Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

The Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa completed her dance education at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp, Belgium. After dancing in various European dance companies, Annabelle decided in 2003 to focus solely on choreography. In that same year she was hailed “rising star of the Dutch dance scene” by the NRC Newspaper. Later, the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote, "Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry.” 

Lopez Ochoa is a sought-after choreographer that has created works for numerous dance companies around the world such as the Dutch National Ballet, Djazzex, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet National de Marseille, Ballet Hispanico, Jacoby&Pronk, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Compania Nacional de Danza, Scottish Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba , Ballet Moscow, Ballet Manila, Joffrey Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet.

A versatile choreographer, Lopez Ochoa works regularly within the dance field, but also creates for theatre, opera, and musical theater. She belongs to the Theater-Dance collective “Fantasten” with whom she created successfully 5 full-length physical theater plays, which have been performed in many theaters and festivals throughout the Netherlands.

Freelance Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa shares how she became a choreographer, how she continues to make a name for herself, and the importance of networking and self-promotion.

Photos by Scott Belding of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa in rehearsal at the SVB studios with dancers Lahna Vanderbush, Ihosvany Rodriguez, Junna Ige and Walter Garcia. Photo of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa courtesy of the choreographer's website.