Ana Catalina Román Horcajo studied classical dance at the Real Conservatorio Superior in Madrid-Spain and the John Cranko Ballett-Akademie in Stuttgart-Germany. She studied ballet methodology with Kathy Bennets in Frankfurt, has a diploma in film animation and has a Masters in Scenic Arts at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.
Her first professional engagement was in 1978-1980 in Gelsenkirchener Ballett Musiktheatre in Revier with the choreographer Bernd Schindowsky. She continued working in Frankfurt, first under the direction of Egon Madsen, performing the repertoire of choreographers John Cranko, Balanchine, Peter Wright and Uwe Scholz.
Since 1982 she has worked with William Forsythe, who became the director of Ballett Frankfurt in 1984. She occupied a soloist position from 1987 until 2000 and danced in many of his pieces, collaborating in the creation of her own parts in several of them. She also danced in the ballets of guest choreographers including Toni Rizzi, Amanda Miller, Pascal Touzau, Jan Farbre, Marc Heim and Daniel Larrieu. Ana has acted as assistant stager for a number of Forsythe’s pieces, working with NDT La Haya, CND Madrid, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Bayerische Staatsballett and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Ana teaches improvisation and choreographic composition and seminars about Forsythe improvisation technologies and repertoire. She teaches mainly in Conservatorio Superior de Danza María de Ávila Madrid and as a guest at international schools including Conservatoire de Lyon, P.A.R.T.S., Espacio Madrid, Dance University Stockholm, Universidad Europea de Madrid and Iceland Academy of the Arts.
She has choreographed a number of her own works: Equipoise, The secret Bob, Fases inobservadas, 7Rasgos, Surface pour Rêves, Hecho a mano and Parent(h)esis (o dicho sea de paso). Ana created Tiento and Discordio in collaboration with her students. She has also directed different dance education projects including Fist Steps and AnnaTanz.