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    Janet Panetta

    Janet Panetta

    Ballet

    Biography:

    From a young age, Janet Panetta studied ballet with Margaret Craske, Antony Tudor and Alfredo Corvino at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School. At 14, she became Margaret Craske’s teaching assistant, which served as on-the-job training for her lifelong career in dance education. 
Janet joined American Ballet Theatre in 1968, and later began her foray into modern dance as a member of Paul Sanasardo’s company. She went on to work with Robert Kovich, Neil Greenberg, Susan Salinger, Peter Healey, and countless other modern companies, while continuing to teach. In the 1980s, she began working internationally, and in 1984 the French asked Janet to be the only ballet teacher at their newly created school for contemporary dancers. Her class consisted of twenty students, all of whom went on to professional careers, including the renowned choreographer Jerome Bel. In her 1989 New York Times article, “Why Certain Performers are a Breed Apart,” Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times called Janet’s performing, “Quietly indelible, intense and sharply focused, with a smoky, smoldering aura.” She definitely got that right! 
Janet currently works with P.A.R.T.S. and with Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wupperthal. In addition, she teaches at Impulstanz in Vienna each summer, and maintains her own New York Studio, where she serves as artistic director of International Dance Dialogues, a program that hosts many European artists workshops and lectures.

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