How many dance artists have to single handedly raise three girls, teach dance, theatre, track and field, run a summer camp, perform, choreograph and train all at the same time? Meet Ana Bolt from North Miami Beach, a 5’8”, brown eyed one-woman powerhouse. Born in Nicaragua, with a side trip to Spain for eight years, she returned with her family to Nicaragua and then moved on to Honduras because of the political turmoil in Nicaragua. She came to the States at age 17.
Ana started dancing at when she was ten years old. She credits her dance teacher Heriberto Mercado in Nicaragua as her inspiration. She said “With all the limitations that the government put him through, he still taught and inspired all of his students that bad politics had no place in his dance studio. Through dance he also taught us to speak. Words were limited and artists were being killed for speaking the truth. He told us when the government tells you that freedom of speech is over, then dance and speak with your heart.”
Ana’s biggest and current challenge is keeping up with constant training. A single Mom for the past thirteen years, she has two jobs teaching (Nautilus Middle School in Miami Beach and Expressions Performing Arts program) while raising three children. Now that her girls are older (Alicia 20, Sharon 17 and Scarlett 13), she has more time at night to rehearse and work on choreography for an upcoming performance with the Aire Dance Company.
Anna also currently dances with Pioneer Winter. She met him at Michael Krop Senior High School when she was a guest teacher and choreographer. She remembers meeting this incredible young talent. She currently dances the role of Pioneer’s mother in his beautiful piece Mother Son(days).
After suffering physical and emotional abuse while married, she finds dance healing. Ana’s dance dream is to teach and empower other abused women through dance. She wants to use movement exploration as a vehicle to aid in the physical, emotional and healing process of women who have experienced domestic violence. She wants to assist women to allow themselves to let go of their past lives and the depression that overwhelms them, and give them the opportunity to create a new chapter in their lives through dance and writing.
Ana Bolt is a prime example of what it takes to be a working artist.