PATRICIA BERREND is the former Associate Director of the Washington School of Ballet and a Washington School of Ballet alumna. Her fifteen years of professional experience included companies in Kiel, Bremen, and Hamburg, Germany, as well as in Washington, DC. As a member of the internationally known Hamburg Ballet, she worked with choreographer/director John Neumeier. As a founding member of the Washington Ballet, she had the opportunity to work with choreographer Choo San Goh, dancing in several of his works, including the original casts of Fives and Birds of Paradise.
During twenty of her twenty-eight years at the Washington Ballet, Ms. Berrend served as Répétiteur for Mary Day's popular The Nutcracker. She also served as Director of The Young Dancers, a group of pre-professional students who served in the Washington Ballet's community outreach programs. She has received numerous distinguished teacher awards, including honors from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, the National Foundation for the Arts, the Saraband Dance Festival, and Outstanding Teacher award for the Youth America Grand Prix. Ms. Berrend has coached students who have won prestigious international, national, and regional ballet competitions. In 2004, she coached Puanani Brown, First Place Awardee, Senior Division, at the National Youth America Grand Prix, New York. Ms. Berrend also received her second Outstanding Teacher Award for that national competition.