It was Argentine Tango’s raw honesty that first attracted Anaïs and has not let go since. Running the gamut of human emotion from poignant sadness to delirious joy, from possessive jealousy to mind-numbing love, it is everything that cannot be expressed with words.
In her dance career, which began early on with rigorous ballet training, Anaïs became the youngest soloist to perform with the New York Ballet East Company with roles choreographed just for her in Don Quixote and Les Sylphides. After leaving NYBE, Anaïs was appointed a soloist with the Metropolitan Repertory Ballet Company.
As a dancer, Anaïs is known for her precise musicality, sensual elegance, joy, and playfulness. Currently the director of the Argentine Tango program at Piel Canela Dance Company, Anaïs is in demand as a teacher and performer throughout the United States and has been featured on NBC's LX New York and Telemundo's El Despertar.
She counts Guillermina Quiroga and Virginia Pandolfi among her major influences and embraces the philosophy that true teachers never stop learning from each other and especially from their students.
"Anyone can see that Anais is a beautiful dancer, but only those lucky enough to take her classes can see what a truly gifted instructor she is. The level of care she puts into each class and each student's progress is unparalleled. With boundless energy and humor she has always gone above and beyond to deepen our understanding of tango dance and music, and to make the learning experience incredibly joyful. I feel so lucky to have her as an instructor."
- Ada B., New York City
"Anaïs Haven is an amazing tango instructor!! Anaïs' group classes put all others to shame. Technically and professionally her trajectory speaks for itself and this is why I searched her out, specifically. As a teacher, she is entertaining, engaging and as demanding as I had hope for. She provides individualized attention while still keeping the students interested, learning and amused. As a teacher who also teaches adults, I can tell you that that is a tall order to sustain for the three hours in a row that I participate in her classes. I have taken other tango classes elsewhere and at Piel Canela with another instructor, but Anaïs' wins hands down. It is the difference between being in a SPED class and suddenly finding yourself in an AP class."
- Vero D., Upper Nyack, New York
"I started taking Argentine Tango classes with Anaïs after a friend's glowing recommendation and have not looked back since. Besides being a wonderful dancer and performer, Anaïs is a patient, kind and unbelievably entertaining teacher! She is hysterically funny and engaging even as she carefully explains each step. She is a lovely, caring teacher who goes out of her way for her students, even taking time after class to answer questions and go over steps! She's also the only teacher that I know of who actually accompanies her students to milongas to help them feel more comfortable. There are many Argentine Tango classes in New York, but Anaïs' classes are unique in the quality of instruction, the personal attention she gives and the welcoming atmosphere she creates for her students. Her classes are fun and inspiring and I am so grateful to have found her as a teacher." - Amalia M., New York City