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Anna Medina

Anna began her dance training in Tijuana, México at Colegio de Danza Sylvia. Her training included classes in ballet, jazz, tap, flamenco, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. She complimented her learning experience with ballet classes at San Diego Ballet and San Diego City Ballet, as well as contemporary classes with Angel Arambula, Co-Director of international dance company Lux Boreal. At age 13 Anna began teaching Tap and Jazz to students between the ages of 2 and 6, choreographing their recital pieces. As a dancer, Anna interpreted several ballet lead roles such as Sylvia, La Esmeralda, and Kitri and participated in several international competitions. She also attended several dance intensives, such as LADF, Pulse and 24Seven.
Once Anna began her BA in Political Science in Boston College, she was accepted as a member of the Boston College Dance Ensemble, a student-run organization providing opportunities for thirty advanced dancers to choreograph and perform in several shows and performances. After College, Anna attended the Joffrey Experience Summer Intensive in New York City, where she took classes with dance experts such as Mia Michaels and Michael Blake.
Anna worked in the City of San Diego as a Council Representative and Arts Organizations liaison from 2018 to 2020. Her work with the San Diego community inspired her to continue researching the effects of dance education for youth living in low income neighborhoods and the importance of government funding in these communities. Anna also taught Jazz classes and led the competition team of her home studio. The competition team had 22 dancers between the ages of 7 and 18. The team participated in International competitions in San Diego and Tijuana with ballet, acro, jazz and lyrical pieces. Additionally, she choreographed the halftime shows for the official cheerleading team of Xolos de Tijuana, the City’s first division soccer team for the 2019 season. Anna continues to teach Advanced Jazz and is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance at UC Irvine. She is a Teacher’s Associate and teaches Jazz 1 for non dance majors virtually.

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It has been a difficult year for all of us in many ways.  The arts have been hit particularly hard because so much of the work we do requires physical closeness and interaction.  While our traditional summer program on the UCI campus has been suspended to prioritize the health and safety of our participants, instructors, and staff, we still need to support our community of artists.

For that reason, we are excited to offer the Summer Academies LITE program.  It provides advanced young artists the tools they will need as they prepare applications and audition material for college and career pursuits.  It also provides much needed employment for our team of instructors ⎼ practicing artists themselves ⎼ who have seen their commissions, gigs, and contracts cancelled.

If you are able, please consider making a gift of any amount to support the Summer Academies LITE program.  Your contribution will make a significant impact by supporting the artists who make it possible.

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