Ana Maria Perales
Ana Maria Perales, began her training as a member of the Cultural Society of International Performing Arts, where she served as an ambassador throughout Southeast Louisiana for Cultural Dance in the production, ‘Across the Border’ with Javier Juarez. She then went on to be featured as a dancer in the series, ‘Ecos Latinos’ on PBS, soon thereafter she auditioned, was accepted and later graduated from New Orleans Conservatory for Performing Arts (NOCCA) with a Certificate of Musical Theatre Performance. She then attended Columbia College of Chicago, where she continued her studies and trained under some of the leading professors of performing theatre arts, including Sheldon Patinkin. She has worked professionally for Six Flags Entertainment, was honored to perform in the Historical Le Petit Theatre of the French Quarter and to be cast as a featured dancer in Disney Pictures, 'Stuck in the Suburbs.’ A guest performer of the New Orleans Ballet Association’s production, ‘Swing Down Under’ and an 8 consecutive year entertainer of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Ana is a diverse and versatile performer who has trained in classical, cultural, and commercial dance.
Ana Maria as an associates Degree in Kinesiology and Apex Personal Training Certification. Since moving to California, she has had the opportunity to work on commercials with Lexus, Subway, AARP, and has also been featured Apple print work. Also, as an Elly Award nominated actress for her starring role as Anna in Nilo Cruz’s, ‘Anna and the Tropics,’ she has demonstrated her artistic range and emphasis on not only dance, but outstanding passion for performance. Recently, working as an instructor of Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles, Ana has had the opportunity to train with many of the most exciting and innovative choreographers of dance including, Brian Friedman, Tina Landon, Marty Kudulka, Liz Imperio and Nico O’ Connor. She has been interviewed on Dance Plug, seen on SYTYCD and had the pleasure of being featured in 2009 issue of Dance Spirit magazine. Locally, she most recently performed and worked as dance captain in Green Valley Theatre’s production of ‘In the Heights,’ which won 7 Elly Awards 2015, including Best Musical and Best Choreography. She is most passionate about teaching and loves working as a choreographer for Sacramento Theatre Company throughout schools, where her choreography has been featured in several productions throughout Sacramento. She has choreographed for shows at the Crest Theatre, Gabeau’s Dinner Theatre, music videos, galas and other private events.
She is excited to be a part of Fancy Feet and feels privileged to have the opportunity to share her experience and passion with all the amazingly talented Fancy Feet Dancers!