Director & Faculty

Elyse Mertz

Elyse received her BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, she performed in works by Randy James, Megan Frederick, Paul Ocampo, Kyle Abraham, Joe Goode and others. Participating in American College Dance Association (ACDA) in 2016, she had the wonderful opportunity of performing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. In 2018 Elyse completed the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum for Preprimary through Level 3, and has been teaching at PDT since!

Elyse is a 200-hour certified vinyasa yoga instructor and loves teaching youth! She has studied with Little Flower Yoga to gain more knowledge about teaching to children in various settings. Elyse is also a professional photographer and is the company photographer for Princeton Youth Ballet, among others. She is so happy to bring all of her passions together here at PDT!