About Miss Janet
A former dancer, Janet Mangiaracina is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University and has completed graduate studies at New York University. She also studied education and child development at Western Connecticut University and California State University, Sonoma. For the past 25+ years, she has made a successful career as a pre-professional dance school owner and director, ballet program/company director, dance teacher educator, gymnastics, theater, and dance choreographer, and dance adjudicator, and has worked in private studios, private and public school, college, community theater, and commercial settings. She has relocated to the east coast after spending several years in northern California, and currently teaches in NJ, NY, and, of course, Doylestown!
Janet’s early tranining was with Mary and Phyllis Papa (ballerina with Harkness Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Royal Danish Ballet, and Stars of American Ballet) Oscar Antunez (ABT, Les Grands Ballets Canadians, Royal Danish Ballet) and the faculty of the Princeton Ballet Co. and West Jersey Ballet Co., as a performer for companies. She also studied jazz and tap through the advanced level. In preparation for her career in teaching, she pursued extensive pedagogical training in the Vaganova method with some of the country’s foremost experts and practitioners, among them: Jurgen Schneider, Henry Danton, Oleg Briansky, John White, Marina Straviskaya, and Karen Morell. In addition, she has gained a strong working knowledge of the other primary ballet teaching systems and syllabi and attained certification to teach ballet and musical theater dance styles through her participation in the Dance Educators of America training school in Bowling Green, KY. Janet continually updates her knowledge of best teaching practices. Janet is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.