Maggie Parungao-Ferla


Maggie believes that students and educators should begin with the intent to give their best.

Maggie is the private movement and ballet coach of Olympic and World Competition ice skater, Polina Edmunds. She mentored, trained, and coached students who have become dancers with San Francisco Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oakland Ballet Company and the Julliard School. Her students have also received notable judge's awards and high scores at dance competitions.

Maggie brings over 40 years of experience in dance and theatre performance. She was a professional ballerina with San Francisco Ballet, Bejart Ballet in Switzerland and the Hamburg Ballet in Germany performing soloist, principal, and corps de ballet roles in a wide variety of Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Modern dance.

She performed at the Paris Opera, John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C., Herodes Atticus Amphitheater in Athens, Spoleto Festival in Italy, Olympics 1984, Salzburg's Mozart Festival and San Francisco's War Memorial Opera House, to name a few.

As a dancer, she worked with acclaimed choreographers such as Maurice Bejart, John Neumeier, Helgi Tomasson, William Forsythe, David Bintley, Mats Ek, Lars Lubovitch, Val Caniparoli, james Kadelka and Elisa Monte performing in world premiere pieces.

She produced and choreographed in multi-disciplinary contemporary dance works to Classical Ballet and film. Some of her pieces include "Sleeping Beauty", "Midsummer Night's Dream", "Les Sylphides", "A Carnival of Animals", "The Nutcracker" and "Alice in Wonderland".

Maggie is grateful to have the opportunity to share her passion for dance with her community. She hopes that sharing her knowledge inspires the next generation of artists. She founded Dance Theatre International in 1994 and co- founded San Jose Youth Ballet, DTI's non-profit company in 2003.

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