My commitment to teaching dance and choreography is strong, as is evidenced by my 27 years of work in diverse communities in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the United States.
My background affords me a unique perspective in teaching and administrating in a multicultural and multiracial environment. My areas of artistic specialization are Ballet, Modern Dance, Argentinean Tango, Choreography/Composition, Methodology of Teaching Dance, Dance History and Dance Criticism.
I have significant administrative experience, including being the Founder/Director/Choreographer of three dance companies and one dance school in Argentina. Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama (2006-present in NYC), Anabella Lenzu Dance Company (2002-2004 in Italy, which performed and toured Italy sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Culture), and L'Atelier Ballet Contemporaneo (1996-2000, performing nationally in Argentina and two international tours in Chile).
I have managed both administrative staffs and dance companies, and have a broad range of experience including development, budgeting, publicity/marketing/social media, artist and tour management, and board relations.
As artistic director, I founded L’Atelier: Centro Creativo de Danza in 1994, and directed the school until 2001. L’Atelier was established as a center for dance where students develop a sensibility for art and where ethical and aesthetic knowledge are combined with the joy of creating through a holistic and humanistic approach. I established and refurbished a 4,000 sq. ft. rehearsal and performance space with two studios, a monthly performance series, and community outreach programs; handling all publicity and studio bookings. Furthermore, I managed and produced successful fundraising and benefit events. I developed the curriculum for the entire school, which gives dance instructor certification. I selected and coordinated 5 full-time faculty members and administrative assistants. I planned and developed a certificate program in experimental performance, recruited over 350 students, designed full-time curriculum, taught classes in dance, advised student projects & choreographed work on students.
Curriculum Development : In addition to developing the curriculum for L’Atelier, in Italy I collaborated with the dance schools DanzArte, Movimento Danza, and Projetto Arte to develop their Modern Dance and Ballet curriculum. I have also been a consultant for various dance schools addressing curriculum and programming issues.
Teaching is a passion for me. I am a dedicated educator and truly enjoy guiding my students to make discoveries and find their own voices through movement. Regular classes, workshops and residencies include Ballet, Modern, Argentinean Tango, Improvisation, Choreography/Composition, Repertory, Dance History, Dance Criticism, Anatomy and Methodology of teaching in more than 30 institutions since 1994, including universities, professional dance studios and companies in USA, Argentina, Italy and Chile. I have been teaching in higher education since 2005 (see CV document for details). DanceDrama Labs Workshop Series, New York - Founder, Director & Instructor 2013- present. I planned and developed a certificate program in experimental performance.
As a choreographer, I have been commissioned all over the world, for opera, TV programs, theatre productions, and by many dance companies, such as Anna Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble (New York) and Movimento Danza (Naples, Italy). (see resume for details). I have been performing and teaching in Argentina, Italy, England, Chile and the US, showing my own work and collaborating with other dance companies as a free-lance choreographer. My experience also includes organizing and coordinating schedules for teachers/secretaries/students, organizing dance performances (single performances as well as dance festivals and tours), training professional athletes and dancers for other companies. (see CV document for details).
As a dancer, I have maintained a strong technique in both Ballet and Modern Dance from my early training. I completed my classical ballet training at the renowned Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In my search for the best training available, I went to New York City to be a guest student at the Juilliard School in 1999, and studied choreography and classical modern dance at the Limon Institute, the Martha Graham School, The Merce Cunnigham Studio, among many others. I have also studied Tango in depth, as well as the folk and traditional dances of Argentina, Spain and Italy.
As a writer, I am the Author of the Book: UNVEILING MOTION AND EMOTION , A bilingual book (Spanish/English) about the importance of dance, community, choreography and dance pedagogy. During 1998 –2001, I was the Editor in Chief of Nexos de la Cultura Bahiense Magazine (Argentina). I have given lectures and classes on the World History of Dance at colleges, universities and other institutions, including New York University Tisch MFA Dance Incubator, Fordham University, Sarah Lawrence College, Wagner College, La Sapienza (Rome, Italy), Universidad Nacional del Sur (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Class titles include: The History of Ballet, Modern Dance History in America and in Europe, Origin and Evolution of Italian Folklore, Origin and Evolution of Argentine Folklore and Tango. I am Member of Dance Critics Association (New York) and author of articles, interviews and reviews in Attitude: The Dancers Magazine (New York),The Dance Enthusiast (New York), La Luciernaga (Argentina) & Danza & Ballet (Spain).
Since 2005, I have lived and worked in in New York City, and currently conduct regular classes in Modern, Ballet, Barre a Terre, Anatomy, Dance History, Dance Criticism at Peridance Capezio Center. I have also served on the faculty at Wagner College, Lehman College (CUNY), New York University-NYU Gallatin, Sarah Lawrence College, Mark Morris Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, and New Dance Group. Aside from a regular performance schedule for my own company, I routinely choreograph and direct student performances at the institutions where I teach. (see CV document for details)