Gianna Anessi (Judge)
is from Upstate New York and has over 22 years of dance training and performance experience. Gianna’s most recent credit is the role of “Teresita” in the 2022-2024 International Tour of West Side Story directed by Lonny Price and choreographed by Julio Monge. Gianna previously lived at sea on the Disney Dream as a dancer, swing and Dance Captain for three seasons performing in the Brass Ring Award winning, "Beauty and the Beast" as well as other main stage productions. She also served as one of the Onboard Dance Supervisors for the Disney Dream during the relaunch after the COVID-19 shutdown. After growing up in Upstate NY, Gianna returned to her birthplace of Pittsburgh, PA to receive her BFA with a Jazz concentration from Point Park University. While there, she performed the role of “Helene” in the Pittsburgh Playhouse’s production of Sweet Charity directed by Tony Award Winning Michael Rupert. She also performed in several concert dance works from many world renown choreographers such as Larry Keigwin, Jess Hendricks and Kate Skarpetowska.
Gianna also has over 8 years of freelance choreography and instruction in dance, fitness, kick-boxing as well as being a Certified Personal Trainer with a specialization in Corrective Exercise and Group Fitness.
Gianna is so excited to be a part of the inaugural team of Elevé and continues to look forward to performing, teaching, creating, and inspiring the young dancers of today!