Director & Faculty

PDT’s world-class faculty is a major reason why students from all over New Jersey and Pennsylvania come study with us.

Risa Gary Kaplowitz

Artistic Director/Founder, Ballet Instructor

Maura Ryan

Assistant Director, Ballet Instructor

Nora Cotter

Ballet Instructor

Talin Kenar

Ballet Instructor, Conditioning Instructor

Elyse Mertz

Ballet and Yoga Instructor

Maria Youskevitch

Ballet Instructor

Lisa Bottalico

Flamenco Instructor

Tom McKie

Hip Hop Instructor

Hillary Pearson

Modern Instructor

Dougie Robbins

Jazz Instructor

Karen Callaway Williams

Tap Instructor

Judy Yeh

Accompanist

Phylis Kohn

Accompanist

Franco De Vita

Guest Master Ballet Intructor

Karin Averty

Guest Instructor

Max Azaro

Ballet Instructor

Former Guest Instructors Included:

Susan Jaffe
Stella Abrerra
Maxim Beloserkovsky
Irina Dvorovenko
Cynthia Gregory
Franco De Vita
Raymond Lukens
Robert Hill
Christian Holder
Julie Kent
Sascha Radestsky
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