Pamela Critelli has taught ballet in the greater New York City area and internationally for more than 30 years.
During her years teaching in NYC at Peridance, Broadway Dance Center, Zena Rommett's dance studio, and International School of Dance and Ballet Arts at Carnegie Hall, Pamela has trained dancers from Tony-Award–winning Broadway shows and professional companies such as Feld Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, and Martha Graham.
Pamela has given master classes and guest taught in the U.S. and Europe and provided private coaching for dancers who work in a variety of genres. She also ran a ballet scholarship program and was rehearsal coach for Bebe Miller & Dancers. She taught ballet to elite gymnasts to help avoid injury and improve gymnastic skills.
Pamela’s approach to ballet training incorporates rigorous Vaganova and Cecchetti technique, floor barre, and a deep knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, and rehabilitative techniques. Her classes begin on the floor with a series of exercises that develop proper alignment and build strength, followed by traditional barre and center work. Her classes also emphasize musicality, moving strongly through space, dynamic range, and individual aesthetic choice.
Pamela’s training and professional experience performing with such diverse companies as Oklahoma Civic Ballet, Ballet Folk (now Ballet Idaho), the Paul Sanasardo Company, and The David Anderson Dance Company allow her to understand the needs of all dancers. Her students develop a knowledge of their bodies and a strong, pure, versatile technique. This foundation enables dancers to meet the demands of their careers, whether in classical ballet, modern or postmodern dance, musical theater, Argentine tango, or gymnastics.
Pam talks about her teaching philosophy in an interview published in Dance Pages.
Roberta Savage reviewed Pam’s approach to teaching in the newspaper InStep.