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Anna Marie's Academy of Dance

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Our staff is an important part of the success of our business.
We rely only on the best and use only college trained personnel. We do not use our current students to teach other students.

Paula Minacci
Artistic Director

PAULA MINACCI began her dancing career when she was six years of age at Harkness House Ballet in New York until she was fifteen. She received her BFA in Modern Dance at the University of the Arts. As artistic director of the Elysian Dance Company, her choreography has been performed at many dance theaters in the area. She has been with Anna Marie’s Academy of Dance for 26 years. She is a resident choreographer for many Philadelphia and North & South Jersey High Schools.



Anna Marie Pulaski

Owner/Executive Director

In 1977 Anna Marie Iatarola Pulaski and her husband Bill Pulaski along with their daughter Elizabeth Ann started Anna Marie's Academy of Dance. Always a resident of Tacony, Anna Marie wanted to open her business here. She is a graduate of St. Hubert High School in 1958 and is a member of the Alumni Assoc. She received the distinguished graduate award in 2000. Since 1984 she has co-ordinated the St. Hubert Dance club and is the executive director of the fall musicals. She also lectures bi-annually at the University of the Arts pertaining to the business of dancing schools.

Anna Marie's mission statement is to raise the standards of the neighborhood dancing schools by providing her students with a teaching staff that have degrees in dance and are professional performers to bring the art of dance to its highest standards.

Ida Cantwell Admin. Asst.

Bill Pulaski Co-Owner


TIFFANY STALEY DELIO earned a BFA in Jazz performance from The University of the Arts, 2000. She began her dance training at the age of six in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she performed with the New Mexico Ballet Company and Jazz Company Expose. In addition to these traditional forms Tiffany has been a company member of both local hip-hop companies Montazh and Chosen. Her recent work has been with The Movement Lounge at the Drake Dance Theater and Conwell Theater as a guest artist. ELIZABETH BURGOON has studied Irish Step and Ceili dancing with Rosemary Timoney for the past 18 years. She has performed on Good Day Philadelphia, QVC, and at the Pennsylvania Convention Center at the swearing in of Congressman Jon Fox. Since 1994 she has been teaching with the Timoney Irish Dancers. Elizabeth graduated from LaSalle University with a degree in English and is presently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Education. BRITTANY BARTKUS began her dance career at the age of two. She was a member of the Elysian Dance Company for five of her sixteen years at Anna Marie's Academy of Dance. Brittany is an instructor and choreographer for the Department of Recreations Young Performers Theater Camp at the Annenberg Theatre. In 2008, she graduated from Temple University with a BS in Kinesiology (The study of the mechanics of body dance movements) and a Health and Physical Education Certification. Brittany is currently teaching Dance, Health and Physical Education at The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. She is also the choreographer for the St. Hubert High School Musicals and Dance Club. DANIELA GALDI began dancing at the age of 3 at Anna Maries Academy of Dance where she was a member of the Elysian Dance Company. In 2008 she received her BFA in Modern Dance Performance from the University of the Arts. She has interned with Philadelphia dance companies such as the contemporary Ballet company, BalletX and Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre. From 2006-2008, Daniela was a member of this Philadelphia KIXX Dance Team. Currently she is collaborating with fellow University of the Arts Alumna, Tiffany Delio, on The Blind Faith Project as a freelance choreographer. Daniela is also a Romanas Certified Pilates Instructor at Equilibrium Pilates in Center City Philadelphia and teaches at various studios in the Philadelphia and Bensalem areas. EMMA KRAUSS, originally from Virginia Beach, VA. Emma Moved to Philadelphia to pursue a BFA in Jazz performance at the University of the Arts and will be graduating in 2010. Emma is currently a senior company member and artistic associate of Smoke, Lilies, and Jade Arts Initiative. She has thoroughly enjoyed teaching here at Anna Maries Academy of Dance! AMY NOVINSKI began her training at the age of three at the Tulsa Ballet Academy under Moscelyn Larkin. After moving to Colorado, Ms. Novinski spent six years under the guidance of Olga Tozyiakova at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and International Ballet School. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania she attended the University of the Arts on scholarship with a concentration in Ballet where she performed leads in choreographic showcase ensembles by such chorepgraphers and coaches as BalletXs Christine Cox, Brandywine Ballets Scott Jovovich, Bolshoi Ballets Anastasia Babayeva, and Joffrey Ballets Beatriz Rodriguez. Ms. Novinski is currently on staff at the University of Pennsylvania as Ballet teacher to the Sparks Dance Company.

7201 Marsden Street * Philadelphia, PA 19135-1224
(215) 332-3636
* TACONY * Northeast Philadelphia * Cottman Avenue Exit of I-95 *
* NE Corner of Wellington & Marsden Streets *