What We Do Matters


I feel more bonded with my teamates. I like how everyone has their own little part in our dances. There are no favorites picked, we are one big family. If we need help, someone is always there for us.

Abigail, PDT Student

For me, PDT’s team has given me a way to challenge myself. I have found new challenges & techniques. But most of all, it has given me a second family that I wouldn’t trade for the world and has reestablished my love for dance.

Brittany, PDT Student

I really love all the teachers. I believe my technique has improved greatly since I have been here. The ballet teaching is excellent from Emily,  Courtney, and Brittany. The jazz teachers are a ton of fun and they make you work hard!

Jocelyn, PDT Student

PDT has it all! My daughter does the technique classes, competition team, and YAGP and loves it! Her technique and love for dance have exploded with the teaching she is getting at Courtney’s studio. We have found our dance family for sure here at PDT!

Traci, PDT Parent

Top local performances ’42nd Street,’ Pinewood Bowl-…director Courtney Piccoli put together a cast (and orchestra) for the dance-heavy musical that shined from top to bottom. Her production rivaled those of touring Broadway shows.

Lincoln Journal Star, Ground Zero

…As part of our artistic team, Courtney has allowed us to continually “raise the bar” for our productions. Her passion, ability to connect with students of all levels, and her artistic abilities keep our students ever improving. Our school has gained quite a reputation based on the work Courtney does as our choreographer. The students and the rest of the team love her

Robert J Henrichs, LSW Director

Courtney has taught me so much about dance over these past years but beyond that she has made me a better performer. She brings out the best in everyone. She can tell what every persons strengths are and she works her hardest to make sure everyone gets to see them in the end product. Courtney taught me more than dance, she taught me to put it all out there and just go for it because that’s what matter most.

Annaliese Saathoff, PDT Student

…In Courtney’s shows, every member of the cast understands and believes that the artistic success of the show depends on each one of them knowing and executing their lines, music, and choreography perfectly in every instance. Courtney demands this, sometimes with motherly love–sometimes with tough love. The upside of this emphasis on individual responsibility is that every member of the cast–however large or small his or her role may be–shares justifyably and fully in celebrating the artistic achievement of a great (and from the perspective of our Board) often dazzling musical theater production….

Neal E. Stenberg, Pinewood Bowl Board Member