Ana began dancing ballet, under the strict Russian Vaganava ballet style, when she was four years old and soon there after began dancing on pointe at the age of ten. 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 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, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Ballet.
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, Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone, David Parsons, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Patrick Corbin. Ana also had a 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 and danced alongside choreographers, that have starred on the famous show, “So You Think You Can Dance”, including Allison Holker, Nick Lazzarani, Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Mike Minery, and Misty Copeland.
Most recently, Ana performed, trained and directed the junior company with the Latin Ballet of Virginia in Richmond, VA, as well as, holding the position of Director of Operations for the non-profit. While at LBV she choreographed and performed in LBV’s renowned productions of “Le Petit Prince”, “Dia de los Muertos”, “Legend of the Poinsettia”, “Carnaval”, “POEMAS”, among many other performances up and down the east coast.