Arts In Podcast – Suzanne Pomerantzeff, ‘Ms. P’


photo by Tom Kramer

Suzanne Pomerantzeff – or Ms. P, as she’s known to generations of dancers in St. Pete – shares her love of dance with movers of every ability.

For 50 years, dancers of all ages have learned and flourished with Ms. P, sparked by her passion for all of the arts. Many who’ve studied with her at the Academy of Ballet or the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School have gone on to acclaimed professional careers.

An award-winning teacher and choreographer, Suzanne shares how her own performance career was cut short by injury, which let her find a path to teaching. She tells us how the Academy of Ballet Arts grew from one rented room to their current home, covered in murals – and explains how vital St. Pete’s own “Fame” high school is, as Pinellas County’s arts magnet.

Ms. P talks about how much the classic discipline of ballet and the idea of a ‘perfect body’ has changed and grown. She shares the Academy’s newest success, an adaptive ballet program open to dancers of differing abilities. A seasoned educator, she explains how as a teacher, she never stops learning.

You can hear the joy and passion in her voice, on this inspiring conversation with Barbara St. Clair.

Ms P with Academy of Ballet Arts students and faculty – photo by Tom Kramer


Find out more about the Academy of Ballet at

The Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School serves public school students throughout Pinellas County. . .


– Arts In is produced by Sheila Cowley.
Executive Producer, Barbara St. Clair.


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