Ariana Pirela Sánchez

Specialities: Improvisation, Nature-focused art, Outdoor Art-making, Public Installations

Contact Info

Resides in
English Montreal

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Experience working with

  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5
  • Senior Citizens

Lifelong Learners

  • Adult Learners

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Citizenship and Community Life (Identity & Belonging)

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • No

I have experience working with

  • I have experience working in Quebec French schools in cycle 1, 2 and 3 of elementary school including kinds with special needs. I also have experience working with homeless women and men’s and with mental health problems. I also have experience teaching to pre-professional dancers and adults learning.

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes


  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
Ariana Pirela Sánchez is a choreographer and a dancer full of energy. She has been teaching dance and movement workshops for more than ten years to people of all ages in different contexts. Her workshops are inclusive and easily adapted to the students involved. She helps the participants connect with the movement inside them using dance, creative writing, and drawing.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

I teach contemporary dance in different ways, and I also teach Latin dance, usually mix with contemporary dance.

In my workshops, I use an approach combining dance, improvisation, and self-consciousness. We activate the body and the senses through simple exercises by relating them to space, time, and other participants. We awaken the body to lead it through practical and sensitive coordination.

My workshops allow dancers to improve their skills by using their curiosity and creativity in the dance moves, and it will also help the students to construct their identity and find new ways of communication.

Through guided improvisations of choreographed sequences, dancers are encouraged to work in different isolations in the body to explore their own way of moving. By trusting their intuition, participants will explore different states: physical, mental, and emotional, to find the balance between control and letting go.

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