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 Cares, Le 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.