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38 | #AnaMariaAlvarez - CONTRA-TIEMPO

On our fourth episode of World Dance month your co-host Reyna interviews Ana Maria Alvarez the Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of CONTRA-TIEMPO. In this episode we go behind the screen in celebration of CONTRA-TIEMPO’s 15th anniversary and talk about Ana Maria’s career rooted in politics and dance, advice and questions to consider for starting a dance company, collaboration and crediting dancers, using Patreon to facilitate a deeper level of connection with the company, and practices for nourishing oneself and manifesting ideas.


[0:29] Reyna introduce Ana Maria


[1:51]Reyna asks: “Can you briefly walk our audience through your career path?”

[10:43]Reyna asks: “You had the opportunity to work with 7/8th graders. Can you tell me about what that looked like for you?”

[13:18]Reyna asks: “What is something you would recommend to our listeners, especially those who want to start a dance company? What is the biggest advice you could give them?”

[18:21]Reyna asks: “What is the creative process with your dancers? What kind of culture do they bring?”

[26:30]Reyna asks: “How do you feel that social media affects your work? Do you feel like it’s connecting?”

[30:13]Reyna asks: “What are three things you think people should do?”

[36:09] Reyna asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

2- What was the first dance you saw?

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • Yes “absolutely...sometimes it can make people feel like they are not good enough…”

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Instagram “the one I use the most”

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