Director & Faculty

PDT’s world-class faculty attracts students from all over the region to study with us. PDT’s faculty are among the best in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, with superior experience in areas of teaching, coaching, performance, and pedagogy.

Talin Kenar

Artistic Director

Risa Gary Kaplowitz

Director Emerita

Nora Cotter

Ballet Instructor

Audrey Yeager

Ballet Instructor

Elyse Mertz

Ballet and Yoga Instructor

Tori Hey

Ballet Instructor

Lisa Bottalico

Flamenco Instructor

Matt Williams

Jazz-Broadway Instructor

Tom McKie

Hip Hop Instructor

Hillary Pearson

Modern Instructor

Karen Callaway Williams

Tap Instructor

Phylis Kohn

Accompanist

Franco De Vita

Guest Master Ballet Intructor

Karin Averty

Guest Ballet Instructor

Max Azaro

Guest Ballet Instructor

Larissa Gerszke

Guest Contemporary Ballet Instructor

Previous Guest Instructors:

Susan Jaffe
Stella Abrerra
Maxim Beloserkovsky
Irina Dvorovenko
Cynthia Gregory
Franco De Vita
Raymond Lukens
Robert Hill
Christian Holder
Julie Kent
Sascha Radetsky
Desmond Richardson
Adam Rogers
John Selya
Martine Van Hamel
Igal Perry
Stephanie Saland
Michael Shannon
Preston Duggar
Jared Matthews
Yuriko Kajiya
Sarah Hayes
Karin Averty