Playing For Dance
Mariana is a driven and passionate pianist that understands the true key to binding dance and music together. She creates music in the room that lifts and inspires you as a dancer.
– Sebastian Michanek, artistic director at the Swedish National Ballet School
Mariana’s curiosity and knowledge of playing for dance make every movement in the dance studio like a performance.
– Monica Milocco, artistic director at Regionteater Väst Dans
Mariana is a passionate and creative pianist. Her interest in dance as an art form and its correspondence with the music is extremely noticeable and sensed during the dance class.
– Israel Aloni, independent choreographer & artistic director of ilDance
I have extended working experience playing for ballet and contemporary dance classes in Scandinavia, Spain, and the UK. I have played in prestigious dance companies such as the English National Ballet, Göteborgs Operan, Royal Danish Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Tivoli Ballet Theater; and also, in dance institutions such as Swedish National Ballet School, Danscentrum Väst, Balettakademien, Royal Academy of Dance, and Castilla y León Professional School of Dance.
After finishing the superior studies of piano performance and contemporary music at the prestigious conservatory Musikene (Spain), in 2006 I started to focus my work on the relationship of music with different arts. I have been always interested in the study and the detailing of the collaborative pianist in dance, and that’s why I studied with the prestigious ballet pianists Josu Gallastegui, Kim Helweg, Bernard Matracki, Kiko Franco, and Alberto de Paz. I also completed a Master’s degree in music theory at the Academy of Music and Drama (Gothenburg) in 2014, conducting a research project titled “The piano music in the ballet class. How can the pianist ‘talk’ to the dancers?”. In 2016 I completed the post-graduate program “The musical accompaniment for dance” at the Danish National School of Performing Arts (Copenhagen). I also had an education on dance, and I completed the RAD Syllabus dance examination in 1998 and the Advance RAD examination in 1999.