Andrea Long Naidu

Andrea Long Naidu Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet faculty memberAndrea Renee Long-Naidu was born in Philadelphia and began her dance training at age seven at the Pennsylvania Ballet School. During her early training years,  Long-Naidu also attended the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and American Ballet Theater School. At age fourteen Long-Naidu became an apprentice with the Pennsylvania Ballet company and after working with the company for a year decided to pursue a dance career in New York.  Long-Naidu was accepted into the School of American Ballet on full scholarship and after two years was invited to join the New York City Ballet. During her eight years with the company, she performed much of the Balanchine repertoire including: Serenade, The Four Temperaments and Concerto Barocco and was part of the original cast of Peter Martins’ ballets Fearful Symmetries and Ash. While a member of NYCB,  Long-Naidu also toured internationally with Peter Boal and Dancers, appeared in the NYCB Nutcracker film and modeled for French Vogue.

In 1998  Long-Naidu joined Dance Theatre of Harlem as a soloist and was promoted to Principal dancer a year later. During her tenure at DTH,  Long-Naidu toured internationally with the company and performed principal roles in several ballets, among them: Firebird, Serenade, Allegro Brilliante, Four Temperaments, Concerto Barocco, Manifestations, Twist and Viraa.  Long-Naidu has appeared as guest artist with Complexions, Washington Ballet and other dance companies. She retired from performing in 2008 and began her second career as a teacher.  Long-Naidu has served on the faculty of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sandonato School of Ballet, Collage Dance Collective, CityDance, School of American Ballet and Dance Institute of Washington.