Cynthia Young received her training with the San Francisco Ballet and at the University of Utah.  Joining Ballet West at the age of 15 she became the youngest principal dancer with a major American ballet company.  Ms. Young worked with Willam, Harold and Lew Christensen; Jacques D'Amboise; Bill Evans; and John Butler, to name a few.  During the course of her career Ms. Young performed leading roles in a diversified repertory, from the classics of Giselle to contemporary ballets such as Carmina Burana.

          Arriving in Los Angeles, Ms. Young's energy was diverted to opening and operating Le Studio. In addition to teaching numerous classes she coordinated and rehearsed Pasadena Dance Theatre's Regional Company (PDT II), and created the young professional division in 1981.  Ms. Young has received numerous gala credits and awards and was the recipient of the National Choreographic Plan Award for her ballets in 1991 and 1995 at the National Regional Festival.

That same year the Board of the Pasadena Dance Theatre selected Ms. Young to direct its non-profit training program and performing company.  

          In 1997, the PDT Conservatory opened its current facility in central Pasadena under her leadership and with the support of Laurence Blake.  Now almost two decades into the 21st century, the company and school continue to be recognized for their high artistic quality and professionalism.

          Acclaimed throughout Europe and the United States for her dramatic and interpretive talent, Ms. Young has performed a diversified classical repertoire in addition to modern and contemporary works.  Pictured below, Ms. Young in Ballet West's productions of Giselle and The Nutcracker to name a few.  The experience she brings to the PDT Conservatory makes this school Pasadena's and the San Gabriel Valley communities #1 choice for ballet training.


Jessamyn Vedro

Assistant Director 

        Jessamin Vedro trained with Cynthia Young and Laurence Blake at PDT, on scholarship at San Francisco Ballet School, at ABT New York, Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, and with Alonzo King's Lines Ballet School in San Francisco.  She danced as a Soloist with ABT's Studio Company in New York where she performed in premieres of contemporary ballets by Dominic Walsh, Stephen Mills and Brian Reeder.  Her roles with PDT include Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Arabian Soloist in The Nutcracker, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Beauty in Beauty and the Beast, the lead role in Cinderella, and she has performed in many contemporary ballets by Laurence Blake, Charles Anderson, Scott Putman, Jodie Gates, Cynthia Young and Francisco Martinez.  


Ms. Vedro has received several awards for her choreography, including RDA/Pacific Award for Outstanding Choreography.  Her work, some thousand hundred million more bright worlds was premiered in Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.  She is a graduate of UCLA Law School and is an active member of the California Bar.


Ashleigh Doede

Conservatory Director

          Ashleigh Doede began her training at Le Studio under the direction of Philip Fuller, Charles Fuller and Gilma Bustillo.  Along with her ballet training, she attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where she began to broaden her dance techniques and versatility.  Ashleigh worked professionally with Anaheim Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet’s Second Company and Nevada Ballet Theatre. While in Nevada , she choreographed The Velveteen Rabbit for NBT as well as The Vertical Hold in the Cirque du Soleil collaboration with NBT. She's also attended San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Northwest Professional Dance Project and Springboard Dance Montreal during various summers as a professional dancer.

She is currently associate artistic director and dancer of Nancy Evans Dance Theatre as well as a yoga instructor with 500 hours of training through YogaWorks. Ashleigh joined Pasadena Dance Theatre in 2009 where she has not only had the opportunity to dance soloist roles from classical to contemporary work but has also choreographed Surrender in 2014 for PDT’s Master DanceMaker series Conversation With the Choreographer.  That year the Company Edition carried the title of PASSIONmoves.  She currently teaches in PDT’s Conservatory.