Dance Artist Choreographer, Educator & Collaborator
Andrea Ordaz is based in Los Angeles, California creating contemporary choreographies that investigate the human condition through subtle and nuanced embodied patterns of thought. With her dance making, she paints the internal beauty and hauntingly external landscapes of female identity. Her aim is to weave together the fluid, layered, and grounded narratives of womanhood in intimate and thought provoking manners.
Ordaz’s process-based, poetic, non-linear, and concert style works speak to her feelings and intuitions that celebrate the complexity of human experience in the context of the modern world. Through deep and responsive somatic-based movement exploration, Ordaz developed her understanding and approach to art making as a rich and vibrant form of cultural expression through self-examination. When focusing on the historical manifestations of these ideas, she published in Dance Major Journal. Her article Learning from Limón touches on the historical aspect of Mexican-American heritage and modern dance. Ordaz examines movement as language and turns to the body in cultural, historical, and experiential ways and shares her findings through dance and writing. This is most evident in her thesis research Mexican-American Female Identity in Choreographic Process and dance piece Agave Americana. With local and national experience, most recently participating in BlakTinx Dance and Breaking Ground Dance Festival, and international experience performing, choreographing, and directing in Rome, Italy, she found a passion for fostering creative environments and working collaboratively with other artists. Currently, Ordaz works as a freelance choreographer directing A.Ordaz Dance — her space dedicated to making and sharing dance that represents the amalgamation of culture and identity.
Ordaz holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelors in Fine Arts degree in Performance and Choreography. She credits her lineage of teachers, professors, and mentors for her dance knowledge. Some of those artists include Loretta Livingston, Lisa Naugle, Tong Wang, Don Martin, Noa Shiloh, Chad M. Hall, Fiona Lummis Eddy, Julie Friedrich, Gina Buntz.
Press // " Meet Trailblazer -- Voyage LA Magazine "
Master of Fine Arts in Dance, UC Irvine
MFA Thesis : Mexican-American Female Identity in Choreographic Process
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography, UC Irvine
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
Present // Covid19
Dance Faculty - Ballet
The Wooden Floor
'Dancing on the Edge' BlakTinx Dance: Virtual Presentation
"Como los Pajaros" Performance and Choreography
Breaking Ground Dance Festival, "Tierra Intocable" Choreography
Arizona State University, Masterclass
Bootleg Theater, Ingredientes
"Agave Americana" Choreography
American College Dance Association (Baja),
"Tierra Intocable" Choreography
2017 - 2018
UC Irvine, Teaching Associate
UC Irvine, Teaching Assistant
Laban Movement Analysis, Dance Health
Los Angeles Dance Shorts Film Festival
California Heritage Museum, "Defining Beauty"
BlakTina 6, "Fotos Antiguas" Choreography
UC Irvine Summer Arts Academy, Choreography/Composition Instructor
Corea: Concerto Multimediale at Sala Casella, Accademia Filarminca Romana, Italy
Choreography and Direction
Conservatorio "Santa Cecilia" di Roma, Italy
MashUp Contemporary Dance, International Women’s Day Celebration: Press for Progress
Graduate Student Excellence Award, Claire Trevor School for the Arts at UC Irvine Latino Excellence and Achievement
UC Irvine Chancellor's Club Fellowship
Beth Koehler Scholarship for Choreography