Anissa is from Cary, North Carolina where she began her training with International Ballet Academy under Rossana Nesta. She received training on full scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) in their Professional Division. She attended summer programs on full scholarship at PNB and The School of American Ballet, and also attended American Ballet Theatre and Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive. She then competed at Youth America Grand Prix from 2013- 2015, placing in the top 12 in both classical and contemporary, and then competed in the YAGP 2015 NY Finals.
While at PNB in the Professional Division, Anissa danced with the company. Her repertory included Marzipan, Spanish Corps, Waltz of the Flowers, and Snow Corps in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. She has also danced in George Balanchine’s Coppélia, West Side Story Suite as a Jet Girl, and in Symphony in C. She has also performed with LED of Boise and at Treefort Music Festival.
Her works with Ballet Idaho have included Serenade as Russian Demi-soloist, Allegro Brillante and Agon by George Balanchine; Stepsister and Winter Fairy in Cinderella by Edwaard Liang; Snow Queen and Marzipan lead in The Nutcracker and Raymonda’s Wedding by Peter Anastos; Yet Not Too Near by Yusha-Marie Sorzano; Duck in Peter and the Wolf by Anne Mueller; Shot in the Dark, Main Daughter in So to Speak and Down the Dixie Line by Penny Saunders; Once Familiar and Ghost (Light) by Craig Davidson; Offscreen and Lickety Split by Alejandro Cerrudo; Moments Musicaux by Garrett Anderson; The Art of Losing by Lauren Edson; Shadow of Eden by Quinn Wharton; and Grey Horses by Robyn Mineko Williams.
This is Anissa’s sixth season with Ballet Idaho.
Generously sponsored for the 2022.23 season by Joan and John Carley