Andrea Woodward opened Hermitage Dance Academy (HDA) in the Fall of 1997, one year into her college studies. HDA has gone from a one-room studio with about 50 students to a six-room studio with a dancewear store and a hugely successful competition team and a staff of about 17 teachers!
Andrea’s teaching and choreography are in demand throughout the country and she travels often to teach master classes and create choreography for other studios. She also is on staff for the popular KAR Convention National Tour, where she teaches lyrical. HDA was in the FDC’s top 50 in 2008 and in 2009 her studio was ranked number 8 among the FDC studios. 2010 her studio was ranked #1 in the Southeast region and #10 in the nation.
Andrea’s students have won many awards and scholarships from different organizations around the country, and some have gone on to be members of college dance teams, professional sports team dancers, and appeared in music videos, commercials and toured with numerous production companies and recording artists. Andrea has won countless awards for her stylistic choreography and for her students’ technical ability, including both Teacher of the Year and Choreographer of the Year every year from 2008 – 2013 at KAR Nationals. Andrea is certified by Dance Masters of America and holds a B.S. degree from Cumberland University in Nashville, TN.