Ana da Costa - Principal
Ana da Costa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and received her ballet training from Centro de Danca Rio under the supervision of Angelica Fiorani. At the age of sixteen she started her professional career by joining The Young Ballet of France, in Paris, touring in Europe and Latin America. Two years later she joined Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro becoming a first soloist. Ms. da Costa joined California Ballet in 2014 as a principal dancer.
Throughout her career, Ms. da Costa had the opportunity to work with choreographers and ballet masters such as Richard Cragun, Marcia Haydee, Natalia Makarova, Pedro Krastchuk, Cecilia Kerche, Olga Evreinoff, Yelena Pankova, Vladimir Vassiliev, Angelica Fiorani, Jacy Jambay, Slawa Mukhamedov, Boris Storojkov, Fabio Matheus, Marcia Pinheiro, Erick Frederick, Septime Weber, Jared Nelson, Denise Dabrowski and Trystan Merrick, who is also her regular partner.
Ms. da Costa has won the hearts of CBC audiences with her versatile performances as Myrtle in The Great Gatsby, the lead role in Giselle, the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, lead roles in Fluctuating Hemlines and Ruled by Secrecy, Tiger Lily and Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan, and many other roles of the classical repertoire as well as new ballets created on her. Ana received the CBC Dancer of the Year award for 2015-2016.
Ana da Costa is also a talented actress, which makes the characters she dances come to life on the stage.