Indianapolis native Andrea Bruce began her dance training at age seven focusing on classes in Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. After graduating from high school, she began teaching at The Dance Company in Indianapolis. It was here that she discovered not only her talent for teaching, but also her passion for it. It was impressed on her that in order to be a good teacher she also needed to continue to be a student.
Andrea pursued and received teacher training and certification through Dance Masters of America attending seminars at Kent State University. She also received training through the Intensive Teaching Seminar held by Florida Dance Masters, as well as continuing education at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Some of the teachers that have had the greatest impact on her teaching style and technique are Diane Gudat, Tom Ralabate, Edith Royal, Bo Wagner, Beverly Fletcher, Frank Hatchett, Judy Bassing, Peff Modelski, and Ken Phifer.
She has developed broad experience working with dancers of all ages. From 1990 to 1999, Andrea was Director of The Dance Company’s winter productions. She continued to teach at The Dance Company until 2005. In 2000, Andrea joined the staff at the Jordan College Academy of Dance specifically to teach their Tap program. While there she restructured the program, syllabus and class levels. She became an adjunct faculty at Butler University in 2003 teaching Tap and choreographing solo and group works for the Jordan Dance Ensembles. She has also taught at IUPUI’s Music Academy children’s summer program. Andrea is now excited to join the Indianapolis School of Ballet family.