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Over 34 Years of Reinventing


Known for attracting the great talent of each generation.

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Dances Patrelle

Dances Patrelle was founded in 1988 by artistic director and choreographer, Francis Patrelle. He has taught generations of aspiring dancers to develop a profound love of dance.  



DANCES PATRELLE'S MISSION has always been to nurture and celebrate dramatic ballet. From those who want to learn – to those who are at the pinnacle of their careers and never want to stop – and for those who want to watch and experience excellence, artistry, and joy – Dances Patrelle exists to serve and celebrate them all.


Photo © 2018 Christopher Duggan  |  Courtesy of Ballet Academy East 


For Over 34 Years

From its inception in 1988, Dances Patrelle's mission has been to bring dramatic ballet to the stage, striving to address all elements of the human condition, and by doing so, making ballet accessible to a wider audience.

In addition, Dances Patrelle has performed The Yorkville Nutcracker every holiday season for the past 26-years, which has become a staple in New York City.

Francis Patrelle's body of work includes over 50 original ballets choreographed for Dances Patrelle and spans an incredibly wide range of styles, from his beloved American Songbook collection to such contemporary classics as Romeo and Juliet, Madame X, Macbeth and Rhapsody in Blue.  Heralded by Lynn Garafola in Dance Magazine as a choreographer with “a personal vision…classical because it is rooted in metaphor and symbolic language [and] populist because of its legibility and broad cultural resonance,” Patrelle has also cultivated a long-time collaboration with composer Patrick Soluri, commissioning four original scores including 2009’s Murder at the Masque.

In Francis Patrelle’s ballets, the characters come alive.

His choreography is full of heart and soul.

Cynthia Gregory, Prima Ballerina


of Each Generation

Known for attracting the great talent of each generation, Dances Patrelle is pleased to count ballet stars Marcelo Gomes, Maria Riccetto, Donald Williams, Lourdes Lopez, Jock Soto, Abi Stafford, Ask la Cour, Merrill Ashley, and prima ballerina Cynthia Gregory among its past and present dancers.  


For over 34 years, Dances Patrelle has tapped into the human experience, connecting intimately with the audience and continuously reinventing dramatic dance.



Choreographer & Artistic Director 

Francis Patrelle

Rehearsal Director and Repetiteur

Ilona Wall Nambisan

Children's Repertory Director and Repetiteur

Anne Kelly

Children's Repertory Director and Repetiteur

Becka Vargus

Managing Director 

Justin Allen



Board of Directors

Dances Patrelle’s Board of Directors is composed of an exceptional group of volunteers who are firmly committed to Dances Patrelle’s mission and its importance to bring dramatic ballet to the stage, striving to address all elements of the human condition, and by doing so, making ballet accessible to a wider audience.


Simone Zeko

Co-Owner, Zeko Partners LLC


Samantha Cohen

Consultant, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Board Members
Graciela España
Language Professor


Elisabeth Halfpapp

Co-Founder, CoreBarrFit


Lisa Halmi

Ask la Cour Rasmussen

Principal, New York City Ballet

Artistic Director: NYDT & Ohman School of Ballet 


Diana Pan

Business Strategist, Thomson Reuters


Rhoda Ribner

Buyer, Bloomingdales


Ariel T. Rose

Soloist and Choreographer, Miami City Ballet

Abi Stafford Lillo

Principal, New York City Ballet

Summer Intern at Robert C. Gottlieb & Associates PLLC


Faith Williams

Resident Physician, New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Barbara Wood

EVP, GC & Corporate Secretary, Sellas Life Sciences Group, Inc.


Special Thanks

Julia Dubno

Owner & Director, Ballet Academy East

Emeritus Board Members

Sandra Burch

Anni Coden

Mary Stone Cove

Cynthia Gregory

AlexAnndra Ontra

Erica Marks Panush

Nancy Peters

Ruth Pickholz

Joan Dufresne Reisler

Carmen Tagle Rose

Barbara Rothschild

Sally Shreeves

Suzi Stadler

Jessica J. Rich Sturley

Cast:  The American Dream: It’s Only Business (2019): Therese Wendler, Enrique Brown, Shoshana Rosenfeld, Lavinia Russo, Stella MacDonald, Charlotte Budzinsky  | 

Madame X (2019): NYC Ballet Principals Ask la Cour, Abi Stafford  |  

American Overture (2019): Twyla Tharp Company's Reed Tankersley  |

Macbeth: Mary Beth Hansohn (2016),  Martin Harvey, Nancy Cantine, Heather Hawk, Claire Mazza  |

Romeo and Juliet, A Dazzling 25th Anniversary Performance (2014): Juliet - Chloé Sherman, Romeo - Alex Castillo, Mercutio - Matthew Dibble, Benvolio - Josh Christopher, Tybalt - Grant Dettling, Nurse - Julie Voshell, Lady Capulet - Heather Hawk, Lord Capulet - John Mark Owen, Rosaline - Amy Brandt & Therese Wendler

Romeo and Juliet (1993): Juliet -Mary Barton, Romeo - Douglas Martin, Mercutio - Fabrice Herrault, Tybalt - Robert Conn, Nurse - Darla Hoover, Lady Capulet - Leda Meredith, Lord Capulet - TBC, Rosaline - TBC

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Ballet (2013): Jesse Marks, Alexander Brady, Julie Voshell, Amy Brandt, Therese Wendler, John-Mark Owen, Justin Allen. With Music Director Warren Helms, Set Designer Gillian Bradshaw Smith, Costume Designer Rita B. Watson, Lighting Designer David Grill, and co-creation of the original story by award-winning novelist Justin Allen.

Photos:  © Christopher Duggan Photography  |  © Courtesy of Ballet Academy East  |  © Rosalie O'Connor Photography  | © Eduardo PATINO.NYC  | 

© Eugene Yates Photography |  © Christopher Gagliardi Photography

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