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The Dutchess Dance Company

The Dutchess Ballet Company was founded by Valerie Feit in 1994.  Katie Bissinger is the Artistic Director and Executive Director of the Company, now called the Dutchess Dance Company ("DDC").  The DDC is dedicated to providing a variety of educational and performance experiences to dancers.  

Operations of the Dutchess Dance Company are separate from Ballet Arts Studio. Membership in DDC is by invitation, and members of the DDC pay annual membership fees.  

About the DDC

Ballet Arts Studio and the Dutchess Dance Company have provided educational guidance for students and emerging artists who have been accepted to the following nationally recognized schools, colleges, universities and dance companies.

Dutchess Dance Company member dancers work with professional choreographers and perform in various venues. DDC members also work and perform with community organizations. Performance portfolios developed by DDC members are often featured parts of college applications.

Professional Work

American Ballet Theater    Dayton Ballet Company    Les Grands Ballet Canadiens    Pennsylvania Ballet Company    North Carolina Dance Theater    42nd Street on Broadway    Joffrey Ballet    Smuin Contemporary Ballet    Pacific Northwest Ballet    The State Street Ballet    Kansas City Ballet


The 2022-2023 Dutchess Dance Company     Photo by Flynn Larsen 

Professional Schools

The School of American Ballet

The Ellison Ballet
Ballet Academy East
The American Ballet Theater School
American Ballet Theater Summer Programs
Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet
SLK Ballet New York City
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
The Juilliard School
The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
The Miami City Ballet School
The Ailey School ^
Houston Ballet School

Ballet Met
The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center
The Miami City Ballet Summer Program

The San Francisco Ballet Summer Program

The Boston Ballet School Apprentice Program

The Rock School [Pennsylvania Ballet]
The Berlin State Opera Ballet School
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Summer Programs
The New York State Summer Schools of the 

   Arts, Ballet, Modern and Theater Divisions
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
The State Street Ballet Colleges
Barat Conservatory
Barnard College *
Boston College
Brandeis University
College of Saint Rose
Columbia University
Connecticut College

Duke University *

Goucher College ^

Hamilton College

Ithaca College (Doctoral Program)

Mary Mount Manhattan College *^

Mercyhurst College
University of Maryland ^
University of Michigan
University of Massachusetts
University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University *
Point Park College ^
NYU Tisch School for the Performing Arts
Sarah Lawrence College
Smith College
SUNY Binghamton, Buffalo, Geneseo, 

   New Paltz, Purchase ^
University of the Arts ^
Vanderbilt University *
Vassar College *
Wake Forest College

* high school valedictorian
^ on scholarship

The 2023-24 Company

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