Meet the ArtistsKeshet Dance Company
Ana Lopes Arechiga
Community Education Dir., Company Dancer, Teaching Faculty (KP3, Community Classes)
Ana was born in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, and began dancing at an early age. She has a BA in dance and psychology, having graduated with honors Summa Cum Laude in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude in Dance from the University of New Mexico. She apprenticed for the Kamea Dance Company in Israel in 2014 and was a performing apprentice at Keshet Dance Company in 2013, and has been a Company Dancer since 2016. She has also danced for the Santa Fe Opera, Jewell and Company, Blythe Eden Dance Company, J. Garcia Dance Company, lisa nevada dance, and Estaban Garza Dance Company. While she continues to dance for many of these companies, Ana oversees all community education here at Keshet, ranging from managing the community class schedule and the teaching faculty, overseeing the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community, and coordinating all of Keshet’s community engagement programs. Additionally, she teaches some fantastic classes each week!
Company Dancer, Costumer, Teaching Faculty (KP3, Community Classes)
Originally from Timisoara, Romania, Sonia has been a New Mexico resident for the last 14 years. She has dedicated her life to dance since the age of 16, studying modern, contemporary, hip hop, ballet, Latin ballroom, and most recently, Mexican folklorico. After training at Albuquerque Academy and Elite Dance Studio in High School, Sonia went on graduate with honors from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Contemporary Dance in May of 2013. One month after graduating, she joined Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts as a dancer and teacher, a position that she holds to this day. Working at Keshet has provided numerous teaching and dancing opportunities, including teaching in Keshet’s Movement + Mentorship = Metamorphosis program, guest teaching at Cohesion Center for Dance & the Arts in Montana, playing the role of Marie in Shira Greenberg’s 20th annual Nutcracker on the Rocks in 2016, and playing the role of Alice in Keshet’s Alice: an adventure of wonder and wondering. Sonia is also involved in the creation and touring of new works created for and with Keshet Dance, and often serves as rehearsal director for many productions. Sonia was part of the j. garcia dance company from 2014-2015. Throughout this time, she performed numerous contemporary dance and dance theater works choreographed and directed by Jacqueline Garcia. In February of 2017, Sonia performed with Keshet resident company, Navarasa Dance Theater in the world premiere of their original production Snake and Ladder, which took place at Keshet Center for the Arts. She then performed various Navarasa productions (Story and a Song, Snake and Ladder, Encounter) in several locations in New Mexico, San Diego, Los Angeles, and in Vancouver, Canada. In the Spring of 2018 she began dancing with Esteban E Garza and Dance Company. She performed in the company’s productions of Identidades and [Corpor]atus in 2018, and is currently rehearsing with the company for a new production which will premiere in June 2019 in Albuquerque. In the Fall of 2017 Sonia began teaching Hip-Hop dance at the University of New Mexico, joining the Department of Theater and Dance as adjunct faculty. Most recently, in the Fall of 2018, her work as a dance educator has expanded to include teaching Hip-Hop at the Public Academy for Performing Arts. Considering the impact dance has had on her life, she believes that art can make a significant impact on anyone’s life, whether they are on stage or in the audience.
Company Dancer, Teaching Faculty (M3 Program, Community Classes, KP3)
Lara Segura is a dance activist that explores themes rooted in social justice, environmental consciousness and community engagement. She has extensive experience as a professional performer, educator, producer, and choreographer. She holds a BFA from SDSU and an MFA in Choreography from JU. She has had the pleasure of working with a number of excellent institutions including Mojalet Dance Collective, Malashock Dance, Jacksonville University, San Diego Dance Theater and Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts. Lara’s love of nature has inspired her passion for site-specific dance and she is honored to serve as an Ambassador for National Water Dance.