Also a Children’s Dance and Youth Ballet Program Instructor.
Annastasia Mercedes is a New York native. From a classical foundation, she went on to begin her professional studies in ballet and modern technique, pedagogy, and dance composition at the Hartt School, under the direction of Stephen Pier. She received her B.F.A in Ballet and Dance Pedagogy while studying under Nina Watt, Hilda Morales, Debra Collins-Ryder, Tim Melady, Samantha Dunster, and Gregory Dolbashian. She has performed in both classical and contemporary works to include choreography by Pascal Rioult, Charlotte Griffin, Martin Losfnes, Stephen Pier, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, and August Bournonville. In addition to her experiences in concert dance, Annastasia has appeared in a number of regional theatre productions including those at Hartford Stage under the direction of Darko Tresnjak. When not teaching at The Joffrey Ballet School, you can find her working with more children in NYC at Ballet Tech, Ballet Academy East, and Peridance Capezio Center. Annastasia believes versatility is essential and thus enjoys exploring every opportunity to expand her limits and has a passion for sharing the art of dance.