Meet Our Teachers

Cynthia Dragoni
Cynthia DragoniArtistic Director & Founder
Born in Philadelphia, Cynthia began training at the Wissahickon Dance Academy. She studied on scholarship at The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. She has studied under renowned teachers Gloria Govrin, Gelsey Kirkland, Wilhelm Burmann, and Barbara Sandonato.

She danced with the International Ballet Theater in Philadelphia until 2004 when she was invited by internationally acclaimed dancer and director of The Donetsk Ballet, Vadim Pisarev, to join the Donetsk Ballet Company in Ukraine.

She has performed throughout Europe and the United States and her repertory includes: Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayadere, Spartacus, The Nutcracker; Sleeping Beauty; and Le Corsaire. She has performed on tour throughout western and eastern Europe and studied privately in St. Petersburg Russia with prima ballerina Elena Marchenko. She danced with Marilyn Klaus’ avant garde ballet company, Ballets With a Twist, and with Henning Rubsam’s contemporary ballet company, Sensedance.

Cynthia was the head of the dance department at Bravo Performing Arts and Language Center in Philadelphia and has served on the faculty at The Barbara Sandonato School of Ballet. She has taught for Ballet Arts at City Center, and Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech in New York City. Cynthia Dragoni was appointed Ballet Mistress and Rehearsal Director of Henning Rübsam’s SENSEDANCE in January 2012.

Cynthia studied at the University of Pennsylvania and The New School and in 2014 she was awarded a place as a member of the Arts Management / Capacity Building Program at The Kennedy Center under the leadership of Michael Kaiser. She has recently been invited to become a member of: International Dance Council, or Conseil International de la Danse (CID). CID was founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based.

“Cynthia Dragoni is that rare type of teacher with intuitive knowledge. Her ability to assess the individual student is uncanny and her ability to thus make the correction is spot on. Her knowledge of dance is very deep and her love for the ballet is endless. Passing along her insights to her many students allows for future “ballerinas” to be born. Gentle, nurturing and exacting, Cynthia brings to the dance floor a quality matched by only the best.”

Dale Sherman, parent of former student.


ANDREW SKEELS

Artistic Adviser

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LILY BALOGH

Artistic Adviser

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MARISSA FREY

Principal Ballet Instructor

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ISABELLE SEILER

Ballet Instructor

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ELLY SARFERT

Tap/Musical Theater

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PAULINE BOULFROY

French Language Instructor

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