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Julia Stiles
Actress

"Before I discovered PCS, I was forced to choose between pursuing an education and the work I found so rewarding as an actress.  PCS was the first community that understood that these two aspects of life are not mutually exclusive, but actually compliment each other.  Not only was I able to continue my career, but I was introduced to some of the most influential teachers in my life.  I remember being surprised and relieved that when it came time to apply to colleges, my advisor viewed my career experience as an asset and not a hindrance."








Mei-Ting Sun

Pianist

 

"When I first came to New York in 1991, I didn't speak a word of English. PCS and its students welcomed me with open arms, and within three months they couldn't get me to stop talking. The school provided an excellent education for me, a stepping stone toward my recent doctorate from The Juilliard School, and yet also gave me plenty of freedom in scheduling the number of extra-curricular activities that were going on. Of note was a three week trip that I took in the Fall of 1995 when all of my homework was assigned to me before I left and the tests were given to my father for him to administer on particular dates. This rare combination of flexibility, and the excellent teachers (some of whom are still there from my time or before) gave me opportunities to pursue my profession, yet allowed me the choice of majoring in something quite different for college if that had been my preference. To this day, I appreciate greatly the knowledge I was able to gather at PCS and think fondly of my many days there."







Wendy Whelan,
Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet Company

"Supporting the outside demands of serious young artists, PCS is a tight-knit and intimate scholastic experience. Whether it be in the classroom or through the discipline of Guided Study, the deeply committed faculty offers students a broadened perspective and stregthens their potential for a bright and successful future, beyond any state, screen or concert hall."

Wendy Whelan began her dance training at age 3 and her performing career at age 7 with the role of a mouse in the Louisville Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. In 1982, she moved to New York to continue her studies full-time at the School of American Ballet and the Professional Children's School. She was invited to become a member of the New York City Ballet corps de ballet in 1986. She was promoted to the rank of soloist 3 years later and to principal dancer in the spring of 1991.

Ms. Whelan has performed a wide spectrum of the Balanchine repertory. Her roles range from the abstract ballets of Balanchine's Agon, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto to his more romantic works including Liebeslieder Walzer, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Jewels. She was able to work closely with Jerome Robbins on many of his ballets and has also performed in full-length classics such as Peter Martins' Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.

Christopher Wheeldon has created featured roles for Ms. Whelan in his ballets Polyphonia, Morphoses, Liturgy, After the Rain and most recently Klavier. She has created featured roles in works by William Forsythe and Twyla Tharp. Ms. Whelan appeared as Arabian Coffee in the film version of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker and has appeared in numerous televised broadcasts of Live From Lincoln Center on PBS. She has been a guest artist with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and with the Kirov Ballet at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.

 


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