The Dancers

Ana Gallardo Lobaina

Ana Gallardo Lobaina Ana Gallardo Lobaina for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Photo credit: Stephen A'Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A'Court

Ana Gallardo Lobaina joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in January 2020 and was promoted to Soloist in December 2020. During her time with the Company, Ana has already accomplished multiple special career highlights and top of the list is when, in 2021, RNZB Choreographer-in-Residence Loughlan Prior chose her as the lead role for his new vision of The Firebird. To have this pivotal character created specifically on her was an enormous honour, as well as being a career-defining experience.  

In the 2020 production of The Sleeping Beauty, she had the opportunity to delve into the opposing characters of both The Lilac Fairy and Carabosse.  

Other career highlights for Ana are the privilege of dancing Titania in the RNZB broadcast of Liam Scarlett’s A MidsummerNight’s Dream (2021) and being part of the creation of Ultra Folly and The Autumn Ball by RNZB Choreographer-in-Residence Sarah Foster-Sproull. 

Born in Holguín, Cuba, Ana attended a regional ballet school during her early years, and from age fourteen she studied full-time at the Cuban National Ballet School in Havana. Between 2009 and 2012, Ana trained at the Miami City Ballet School on a full scholarship, and at the Boston Ballet School. In 2012, she joined Cincinnati Ballet as a Second Company member and in 2013 she was promoted to full company member. Her most memorable roles while at CBC include Cylindrical Shadows and Eros Redux by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Olympe in Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias and Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin, in addition to works by Justin Peck, Edwaard Liang, Septime Webre and Ma Cong. 

In 2017, Ana joined West Australian Ballet, where her specific highlights include Solo Shades in La Bayadère by Greg Horsman, Daisy in David Nixon’s The Great Gatsby and X-it by Finnish choreographer Johanna Nuutinen.  

Ana is supported by Ann-Louise and Campbell Gower.

Dancer Credits


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Titania

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Helena

The Firebird

The Firebird

Paquita

Pas de trois

Paquita

Second solo

Giselle

Myrtha

Giselle

Bathilde

Giselle

Moyna

Artemis Rising by Sarah Foster-Sproull

Aurum by Alice Topp

Waterbaby Bagatelles by Twyla Tharp

Within Without by Andrea Schermoly

The Sleeping Beauty

Lilac Fairy

The Sleeping Beauty

Carabosse

The Sleeping Beauty

Generosity Fairy