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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, France, touring several cities in Europe and Latin America. Two years later she joined Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro as a corps member, and became a first soloist. Ms. da Costa’s repertoire includes leading roles in Giselle, La Bayadere, Swan Lake act II, Paquita and the Dying Swan solo, as well as Myrhta and Bathilde in P. Wright’s Giselle; Mercedes in Don Quixote; Lilac Fary in Sleeping Beauty; Taglioni in Cecilia Kerche’s Le Grand Pas de Quatre; Waltz in Les Sylphides; Spanish and Arabian Dance and Flower Waltz’s principals in Nutcracker; Shadow Trio in Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadere; Aurora and Prayer in Coppelia; Solo roles in Paquita; Big Swans, Brides, Mazurka in both Natalia Makarova’s and Yelena Pankova’s Swan Lake; Dame in Priscila Albuquerque’s Folia; and Ana de Assis in Marcelo Misailidis’ Ana and Euclides.
Throughout her career, Ana 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, Sergio Lobato, Erick Frederick, Eugenia Feodorova, J. Slavick, and Denise Dabrowski.
Ana 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 Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, and a lead role in Ruled by Secrecy. She received the California Ballet Company Dancer of the Year Award for 2015-2016. This season Ana will be featured in Jump Jive, The Nutcracker, and Peter Pan.