Get to Know DWOS All-Star: Anna Allen

I’m a 6th grade teacher at Lineville Intermediate School in Howard-Suamico. I have been teaching for 16
years and still love what I do. My wonderful and supportive husband, Jerome, and I have been married
for seven years. We have two beautiful children, Asher (5) and Lyla (3), who fill our lives with joy. We
also have an 11-year- old retired Greyhound named Hazel. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, attending
musicals, and choreographing around the area.

Dance and performing have always been a part of my life. I love teaching and choreographing studio
dance at Birder Studio as well as musicals. I recently performed in St. Norbert’s Music Theatre’s Cats
(’16 & ’17) and loved every minute of that crazy ‘Jellicle’ experience.

My favorite moments from DWOS 16 was working with my partner Michael. We are both middle school
science teachers with a passion for performance so every rehearsal was full of story swapping and a
little bit of dancing! I also loved getting to know all the Red Cross volunteers (especially the ‘Hoochies’)
and my fellow DWOS participants. Although it was a competition, everyone cheered each other on! It
was a truly magnificent experience which is why I decided to take part in DWOS All-Stars.

The Red Cross was there when my friend’s house burned down, providing her and her family with the supplies and support they needed. I am thankful for all they do and I am honored to participate in DWOS All-Stars.

Get to Know DWOS Community Star Dancer – Anna Allen

IMG_2741I am a 6th grade teacher at Lineville Intermediate School in Howard-Suamico.  I have been teaching for 14 years and continue to love what I do.  I am blessed to be able to teach in such a great district with a supportive staff and administration.  My wonderful and understanding husband, Jerome, and I have been married for five years and we have three beautiful children, Asher(3), Lyla(1), and our retired greyhound named Hazel.  In my spare time (if any) I enjoy reading and watching musicals.

My first dance memory was with my younger sister, Sara.  We would put on the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing and dance around the living room for hours.  My mom put us in dance class and a new passion was found!  I danced throughout high school and received a dance scholarship for UW-Green Bay.  While attending Green Bay I was part of the Phoenix Pride Dance Team and performed in Danceworks and in the musical Pippin held at the Weidner Center.  That was a dream come true!  After college, I performed with Broadwaymania, the Miss Wisconsin Pageant, and with St. Norbert’s Music Theatre.  I continue to choreograph musicals in the area.

Anna and her dance partner Michael Witte of Simply Ballroom.

Anna and her dance partner Michael Witte of Simply Ballroom.

My dream dance partner is the late Patrick Swayze.  Who didn’t fall in love with him in Dirty Dancing and Ghost? Not many people know he was a professionally trained ballet dancer.  I always wanted to do “the lift,” but I am fairly certain that time has passed for me!  My favorite dancer from Dancing with the Stars is Cheryl Burke. I can tell that she is a great teacher with a passion for dance and was the first professional to win back to back seasons.  Also, short girls rock!

I am supporting the American Red Cross because of all the help and relief it provides to those in need.  When my friend’s house burnt down the Red Cross was there immediately to provide her and her family with the supplies and the support they needed.  I am thankful for all they do and honored to participate in DWOS!

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