Ximena Emiliani

Her Story

Originally from Panama, Ximena began her Dance Studies at Pointe Centro de Danzas training 4 hours a day in techniques such as Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, and Jazz. When Ximena was fifteen, she began her training at Academia de Danzas Steps, where she trained 4-6 hours a day in all the fields previously stated and adding Contemporary to her curriculum. During her years at both conservatories, she had the opportunity to perform roles such as Black Swan, Pas de Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle, and Dulcinea from Don Quixote. She was also chosen as Clara and Columbine in The Nutcracker and as Cupid in Don Quixote, the three of them to perform with the National Ballet of Panama. When she was 15, she was invited by Valentina Kozlova to perform at her annual Nutcracker performance in NYC when she featured the Columbine once again. 

Ximena has participated in multiple national and international ballet competitions and festivals winning several awards and medals. She participated in Stars of the XXI Century competition for two consecutive years winning the 3rd and 1st place in Junior Division and 3rd place in Pas de Deux Division. There, she won a full scholarship for the Dance Open Festival in St. Petesburg, Russia and attended it in 2011.  Ximena attended the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition Finals in NYC winning the 3rd place in the Student Division. She participated in American Ballet Competition winning for two consecutive years the 1st and 2nd place in the Ballet Solo Division. A couple of years later, she returned to the American Ballet Competition, winning the 3rd place in the Division III.  Ximena has also been a a top 15 finalist in the American Dance Competition several years and won the 5th place in 2012. Ximena has also participated in other competitions and festivals such as Youth America Grand Prix NYC finals, World Ballet Competition, New Prague Dance Festival, and Festival Internacional de Ballet at  La Habana Cuba.

Over the years, Ximena has attended several pre-professional summer intensive programs to train in several techniques with renowned dance educators. She has attended the Bolshoi Summer Intensive, Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington DC, Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory, and the Gibney Summer Study Intensive. 

After graduating High School, Ximena moved to Dallas TX to study at Southern Methodist University. During her time at SMU, Ximena received training in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Graham Technique, and Jazz with professors like Leslie Peck, Christopher Dolder, Myra Woodruff, and Carter Alexander. While at SMU, Ximena has worked with renowned choreographers like Adam Hougland, Alex Sanchez, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Danny Buraczeski, and Carter Alexander. She has performed principal and soloist roles in their works. She has also choreographed various contemporary ballet pieces for different student-choreographed performances at SMU. Ximena will graduate with a dual degree in Dance Performance and Business Administration in May 2021.

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