A native of Buffalo New York, Naila Ansari Woods is a Cum Laude graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts program. She is an original and former principal dancer for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble. Where the company was named “Top 25 Dance Companies to Watch” in Dance Magazine for the 2012-2013 season. Naila also danced for the legendary Lula Washington Dance Theatre out of Los Angeles, CA.
As teaching and traveling have been big aspects of her career, Naila’s experiences have lead her to develop dance programs for charter schools and children with special needs. She has traveled to Montreal, Quebec where she took part in the prestigious summer project Springboard Danse, with the honor of performing a new work by Louise Bedard. Naila has had the privilege to perform works by world renowned artists like Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Camille Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Kyle Abraham, Christopher Huggins, Francesca Harper, Ann Reinking, David Parsons, Jason McDole, and Kiesha Lalama.
Naila has appeared as a lead dancer in the movie “Sorority Row.” She was a dancer on the first premiere musical of acclaimed dancer, choreographer to the stars, and Hollywood actor Darrin Henson in “Dreams Do Travel.” She also has a number of credits working with industrials and acting projects. Naila currently resides in Buffalo, NY with her husband Royce and her son Noah.