Sandra TorijanoAssociate Professor of Dance
Sandra Torijano graduated from the National University of Costa Rica. As a freelance dancer, teacher, and choreographer, Torijano has traveled throughout Europe, Latin America, and the USA. As a dancer and soloist she has performed with the National Dance Company of Costa Rica; Danza UNA; guest dancer, Gyory Ballet Company in Hungary, Institute del Teatre in Barcelona, Institute Nacional de Bellas Artes in México; participated in several international festivals around the world. Torijano won the Costa Rican National Prize in Choreography (honorific) and was invited by Nobel Prize winner Oscar Arias to stage choreography for his Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet. She also performed in Beijing and Shanghai in 2009 for the Amighetti Project with composer and dean of fine arts in Costa Rica Eddie Mora.
As a director and producer for more than 20 years of interdisciplinary projects between USA and Latin America, Torijano has facilitated opportunities for our U-M students and faculty to research, study and perform in Costa Rica, providing experiences in a multicultural global society and performing together with award-winning professional musicians and dancers of Central and South America.