Ana Bolt-Turrall is a Wife, Mother, Dancer, Educator, Researcher consummate Artist and Mentor
Ana has spent a lifetime refining her craft and combining the art of dance with her heart for service. Ana’s years of professional dance training include studying with such renown teachers and institutions as Alonzo King, Mayra Morales, Ana Sanchez-Colberg, Jüri Nael, Michael Kliën, Gerard Ebitz, Frank Hatchett, Fred Bratcher, Gerry Houlihan, Judith Newman, Mariana Alvarez, Rosita Segovia, Horton technique at The Alvin Ailey School, Limon technique with Daniel Lewis, Graham technique with Peter London and Laban Movement with Bill Evans. Ana has also done extensive training in Fitness and Pilates, and is certified with Polestar Pilates Miami Dr. Brent Anderson. In addition, she is a certified physical education instructor for grades K-12. She is a graduate of New World School of the Arts and Florida International University. She studied continuing education courses at the University of Miami and holds a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) from Jacksonville University.
Through the School of Communications at University of Miami, Ana worked on “The Healing Dance.” This documentary explores the issue of domestic violence and the ways in which the healing light of dance can shine on this dark subject. Her long-held belief that dance is a gift to be shared and used to help build communities, is evident as she often donates her time performing for charities and special events. She has contributed to women’s shelters, church programs, Dance for food, VSA, Impact for Life and worked for the Children’s Trust. Ana has been a long-standing advocate and inspiration to help others. Therefore, to keep the Art of Giving active Ana became a consultant for Christian Bling an online business which closed but now works with Arbonne family network company. She will continue to help her raise funds for several causes that benefit the veterans, expecting mothers and others in need.
In 1991-2014, she Founded Expressions Performing Arts (EPA) and worked as the Artistic Director for this after school enrichment program for children. Never wanting to turn away any child who desired exploring the Arts, Ana and EPA often provided full or partial scholarships to countless families in need. Expressions Performing Arts Camp is the only aspect of the program operating under the Miami Beach JCC programs.
Ana began developing her early teaching techniques at the age of 17, by working at the Fontainebleau Hilton as a certified aerobics fitness instructor. She then became Dance Instructor at Biscayne Elementary School, St. Patrick’s Catholic School and Ballet Etudes where she further developed her gift for teaching. In 1995, Ana brought her expertise and talents to the public school system and has tirelessly directed the Dance and Theatre Programs at Nautilus Middle School in Miami Beach, as well as the Track and Field division.
Her leadership, training and expert coaching, have prepared many students to attend prestigious schools such as Juilliard in New York, Ailey/Fordham University, New World School of the Arts in Miami, Boston Conservatory and Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Florida State University, to name a few. Some of her former students pursued professional careers and are now dancing on Broadway and in professional companies. She is known for her integrity, her desire to serve, and her un-dying commitment to building the community’s youth through the Arts. Her holistic approach to teaching, builds not only dance technique and skill, but confidence, self-esteem and character in her students. Ana is able to help them transform no only into artists or arts-enthusiasts, but into centered and wholesome individuals.
While Arts Education, Community Service and raising her three daughters has kept her plate full, Ana also remains an active and well-respected Performing Artist. She is a member of Wings to Fly Dance Company, and her own Bolt Movement & Theatre Project for individuals over 40. She has danced with the Florida Grand Opera, Bailes Ferrer, Flamenco La Rosa, the Long Island Dance Company, Rosita Segovia Company and Ballet Randolph. She has also been a guest solo artist for the Dance Now Ensemble, Aire Dance Company with Director, Ana Miranda and Pioneer Collective. Most recently, Ana was sought out by Miami Choreographer, Pioneer Winter, to be featured in his poignant piece entitled, Mother Son(days.) This moving work has been performed several times including the Florida Dance Festival and Daniel Lewis Sampler. Ana’s recent movement workshop and performance took place in Canada October 2016. She presented solo works from her practice as research “Vessels of Grace & The Graces of Aging” plus other dances within her faith called “The Crucifix and I.” In addition she is sharing with movement enthusiasts how to work through injuries and find ways to modify to continue working in the field of dance; Although, Ana has had major back issues that imposed several set backs in her dance career she has learned wonderful ways to create new movement vocabulary and not completely let go of her passion of teaching and dance.
Worthy of mention Ana was presented with the Hispanic Artist of the year Award in 2011, by the City of Miami Beach Mayor Matty Bower. The MiamiArtzine.com also honored Ana, with the Visionary Award in 2012 for her contributions to the Arts Education in the community and received the Teacher of the Year nomination on several occasions. She received the Nautilus Middle School Teacher of the Year Award in 2008-2009 and was awarded Track Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Ana is an inspiration in the community, to the youth and also to older individuals with mature bodies who have the courage to keep on moving and dancing. Ana’s reach and influence to so many regardless of age is extensive.
Ana is presently inspiring the youth in Port Saint Lucie and teaching Pilates, modern dance, and ballet at South Florida Dance Company. Ana taught clients ages 16-90 years of age at Harbor Ridge Yacht & Country Club, and is the Director of Fitness programs at Gold’s Gym where she also teaches group and private classes. On Saturdays Ana works with older individuals and meet at Gold's Gym. This group's curiosity, desire and courage to keep on moving/dancing has motivated Ana to create her movement company The Bolt Movement & Theatre Project. With this practice they have acquired confidence and learned new ways of movement exploration and excavation. Their dedication has resulted in positive outcomes for creativity, growth, acknowledgment, and connections with others. Their journeys within the practice have made considerable contributions of movement discoveries for the framing and creation of choreographic projects.
“THE BEAUTY OF A DANCER LIES IN THE EXPRESSIONS OF THE SOUL”