Andrea Tallis is a professor for classical dance at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main (HfMDK). She was born in Los Angeles and studied many styles of dance with specific early influences from Irina Kosmovska, John Clifford and Melissa Hayden. She continued her education with the Pennsylvania Ballet School and the School of American Ballet in New York. She worked as soloist with Makarova and Company and danced principle roles with the Los Angeles Ballet. Andrea joined Ballet Frankfurt in 1983 under the direction of Egon Madsen and from 1984-1999 under William Forsythe with whom she worked extensively on the development of creations and concepts. Andrea is a teacher of classical ballet technique, composition and improvisation as well as a choreographic assistant, ballet master and reconstructor.