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Associate Professor of Dance
Sandra Torijano received her BA in dance at the National University of Costa Rica and danced in Danza Una, the resident professional company of the National University. Her principal teacher was Elena Gutierrez. Torijano then became a soloist with The National Dance Company of Costa Rica and toured extensively throughout Latin America, performing as a soloist in Fausto, Carmina Burana and The Soldier’s Tale, among others.
After coming to the U.S. in 1992, Torijano continued her career as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer throughout Europe, Latin America and the U.S., working with Ann Arbor Dance Works, The Gyory Ballet Company of Hungary, The Institut del Teatre in Barcelona, National Institute of Fine Artes in Mexico, Steps on Broadway in New York, San Diego Dance Theatre, and Pointe Park University and the National Symphony of Costa Rica.
Torijano is also the recipient of several awards and grants for her choreography, including the National Prize of Costa Rica, Honorable Mention. In 2004, at the invitation of Nobel winner and President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, Torijano choreographed a solo that was performed for His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet. She continues to collaborate with notable Costa Rican composers, choreographers and writers. Her choreography Amighetti was performed in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. Her current work for the National Dance Company of Costa Rica, entitled Poesies, was premiered in March and will have performances throughout Latin America. Torijano continues to work as a free-lance choreographer and teacher throughout the U.S. and abroad.
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