Annie Jo is a Chicagoland performer, educator, and choreographer. She began her training as a child in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin with Riederer School of Dance, attending various NADAA conventions and performing on her high school dance team. She now holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, graduating with honors. During her college years, Annie Jo began performing at Six Flags Great America and fell so head over heels in love with Chicago, she decided to make it her home. Since then, she has studied on scholarship with the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project of Chicago and performed professionally at The Marriott, Drury Lane Theatre, and The Paramount, as well as various other suburban community theatres. She’s choreographed over 50 musicals on various Chicagoland stages including most recently Glenbrook North High School‘s Aida, Northbrook Theatre, Music on Stage, Up and Coming Theatre, Big Deal Productions, Caruso Middle School, Highland Park Players, and Oatkon Community College, as well as taught various styles of dance at studios, schools, and in master class workshops across the Chicago area suburbs, specializing in tap, jazz, and musical theatre.
Overall, Annie Jo is a high energy artist who believes that a bold, polished, engaging finished product is best achieved through a collaborative, committed, and positive environment and process. She is simply ecstatic to be on staff with LAD and working alongside such a great mentor, Miss Brenda!