ANNELIESE BURNS WILSON
Anneliese Burns Wilson has been teaching for 40 years. Anneliese’s career has allowed her to travel and work on 6 continents and in 40 of the 50 states (and counting). Her performance career included regional ballet companies, music videos, film, tv and regional theatre as well as being an internationally ranked competitive ballroom dancer. Her early training was at the School of the Garden State Ballet, The Ailey School, and with top teachers in Ballet, Modern, Musical Theatre, and Jazz, both in the US and abroad who continue to influence how she teaches today. She continues to travel as a guest teacher working with Man in Motion and the 360 Dance Experience. Outside of the studio she spent several years designing dance and wellness programs for senior living facilities, and was a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms North Texas. She has been teaching academic school teachers how to integrate dance into their classrooms since 1998.
Anneliese is certified to teach through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in London and the Pan American Teachers of Dance. She has been a long time member of the National Dance Council of America and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and was the ViceChairman of National Dance Foundation 9 years, where she remains an Honorary Board Member. Her company, ABC for Dance, has been writing curriculum and teaching material and training teachers in dance related subjects since 1999. Her materials are now in use in over 1800 schools and studios worldwide. Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Magazine and many teaching organizations use her as an expert in the field of dance education and injury prevention. In addition to her dance teaching credentials she is a fully certified pilates instructor (with 15 years experience as an Instructor Trainer) and has been trained in Muscle Activation Technique, Breast Cancer Exercise, Pre/Postnatal Exercise, Diastasis Recti Recovery, Post Menopause Exercise, Fascial Fitness, Movement for Neurological Conditions, Myofascial release, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, and Hypopressive Technique. She loves anatomy and has been lucky enough to work with Deborah Vogel, Irene Dowd and the amazing doctors at Icahn School of Medicine’s anatomy and orthopedic departments.
Anneliese believes that good dance education provides students with more than just the option to pursue a career in dance. It fosters a lifelong appreciation of the arts; improves creativity and problem solving abilities, self discipline, time management and self efficacy; and a safe place for people to explore their self expression.