Anne Hiekkaranta was born in Juankoski, Finland. She studied at the Theatre Academy at the University of the Arts in Helsinki 1996 to 2000 and graduated with a Master of Arts in Dance. Since graduation she has been working as a freelancer and worked with choreographers such as Ervi Sirén, Reijo Kela, Deborah Hay and with visual artists Maria Duncker and Erkki Soininen. She also danced in Jyrki Karttunen`s Kollektiv 2008-2013. Furthermore, Anne has created her own choreographic work. With the three-piece project ”choreographic portrait series” she is exploring ways to transform visual images into movement.