Ana Drago received her Bachelor and Licensure Degree in Dance – Performance and Education at Campinas State University in Brazil, with additional Post Graduate Degree in Special Education from Sao Luis Education University. She is also a licensed school teacher and has taught 1st -4th grades at Sao Jose School in Brazil.
While in graduation had participated in the Ballet Teacher Seminar and Students Conference – Russian Method at Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo, MI, learning from Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Kirov Ballet, Deutch Opera Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and also from Western Michigan University teachers.
She moved with her husband to Ohio in 2005 and has been teaching dance and Master classes since, in studios in Akron, Medina, Fairlawn, Norton and Toledo. As Dance Educator she has worked with DANCECleveland as a teacher for “Read to Learn…Dance to Move”, a literacy and movement program for Pre-K and Kindergarten children at Cleveland schools. She was also the Gym Director for The Little Gym in Fairlawn for 3 years.
As a Dance Educator in Brazil she worked with the Sao Paulo State Education and Culture Department for over 10 years, teaching Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance. She also developed pre-schools and elementary schools dance programs, helping with student’s body awareness and expression along with educational necessities. In 1999 she was an invited jury member for the Sao Paulo State Dance Competition.
She performed as a soloist in many repertoire ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Spring Waters, Paquita, Les Sylphides, Don Quixote, and in contemporary pieces from many internationally renowned Brazilian and Argentinean choreographers.