Dancer-choreographer Anniina Kumpuniemi has been a core member of Dance Theatre MD since its foundation in 1997. Beginning in 2010, she is MD’s current managing director. Anniina received a choreographer’s degree from the Theatre Academy in 1996, a dance teacher’s degree in 1997 and a master’s degree in dance in 2005. She also has a degree in management. She has performed in more than sixty dance, theatrical and opera productions, and choreographed ten pieces for MD and numerous others for various employers. Anniina is a dedicated advocate of dance theatre, working as a board member, chairman, liaison and columnist for various dance-related organizations, councils and publications. She is the founder of the Tampere Dance Current Festival.