Andréa Mafra Gregori, Ballet Faculty
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ms. Gregori graduated from theMaria Olenewa State School and Rio Dance Center. In 1980, she was invited to the trainee program at the Joffrey Ballet where she expanded her dance education.
While still a dancer Ms. Gregori decided to fulfill her passion for teaching, and received extensive training in the Russian Methodology (Vaganova System). Later on, she became proficient and certified in the Cuban (Escuela Nacional de Ballet) and English (Royal Academy of Dance) ballet methodologies. She is also an ABT® Certified Teacher—ABT® National Training Curriculum, Primary through Level 7 & Partnering. In addition, Ms. Gregori pursued a certification in “Psicoballet” (dance therapy) with Dr. Georgina Fariñas Garcia—Havana, Cuba—at IPIA (Psychiatric Institute for Childhood and Adolescence) in São Paulo, Brazil.
For seven years, Ms. Gregori owned and directed “Escola Paulista de Dança,” where she also choreographed, produced; costumed and scenic designed a total of eight ballet productions.
Throughout her thirty two years of experience as a professional ballet teacher, Ms. Gregori has prepared numerous students for the Royal Academy of Dance and The Cuban Ballet School’s exams as well as for national and international ballet competitions —winning many prizes. She assisted in the production of a variety of full-length ballets, some of which include Giselle, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Sleeping Beauty, and staged several suites and children’s performances.