Alumni & Testimonials

Congratulations to PDT, to this great institution! We attribute Jorina's academic success to the beautiful discipline of ballet. PDT offers a place where the children work so hard through their efforts, time, dedication and determination, all key to success. But we all know what difference great teachers make, and this amazing studio stands out from the rest in NJ. It is where the teachers believe in every single student, encourage and motivate them in every step, and cheer their successes. Especially you, Risa, who have been Jorina's champion all these years by sharing your knowledge and giving her respect and warmth, which grew this "plant" and soul of this dancer. You all have created a community that teaches more than just ballet. You all have taught our children how to become and live as better people. Thank you!

http://Jorina Kardhashi and her road to college.

— Rajmonda Kardhashi

Wow! I could not recognize my own Max when I saw him performing in the studio today! So poised and confident. Thank you so much for inspiring him to work harder and pushing him to reach higher levels. Amazing improvement! Thank you!!!

— Anonymous

As a student, I came to PDT looking for the right training and teachers I needed to aid in pursuing a professional ballet career. They did so much more. They provided training that enabled me to be confident and strong in different styles of dance. The teachers are always asking for your best effort, challenging you, and guiding you in the right direction, even if it was out of your comfort zone at times. On top of that, PDT provided performing opportunities that allowed everyone to develop and show their talent and artistry on the stage for family, friends, and the world to see.

Now as a professional dancer, I can look at PDT as my home. It was a place where I was able to grow into the artist I am today, and I thank them for everything they did for me.

— Jillian Davis, Complexions Contemporary Ballet

I felt improvement come to me after the first class I took with you. Thank you again for this fabulous experience and for your time, thoughtfulness when teaching me.

— Erin Donnelly

I wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much we enjoyed the showcase on Sunday and how well organized your school was. Zaara loves to dance and she really enjoys Ms. Maura's class. She sometimes closes her eyes in happiness while dancing. When I ask her to keep her eyes open so she knows how her hands and feet are coordinating, she tell me that "We don't dance with our hands and feet, we dance with the joy of our hearts"... I am assuming she learned that from Ms. Maura, and I will be eternally grateful for igniting the love for dance in her. THANK YOU!!

— Sunayana Sarkar

PDT has been a home of mine for over 10 years. It's there that I was taught the foundation of solid, unaffected, clean technique, and just as validly, the importance of camaraderie, trust and positivity within the studio and on the stage. PDT has remained my home base since dancing at Indiana University and professionally. It remains a gem of a ballet school, and I am grateful to have such a lasting relationship with this studio.

— Laura Whitby, Sacramento Ballet

During my time at PDT, I grew exponentially both technically and artistically in its nurturing environment under the care and direction of knowledgeable instructors.  It gave me the tools I needed to begin to bridge the gap between the student and professional dance world.

— Francesca Forcella, Ballet X

And I also wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to do the performances with Dance Vision. As I was getting ready to perform in the main square in Zagreb, Croatia, I was thinking about the Carnival of the Animals performance we did in the courtyard in our converse sneakers, and I had to laugh at how perfect of a preparation those performances were for what I'm doing now. I realize this is so ridiculously sappy but I really wanted you to know that you truly did play a big role in shaping me as a dancer and a person and prepared me well for my career.

— Kayla Green, Ballet Magnificat!

I love guest teaching at PDT because the students are beautifully trained. New Jersey is lucky to have such a wonderful school in which to grow dancers.

— Karin Averty, Former Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet Principal dancer and current master teacher

I am very grateful to PDT for having been a second home for my daughter. She was given amazing opportunities to work with instructors that nurtured and inspired. The lessons learned will take her far in her life and non-dance-related career goals.

— Pat Dementri, QVC Host and TV Personality
I thought of PDT as my home base, somewhere I was safe. I was not judged. And I loved being at the studio because it was a place where hard work actually paid off.
I was lucky enough to start taking classes in the school's infancy. I came in as an angular thirteen-year-old and left a confident budding artist. The founders, (and my mentors during my teenage years), approached each student with the same opportunities and the same message: No matter what your body looks like, if you work harder than you've ever worked, we will help you become the best dancer you can be. All students were pushed to reach their personal best; everyone in class was given corrections and advice for their own dancing. And along the way we all learned about professionalism, kindness, respect, passion, and camaraderie.
No detail was too small! In learning to see the details in our dancing, we became smart dancers--Ms. Kaplowitz especially taught us how to be aware of our bodies and how to work with them safely. As a yoga teacher, I am responsible now for my students' safety. I would not be the teacher I am today without my former teachers. I'll look at a student in Warrior II and think, "Oh, there's what they said about supporting my grand plie!" and I'll know what correction to give.
At PDT, they also stressed how important it was to be safe and kind to your fellow students. I got into the practice of being supportive to my classmates. These days if I am performing in a show with strangers, I will be courteous and complimentary, because I was taught that positive energy begets positive energy. You hear horror stories about some serious ballet studios and cruelty from teachers and students alike. Not PDT. I will always be grateful for the positivity, the drive, and the respect for the craft.
— Phoebe Rose Sandford - Founder of RedCourrant Collective Dance Company, Dancer with MishiDance, NYC and a Ballet and Yoga Instructor

I can't even begin to thank you enough for everything these past 12 years. PDT has given me a challenge, somewhere to escape to with the hectic problems that come in life, and has provided a loving community for me to grow in and flourish. Princeton University '20

— Anonymous

Our alumni have danced or are currently dancing with the following professional schools and companies:

Starz TV Series Flesh and Bones (Lead Character, Claire)
Alonzo King LINES
American Ballet Theatre

Atlanta Ballet

Ballet Magnificat!

Ballet Met

BalletFleming

Ballet X

Ballet, Inc

Cirque du Soleil

Colorado Ballet
Complexions Contemporary Dance Company

Dresden Semperoper Ballet

Houston Ballet (3) 

Labayan Dance/SF

North Carolina Dance Theatre

Orlando Ballet (4) 

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Princess Cruise Line

Royal Danish Ballet

Royal Ballet

San Francisco Ballet

So You Think You Can Dance
Trip of Love (Off Broadway)

Washington Ballet

Our alumni have attended or are currently attending the following universities:

Barnard College
Butler Dance Program, 
Butler University

College of Fine Arts, The University of Utah
Department of Performing Arts, 
Elon University
Alvin Ailey/Fordham University
Dance Department, Goucher College

Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
Department of Dance, 
Ohio State University
Ann Lacey School of Dance & Entertainment, 
Oklahoma City University

Princeton University (3)
Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts (NYC)
Ballet Department at Jacobs School of Music, University of Indiana

Conservatory of Dance, SUNY Purchase

Department of Dance, Texas Christian University

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University 
School of Dance, University of Arizona

School of Theatre and Dance at College of the Arts, University of South Florida
Classical Ballet Program, Mercyhurst University

Our students have attended the following summer intensive programs:

Alonzo King LINES

American Ballet Theatre (NY)

Atlanta Ballet

Bolshoi Ballet

Boston Ballet
Chautauqua

Complexions
Dutch National Ballet

Ellison Ballet

Houston Ballet

Joffrey Ballet, Chicago

Julliard

Kaatsbaan 

Orlando Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet

Princeton Dance & Theater
Royal Danish Ballet

San Francisco Ballet