams
- Website: http://danceworksboston.com
- Instagram: @andy_fani_ @danceworksboston @bentleydanceteam