Annmarie Carlson Drake, Director
Trained in Chicago with Ed Parish and Larry Long and at the legendary Stone-Camryn School of Ballet, followed by study in NYC (Finis Jung, David Howard, Maggie Black), London (Anna Northcote) and Paris (Raymond Franchetti, Gilbert Mayer). She has a BFA from Butler University with a dance major, music and theatre minors. After dancing briefly with Ruth Page’s Chicago Ballet, like many of her contemporaries she turned to Europe for a career, dancing in the German opera companies of Oldenburg, Osnabrück, Hagen, and Kiel .
Annmarie taught in leading dance academies in Frankfurt, Germany and Graz, Austria. In Minneapolis, she was on the faculty of the professional division of Northwest Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theatre.
As a flutist, Ms. Drake studied with Francis Fitzgerald of the Indianapolis Symphony and André Salm of the Bamberg Symphony. She has performed with the Municipal Orchestra Trier, Frankfurter Orchester Werkstatt and the Mankato Symphony. She was very proud to have been part of the grand opening in 1983 for the reconstructed Frankfurt Opera House (Alte Oper), playing in a quartet.