Ana Miranda is a Cuban born Miami based dance artist and community builder. Ms. Miranda is trained internationally in dance technique and movement studies, constantly evolving her artistry to share with others as performer, choreographer, teacher and therapist. She has been on the dance faculty of universities, a presenter at local and national dance conferences, and an advocate for arts accessibility. In 2004, she founded the non-profit organization Art Works for Us, Inc. to fund creative projects and outreach programs.
Miranda’s extensive dance background includes training in ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, improvisation, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, Authentic Movement, yoga and flamenco. Her flamenco studies began in 1996 within the South Florida community and continued with courses lead by top Spanish artists at Flamenco Festival International in Albuquerque, Escuela de Baile in London, and studios in Spain. Miranda has performed with professional flamenco companies Bailes Ferrer and Siempre Flamenco in addition to forming her own troupes, Arte Compás Flamenco Ensemble and more recently, Gypsy Cat, a 5 pc band co-founded with guitarist and collaborator Carl Ferrari.
As choreographer and performer, Ana Miranda has increasingly experimented within the genres of contemporary dance and flamenco since 2006, evolving a style reflective of her cultural and artistic identity, nurtured through collaborations with other performing artists and studies with contemporary dance artists. Miranda produced two critically acclaimed evening length shows of her work, Soulé (2012) and Revolution/Evolution (2013) also featuring live music and spoken word. Her choreographic vision continues to expand within the contemporary milieu, in and out of the world of flamenco, inclusive of all her experiences and influences. This exploration has become Ana Miranda Dance, a project based entity.
Ana Miranda's choreographic work has been supported by Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs (Community Grants), Tigertail (Artist Access), Miami Dade County (CBO grants), Hollywood Beach Latin Festival, Miami Dade Parks and Recreation Arts and Culture, Miami Dade Public Library System, Suntrust Jazz Festival, The Field (Miami), Sleepless Nights Miami Beach, North Miami Arts Collective, Karen Peterson Dance, Dance Now, Rift Blackbox, Nova Southeastern University, Miami Dade College Kendall, and corporate/individual donors. In the Miami area she has presented her work at the Miami Dade County Onstage Blackbox, Inkub 8, The Colony Theater, Little Haiti Cultural Center, 7th Circuit Studios and the Charles Deering Estate in addition to outdoor festivals, theaters and music venues throughout the state of Florida.
Miranda has an MA in dance/movement therapy from Goucher College and an MFA in choreography from Jacksonvile University. While in residency at Jacksonville University/White Oak Plantation, she has worked with contemporary artists such as Alonzo King, Michael Klien, Heather Hansen, Juri Nael, and Mario Zambrano in dance/movement and choreographic studies.
In her expansive career, Ana Miranda has consistently performed and presented work, sharing stages with internationally renowned artists, while maintaining her commitment to community outreach. In her diverse roles, Miranda's mission has been to honor the sanctity of the human spirit in the dancing body.