Anna Sessions, a native of Fairfield, Texas, opened and directed her own school of dance at the age of fourteen; a business that had a successful run of five years. Subsequently, the opportunity arose for her to direct, teach, and choreograph for Joy’s School of Dance in Waco, Texas while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tarleton State University. In the summer of 2017, Anna was appointed the School Director of Lakewood Conservatory of Fine Arts until May of 2019. Sessions co-founded Ballet North Texas as the Associate Artistic Director in 2017, and founded North Texas Conservatory (the official school of Ballet North Texas) as the Director in July of 2019.
Miss Session’s dance training includes working under Lydia Spano of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Nissa Kilman and Kathy Thibodeaux of Ballet Magnificat!, Jiri Sebastian Voborsky of Opera Ballet of the Moravian National Theatre, Francis Patrelle from Juilliard, and Sol Maisonet of Ballet Puertorriqueño. Her professional affiliations and performance credits include: Ballet Magnificat!, Professional Event’s Company, and Ballet Hartford, touring both nationally and internationally, as well as Ballet Academy East, and Francis Patrelle. She has also performed as a guest artist with Dallas Neoclassical Ballet and Festival Ballet of North Dallas. She has worked with such choreographers as Vincent Hardy of Complexions, Durell Comedy from Mark Morris, Silas Farley of NYCB, and Caleb Mitchell from Houston Ballet.
Anna’s teaching credentials include serving as a master teacher and choreographer for Ballet Magnificat! workshops (nationally and internationally), Ballet Magnificat! School of the Arts, founding faculty at Connecticut Youth Ballet (now School of Ballet Hartford), and the title of ballet mistress for Yale University’s A Different Drum Dance Company. Anna is well versed in what has come to be recognized as the Balanchine style of ballet as well as the RAD, Ceccetti, and Vaganova methods. In addition to her classical training, Anna has also attended contemporary movement and modern dance workshops covering the movement qualities of José Limón and the theories developed by Lester Horton and Martha Graham.
Miss Session's choreographic credits include classical and neoclassical works such as: Variations from Ballet North Texas’ Coppélia; a contemporary piece of two movements, 'Mollitiam' (Ballet North Texas); her original work of three movements, 'Melange d' Epices' (Ballet North Texas); 'Joy' (Ballet Magnificat! Events Company); Ballet North Texas' original Beauty and the Beast, Follow the Yellow Brick Road, and The Nutcracker Suite.
In addition to her extensive dance background, Anna also trained in classical voice for ten years under the instruction of Sarah Smith of University of Mary Hardin Baylor and Rebecca Orms. Sessions participated and placed in singing competitions all over Texas, presenting classics from The Prince of Egypt, The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, The King and I, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Wicked, Handel’s Messiah and many others.