Caterina Rago obtained her B.F.A. from l’Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome. In New York, Rago has performed work from Robert Battle, Pearl Lang, Virginie Mecene, Lone Kjaer Larsen, Tina Thompson. She was Principal Dancer of the Off-Broadway Show Spider Dance directed by Jeff Whiting, and toured Italy in the original cast of Cercando Picasso, Baccanti and Prometeo with the Martha Graham Dance Company, directed by Antonio Calenda e Giorgio Albertazzi.
Caterina received an official invitation to the 33rd World Congress of the International Theatre Institute ITA in Xiamen, China, was Guest Artist in Kiev, Budapest, Brussels, and Montalto Uffugo for the Ruggiero Leoncavallo Gala Opera Competition. She was movement consultant to photographer Sebastian Faena for fashion spreads in V Magazine and Vogue. She was a guest artist for IX Festival Nostos Viaggio di Ritorno at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, Italy.
Caterina officially founded the Caterina Rago Dance Company (CRDC) in 2007. She presented her original work in the Graham II 2008 season, and in many festival and showcases throughout New York City and Italy. In 2010 two sold-out performances at the MMAC marked CRDC’s debut season. CRDC presented in 2013 the premiere of their evening-length work, Fall in Autumn, at MMAC. Caterina has received Company Commissions from Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome, Italy and Peridance Capezio Dance Center. Selected as the 2016 Emerging Choreographer for the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Texas. CRDC recently premiered “Labir Into” at the New York Live Arts in collaboration with the renown set designer, Pier Paolo Bisleri.
Caterina also teaches Graham Technique at Dance Theatre of Harlem. She continues to be a guest teacher of numerous dance centers in Italy and New York City. Rago has created “Tecniche di Danza Moderna” an initiative to bring American modern dance teachers to Italy. Each month, three teachers will travel to the Istituto Pio IX in Rome, where they will introduce Italian students to Graham, Limón and Horton techniques through weekend intensives. The faculty will rotate over the course of the one-year program.