Ana discovered jazz in her childhood, listening to her dad’s Lester Young and Oscar Peterson records over and over again. She was instantly fascinated with improvisation and the intimate conversational qualities of it, which led her to write many articles on jazz and literature as a literature academic. She had known and written about the history of swing dace but hadn’t tried until a few years into her literary research, where she fell instantly in love with it. She then immediately started traveling and dancing like a madman.
She now lives in Berlin, where she teaches full time, helps organize swing events, runs three dance troupes, and hosts a weekly book club about jazz. In her classes she tries to honor rhythm, music and kindness towards the partner, trying to spark curiosity for the laborious journey that finding individuality and understanding within the dance itself is.