Anaya Latin Dance was founded in 2018 with the idea of bringing a new approach to Latin dance to Alaska. The company’s focus is on the rich Cuban roots of Latin social dances, which can be enjoyed, embodied, and authentically felt by all.
Liz Anaya is from the Mat-Su Valley, Alaska. She is a published scholar of dance, holding a master’s degree (2017) in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage. She wrote her master’s dissertation, La Onda Gozadera, on casino and other Cuban dances in a globalized world. She has danced, taught, and participated in performing groups in both Europe and the US, always seeking out top teachers. In 2016, she served as a judge at Salsanor’s annual “Rueda Congress”, hosted that year in Trondheim, Norway. Liz brings historical, comparative, and technical knowledge to this teaching duo. She also teaches Spanish & French.
Ciro Anaya is from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, the birthplace of Cuban son. He earned a teaching license as an art instructor through Cuba’s national art instructor’s college, where he also danced in the university dance group. Before moving to Alaska, he danced full-time in the internationally-recognized professional dance company directed by Yanek Revilla, Sabor DKY, performing choreographies of various Cuban popular dances and teaching groups of students from all around the world. Ciro brings infectious positive energy, embodied knowledge, and authentic Cuban style to this partnership.
Anaya Latin Dance enjoys a partnership with Latin percussionist Luis Perez (Iran), from Puerto Rico, a conga player who loves sharing his passion for rhythm with our students and by participating in our events and community projects.
Anaya Latin Dance is a licensed and insured business.