Andrea Méndez Criado was born in Alicante (Spain). She began her training at the Oscar Esplá Dance Conservatory in Alicante and completed her dance studies at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. After her training, she became a member of the “Compañía Nacional de Danza 2” (Madrid), directed by Nacho Duato. Two years later, she belonged to the ensemble of the “Compañía Nacional de Danza” and worked here with choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe and Mats Ek.
In 2006, she worked as a freelance dancer with companies such as “Nafas Dance Company”, “Ballet de Gran Canaria”, “Ballet Madrid”, the latter under the direction of Pascal Touzeau. From 2009 to 2013 she was part of “Ballett Mainz” (Germany) under the direction of Pascal Touzeau, working with choreographers such as Rafael Bonachela, William Forsythe and Georg Reischl among others.