Melinda Pendleton

Ms. Pendleton began her ballet training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet under the guidance of her parents, John White and Margarita de Saá. As a teenager, Ms. Pendleton won first prize at the Carey Rose Winski competition and was invited by special audition to participate in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. A few years later, she began her professional career dancing for companies in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Her decision to retire from the stage came after she began teaching at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. After a few years as a faculty member, she was offered the position of Assistant Director. In this capacity she oversaw the curriculum of the teaching staff, conducted rehearsals, and helped with the overall duties of running the affairs of the Academy. In 2013, Ms. Pendleton became the second-generation owner of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet.

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