Andrea Parson


Andrea Parson began dancing in the late 1980’s to the country records played in her family living room and in her mother’s aerobics classes. She began choreographing at a young age, making dances for friends and family, and often improvised down grocery store aisles. Her formal training began in Hillsboro Oregon at Northwest Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Anita Mitchell. With dreams of becoming a professional dancer she furthered her studies at the Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Loyola Marymount University, where she received a BA in dance in 2009. After graduating she joined Northwest Dance Project in Portland, Oregon, where she received a Princess Grace Dance Fellowship award in 2010. For 11 years she performed nationally and internationally, finding much delight in dancing dramatic roles such as Hedda Gabler and Carmen. A love of drama and storytelling led her to self produced three solo dance theater pieces for live theater and film. Her latest solo autobiographical work, You Can’t Be Serious, blends dance, storytelling and comedy and was presented in November 2023 at Body Vox. She also teaches and choreographs throughout the greater Portland area and is on faculty at Pacific University.