Annie Mushrush is a company member with Ballet Theatre of Indiana. Additionally, she serves as their Ballet Mistress. While at BTI she has danced ‘Gamzatti’ in La Bayadère, “Snow Queen’ and ‘Dew Drop Fairy’ in The Nutcracker. During her time as Ballet Mistress she has set excerpts from La Bayadère, The Grand Pas De Deux from Flames of Paris, and excerpts from Act I of Don Quixote, as well as original choreography for The Nutcracker and Beauty and the Beast.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude with Highest Honors in dance pedagogy from Butler University where she studied under and performed the choreographic works of Marek Cholewa, Patrick Hinson, Michelle Jarvis, Stephan Laurent, Susan McGuire, Cynthia Pratt and Derek Reid. While dancing for Butler Ballet she performed principal roles in Herzlichen Romanzen and The Nutcracker as the ‘Dew Drop Fairy’ and a soloist role as the ‘Silver Fairy’ in The Sleeping Beauty, among other roles in Giselle and Cinderella. In fulfillment of her university and departmental honors, she published “Genu Recurvatum in Dance: Assessing and Addressing the Structural Deformity in Dancers” a thesis focusing on the praxis of teaching dancers with hyperextended knees. In 2014 she toured Europe performing with Butler Ballet and trained with the Polish National Schools of Ballet in Warsaw and Poznan, Poland as well as The National Conservatories in Prague, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia.
She has been an Instructor at Indy Dance Academy since 2015 and also serves as Administrator.