dancer

biography

Yanina Orellana is a movement artist originally from Guadalajara, México. She received her undergraduate degree in Dance at California Institute of the Arts on 2015. Yanina’s choreographic work has been showed in Mexico, New Orleans, and most recently in Los Angeles at Chicano International Film Festival, REDCAT, Human Resources and Highways Performance Space. She is a founding member of FLOCK; a collective based in New Orleans where she performs dance and theatre for film and live productions with artistic director Meryl Murman. In Los Angeles, Yanina collaborated, as a performer, in the creation of original work with multiple artists including: Critical Mass Performance Group, Jmy Kidd, Dance Aegis and Robbie Shaw, the latter two for Dance for Camera as well.

Her professional career includes teaching Modern, Contemporary, Improvisation and Creative Movement to children and adults, including teachers and professionals. As a teaching artist, she has worked with CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Invertigo Dance Theatre, YouTHink, Pieter Performance Space and Heidi Duckler Dance Theater. In 2013, she received a full scholarship to attend the Summer Residency for Teaching Artists at CalArts. She has taught dance workshops at Plaza de la Raza, Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, ArTES High School, and public elementary schools throughout the L.A. area. In addition, Yanina facilitated “Dance for Social Change”, a neighborhood program by YouTHink, at the East L.A. and Huntington Park Public Library.

In 2016, she was nominated for National Teaching Artists Appreciation Week by the Association for Teaching Artists for her dedication and excellence in work at CalArts CAP and other organizations and schools. In 2017, she led the CAP Arts Integration Workshop where LAUSD teachers learned strategies to implement movement and dance in their classrooms.

In 2017, Yanina moved back to Mexico to continue her career in her home country.