Pennsylvania Ballet Academy is excited to offer a team of world class instructors at our 2019 Summer Intensive.
Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Adrienne Schulte began her ballet training with Marcia Dale Weary at the age of seven. She continued her studies as a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in 1996 and at the Paris Opera Ballet School in France from 1996 to 1998 before joining the American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in 1998.
Schulte joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in January 1999. In 2007 she moved to London and danced as a First Artist with the English National Ballet for two seasons. Schulte rejoined American Ballet Theatre in September 2011. Her roles in the Company included Helena in The Dream, Katia in A Month in the Country, Two Swans and Lead Czardas in Swan Lake, the Lead Gypsy and Flower Girl in Don Quixote, Bianca and a Carnival Dancer in Othello, and leading roles in Duets, Black Tuesday, Dark Elegies, Drink To Me Only Within Thine Eyes,
Glow-Stop, workwithinwork, as well as roles in all of the Company’s full-length ballets. She created Red Riding Hood in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty.
Schulte retired from American Ballet Theatre in July 2015. She has been a guest teacher with Ballet Academy East, Eglevsky Ballet, Fusion Dance Workshop, Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Centre, and Dallas Ballet Center. Adrienne was on faculty during the 2016-17 academic year at the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, Children’s Division, and is currently on faculty at the Greenwich Ballet Academy. She is the mother of a ten year old son and three year old twin daughters.
Yulia Pivotskaya was born in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy and immediately joined The Saint-Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre. She
performed all classical ballets with the Mikhailovsky Theatre. In 2008, she joined the Croatian National Ballet Theare as principal. Ms. Pivotskaya danced Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Nikia and Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Kitri in Don Quixote, Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and lead in Le Corsaire, Napoli, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bolero, Carmen, Carmina Burana, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Classical Pas de Deux, Ekodoom. In 2014, she joined DANB. Among the roles she created while at DANB are Lucy in Kim Tuttle's Dracula, Black Swan in A Haunted Swan Lake, Apollo, and Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker.
Ms. Pivotskaya got a Master's Degree in Ballet Pedagogy in Vaganova Ballet Academy. She has a 14 year history of hands-on experiences as a Ballet Teacher. She was a Ballet Instructor in Vaganova Ballet Academy, Russia; in Croatian Ballet School, Croatia; in Pofahl Studio, in Dance Alive National Ballet, USA. Ms. Pivotskaya has given Master Classes and Summer Intensives, doing choreography and staging performances. She has toured with Mikhailovsky Theatre to Japan and with the Croatian National Ballet Theatre to Italy and Turkey.
Former professional dancer and nationally renown master teacher, Ms. Barbara Sandonato will be joining Pennsylvania Ballet Academy's 2019 Summer Intensive. Ms. Sandonato trained under George Balanchine at the School of American Ballet before spending most of her dancing career with the Pennsylvania Ballet. After serving as one of the founding instructors at the former School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Ms. Sandonato worked with ballet schools to spread her knowledge of dance to students across the country. For more on Ms. Sandonato's professional background,
see her resume below.
Anne Alsedek joins Pennsylvania Ballet Academy as our acting instructor during our 2019 Summer Intensive. Ms. Alsedek has been an actor and teacher in the area for over 45 years. She has worked as a teacher at many schools and theaters, including Open Stage of Harrisburg, Harrisburg Arts Magnet School, PA Governor’s School for the Arts, and Capital Area School for the Arts. We are excited to work with her this summer to learn more about the art of acting.
*This is a partial list of teachers and subject to change.