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Marcela Bragagnolo


Biography

Marcela Bragagnolo is an Italian citizen born in Rosario, Argentina. She started training in Argentina, and later earned scholarships to study in ballet schools in Buenos Aires, Lausanne, Paris, Brussels, and Havana. She danced professionally with Ballet Proarte of Argentina, the Joven Guardia of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and the Ballet de l’Opera de Paris. While dancing in Cuba she simultaneously pursued courses at the Institute Superior of Arts at Havana University in Pedagogy, Ballet Methodology, and Kinesiology.  She obtained a French National Diploma in Ballet Teaching (Diplome D’Etat) in 1995, and the ABT® Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum in 2010. She has been a guest ballet teacher in professional schools around the world, including the Julio Bocca Foundation, the Conservatorio of Rosario (Argentina), the Centre National de la Danse (Paris), the Martha Graham School, the Alvin Ailey First Company, and the Ballet Hispanico Summer Intensive to name a few. Bragagnolo’s passion is for an approach of integrated education with a focus on strong technique, a healthy body, and a free artistic spirit. This passion has led her to conduct research in biomechanics, energy training, breathing, and psychological preparation for performance.  She is a member of the International Association of Dance Science and Medicine (IADMS) and has presented since 2018 at its annual international conference. She is also a STOTT PILATES® and a GYROTONIC and GYROKINESIS® Instructor Trainer, disciplines and techniques that she uses as a tool for cross-training, injury prevention, and post-rehabilitation of dancers. Bragagnolo speaks English, Spanish, and French, and has trained Instructors in Pilates and Gyrotonic methods in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  She is currently completing a degree involving dance, media, and technology at New York University and is also working on a project involving 3D animation and motion capture to educate dancers about anatomy and appropriate cross-training techniques to prevent injuries