"Studying ballet with Gretchen for almost ten years was an invaluable part of my development as a dancer and artist. Her knowledge and expertise go beyond the classroom and pedagogy; she is a true leader with a clear overall vision for the development of individual dancers, for the productions she directs, and the organizations she oversees."
~Joseph Medeiros, Actor/Singer/Dancer Broadway
"Gretchen was able to give me excellent training while allowing my love of dance to grow and mature. She made sure I received opportunities in her company and others as well. Without her training and guidance, I would not be the professional dancer I am today."
~Lindsey Duerfeldt, BalletWest
"The instruction I received from Gretchen enabled me to realize my full potential as a dancer. She implements a teaching philosophy that inspired me to embrace both the strengths and limitations of my technique. Because her training encompasses not only dance instruction, but also physical and mental health, I consider Gretchen's teaching style as an enriched form of traditional dance education."
~Amanda Walker, student JMU
"Northern Virginia is so fortunate to have as brilliant a dance gem as Gretchen Vogelzang! Gretchen is truly one of the most skilled dance educators in the nation. She is also very well connected. As President of Regional Dance America, she has her finger on the pulse of the North American dance world.
We have been so fortunate to have Gretchen as a ballet instructor and coach for our daughter. Gretchen is incredibly gifted; she knows how to bring out the best in dancers. Her technical training is superb but she also teaches them how to find the fire within and how to take care of their bodies so they can continue to train at high intensity. Our daughter has benefitted greatly from Gretchen’s training and from her association with the Southeast Regional Ballet Association and Regional Dance America.
After spending summers at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School, our daughter developed painful seisimoiditis in her left foot. Gretchen worked with her patiently throughout her recovery, even coming to our house to teach her exercises to strengthen her feet. She is truly concerned about the whole dancer and believes in keeping them healthy in body, mind and spirit. Gretchen also understands completely that school and family must come first so she is very rational in her approach to the amount of time dancers must spend at the studio.
We wish Gretchen tremendous success with her new studio and company and know that the dancers fortunate enough to be associated with her have a bright future ahead of them."
~Andy & Martina Leinz