Andrea Chickness

Andrea Chickness

Andrea Chickness

Born in Pennsylvania, Andrea received her training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She spent summers with prestigious companies such as Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Charlotte Ballet. At the age of 17, she joined Jeffrey Ballet Chicago.  Shortly after, she moved to Charlotte to work with then artistic director, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and Kennedy Center Honoree, Patricia McBride. There, Andrea performed feature roles in Balanchine's Who CaresLe Corsaire, and Sleeping Beauty. After a summer with Atlanta Ballet, Ms. Chickness joined Milwaukee Ballet II. While there, she performed in notable leads such as Man I Love Pas de deux and Fascinating Rhythm from Who Cares, Bedroom Pas de deux from Othello, Majisimo, and Forsythe's In the Middle Somewhat Elevated. The summer of 2014, Andrea received an offer to join Victor Ullate Ballet in Madrid, Spain, as a Soloist.  The following year, Andrea realized her dream of dancing in Germany, joining Leipzig Ballet as a Soloist. There, she had the honor of being part of Jean Philip Dury's creation of Zucker for his world premiere of Der Nussknacker, as well as having Amour pas de deux created on her for Bruno Bouche's world premiere of Chansons. In 2017, Andrea returned home to the USA to be closer to her family, dancing with the Columbia City Ballet and US International Ballet. In addition to her dance career, Ms. Chickness is a certified sports nutritionist, personal trainer, charity runner, and is currently working toward her Master's in integrative nutrition.

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Ballet Spartanburg Receives 2018
Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award

Ballet Spartanburg has received the 2018 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award. This award is given each year by the South Carolina Arts Commission to recognize exemplary artists and arts organizations for the State of South Carolina. “Each recipient of these Verner Awards is an outstanding ambassador for our state and contributes greatly not just to the arts community, but the overall quality of life.  As the Arts Commission nears completion of its 50th anniversary celebration, we are honored to recognize organizations and individuals who live out the service, commitment and passion that helped the arts here thrive throughout the last half century." S.C. Arts Commission Chairman Henry Horowitz.

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