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We are proud to be a world class centre of excellence for the training and education of classical ballet dancers where graduating students are prepared to secure contracts with national and international ballet companies. Teachers come from successful professional dance backgrounds and teach with passion and commitment.
A student-focussed learning experience maximises each student’s potential in learning, living and dancing skills. The positive learning environment and high expectations prepare our graduates for life in the very best national and international ballet companies.
Elmhurst in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet is a world renowned centre of excellence for the training and education of ballet dancers. Students are equipped with the skills, resilience and creativity to succeed and make a difference in the professional dance world and beyond.
Ana was born in Valdepeñas, Spain, and started dancing at an early age when she attended classes at her local dance school.
From 1983 to 1990 Ana studied Classical Ballet and Spanish dance at the Malaga Conservatoire, achieving outstanding exam results, and establishing a career in Flamenco. She continued studying in Spain’s leading centres of modern Flamenco in Madrid, Seville and Jerez, with some of the great names, including Maria Magdalena, Ciro, Adrian Galia, Rafaela Carrasco, Belen Fernandez, Belen Maya, and Eva La Yerbabuena.
Since moving to England in 1993, Ana has been teaching, performing and choreographing successfully throughout the UK and has a wealth of experience working with adults and children at professional level, as well as in community and educational settings. She has also been a regular guest teacher at Birmingham University (Drama & Dance department), in London and around the UK, and she has been holding classes throughout Birmingham and the Central region since 1999.
Ana is in great demand as a teacher and as a performer and is noted for her ability to help non-dancers communicate and express their creative abilities through dance and body movement, drawing on a rich cultural mix of Flamenco, classical, modern and other 'world' dance traditions.
As well as being a dancer Ana has organised numerous workshops for Flamenco dance, guitar and singing, and has promoted Flamenco performances through out the UK, Bloomsbury Theatre, London; Alexandra Theatre, CBSO Centre and Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; and Dublin Concert Hall.
In 2002 Ana started performing with her new Flamenco dance company, Alma, achieving remarkable critical and popular acclaim. Since then the company has performed all over the UK - creating artistic relationships with venues and other companies like Anureka Gosh & Company. Alma has performed in prestigious venues like Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall and has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival on numerous occasions.
Ana is a passionate and inspiring choreographer. She collaborated with leading European director Calixto Bieito as a choreographer for the play La Celestina (a co-production between Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival, 2004). She has worked at Montpellier Opera House, France, choreographing the Dance of Salomé in a ground-breaking twin production of both the Strauss and Mariotte versions of the opera (directed by Carlos Wagner). After that, Since then, Ana
has kept working with Carlos and has choreographed Los Sobrinos del Capitan Grant, La Vie Parisienne and Carmen.
In 2010, Ana was invited to Buenos Aires to direct and choreograph the acclaimed Argentinean Tango Dance Company, Otango.