Allegro Dance Company was formed out of the love and inspiration of being an Italian-American by founder and director Anna Pishner Harsh. Anna is a WV native where her grandparents made a home when they came to the United States in the early 1920s from Reggio di Calabria.
She holds a M.A degree in Communication from WVU and a B.A degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University. Through her extensive research in Italy over the years with Maria Grazia and Chiara Pezzuti along with the University of Calabria and University of Bologna, she continues to grow Allegro’s repertoire of authentic dances to share with audiences of all ages.These dances date back over thousands of years. These precious dances hold history, express various emotions and are sacred and ceremonial.
Allegro has toured the United States and Italy giving workshops and performances for festivals, cultural events and universities. They have performed for the late Pope John Paul II, toured with the WV Symphony, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and taken master classes from flag wavers from Italy. They have been featured in Fra Noi magazine, NIAF Ambassador Magazine among others.
Since 1994, Allegro has presented their exciting showcases of authentic, traditional Italian dances as well as their contemporary and innovative choreography inspired by Italian life. Allegro Dance Company brings the Italian culture to the generation to preserve our heritage and traditions.
Preserving these ancient Italian dances allows the next generation to learn about their history, traditions and a sense of community. Dance is a communication or story-telling through movement. When we dance, we speak. Balliamo!