Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, Andi Salazar is a dancer, choreographer, and sociologist living in the Bay Area. She began dancing at the age of 4 and started her professional training at the age of 8 at the Professional Institute School of Modern Music. There, she trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz for 10 years.
During her college years at the Catholic University of Chile, she founded Kazé Dance Company, a contemporary dance company located in Santiago. She was Kazé’s artistic director and choreographer for eight years and premiered original full-length works as well as several short pieces, winning local and regional awards. The company’s mission was to provide a space of artistic development for professional and non-professional dancers based on the values of inclusion, tolerance, empowerment, discipline, and love. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Chile, Kazé also developed and operated dance workshops to primary school students in vulnerable schools, inspired by the idea of sharing arts with people that do not have access to them.
Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2017, Andi obtained her MFA in Dance and Choreography from Mills College and has had the opportunity to perform with Emergence Dance Company, Mogli’s Movers Dance Collective, and Mills College Repertory Dance Company, as well as perform her own work in numerous festivals and showcases like Push Festival 2019, Spector Dance 2019 (Winter and Summer), and SAFEhouse Arts SF.
Currently, she works as a dance instructor at the Bay Area Ballet Conservatory teaching ballet, contemporary, and modern; at PowerPlay SF teaching creative movement, pre-ballet, and Latin dance cardio; and at Spindrift School of Performing Arts teaching hip hop. She recently joined Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s community program, HeART with LINES, as an Assistant Teacher Artist.
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