Annika Grasman was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She began taking ballet at the age of eight and immediately fell in love with it. In the fall of 2015, Annika moved to Chicago to join Ballet 5:8 as a trainee and graduated from the program in 2018. She has since taken on various backstage and production roles in Ballet 5:8’s professional company and School of the Arts. Annika is thankful for the many opportunities and experiences the Lord has provided for her while she has been with Ballet 5:8.