Who We Are
Classical Dance Academy of Pittsburgh exists to inspire the next generation of performers and audiences through the love of dance. The school adheres to the philosophy that all students can receive lifelong benefits from training in classical dance.
All of our students study ballet, which provides the technical foundation for success and enjoyment in other dance styles. In addition, our advanced students also study modern dance. Our focus is on the systematic development of correct technique and placement. This minimizes the risk of injury and allows students to progress at their ideal rate.
We are here to nurture and encourage our students to always do their best and achieve their goals, whether they want to have fun, to pursue college scholarships or to dance professionally. Our classes are limited in size to ensure that each student can receive individual attention and guidance towards their objectives.
Dance is a lifelong journey in expression through music and movement; there is a beginning, but no set end. Come join us at Classical Dance Academy of Pittsburgh to embark on your journey!
Christopher Fellows, Ballet Master
Christopher Fellows was born in Ithaca, New York where he trained with Ithaca Ballet in his early years. He began intensive study in the Vaganova syllabus under the tutelage of Rafael Grigorian in 1991. He also attended The School of American Ballet on scholarship from 1993-1995. While at SAB he participated in lecture demonstration programs, Annual Workshops and the 1993 New Choreography Workshop. He received additional summer training from Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Chautauqua Festival Dancers.
At the age of 15 he was invited to apprentice with the Chautauqua Ballet Company, dancing in ballets by George Balanchine and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, among others. He became a dancer with Alabama Ballet under the direction of Dame Sonia Arova in 1995, remaining with the company until joining Joffrey Ballet of Chicago in 1998. After 4 seasons with Joffrey Ballet he moved to Milwaukee Ballet, where he served as a dancer, union representative, member of multiple board subcommittees and organizer of the Behind the Curtain dancer’s fund benefit performance.
During his career, he danced principal roles in many ballets, including Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Dracula, Giselle, Carmina Burana, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Moor’s Pavane. He also had original works created on him by contemporary and classical choreographers such as Lee Wei Chao, Foye DuBose, Rafael Grigorian, Michael Pink, Kathryn Posin, Margot Sappington, Thor Sutowski, Nelly Van Bommel and Petr Zahradnicek. He has toured both nationally and internationally and been a guest artist for various dance schools and regional companies around the United States.
He retired from active performance in 2008 to pursue his lifelong passion for teaching ballet. He served as Director of the Classical Ballet Division at Dance FX Academy in Toledo, Ohio from 2008-2014. Over the course of his career, he has taught for Alabama School of Fine Arts, Milwaukee Ballet School, Danceworks Milwaukee, Point Park University, Yanlai Dance Academy and Huntingdon Dance Academy. He has also been a guest instructor for Ithaca Ballet, Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theater, and Illinois Youth Dance Academy. In August of 2016, he graduated summa cum laude from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Arts in ballet pedagogy.
Mr. Fellows lives in Pittsburgh with his family.