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. Courses Taught:
Janet joined American Ballet Theatre in 1968, and later began her foray into modern dance.
In the 1980s, she began working internationally, and in 1984 the French government 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.
Janet currently works with P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) and with Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wupperthal. In addition, she teaches at Impulstanz in Vienna each summer. From 1973-2010 she maintained her own New York Studio, where she served as artistic director of International Dance Dialogues, a program that hosts many European artists workshops and lectures, and which she continues to direct.
LDAN 3300 Ballet Practices, ContinuedRecent Publications:
Awards and Honors:
2011 Oral History Project Interview
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Jerome Robbins Dance Collection
Interview with Janet Panetta conducted by Gia Kourlas on Jan. 28, 2011 and Feb. 4, 2011 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City as part of the Oral History Project NYPL Oral History Project Interview with Janet Panetta
2010 New York Times Feature Article
Janet Panetta Closes Studio but Doesn’t Sit Down
By Claudia La Rocca
Published: December 10, 2010
2008 Martha Hill Dance Fund Mid-Career Achievement Award