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Sandra Torijano

Associate 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 U.S. As a dancer and soloist she has performed with the National Dance Company of Costa Rica and Danza UNA; she has appeared as a guest dancer with Gyory Ballet Company in Hungary, Institute del Teatre in Barcelona, and Institute Nacional de Bellas Artes in México; and she has 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 of interdisciplinary projects between U.S. and Latin America for more than 20 years, Torijano has facilitated opportunities for our U-M students and faculty to research, study, and perform in Costa Rica. They gain experiences in a multicultural global society and perform together with award-winning professional musicians and dancers of Central and South America.

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