Esperanza Alzona has had an extensive professional dance career as a soloist and principal dancer of the Baltimore Ballet Company, the Center Dance Ensemble, Prince George’s Ballet Company, the Greg Reynolds Dance Company and the American Dance Ensemble of Pittsburgh, along with numerous appearances as a guest artist with various companies in the United States and Italy. An award-winning choreographer, Ms. Alzona holds a teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance, an AA in Humanities & Social Science, a BA in Psychology and an MA in Public Communications. She taught dance, performed and choreographed in northern Italy for six years, and from 1987 to 1991 she directed her own contemporary dance company based in Turin. She returned to the USA in 1991 and joined the staff of MMPAC where she continues to set choreography on her students, independent artists and professional dance companies.
Ms. Alzona is a 1998 graduate of Leadership Frederick County, and has served as Director of Performing Arts for the Frederick Arts Council, as a Maryland State Arts Council Dance Advisory Panelist, Secretary of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Panel of the Royal Academy of Dance, and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Weinberg Center for the Arts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Frederick and the TAWA Dance Company.
Ms. Alzona is a U. S. Fencing Association nationally ranked competitive fencer and holds a rating in both foil and saber. In addition to her position as Music Operations Manager at the Shepherd University, she has taught fencing and dance courses as an adjunct professor for the Shepherd University Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports. She is also a sculptor and member of the Frederick County Art Association and the Washington Sculptors Group, and has exhibited works in regional juried shows.