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Private Lessons

Private lessons

Professional Coaching
for Professional Results

Wendy Fish Lawrence and David Lawrence

Private Lessons, Coaching, Performance Preparation & more!

Take your dancing to the next level with private lessons!

Whether you are an advanced dancer looking to grow your strength and artistry or a beginer just starting your ballet journey, we can’t wait to work with you and help you reach your dancing goals!

We pride ourselves on our nurturing and caring approach to teaching. We understand that each dancer is unique, and our personalized instruction aims to unlock your full potential while fostering a love for ballet that will last a lifetime.

Private Lessons are available with the following teachers:

  • CCB Artistic Directors – Wendy Fish-Lawrence and David Lawrence

  • Haley Zdebski Fabrycki

  • Dorothy Lawrence

*Live online private lessons are available via Zoom.

Please email us here to discuss online private lessons: ctconcertballet@gmail.com

PRIVATE COACHING FEES

WENDY FISH-LAWRENCE & DAVID LAWRENCE
Private Lessons – $75 per hour
Semi-Privates – $50 per hour (per person)

HALEY ZDEBSKI FABRYCKI
Private Lessons – $75 per hour
Semi-Privates – $50 per hour (per person)

DOROTHY LAWRENCE
Private Lessons – $60 per hour
Semi-Privates – $30 per hour (per person)

“Taking private lessons was the best decision for our daughter. Her technique and strength improved dramatically and she her confidence has soared!”

Elena

"Training with Mr. David has made such a difference in my dancing. I am a competition dancer but sought out privates as a way to improve my ballet technique and overall dancing ability. Private coaching made a huge difference and I am dancing and competing stronger than ever!"

Audrey

"We chose summer private training with Wendy and David instead of sending our dancer to an expensive summer intensive. Best decision we ever made! We saved money, our dancer improved so much, and she was able to be home and have a fun and stress-free summer."

Meghan

Wendy & David

Wendy Fish-Lawrence began her ballet training in Connecticut as a scholarship student at The Northern Connecticut Ballet under the direction of Helen Stevenson. She also received early training at The Boston Ballet School and at Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Wendy left Connecticut in 1989 to pursue a career as a professional ballet dancer. She went on to dance professionally with Ballet Omaha, Ballet Iowa, Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania, Ballet Idaho and Ballet Eddy Toussaint USA in Sarasota, Florida. In addition to her performing career, Wendy has also pursued a career as a teacher of classical ballet. She has taught around the country at many schools including Vermont Chamber Ballet, the Ecole de Dance in Sarasota, FL, The Belltown Ballet Studio in Seattle, WA, the Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania School, and the Ventura Ballet School in Ventura, CA. Wendy returned to Connecticut in 1996 and began a new phase in her career both as an artist and teacher. It was here in Connecticut while dancing as a guest artist at her first ballet school that she met her husband, David Lawrence. Together they accepted the position of Co-Artistic Directors of Connecticut Concert Ballet in 1997 and set about the task of growing the school into one of the largest and most successful ballet training and performing organizations in New England. While teaching, choreographing, and directing CCB, Wendy continued to dance professionally and was a featured member of the Island Moving Co. in Newport, RI from 2001 to 2006. Wendy is an adjunct faculty member at The University of Hartford Hartt Dance Division. She continues to work as a guest teacher and coach at many local schools. In June of 2004, Wendy was inducted into the Manchester Arts Hall of Fame in recognition of her dedication and service to arts in the Manchester community. Wendy Fish-Lawrence is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, David Lawrence’s professional career began with the Dayton Ballet under the direction of Stuart Sebastian. He has also been a company member of Berkshire Ballet, The Ruth Page Dance Foundation in Chicago, and was a principal dancer with Ballet Pacifica in Laguna Beach, CA. It was in California at The Jimmy DeFore Dance Center that Mr. Lawrence began teaching and where he was fortunate to be allowed to develop his own method of instruction. He also taught at the Los Alamitos High School of the Arts, The Orange County Performing Arts Academy and eventually for both the company and school of Ballet Pacifica.

Mr. Lawrence left the dance world upon moving to Hartford in 1994, but a chance meeting with Ted Hershey, a founder of WORKS, led to his joining that dance company, performing throughout New England and eventually to teaching again. Mr. Lawrence has also performed locally with The Sonia Plumb Dance Co., with Tim Martin Choreographies at Clark Studio Theatre in Lincoln Center in Manhattan and as a professional guest artist in many area productions. From 2001 to 2007 David was a company dancer with Newport, RI’s Island Moving Company, regularly dancing lead roles in a variety of both classical and contemporary works. Notable and influential people he has worked with include Kirk Peterson, Colin Conner, William Soleau, Violette Verdy, Rick McCullough, Larry Long¸ Diane Diefenderfer, Barbara Pontecorvo, Laura Glenn and Michael Thomas.

Mr. Lawrence is an accomplished ballet teacher who has a unique and spirited manner with his students. He is known especially for his strength as a pas de deux teacher and coach. He has taught locally at The Northern Connecticut Ballet, Dance 10, New England Dance Conservatory, The Dance Slipper and Vermont Chamber Ballet as well as company class at Island Moving Co. He began teaching at Connecticut Concert Ballet in 1996 upon the invitation of former Artistic Director Brian Adams. He accepted the position of Co-Artistic Director with his wife Wendy Fish-Lawrence in 1997. Together they have grown the school into one of the top training institutions in New England with over 300 students studying the art of classical ballet, modern dance and more. David Lawrence is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Haley

Haley Zdebski Fabrycki is a dance artist and educator living and working in Connecticut. She received her BFA in Dance and Performance from State University of New York, The College at Brockport. Haley dances professionally with Hartford based dance companies, Justice Dance Performance Project, and Immix Dance Projects. She previously performed with Bill Evans Dance Company, DancEnlight Dance Company, The Legible Bodies, Mariah Maloney (former Trisha Brown dancer), Claire Porter, and The Merce Cunningham Trust. 

Haley has had the pleasure of studying with world renowned dancer and teacher Bill Evans since 2010. She is now a Certified Evans Teacher, who incorporates Laban, Bartenieff Fundamentals and somatic dance practices in her classroom. Haley has been a Director of Figments Youth Dance Ensemble since 2015, a Hartford based non-profit pre-professional company for youth ages 10-18 who aspire to be choreographers. She also enjoys teaching at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT in their dance department. Haley previously spent two summers working at the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive in Connecticut as their Modern and Jazz Teacher.

Haley has presented her own choreography throughout the Northeast including at the 5×5 Connecticut Dance Festival, Dixon Place NYC, The Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY, as a guest choreographer for immix Dance Project, and at the Somatic Dance Conference in upstate NY at Hobart William Smith College. Haley is the Modern and Jazz teacher at Connecticut Concert Ballet. She enjoys teaching at CCB and choreographing for the Spring Show! 

Dorothy

Dorothy Lawrence began her dance training at Connecticut Concert Ballet. She then trained at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in their Pre-Professional Division. While at ABT, she trained with many esteemed teachers, including Franco De Vita, Harriet Clarke, Elizabeth Ferrell, Robert LaFosse, and Francoise Herrault. Dorothy is now studying as a dance performance major at The University of Hartford’s Hartt Dance Division. She will begin her junior year in the fall of 2024. Dorothy brings a warm and inspiring approach to her teaching and especially loves working with and guiding young students.

Manchester Studio

280 Garden Grove Road Manchester, CT 06040
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