Carla is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon. She is a former performer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Company and is a certified teacher of the Cecchetti Technique. She founded the first arts venue (the School of the Johnstown Concert Ballet) in Cambria City in 1964, opening its doors with four students.
She continues to add to the Ballet’s repertoire with stunning performances of ballet classics, and by choreographing and directing innovative works. Today, she teaches at the Carla Prucnal Affiliated School of Ballet, passing on her wisdom to young performers and dancers. As a teacher, she engages students in a myriad of festivals, has choreographed a dozen signature pieces for special occasions, and directs the Johnstown Concert Ballet Company’s annual crowd-pleasing Nutcracker.
“Continually nurturing and wonderfully energetic, Artistic Director Carla Prucnal played a vital role in my success as a dancer choreographic, educator and entrepreneur.”
– Nicole M.
“Ballet was difficult for me; I was not a natural, but it became my outlet, where I met new people, new ideas and new art forms. A lot of my personal growth and discipline are a credit to working with Carla Prucnal.”
– Dr. D’Arcy D.
“Dance makes me happy, even when it’s difficult. I feel like I am full of energy. It has improved my coordination, balance, and endurance, memory and discipline. As a result, it has helped me academically as well as physically.”
– Lauren A.