FACULTY

Anna B. Giles is a third generation Andersonian.  She was a student assistant her Junior and Senior year of high school and has been a professional teacher at Anderson School of Dance since 2001.  Anna grew up dancing and found her home with Miss Brenda at the age of 8.  After graduating from T.L. Hanna and attending the College of Charleston, where she danced with the late Robert Ivey, Anna moved back to Anderson to work at ASD.   Judy Rice, David Howard, Finis Jhung, Dorit Koppel, Janice Barringer, Jeff Amsden, Frank Hatchett, Alton Adams, Tommy Alexander, Germaine Salsberg, Debbie Dee and Lainie Munro are a few of the teachers she has studied under.

Kathryn K. Yon has been teaching at Anderson School of Dance since 2005.  She began her dance training at the age of 4 and her formal training began in Beaumont, TX where she studied ballet and tap with Miss Bonnie Cokinos.   Kathryn also trained in Augusta, GA with Mr. Ron Colton and Ms. Zanne Beaufort. Kathryn studied in summer workshops with both the The Joffrey Ballet and The San Francisco Ballet.
Kathryn attended the College of Charleston earning a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.  After college, she was a Principal Dancer with Charleston Ballet Theatre. Kathryn performed the Sugar Plum Fairy in "The Nutcracker", the Swan Queen in "Swan Lake", and Kitri in "Don Quixote".  She was a guest artist dancing the lead role in Cinderella.  Kathryn has studied under and performed the choreography of David Howard, Sal Aiello (North Carolina School of the Arts), Robert Barnett (The Atlanta Ballet), James Jamieson (The Academy of Dance) and Jill Bahr (Charleston Ballet Theatre).

Catherine Walker Zocchi is a native of Anderson and started taking dance from Miss Brenda at the age of 4. She has danced in some fashion now for over 20 years. She graciously accepted a teaching assistant position at ASD and thoroughly enjoys bringing her love of dance to each and every student.  She has studied under various instructors since graduating from ASD but her favorite is Ray Hesselink at Broadway Dance Center in New York.  Catherine is thrilled to be at ASD and looks forward to another successful year.

Anna Vannette began dancing at the age of 6. She grew up dancing at Turning Pointe School of Dance, a Christian dance school in Holland Michigan. She had the honor of being a Principal soloist for 3 years.  Some of the teachers she has studied under are Lara Bremer Faucher, Richard Faucher, James Martin, and Lucia Hutchins Martin. She also had the opportunity to study at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet Chicago. Anna began assistant teaching at a young age, then teaching when she was a junior in high school. One of her favorite aspects of dance is choreography, she has choreographed many pieces that have been performed at a pre-professional level. Anna moved to Anderson in the fall of 2015. She enjoys working on the family farm, being outdoors, cooking and baking, and spending time with family. Anna is absolutely thrilled to be a part of Anderson School of Dance, and can't wait to watch her students grow in dance. 

Megan Blanton has been dancing since she was the age of three.  As a Spartanburg, South Carolina native she started dancing competitively in 2006. She performed and competed in Clogging, Tap, Irish, Jazz and Hip-Hop. She won many State and National titles with her teams and with her solos. After graduating high school, Megan went to Anderson University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Dance. While at Anderson, she choreographed for theaters in the area including The Stagecraft Theatre and The Market Theatre. She performed and was dance captain for shows like Mary Poppins and White Christmas. She assisted in dance classes at Anderson University and her choreography was showcased in multiple performances such as Saint Joan, Me and My Girl and the annual Presidents Gala. Megan now lives in Anderson, South Carolina with her husband and they are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their second child in May of this year. 

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