The 2020-2021 Dutchess Dance Company.    Photo by Flynn Larsen

"There is always a moment in childhood when the door opens to let the future in."
                              --  Graham Greene  --

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.  DDC 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.

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.  

The 2019-2020 Dutchess Dance Company.    Photo by Flynn Larsen

Students’ Artistic & Academic Achievements

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.

 Professional Schools

·The School of American Ballet (Official School of the New York City 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 and Summer Program
·The Ailey School, the official school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (On scholarship)
·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 and Apprentice Program
·The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet Company
·The Berlin State Opera Ballet School (
Germany )
·Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 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 (High School Valedictorian)
·Boston College
·Brandeis University
·College of Saint Rose
·Columbia University
·Connecticut College
·Dean College
·Duke University (High School Valedictorian)
·Goucher College
·Hamilton College
·Ithaca College (Doctoral program in Physical Therapy)
·Mary Mount Manhattan College (High School Valedictorian  with  full artistic merit scholarship)
·Mercyhurst College
·University of Maryland (Full artistic merit scholarship)
·University of Michigan
·University of Massachusetts
·University of Pennsylvania
·Pennsylvania State University (High School Valedictorian)
·Point Park College (Presidential scholarship)
·New York University -- Tisch School for the Performing Arts
·Sarah Lawrence College
·Smith College
·SUNY New Paltz, Purchase,  Binghamton, Geneseo, Buffalo (with various artistic scholarships)
·University of the Arts (Presidential Scholarship)
·Vanderbilt University (High School Valedictorian)
·Vassar College (High School Valedictorian)
·Wake Forest College


The 2018-2019 Dutchess Dance Company.    Photo by Flynn Larsen


Professional Dance Companies

  • 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 2017-2018 Dutchess Dance Company. Photo by Flynn Larsen