Annie Russ is a native of Chicago where she began her training in dance, acting, fitness and vocal performance. She moved to New York after high school to attend the SUNY Purchase Conservatory, and furthered her training in New York City where she resided and worked for over 10 years. She has been a performing member of multiple New York based dance companies, as well as part of the teaching faculty at New York’s premier dance studio, STEPS on Broadway. Her professional performing experience includes national tours, on and off-Broadway, regional and international shows, She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Annie served as the associate choreographer and dance captain for a Broadway bound new Harold Arlen Musical: “One For My Baby” and made her New York Musical Theater debut as Vivien Leigh in “WARD9” performing under award winning Broadway choreographer, Matt Williams, who she had the privilege of assisting to create the choreography for Will Ferrell’s Broadway show, “You’re Welcome America”. In addition to performing, Annie has been the associate choreographer for multiple New York concerts, musicals and cruise ships. She has directed and choreographed a number of Disney junior shows while serving as Artistic Director for Theatre LJCC in Birmingham and was an adjunct professor for the dance and theatre department for Samford University. Her love for fitness started at a young age and peaked while living in New York when she got pulled into the pilates and barre circuit between performing jobs. She obtained her pilates certification through Power Pilates in New York City, began her barre work with Physique 57 and got her fitness certification through ACE. With over 10 years of teaching experience, she has taught at multiple Equinox and Lifetime Fitness gyms, but prefers the studio environment best where she is among “her people”. Annie finds joy in helping others look and feel their best, all the while balancing her dance and fitness career with being a mom and wife to the most wonderful humans!