Ballet Master Class with Matt Pardo

This ballet class utilizes classical technique in contemporary ways and asks students to adapt the technique on themselves, not the other way around. Participants can expect a normal ballet class structure, but should also expect to engage in combinations aimed specifically at accessing transitional elements of movement, at identifying and utilizing individual nuances, and at integrating performative value into movement.

Price: $5


Matt Pardo
– M.F.A., AEA.  Experience: Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, River North Chicago Dance Company (apprentice), Pittsburgh Opera, Groundworks Dance Theatre, “Einstein on the Beach” (Olivier Award – Best Opera), Lucinda Childs Dance Company (company member/company class instructor), among others. Dance Europe Magazine selected him as a “Top 100 dancer in the world” for 2010/2011 and called him “an artist to watch”. Pardo is a co-founder of the Pittsburgh-based organization, The Blanket (, which has been featured in Dance Magazine-online, Departures Magazine (American Express), and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Recent choreographic and teaching credits include the American Dance Festival, Point Park University, Elon University, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Centre National De Danse (Paris), and Slippery Rock University. Recent writing includes an article in the Journal of Dance Education discussing the use of experiential observation in developing a practice of performance and an insert in the Genius Guide to College Dance Programs. Pardo is an assistant professor at Shenandoah University. (

About This Event

ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

January 18, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm