Pili Doheny was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and received her early training from Maria De Varona, a former ballerina with the National Ballet of Cuba. Ms. Doheny was a member of De Varona’s Youth Ballet Company and performed roles in Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Boutique Fantastique and Sleeping Beauty. As a member of the Youth Company, Ms. Doheny had the privilege of dancing with members of Ballet de San Juan and made television appearances for the Walter Mercado Show.
In 1985, Ms. Doheny graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development. In the 1990s, she trained and performed at The Ballet Academy of Northern Virginia under the direction of Madame Solange Binda. There she helped the director in several areas with particular emphasis on administrative tasks and working with parents in preparation for their annual recital.
Ms. Doheny began her teaching career at Pacific Dance where she began to develop her teaching philosophy and was inspired to work with the next generation of dancers. Today, she combines her passion for ballet with principles of movement and body mechanics to develop a program that is up to date, age appropriate and technically sound. In her classes, she likes to challenge each student to develop their fullest physical and creative potential and most importantly to become aware and responsible for their instrument. Ms. Doheny hopes her students develop awareness and respect for the benefits of a mind-and-body connection, which in turn, help her students improve their dancing and remain injury-free!
In order to enhance her dance training knowledge she attends dance workshops and conferences across the U.S. To date she has studied with Ana Marie Forsythe at The Alvin Ailey School to teach Beginning/Intermediate Horton Technique; has received her Pilates Method Certification from Diane Diefenderfer at Studio Du Corps, and is certified by Shakta Kalsa in Radiant Child Yoga Levels 1-3. Ms. Doheny has attended workshops on Healthy Approaches in the Training of Dancers at Chapman University, Functional Fitness with Jayne Persch, The M.E.L.T Method® with Niki Parker, and Ballet Teacher’s Training with Finis Jhung. Most recently she attended a Royal Academy of Dance syllabus workshop. Ms. Doheny is also a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine which allows her to keep current on the latest research in dance medicine.
I enjoy working at the Maple Conservatory of Dance because the directors and the school allow me the opportunity to “pay it forward.” I was lucky as a young dancer to be a part of a school that allowed me opportunities to learn about this art form and its life long benefits. I am privileged to work in an environment that allows me to teach dance but also develop future leaders. I enjoy teaching the next generation of dancers that discipline, courage, creativity, passion and perseverance are all necessary tools to succeed in anything they choose to do in life. I am grateful for the Maple community and also for the incredible group of fellow teachers I get to work with!