ANNA DE LA PAZ
Spanish dance artist
I am a Spanish dance artist specializing in classical and folkloric Spanish dances. After living in Spain and studying with such great master teachers as Mariemma and Pedro Azorín, I fell deeper in love with all of the different genres of Spanish dance. I moved to New York City in 1999 and began working with Gabriela Granados and American Bolero Dance Company and later as a freelance artist, performing throughout the New York area at various venues including Carnegie Hall. I have worked in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna and the Hispanic Society of America concert series in such productions as Music and Dance in the Times of the Duchess of Alba; From Barcelona with Passion: Enrique Granados Centennial; Music and Dance from “A vision of Spain” and “Trio of Paintings: music and dance from 18th-century Spain, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
As a creator and producer of my own shows, I have explored many different angles to Spanish dance, from classical and traditional to out-of-the-box contemporary fusion projects. I have performed at various festivals, both nationally and internationally. I am also very curious about the historical
context of Spanish dance and I have participated in many research projects that have been presented at international conferences and symposia, such as the Foundation for Iberian Music’s international conferences on Enrique Granados at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City and the “Transatlantic Malagueñas and Zapateados in Music Song and Dance” at the University of California, Riverside.
Teaching has always been a passion of mine. In my professional career, my activity as a dance educator has always gone hand-in-hand with my performance career. I started teaching very young, as an apprentice at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. I have been on the faculty of various dance academies, such as the Baltimore Actors’ Theatre Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, and Ballet Rockland in Garnerville, NY. I teach master classes regularly, most recently at Ballet Hispánico in New York City. I am currently teaching classes for my adult students at the Helen Hayes Studios in Nyack, NY.
Integrating my expertise in Spanish dance into the K-12 curriculum has grown to be an important branch of my work. I was introduced to the field in 2002 when I participated in a training program at City Center to become a teaching artist in New York City Public Schools. Since then, I have led many workshops, lectures/demonstrations, and residencies in schools including programs for R.P. Conor Elementary School, Cherry Lane Elementary School, Nyack Middle School, Ramapo Freshman Center, Suffern High School, Ramapo High School and Dominican College among others. In 2018, I co-founded Hispanic Culture Arts, with my partner, mezzo-soprano, Anna Tonna in order to bring the classical Spanish arts to New York City schools. Current and past clients include PS 8 in Upper Manhattan, Seely Place Elementary School, Ballet Hispánico, the New York School for the Deaf, and the Hispanic Society Museum and Library.