Ariana Samuelsson received her training primarily from her parents Steven and Elizabeth Wistrich. As a principal dancer with the City Ballet of San Diego, she has danced such roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Giselle in the full-length Giselle, Kitri in the full-length Don Quixote, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the title role in House of Alba, Swan Lake, La Baydere, Spartacus Pas de Deux, Grand Pas Classique and Ramona. Additionally, she has been featured in leading roles in contemporary ballets and works by George Balanchine, including Agon, Valse Fantaisie, Who Cares?, Serenade, Divertimento No. 15, Apollo and The Four Temperaments.
She danced a season with Atlanta Ballet and two seasons with the Joffrey Ballet, under the direction of Gerald Arpino, prior to returning to City Ballet of San Diego in 2006. While at Joffrey Ballet, Ariana performed in many ballets including Gerald Arpino's Viva Vivaldi, Clowns, Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker, Jerome Robbins' New York Export Opus Jazz, Anthony Tudor's Dark Elegies, Fokine's Petroushka, George Balanchine's Square Dance, and Nijinsky's Sacre de Printemps. She has also performed as a guest artist with the American National Ballet and Ballet Yuma.