Ernie Pagnano

On 01 Apr 1981, in blog, by ricardo

To move with the joy of a wild animal

Ernie Pagnano teaches with a touch so light and lifting that your spirits rise right along with your grandes battements. He has an internal graciousness that enables him to lend something of himself to students so that, despite the demanding nature of a two-hour ballet class, you experience the steady rising of your stamina, your pleasure, and your freedom of movement. Mr. Pagnano brings to his classes valuable lessons learned from a long and shining dance career. He has worked with some of the finest companies in the world including the Joffrey Ballet, New York City Opera, Jack Cole, Alvin Ailey, Harkness Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, Berlin Ballet, Cliff Keuter, and the Netherlands Dance Theater-, as well as on tile Broadway stage. Though he sustained knee injuries in the very early years of his career, determination and the help of his mentor Maggie Black enabled Mr. Pagnano to continue his professional dance career for another twelve years. Although he has studied with many fine teachers, Mr. Pagnano states that success in overcoming his injuries must be attributed to Miss Black's teaching methods: "Maggie taught me a placement so high in the hip, that I no longer sat in my knees. This is the placement that I want to spread with my teaching; it is a placement that protects the dancer." Ernie Pagnano teaches with a touch so light and lifting that your spirits rise right along with your grandes battements. He has an internal graciousness that enables him to lend something of himself to students so that, despite the demanding nature of a two-hour ballet class, you experience the steady rising of your stamina, your pleasure, and your freedom of movement. Mr. Pagnano brings to his classes valuable lessons learned from a long and shining dance career. He has worked with some of the finest companies in the world including the Joffrey Ballet, New York City Opera, Jack Cole, Alvin Ailey, Harkness Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, Berlin Ballet, Cliff Keuter, and the Netherlands Dance Theater-, as well as on tile Broadway stage. Though he sustained knee injuries in the very early years of his career, determination and the help of his mentor Maggie Black enabled Mr. Pagnano to continue his professional dance career for another twelve years. Although he has studied with many fine teachers, Mr. Pagnano states that success in overcoming his injuries must be attributed to Miss Black's teaching methods: Maggie taught me a placement so high in the hip, that I no longer sat in my knees. This is the placement that I want to spread with my teaching; it is a placement that protects the dancer. Ernie Pagnano, died in 1987.  
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One Response to Ernie Pagnano

  1. Ernie was my teacher, my mentor and my friend. He was kind, generous, and a gifted ballet teacher. His approach in class was holistic and brought out the best in me and many of his students. He was equal parts soft and fierce.I felt strong, beautiful, graceful yet empowered each morning. My grief ran so deep when he passed it was difficult to dance for some time. I Googled his name all these years later and was thrilled to find this! Thank you for bringing back the beautiful memories of this wonderful man, dancer, and teacher. His smile lit up the world. His gift was treasured.

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