Ana Maria Alvarez is a choreographer, educator and dance activist based in Los Angeles. She has trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts and with Urban Bush Women, Cutumba Folcorico & Narisco Medina in Cuba, Dr. Elenor Gwyn, Katherine Dunham, Victoria Marks and David Rousseve among others. Alvarez received a BA in Dance and Politics from Oberlin College and a MFA in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Art and Cultures. Among her awards are grants from the Durfee Foundation, Center for Creative Innovation, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, LA Department of Cultural Affairs, and more recently the NEA. Her work has been commissioned by Jamie Nichols’ Celebrate Dance, St. Joesph’s Ballet, CounterPULSE’s Performing Diaspora Festival, Cornerstone Theater and Tanzmesse Dance Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany. She is the Founding Artistic Director of CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater, a dance activist company based in Los Angeles.
Company Website: www.contra-tiempo.org
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