Ann Votaw [VO-taw] is a born-and bred-Hoosier who moved from Chicago to New York in 2003 to be a dancer. As a fitness professional and freelance writer, Ann has appeared in more than 20 publications, including Salon, The New York Observer, New York Post, Dame Magazine, Dance.com, The New York Daily News, Indiana Policy Review, The News-Sentinel, The Episcopalian New Yorker and The Brooklyn Rail. She is a full-time recreational therapist for older adults.
Education: Ann has a M.A. in Health Education and Promotion from Lehman College. Her B.S. is in News Journalism with minors in Dance and Political Science from Ball State University.
Movement Arts: In 2006, she was semi-knockdown karate champion in Montreal and New Jersey. In 2012, Ann began running in local races. She ran her first New York City Marathon in November 2014. She is certified to teach yoga, Pilates, group fitness, meditation, Zumba, SAIL, Tai Chi for Arthritis, Chronic Disease Management, A Matter of Balance, CPR/First Aid and many other things.
Dance: Performance highlights include nightly shows on the M.S. Scotia Prince, Hunyak in Chicago and Texas in Cabaret. Television appearances include the Food Network’s Ham on the Street: she and fellow dancers made canned food and “can-canned” with Chef George Duran. Other dance highlights include coordinating a flash mob for older adults and an industrial for Hewlett Packard.