Beth DeVito-Mondzelewski - A native of West Chester Pennsylvania, started dancing at the age of 4 at a small school in West Chester, Dee Montone's Dance Studio. At the age of 7 she went onto study with another local school, June Landis School of Dance. Shortly after studying with June, the studio was then taken over by a woman by the name of Maryanne Jacobsen who then changed June Landis's well known school forever into West Chester Performing Arts Center, home of the West Chester Ballet Theater and now the well known Rock West. Maryanne Jacobsen, owner, and Artistic Director of WCPAC was an instant mentor to Beth. She finds a great sense of gratitude was lucky to have such a wonderful woman help influence and guide Beth into the world of Dance, Art, Music and stage performance.
Maryanne provided Beth with a high intense Classical Ballet Technique training (Vagonova Method). She also provided room for learning other styles and genres of dance. Understanding the importance of the technical, disciplined whole dancer. Beth was now a part of a school for the committed and dedicated dancer. She had the opportunity to train under many different greats like, Lisa Camerena- Fries, Katie Murphy, Paul Klocke, Michelle Zehner, Donna Cherry, Jen Wheat, Scott Jovovich, Suzanne Slenn, Tamara Hadley, William DeGregory, Myra Bazzell and Gail Oldfield and many many more! She was given the chance to work with numerous Master teachers and well known choreographers in a professional yet caring environment.
Her love, passion and natural ability to dance was cultivated by studying as many different styles of dance. She was given outstanding opportunities big and small to perform and study choreography for local art functions festivals, competitions and Elementary schools. Numerous performances at Philadelphia's Annenberg Center with the Philadelphia Opera Company, Merriam Theater and Academy of Music with the Pennsylvania Ballet. She also had a chance to compete and perform in annual showcases and recitals. As WCBT's Principal dancer, Beth was chosen for roles like Sugar Plum Fairy In the Nutcracker, Odile from Swan Lake, The Evil Witch in Snow White and Kitri in Don Q, just to name a few.
Beth went onto study with the Rock School of The Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia and trained for many summers in Rock's six week summer intensive programs. Studying under hundreds of amazing artists, choreographers and principal dancers. She then went on to study with the stunning Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet's six week summer intensive programs as well as the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
As Ballet was her and has been her most prominent focus, traveling and studying abroad lead her to a successful audition into her first Ballet Company. Chosen to apprentice at 16 years of age. Beth moved to Denver to join the Colorado Ballet under the direction of Martin Friedmann. After a short time as an apprentice, she became a proud member of the Corps de Ballet. Beth had the opportunity to perform in Denver and tour with the company in large full length Classical and Contemporary Ballets.
Professional Company Ballet life lasted several years until returning to Philadelphia to attend college where she recieved her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts. She studied under and performed works from respected artists Ronen Koresh, Andrew Pap, Barbara Sandanato, Suzanne Slenn, Ruthie Andrian, Gabriel Masson, Lavaughn Robinson, Wayne St.David, Donald Byrd and many others. A well rounded school with a heavy focus on Ballet, Modern Jazz and Contemporary dance. UArts was a phenomenal experience for Beth where her dance training was being coupled with academic classes like, composition, musical theater, tap, notation, improvisation, nutrition, anatomy, pedagogy, dance and music history and many more.
For the past 20 years Beth has dedicated her life to performing, choreography and teaching in the PA, DE and NJ areas. Her talent lies now in the studio where she has the knowledge, experience and ability to connect with dancers as young as 18 months through the adult and professional levels in all genres of dance. A seasoned, skilled and confident teacher who's goal is to provide a high level of technique with a strong focus on the committed as well as the recreational student. Upholding a stellar reputation for being a challenging, yet kind