Anna de la Paz
Anna de la Paz began her dance training with Maria Morales at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, studying many genres of dance including classical and folkloric Spanish dances, Flamenco and ballet. In 1994, she went to Madrid, Spain to continue her professional studies with Mariemma, as well as with La Tati, Tomás de Madrid, María Magdalena and Pedro Azorín. She later trained with Carmen de Vicente in Alexandria, Virginia, while performing in various productions including Washington Opera’s La Traviata at the Kennedy Center. She also studied at the University of New Mexico’s celebrated Flamenco and Spanish Dance Department. Ms. de la Paz received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and her B.A. in Spanish Literature from Towson University. In 1999, she moved to New York City and began working with Gabriela Granados and American Bolero Dance Company. With ABDC, Ms. de la Paz performed in the critically acclaimed production Olé! Olé! Fin de Siglo among others, and continues to dance with the company today. In New York, Ms. de la Paz studied with La Meira, José Molina, Mariano Parra, Jerane Michel and Gabriela Granados. She also worked as a freelance artist, performing throughout the New York area at various venues including Carnegie Hall. Ms. de la Paz has produced her own shows, Alegría Española and Migración which have been performed in New York City and the tri-state area. She has worked on numerous collaborative projects, including Making Music Dance which is a cross fusion of flamenco, the many flavors of tap and world music and premiered at Jazz en Rafale in Montreal, March 2013.
Anna de la Paz has dedicated much of her professional career to dance education. She has been on the faculty of the Baltimore Actors’ Theatre Conservatory in Baltimore and Casa Galicia in Queens, NY. She has also been a guest teacher at Coupe Theatre Studio and is currently a freelance teacher at the Helen Hayes Studios in Nyack, NY. In 2002, Anna de la Paz participated in a training program at City Center to become a teaching artist in New York City Public Schools. Since then, Ms. de la Paz has led many workshops and lecture/demonstrations in the schools including programs for R.P. Connor Elementary School, Cherry Lane Elementary School, Nyack Middle School, Ramapo Freshman Center, Suffern High School, Ramapo High School and Dominican College among others. In 2011 and 2013, Ms. de la Paz was awarded Arts in Education grants from the Arts Council of Rockland for collaborative projects with Ramapo High School, in Spring Valley, NY. Anna de la Paz currently lives in Nyack, NY with her husband and three children, where she continues to teach, produce and perform.