Ana began dancing ballet, under the strict Russian Vaganava style, when she was four years old and soon there after began dancing on pointe at the age of ten. Due to Ana’s dedication and strict ballet, character dance, and pointe instruction without knowing it she began following in her mother’s footsteps. Ana’s mom was her first ballet teacher and a renowned performer in her home country of El Salvador. Ana has always been surrounded by the performing arts, not only by her mother, but also her father, who was a famous singer and musician for a rock group called Los Mustangs in the 60’s and 70’s. After many years training as a ballerina she had a strong desire to expand her repertoire, and did so by attending different dance academies in the DC/Northern VA area, and advanced in disciplines such as, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, flamenco, hip-hop, and ballroom dance.
During Ana’s early dance career she had the opportunity to perform as an apprentice for Ballet Hispanico, in New York, NY, and attend many award winning summer dance intensives, such as The Rockette Experience, where she got to perform with the Rockettes’ at Radio City Music Hall and take master jazz and tap classes with the company. She also spent a short time dancing with the American Ballet Theatre, and was also asked to join the American Academy of Ballet’s Summer School of Excellence, receiving instruction from the infamous Mignon Furman, and many other instructors from the Bolshoi Ballet, ABT, and New York City Ballet. Some of Ana’s most memorable performances include the Lion King, the Nutcracker, and Don Quixote.
Ana studied Global Affairs with concentrations in the Environment, Latin America, and Spanish Linguistics with a minor in Dance/Performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. During her time at GMU she worked with world-class choreographers and professors such as, Susan Shields, Dan Joyce, Linda Miller, and Hugh Lee. She also had a chance to take part in GMU’s guest artist residency program and performed the work of Mark Morris, Kyle Abraham, Lar Lubovitch, Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, David Parsons, Camille A. Brown, Ohad Naharin, Alwin Nikolais, Kate Skarpetowska, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, and Patrick Corbin. Ana also had a long stent in the competition scene, where she performed and won scholarships and many high score awards for her dancing abilities, and most recently for her choreographic pieces. She also attended master dance workshops such as JUMP and NUVO with choreographers that now star on the famous show, So You Think You Can Dance, including Allison Holker, Nick Lazzarani, Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Mike Minery, and Misty Copeland.
Ana has been teaching and choreographing for children of all ages for over fourteen years in various disciplines and dedication levels. What Ana enjoys most about teaching is sharing her multitude of experience with her students, as well as, her passion and artistry for dance. She hopes to instill her technical knowledge, build their character and confidence, and ultimately help mold the young men and women of today through dance. Her goal is to give her students all the tools they need to flourish in their dance careers or in whatever career they chose to pursue.
Ana is elated to be part of such a stellar team and studio that has been inspiring great dance instruction in their community for over twenty years. Let’s dance!