Ana da Costa



Ana da Costa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and recieved her ballet training from Centro de Danca Rio under the supervision of Angelica Fiorani. At the age of 16, she started her professional career by joining The Young Ballet of France in Paris, France, touring several cities in Europe and Latin America. Two years later, she joined Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro as a corps member, receiving a promotion to First Soloist soon after.

Joining California Ballet as a Principal in 2014, Ana has won the hearts of CBC audiences with her versatile performances as Myrtle in The Great Gatsby, the lead role in Giselle, the Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, and a leading female in Ruled by Secrecy. Additionally, Ana was awarded the honor of CBC Dancer of the Year in 2016.

Ms. da Costa’s repertoire also includes principal roles in La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Paquita, The Dying Swan, Dracula, and Don Quixote; as well as Myrtha and Bathidle in P. Wright’s Giselle; Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty; Taglioni in Cecilia Kerche’s Le Grand Pas de Quarte; Waltz in Les Sylphides; Shadow Trio in Natalia Makarova’s La Bayadere; Aurora and Prayer in Coppelia; Mazurka in both Natalia Makarova’s and Yelena Pankova’s Swan Lake; Dame in Priscilia Albuquerque’s Folia; and Ana de Assis in Marcelo Misailidis’s Ana and Euclides.

Throughout her career, Ana has had the opportunity to work with choreographers and ballet masters such as Richard Cragun, Marcia Haydee, Natalia Makarova, Pedro Krastchuk, Cecilia Kerche, Olga Evreinoff, Yelena Pankova, Vladimir Vassiliev, Angelica Fiorani, Jacy Jambay, Slawa Mukhamedov, Boris Storojkov, Fabio Matheus, Marcia Pinheiro, Sergio Lobato, Erik Frederick, Eugenia Feodorova, J. Slavick, and Denise Dabrowski.



I’m not interested in how people move, but what moves them.
— Pina Bausch (& Ana's Personal Motto)

When I’m not dancing I enjoy…
California Ballet's loving environment where I feel free to find the beauty of movements and the depth of characters.

What is your favorite costume? Why?
I love the dress I wore for Ron Cunningham's Carmen. So feminine and in perfect tune with the character and situation.

What’s your perfect day?
When I have a good performance and feel like I was truly living the ballet and character.

What is the hardest part about being a dancer?
Dealing with the search of "perfection" and finding the healthy middle between pushing yourself by working hard and the acceptance of your body's limits.

What ballet or role would you like to dance (and why), but haven't yet?
Tatiana from Eugene Onegin. I would love to portray this character with such wide emotional range over Tchaikovsky's beautiful music.

If I weren’t a dancer, I’d be…
An actress... well, I am! I do work as an actress as well!

What has been your most memorable moment as a dancer?
I have been blessed with many... Myrtle from The Great Gatsby is still one of my favorites as are Juliet and the "mad scene" from Giselle.

I love San Diego because…
It's a beautiful city!