| Anna Sessions Biography |
Co-Founder & Associate Artistic Director, Ballet North Texas
Anna Sessions, a native of Fairfield Texas where at the age of fourteen she decided to open and direct her own school of dance; a business that had a successful run of five years. Subsequently the opportunity arose for her to direct, teach and choreograph for Joy’s School of Dance in Waco Texas while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tarleton State University.
Miss Session’s dance training has been under the guidance of Lydia Spano of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Nissa Kilman and Kathy Thibodeaux of Ballet Magnificat!, Jiri Sebastian Voborsky of Opera Ballet of the Moravian National Theatre, Francis Patrelle from Juilliard, and Sol Maisonet of Ballet Puertorriqueño. Her professional affiliations and performance credits include: Ballet Magnificat! Professional Event’s Company and Ballet Hartford touring both nationally and internationally; Ballet Academy East and Francis Patrelle; and performing as a guest artist with Dallas Neoclassical Ballet and Festival Ballet of North Dallas. She has worked with such choreographers as Vincent Hardy of Complexions, Durell Comedy from Mark Morris and Silas Farley of NYCB as well has Caleb Mitchell from Houston Ballet.
Anna teaching credentials include serving as a master teacher and choreographer for Ballet Magnificat Workshops (nationally and internationally); on faculty at the Connecticut Youth Ballet at the Hartford school; and, holding the title of ballet mistress for Yale University’s A Different Drum Dance Company. Anna is well versed in what has come to be recognized as the Balanchine style of ballet as well as the RAD, Ceccetti and Vaganova methods of training. In addition to her classical training, Anna has also attended contemporary movement and modern dance workshops covering the movement qualities of Jose Limon and the theories developed by Lester Horton and Martha Graham.
?Miss Session's choreographic credits include classical and neo classical works such as; Variations from Ballet North Texas's Coppélia, her original work of three movements Melange d' Epices, Joy (Ballet Magnificat Events Company), Ballet North Texas' original Beauty and the Beast, Follow the Yellow Brick Road (LCFA), and The Nutcracker Suite (LCFA).
In addition to her extensive dance background Anna also trained in classical voice for ten years under the instruction of Sarah Smith of University of Mary Hardin Baylor and Rebecca Orms. Sessions participated and placed in singing competitions all over Texas, presenting classics from The Prince of Egypt, The Phantom of the Opera, Sound of Music, Oklahoma, The King and I, West Side Story, Marry Poppins, Wicked, Handel’s Messiah and many others. Anna served as the School Director of Lakewood Conservatory of Fine Arts from 2017-2019, and in 2018 was appointed Associate Artistic Director in the co-founding of Ballet North Texas. Sessions has enjoyed serving and teaching in the Dallas Community now for over 2 years and looks forward to many more years to come!