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Yana Dragieva

Ballet, RAD Instructor

Born in Shumen, Bulgaria, Yana Dragieva has studied classical ballet in the Vagganova system since the age of six. She graduated from Sofia National Music and Dance University Choreographic department in 1996 in the class of prima ballerina Kalina Bogoeva. She continued her professional development with famous Masters such as Tadeusz Matacz and Alexander Ursuljiak from John Cranko School, Loippa Aroijo from Cuba National Ballet School, Seriozna Petrosjan in Erevan and Master Daniel Sallier in Montreal. Her mentor in her teaching career was Alexander Ursuljak, former director of Stuttgart Ballet School.

Yana's professional dancing career started in Varna's State Opera house and continued later at State Music Theatre, Sofia. During this period she toured and later lived and performed in Wiesbaden, Germany, Finland, Norway and France.

International dancers of Coastal City Ballet Join Yana and
her family during the holiday season - December 2012

Yana has a Bachelor Degree from Bulgarian National Music University in Dance. She specialized in Classical Ballet Pedagogy Vagganova system, Choreographing and Rehearsing.

Her teaching experience started in Sofia Ballet School. In 2001 Yana moved to Montreal, Canada with her family. There, she taught in Ballet School "Divertimento". In 2007 she got a position as Artistic Director of Ballet & Music Company in Singapore and grew it up as a chain of six dance schools with more than one thousand students. During this period Yana specialized in the RAD system.

Yana moved to Vancouver in 2013 with her family. She is excited to continue her role as a faculty member of Pacific DanceArts.

Her repertoire includes coryphée roles from Nutcracker, Paquita, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Les Sylphides and other well-known performances.