Mr. Pandiscio is an acclaimed dance educator who has taught classical ballet to dancers of all ages since 2004. His teaching philosophy draws on the traditions of Bournonville, Vaganova, and Balanchine, with classes that emphasize clear musical phrasing, safe joint articulation, and expressive movement dynamics. Based in Houston, TX, he currently teaches at Uptown Dance Centre, Vitacca Dance Project, Houston Ballet Academy, and MetDance.
Mr. Pandiscio began studying ballet in his hometown of Hopkinton, Massachusetts with Jacqueline Cronsberg. As a student, he was twice awarded the American Ballet Theatre National Training Scholarship, and later attended both the Royal Danish Ballet and San Francisco Ballet Schools.
Mr. Pandiscio has performed with the Massachusetts Youth Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Houston Ballet. During his time with Houston Ballet he danced works by a wide range of classical and contemporary choreographers, including featured roles in ballets by Balanchine, Kylian, Stevenson, and Welch.
Following his performing career, Mr. Pandiscio studied Kinesiology (Sports Medicine) at Rice University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2014. Rice University also presented him with the Brotzen Award, a grant that supported his study of ballet kinesiology and teaching methodology in Vienna, Austria with Judith Reyn. After college, Mr. Pandiscio spent a year at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto teaching in the professional ballet program while also completing the Teacher Training Program for Professional Dancers. He graduated with Distinction and was the recipient of the 2015 Betty Oliphant Award for Excellence in Teaching.