Community Arts Partnerships Program Manager
Mariana Ranz (Community Arts Partnerships Program Manager) is originally from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where she began her ballet training under the direction of Gryssel Berlioz. Later she joined and performed with Compañia de Danza Bellart. At the age of 18, Ranz relocated to the United States to pursue her higher education studies. She attended the University of California, Irvine and graduated with a BA in Dance and in Psychology and Social Behaviors. In 2012, Ranz was accepted with a partial scholarship into New York University Steinhardt Dance Education Program and graduated in 2014 with a MA for Teaching Dance in the Professions: American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Pedagogy. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level Seven of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Ranz is a passionate dancer, dance educator and artist. As part of her career development, she traveled to Uganda in 2014 where she had the opportunity to collaborate with Ugandan dance educators from Makerere University and the Kampala Ballet and Modern Dance School. In her efforts to give back to her community, Ranz has taught several workshops, master classes, and professional development workshops for dancers and dance educators in her home country, Bolivia. Ranz’s experience includes teaching in private and public schools, dance studios, and non-profit dance organizations. Throughout her career, she has served on the dance faculties of American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hunter College Elementary School, and The Spence School.