Dance

PALLAS – DANCE

A native of Los Angeles, Pallas has had an extensive and varied international career as a professional classical ballet and all around dancer, in both the concert, and commercial sectors.

She currently works as a master ballet teacher, choreographer, producer, coach, rehearsal director, and yoga instructor.

Pallas lived for a number of years in The Netherlands, where she directed her own school and performing arts company, PALLAS – DANCE.

After returning to the U.S.A., she realized one of her long standing dreams of becoming a nationally certified yoga instructor, and is N.A.C.Y.T. (National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers) certified. She is a graduate of The Yoga Institute in Houston, under the tutelage of the venerable Lex Gillan.

Pallas also produces and hosts PALLAS ON AIR, in which she interviews rock stars, jazz legends, progressive rock gods and goddesses, pop-culture icons, choreographers, directors, producers, genre-fluid artists, as well as up and comers. For more information about PALLAS ON AIR, please click here.

TRAINING

Pallas began training in classical ballet at the age of four, and at eleven was awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation scholarship from the New York City Ballet, for four consecutive years, to study at The Westside School of Ballet in Los Angeles, under the artistic direction of Yvonne Mounsey and Rosemary Valaire. As the recipient of numerous scholarships she trained at the School of American Ballet (New York City Ballet), The American Ballet Theatre School, The San Francisco Ballet School, Ballet West Summer Program, and Dupree Dance Academy.

At the age of fifteen, Pallas won first place in California at The National Society of Arts and Letters Ballet Competition, and placed at the Nationals. Throughout her professional career, she has trained with an array of esteemed teachers in various styles, including Maggie Black in New York. Pallas would recognize the influential style of Miss Black’s teaching in professional scenarios the world over.

Pallas received the majority of her jazz dance training from iconic choreographer, Bill Goodson, with whom she has performed extensively.

For years, Pallas has studied hatha yoga, meditation, and spiritual practices rooted in the traditions of nonduality and Advaita Vedanta. She is a nationally certified N.A.C.Y.T. yoga teacher, and a 200 hour graduate of The Yoga Institute of Houston, Texas.

PERFORMANCE

Pallas’ performance credits include Dennis Wayne and Dancers, Batsheva Dance Company, Nevada Dance Theater, New Breed Dance Theater (as leading dancer and Ballet Mistress), Israel Ballet, Jerusalem Tamar Modern Dance Company, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, Long Beach Ballet / aka Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Radio City Music Hall Ballet, American Folk Ballet, Americana Dance Theater, Dutch National Opera Ballet, Pandora, De Dutch Don’t Dance Division, The Alchemy Ensemble (as dancer / actress / rehearsal coach), Flow Performing Arts and Pallas Dance, to name a few. In Hollywood she performed extensively in television shows, movies, and MTV videos, most notably performing  on Saturday Night Live, and in the very first MTV dance videos, choreographed, directed, and produced by the legendary Toni Basil.

She has worked with choreographers Kenny Ortega, Paula Abdul, Bill Goodson, Daniel Ezralow, Ann Marie DeAngelo, and Laurence Blake, to name a few.

She has performed in musical theater and sailed around the world on the high seas, performing in Broadway musical adaptions, as a dancer / singer / Ballet Mistress on the Holland-America Line.

TEACHING

Equally passionate as a teacher, as she is a performer and choreographer, Pallas began teaching at a young age, and has taught consistently throughout the years, alongside her performing career.

Partial list of teaching credits includes:  AMDA – L.A., B.F.A. Program, (American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Los Angeles Campus), Edge Performing Arts Center, Texas Ballet Theater School, Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, Paso Robles Chamber Ballet, Moving Arts San Francisco, DjazzEX, RAZ, Krisztina de Chatel, Theater Werkplaats Eskalibur, Stanley Holden Dance Center, Studio Piet Rogie / Peter Bulcaen / Dansateliers, Haagsche Dansetage, Circle Rotterdam, Amsterdam Dance Centre, Barrie Stevens, Jerusalem Dance Theater, The New Dance Center, Dance Elements, The Cedar Park Dance Company, The Dance Spot, The Dance Academy & Ballet Academy North, One Academy of Dance, M.A. Dance Project, Metamorphosis Dance, Balance Dance Studios, and Evolution Dance Collective.

TEACHING STYLE

Pallas’ ballet classes are a hybrid, influenced by the best of her own training. She emphasizes unwavering musicality, dynamics, proper alignment, clean and pure technique, efficient / maximum use of the demi plié, ‘wow’ jumps, brilliant petit allegro work (as found in the Balanchine style), epaulement , ‘performing the barre’, expression and performance quality, fluidity, mindful use of the breath and well dosed exertion / relaxation.

Pallas prides herself on being able to teach ‘anyone’ to dance, as long as they are committed and have a passion to learn. She believes in positive reinforcement and spreading love and light through the performing arts, as the world is sorely in need of healing.

As a yoga teacher, Pallas enjoys giving lessons for those of all ages; for children, through the elderly and everyone in between!

She especially enjoys giving lessons in Yin and Restorative Yoga.

CHOREOGRAPHER / REHEARSAL DIRECTOR

As a freelance choreographer and producer she has created neoclassical and contemporary ballets, as well as experimental fusion concerts for stage and film for, ie: De Dutch Don’t Dance Division, Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, Flow Performing Arts, 4 Steps Forward (Korzo Theatre, The Hague), Poetry International Festival (Stadsschouwberg, Rotterdam), The L.A. Dance Kaleidoscope Festival (CSULA), Jerusalem Dance Theatre, Bethune Theatredans, Pallas-Dance, MTV Korea, and is currently working as artistic consultant, co-director and choreographer for music videos in development. In Austin she has created original classical, and neoclassical and contemporary ballet works for: One Academy of Dance, Ballet Academy North 1st and 2nd Companies, and Rise Dance Company.

Complete C.V. and samples of choreography may be sent upon request.

For information and samples of Pallas’ work as a creative consultant, choreographer, producer, and director of music videos, please contact her via the contact info.

Pallas is available to travel as a guest master teacher, choreographer, rehearsal director and coach, adjudicator, judge, emcee / presenter and journalist.

Pallas also teaches jazz dance, and dance history workshops. Course descriptions sent upon request.

Additionally, Pallas is a freelance voiceover artist, musician, singer-songwriter, and coproduces music in various genres.

A native English speaker, Pallas is also fluent in Dutch, and speaks some Spanish and Hebrew.