The choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez is a Cuban-American who began dancing at the age of five. She trained Ballet until her teen years when she got hooked on Dunham Technique, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Haitian. Alvarez received her B.A in Dance and Politics from Orbelin College thereafter moving to Brooklyn, NY becoming a Dance Specialist at The Center for Family Life’s Community Arts Project. After teaching several years, she moved to Los Angeles to attain her MFA in Choreography from UCLA, during which she worked in collaboration with teachers and researchers to create a dance program. This was the foundation for CONTRA-TIEMPO’s education program, which has partnered up with schools throughout Southern California to integrate dance into the education curriculum. Alavarez guest lectures in colleges and universities in California and during the summer teaches at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures.
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