Crystal Petzel's long standing involvement in the world of classical ballet is unparalleled. Crystal's reputation is where the Academy's doctrine, work-ethic and proven track-record has its roots. Her contributions to the ballet industry span thoughout the United States and her method is regarded as an intensive, results-generating model that is often duplicated by regional dance academies.
Her reputation of being a fair, disciplined, and nurturing instructor has followed her throughout her career. Crystal is known for taking the time to
treat each student individually, getting the best out of each of every one of
them, while offering valuable life lessons - regardless of their intent of
becoming a professional dancer.
Crystal's has been instrumental in developing professional dancers, as an impressive number of her students have received scholarships and gone on to train and dance with many prestigious dance schools, companies, and universities including: Dutch
National Ballet, Ballet Met, American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, Joffery Ballet, The Julliard School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theater, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Purchase College, and Boston Conservatory. Ms. Petzel is also proud of her work with figure skaters, synchronized swimmers, and gymnasts, helping coach them to win National titles and competitions, as well as with her work with dancers on the Fox television show “So You Think You Can Dance”. She has also played a key role in bringing dancers to the finals of the Youth American Grand Prix in New York City, competing amongst the best of international students.
Crystal's solid expertise and involvement with classical ballet - and dance in general, stems from an acclaimed background of varied teaching methods including Vaganova and The Royal Academy of Dancing. She has completed her American Ballet Theatre -training and is certified from Primary through level 7. Throughout her teaching career, she has worked with several dance companies and schools in many varied roles including that of a choreographer, artistic director, principal teacher, ballet mistress, and outreach coordinator. Ms. Petzel has conceived several programs for
various dance organization including outreach programs that bring the arts
to under-served, ELS, and special needs elementary school children. She
developed youth choreography programs allowing dance students the
opportunity to produce their own professional-level show from top to
bottom, including marketing, theater management, artistic-vision, and even
operations. She’s formed Non-Profit and volunteer organizations, along
with fundraising arms to support the Ballet industry and the schools'
performances. In conjunction, she developed a Student Guild to serve as a
membership organization that gives young, Bay Area-ballet and non-ballet
students a chance to grow in the areas of personal development, business
management, leadership and community involvement - serving dance
outside of the school and forging a bond within the local community. This
model has since been adopted by other local dance schools as a way to
further the personal development of their respective students.
She has also served as a “start-up” manager to several ballet studios that
are well-respected in the industry.
Crystal Petzel began her early training in Oklahoma with Marjorie Kovich and legendary Ballet Russe dancers Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov. She was chosen to be the youngest member of the Norman Ballet Company. Throughout her performing career Crystal has performed soloist, principal, and many original roles were created for her in ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Firebird, A Mid-Summers Night's Dream, The Red Shoes, Stars and Stripes, and The Little Prince. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.Crystal has appeared as a guest artist for a variety of
companies throughout the country. Crystal's ballet and modern
choreography continues to receive praise for its creativity and
The Academy Of Classical Ballet-CALIFORNIA's development and success
is directly attributed to Crystal's many different talents, backgrounds, and
relevant experience that has helped the Academy claim its
place as one of the Bay Area's top ballet institutions.
More Highlights From Crystal's Career
Crystal was invited to serve as a Guest Teacher to the renowned Paul
Taylor Dance Company.
Served as a Start up manager, Faculty Member, Outreach Director,
Principal Teacher, Coach, Choreographer, and Artistic Director for San Jose
Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre International and Los Gatos Ballet.
Served as a Teacher and Studio Manager for the Mountain View Academy of Ballet.
Performed as a Guest Artist for the modern dance company Ground Level in Dallas, TX.
Performed duties as a Teacher, Manager, and Choreographer of New World Ballet and the New World Dance Center (formerly Conservatory of Classical Ballet) in Richardson, TX.
Acted as a Rehearsal Assistant, Guest Teacher for Western Ballet in Mountain View, CA