Andrea has been dancing since the age of three. Her early dance experience comes from ballet, modern, tap and jazz. Andrea later received her BA in Dance from UNCG–University of North Carolina at Greensboro along with a degree in deaf education.
After graduating from UNCG, she taught school during the day and ballroom dance in the evening in Fayetteville, NC. During that time, she performed professionally for events across North and South Carolina, and competed in the ballroom circuit across the United States. Andrea moved to St Louis in 2005 to pursue a master’s degree. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a position at CID—Central Institute for the Deaf and began teaching for Washington University School of Medicine’s Ballroom club as well as performing with a salsa performance team, Grupo Azucar. In addition, to her work at COCA, Andrea currently teaches partner dance classes and choreographs for BDASL–Ballroom Dance Academy of St Louis as well as for Washington University’s Graduate Ballroom Club. She specializes in teaching and choreographing all styles of partner dancing.