Ann Reinking, born in Bellevue in 1949, performed with the English Royal Ballet at the age of twelve. Moving to New York at 17, she worked extensively as an actress, dancer, and choreographer. Ann starred on Broadway for most of her career including Chicago, Sweet Charity, All that Jazz, and Annie. In 1994, Reinking founded the Broadway Theater Project to connect students with seasoned theater professionals. In 2001, she won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer and received an honorary doctorate from Florida State University. Even now, dance and theater fill Ann’s life. She continues to judge dance competitions for inner-city youth in New York City, choreographs Broadway productions, and sits on the advisory committee for the American Theatre Wing. Reinking’s dedication to raising awareness of Marfan syndrome comes from a personal connection and she works closely with the Marfan Foundation.
Contributed by: Amee Bahr