Janet Panetta teaches the ballet staple développé à la seconde with an emphasis on functional alignment. To help students find the correct placement of their hips—even, neither tilted nor tucked—she offers the chance within the combination for students to shift in and out of alignment, feeling the difference between correct and incorrect placement.
A native New Yorker, Janet Panetta trained at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School before dancing with American Ballet Theatre in the late '60s. From 1973 to 2010, she ran the Panetta Movement Center in Manhattan. Today, she teaches at Gibney Dance Center and The New School in New York City and has an active schedule abroad, at the Brussels-based contemporary dance school P.A.R.T.S and ImPulsTanz dance festival, and serving as a guest ballet master for Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal. She received a Martha Hill Dance Fund Mid-Career Award in 2008.
Eleanor Hullihan is a professional contemporary dancer in NYC.