Graduated from Escuela de Danzas Teresa Mann in Panama, she continued her dance studies at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida, where she specialized in contemporary dance. In 2000 she returned to Panama where she co-founded, with Tania Schwartz and Aliza Cohen, Momentum Danza, a contemporary dance company. Momentum performed during six annual seasons, and worked with various international choreographers such as Michael Foley, Antonietta Viccario and Pamela Pietro.
In 2006, she collaborated with the Spanish choreographer Fernando Hurtado in the duo Checkpoint, culminating the last season for the company.
In 2007 she participated as soloist in Sobresaltos, Panama’s first contemporary dance festival in urban spaces. In January 2008 she worked with Panamanian choreographer and dancer Milvia Martinez in the piece Teoría del Vuelo, which premiered at the first Biennial Danses Caraibes in Havana, Cuba. After several performances in Panama, Teoría del Vuelo traveled to Ansan, South Korea, for the “Hola, Latin” Latinamerican Arts Festival.
In 2009 she participated as guest dancer with Colegio del Cuerpo in the creation of El Camino Hambriento in Panama City. That same year she shared the stage again with Hurtado, this time in Pequeñas Barbaridades, a work that premiered in Panama in July, and in Mexico in November of the same year. In 2012, in collaboration with Hurtado, La Tribu Performance, and Nana+na, she helped create Márgenes para el Encuentro, supported by the Iberescena co-production fund.
With Fundación Calicanto, Analida created and actively participates in Enlaces, a program that seeks to provide opportunities for at-risk youth through an artistic training in contemporary dance. She is currently director and professor at the Steps Dance Academy, co-director of PRISMA-International Contemporary Dance Festival of Panama, and co-director of Fundación Espacio Creativo (FEC).
Ximena Eleta Sierra
She studied ballet, jazz, and tap for nine years at Escuela de Danzas Teresa Mann, in Panama. During the nine years she lived in the USA, she took courses in contemporary dance at The Ethel Walker School (Connecticut), in Dance Place (Washington, DC), in Sharir Dance Company (Austin, TX) and The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a Master’s degree in Education. Since the year 2000 she has trained with Barbara Berger, Monica Newsam, and Nereyda Rey, all former teachers in the Dance Department, School of Fine Arts, University of Panama.
She has participated as a dancer, co-producer and producer for Gramo Danse events from 2001 to the present, including Travesia, H2O, Un Poema Cotidiano, comunicandonos.com <http://comunicandonos.com and Evoluciones. Trains in and performs aerial dance since 2003, including work on fabrics, hoop, trapeze, rope, and harness. She has taken numerous contemporary and aerial dance workshops with local and international dancers and choreographers, and attended various dance festivals, including the American Dance Festival at Duke University (North Carolina, USA, 2004 and 2008), and the Aerial Dance Festival (Boulder, Colorado, 2013).
As a member of Gramo Danse, she has also participated in the International Dance Festival (Panama, 2002 and 2003); Sobresaltos: International Contemporary Dance Festival in Urban Landscapes (Casco Antiguo, Panama, 2007), International Dance Day (Panama, 2006-2011); Aerial Fusion (St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 2011 and 2012), Special Olympics Central American Games Opening (Panama, 2012), Festival of Performing Arts (Panama, 2012), and the Panama Canal 100th Anniversary Gala (2014).
She is President, since 2006, of the Board of Fundación Gramo Danse, which runs XIELO, home of dance company Gramo Danse. Besides offering classes in aerial and contemporary dance to children, youth and adults, XIELO runs an outreach dance project for at-risk children since 2008. She is currently co-director of PRISMA-International Contemporary Dance Festival of Panama
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