Adriana is a Brazilian who started her ballet studies at the age of three. She began her studies with Eliana Karin, who danced at the Mariinsky Theatre (Vaganova method), and graduated with full scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School, after winning the XXI Prix de Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1993.
She worked at the Cia. Fernando Bujones in Brazil and also had the opportunity to perform in several countries (Peru, Switzerland, Argentina, Cuba, and USA) and also in several cities in Brazil (São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Salvador, Maranhão, Belém, Joinville, among many others), but she settled in the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), one of the most important theaters in Latin America, where she worked as Soloist Dancer, Ballet Instructor of the School and Artistic Director Assistant. Having studied and worked with renowned professionals, among them: Fernando Bujones, Márcia Haydée, Tatiana Leskova, Eugenia Feodorova, Jorge Esquivel, Natalia Makarova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Irina Jacobson, and Olga Evreinoff.
Adriana is a PMA certified instructor (Pilates Method Alliance) and she has many CECs (Continuing Education Courses) in Anatomy, Connective Tissues, and Stretching, besides CPR, AED and First Aid certifications.
Adriana taught Ballet, Pointe, Classical Variations, Pilates and Stretching in important academies in Brazil as Ballet Dalal Achcar, Ballet Tatiana Leskova, Studio Eliana Karin, Academia Arte em Movimento, and Escola Estadual de Dança Maria Olenewa.
She moved to Orlando in 2017 and she taught classes at Russian Ballet Orlando, DanzForce Extreme, and Shooting Stars Dance School. She teaches Ballet at Dance 360 Orlando and Skyra Studios. She teaches Pilates at Crosby Wellness Center in Winter Park and Baldwin Park ROA.
Adriana is married with the renowned photographer Henry Pontual, who has many ballet photography books published. They have two wonderful children called Gabriel and Marina.
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