Ana Carrazana Visits Dance Mastery

Ana Carrazana, CEA class of 2013, gave a wonderful talk to the Senior Dance Mastery students. After graduating from CEA, Ana and her sister Anela went on to New World School of the Arts (Dance Division) and then University of Florida, where they graduated from the pre-med program. Currently, they are in their second year of medical school at University of Central Florida, from where they will graduate in 2025.

In addition to their studies, Ana and Anela form part of MedPACt (Medical Students Providing Across Continents), an organization dedicated to allowing students to become actively engaged within communities of need. They work with Spanish-speaking populations in Central Florida, and use their Spanish fluency to help physicians with medical and working vocabulary and equip medical students to be able to support their patients when interpreters are not available. Each month, they help uninsured patients receive basic health care, recruit specialists to support patients, and give referrals as needed.

Ana and Anela also work with MEDS (Medical Enrichment for Diverse Students), through which they partner with underfunded high schools to give students access to information about medical schools and exposure to medical simulation experiences.

Ana spoke to the dancers about her work and how her experience as a dancer, from the discipline and time management acquired in her dance training to the long hours and rehearsals, prepared her for the world of medicine. Dance allowed her to foster her independence, physical and mental strength, focus, character, patience, empathy, and attention to detail required in the medical field. It was a wonderful experience for our dancers to be able to to listen to her, ask questions, and reflect on how their dancing is preparing them for life.

Ana and Anela, we are very proud of everything you continue to achieve, and of your focus on service to your community as a central part of your medical vocation. Thank you for sharing your story and your wisdom with our students!