Sarah Draugelis is originally from the Detroit area and began her ballet training at the age of six. She studied summers at the American Ballet Theater, the Joffrey Ballet School, Burklyn Ballet Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and the Boston Ballet, among others. Immediately following graduation from the Virginia School of the Arts, she continued dancing in New York with the Joffrey School and the Dance Theater of Harlem. After an unsolved injury forced her to retire early, Draugelis went to study at Wayne State University as a premedical student, publishing her research in psychosocial predictors of well and ill-being in dancers. She used her time as a university student to train, and has since successfully returned to the field of professional dance. Sarah also enjoys working annually in volunteer medical clinics in Haiti, and is currently part of a team implementing a newly developed electronic medical records system into these transient clinics.

Blog logo is cropped photo by Irakyl Shandize.


5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi! I never thought I would find another dancer and pre-med student (although you have a degree already)! I’m a ballerina-in-training (I study in Russia) but I’m also doing what coursework I can at the same time toward my college degree as a biology major with a concentration in pre-med. Everyone thinks I’m reaching for the impossible and I have to try hard not to get stressed or discouraged by that, but it just brought me such a sense of *awesome* to know it’s been done before 🙂 It’s going to take me forever to finish pre-med, I know, but it’s worth it because I’m living out two of my dreams concurrently.
    I would be so interested to hear your personal experience!
    Well, nice to ‘meet’ you!
    Noa E.

  2. Emma says:

    I, too, am a dancer. I took 10 yrs of ballet from age 9-19, and now I’m on my 11th year dancing Spanish flamenco! Love dance!

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