Ana was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, under the moon sign of Cancer, in the middle of July. Her loving father used to carry her in his arms when she was a baby, walk her outside in the warm evening and sing to her under the tropical moon. Her first word was Luna which means moon in English. Ever since then, Ana has been in love with the moon.
Ana comes from a musical family. Her father taught himself to play the guitar when he was a boy, so the love of music runs in the family. Her mother used to dance the mambo and entertained her aunts, cousins and uncles by dancing on tabletops. Her mother still dances at various functions with Anas Mirage. Ana has been dancing & performing since she can remember. She and her sister used to dance to rock & roll music at family gatherings, delighting the adults.
The girls were naturals at performing. At one time all three sisters, Ana, Blanca & Monica were belly dancing. Blanca dances with Anas Mirage group. Ana then started taking professional dance lessons in Tap dance, followed by Cheerleading in High School, Mexican Folklorico dance, Jazz dance and finally settled into Belly Dancing.
Her other dance talents include swing dance, salsa dance, and Mexican cumbia dancing. Her greatest love and accomplishment in dance has been Raks Sharki Belly Dance. She can thank her sister for daring her to take belly-dance lessons. She had her introduction to belly dancing from a wonderful lady by the name of Francie who taught in a recreation center in National City. Francie told Ana and Blanca that they were naturals.
From there, Ana took dance lessons with Kishma Rose Fedak of Spring Valley, master of the double-sword and intricate veil dance. Kishma helped Ana develop further and give her the edge she needed. Soon thereafter, (six months later) Ana was hired to dance at the Seven Veils Restaurant in Mission Valley. (I can only wonder how I looked!)
From there came Call-a-Gram bellygrams, and LiveWires bellygrams. Next, she danced at Athens Market Restaurant downtown San Diego, followed by El Griego Restaurant in Tijuanas Plaza Rio, Crete Isle Café in Oceanside, Sinbads in El Cajon, and was a guest dancer at Troys Greek , Georgias and the legendary Hajji Babas Restaurant.
She has also danced in Ensenada Mexico at San Nicolas Hotel for the Newport/Ensenada Regatta, and was a dancer at El Griego Restaurant in Tijuana Mexico, and performed at Tijuanas Channel 12 Juan Luis Curiel Show. (does this qualify as international dancer?) Currently she performs in the Southern California and Northern-Baja California areas. Ana is fluent in two languages, Spanish and English. She is director of Anas Mirage Dancers and formed the group about 4 years ago.
Anas Mirage Dancers have performed and delighted the audiences at the famous San Diego StreetScene Festival, Del Mar Fair, Santa Sophia Festival, Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk Fundraiser, St. Judes Festival, Holy Spirit Festival, and Blessed Sacrament Festival, and many convalescent homes and elementary schools in the San Diego County area. She has performed for the La Mesa-Spring Valley School Districts AM-PM Program and annual retirement party for the district. Ana enjoys her dancing as much as her audience enjoys her dancing. As she dances, she mesmerizes her audience. Her audience drifts out into an oasis in the desert, where one can see the moonlight and camels at rest, while the exotic melodies caress the senses and a belly dancer undulates and shimmies in perfect unison to the music.
Highly organized, she juggles her time between entertaining at parties and restaurants, riding the Harley and enjoying her family.