In a letter to the families and staff of Princeton Dance and Theater Studio dated Wednesday, June 2, Risa Kaplowitz, the school’s co-founder and co-director, announced that PDT co-founder and co-director Susan Jaffe has been invited to go back to work for American Ballet Theater, where she was a principal ballerina for 22 years. She will be returning as ballet mistress.

Jaffe and Kaplowitz, former classmates at Maryland Youth Ballet, opened PDT in September of 2003, only a little more than one year after Jaffe’s retirement as principal ballerina with American Ballet Theater. “It was an unbelievable gift to the community and to me to have her indelible mark on ballet training in the area,” stated Kaplowitz. “Susan’s name recognition, talent, and endorsement helped to grow PDT’s ballet program into a nationally recognized training ground.”

The letter stated that Jaffe will be PDT’s principal guest instructor, “as her schedule allows.”

Princeton Dance and Theater Studio, Rockingham Row, Princeton Forrestal Village, 609-514-1600. www.princetondance.com.

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