Raised in Victoria, BC, Ariana began her ballet training at the Pacific Dance Centre. She went on to study nationally and internationally, with the Nederlands Dans Theater, École supérieure de ballet du Québec, the Arts Umbrella Graduate Program and the Performance Research Project. Throughout her training, Ariana has had the pleasure of performing works by Rachel McNamee, Sharon Eyal, Marie Chouinard, Crystal Pite, Mats Ek, Aszure Barton and Fernando Hernando Magadan, amongst others.
During her career, Ariana has performed with Vancouver-based companies such as Inverso Productions, Vision Impure and Joshua Beamish/MOVE THE COMPANY, before arriving at her present position with Ballet Edmonton.
Currently, Ariana is most inspired by the role that the physical body plays in the act of storytelling and natural human expression/connection. In the studio she is constantly researching the subtle gestures of body language that can be found in our everyday lives, studying how she can both amplify and translate them to the world of contemporary ballet. This curiosity is a driving force behind much of her work with Ballet Edmonton, where she is excited to continue her development as an artist. Ariana has been dancing with Ballet Edmonton since 2018.