My Experience at Pennsylvania Ballet Academy
By John Beatrice
To begin with, the facility is beautiful. The studios are bright and attractive, there’s plenty of space, big windows, and very nice floors and barres.
I can’t say enough good things about Davit and Vanessa. They’re both phenomenal teachers, and they’re wonderful to work with. They’re both so kind and giving, very encouraging, but they really know how to push you as well. I grew so much in a very short time with them. There are great dancers and there are great teachers, and the people who are great dancers are not always great teachers, but Davit and Vanessa were wonderful dancers and are phenomenal teachers. I learned things from them I’d never learned anywhere else. It was truly a privilege to work with them.
They focus on proper technique, how to be a clean dancer, as well as how to make your dancing really coordinated and beautiful. I’m incredibly grateful to both of them. The coaching they gave me, what they had to offer, I hadn’t found anywhere else before, and it helped me so much. They had a huge impact on me as a dancer. They’re both very good at recognizing where a dancer’s level of ability is and working on pushing his or her limits, and they do a great job of personalizing training and corrections for each student. I highly encourage any dancer who has the opportunity to train at Pennsylvania Ballet Academy to do so!