Andrea Woodward is the owner of Hermitage Dance Academy (HDA). HDA was opened in the fall of 1997, one year into Andrea’s college studies at Cumberland University. HDA has gone from a one room studio with about 50 students, where Andrea taught every class to a 5 room studio with a dancewear store, a hugely successful competition team, and recently the addition of the School’s Out Program and the Parent’s Day Out Program, complete with an amazing staff of over 15 passionate 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 and jazz. HDA was in the FDC’s top 50 in 2008 and in 2009 her studio was ranked number 8 among the FDC studios. In 2010 her studio was ranked #1 in the Southeast region and #10 in the nation.
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 - 2018 at KAR Nationals. Andrea is certified by Dance Masters of America and holds a B.S. in Psychology from Cumberland University in Nashville, TN.