Ciro Anaya Milanes

Dance, 2021


Ciro Anaya Milanes was born and raised in Santiago de Cuba, the birthplace of Cuban son. He earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching license in art education through Cuba’s national art instructor’s college, where he also danced in the university dance group. Later, he danced full-time in the internationally recognized professional dance company directed by Yanek Revilla, Sabor DKY, teaching and performing Cuban dances such as salsa, timba, son, chachachá, mambo, rumba, and Afro-Cuban genres. Since 2018, Ciro shares his embodied knowledge with Alaskans through the dance school and company he co-directs, Anaya Latin Dance. His work centers on transmitting the authentic style, infectious energy, and cultural heritage of these dances for all Alaskans to experience and enjoy, both as audience and as participants.