MYB alumni are dancing professionally in companies throughout the country and around the world. Below is a listing of some of our alumni and where they are currently and formerly employed.
Additionally, many of our alumni are engaging the valuable life lessons learned from their time at MYB in a long list of college & university programs as well as in exciting non-dance professions.
We are exceedingly proud of all our alumni!
Rachel Ackerman, Nevada Ballet Theatre Trainee Rachel Ackerman grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and began training at Manhattan Youth Ballet in the fall of 2014. Rachel began her professional career as a trainee at BalletMet, where she danced for two seasons. She then moved to Nevada Ballet Theatre in the fall of 2017.
Victoria Arrea, The Washington Ballet Victoria Arrea from San José, Costa Rica began dancing jazz when she was nine and was a member of Danceworks of Costa Rica Jazz Academy Company. She competed in regional competitions including Jump, Educators of America and Tremaine in which she classified for the nationals in Orlando, Las Vegas and New York.
In 2011 Arrea participated in the Dance Awards competition in New York where Molly Molloy, Choreographer at Le Paradis Latin, became her mentor and advisor. Arrea then studied under Elena Kunikova, Peter O’Brien and Alexander Filipov. In 2012, Arrea received a scholarship from Manhattan Youth Ballet and studied under Deborah Wingert, Natasha Boesch and Marina Stravinsky. She then auditioned for American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Program in New York and was later invited by Franco De Vita to join the level 5 pre-professional division of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT. There she studied under Lupe Serrano, Martine Van Hamel, Harriet Clark, Raymond Lukens, Kate Lydon, Melissa and Richard Bowman. She performed in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker as Clara; Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Zhongjing Fang’s The Idea of Becoming, Ethan Stiefel’s Night Life, second variation in Raymonda Pas de Deux and Raymond Lukens’ Danse Baroque. Ms. Arrea’s performances are sponsored by LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts.
Bryan Arias, Kidd Pivot Bryan Arias moved to New York City and began his training at age 13 under the direction of Marilyn J.A. Hamilton Jackson. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and trained with Elisa King, Joey Smith and Michelle Mathesius. He has also trained at Studio Maestro under the direction of Francois Perron, and Deborah Wingert. Mr. Arias danced with Complexions from 2006 to 2008 and is now a member of Nederlands Dans Theatre.
Mary Attaway, City College of New York Mary Attaway began dancing at Studio Maestro when she was 6 years old. On her last day at Manhattan Youth Ballet, she performed as the lead in Valse Fantasie at 16. Her favorite thing about MYB was the caring atmosphere and supportive teachers. She feels especially grateful to have been able to perform in so many of Balanchine's ballets while at the school.
She began a traineeship at Charlotte Ballet in her senior year of high school and trained under the direction of Patricia McBride. In her second year at Charlotte Ballet, she felt extremely lucky to be able to perform as one of Aurora's friends in Sleeping Beauty. After she spent two years at Charlotte Ballet, she decided to turn her attention to academics. She is currently a Biology major at The City College of New York. She believes that many aspects of her training from ballet such as discipline, focus and responsibility are very much still useful in her pursuit of a degree.
Alexandra Basmagy, American Ballet Theatre Born in Red Bank, New Jersey, Alexandra Basmagy began her ballet training at The Academy of Dance Arts under the direction of Jennifer James Church. There, she achieved the grades of Highly Commended and Honours in the Royal Academy of Dance examinations in Grade 4 through Advanced. In 2001, she continued her training at Studio Maestro, in New York City.
In 2004, Basmagy was accepted into the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT under the direction of John Meehan. She continued her studies and graduated from the JKO School under the direction of Franco de Vita. During her training, Basmagy attended Summer Intensives at Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and three consecutive summers at American Ballet Theatre in New York.
In 2008, Basmagy joined as an inaugural member of Corella Ballet Castilla y Leon, in Segovia, Spain. Under the direction of Angel Corella, Basmagy performed tall pas d'action and a shade in Natalia Makarova's La Bayadère, pas de trois and a big swan in Swan Lake, stomper in Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, friend variation in Marius Petipa’s Raymonda, Clark Tippet's Bruch Violin Concerto, Christopher Wheeldon's VIII and the first principal pas de deux in DGV: Danse a Grand Vitesse.
Basmagy joined the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre in October 2011.
Yoko Callegari, Former English National Ballet Yoko Callegari was born in Yorktown Heights, New York, where she studied with Rose-Marie Menes. She continued her training at Studio Maestro/Manhattan Youth Ballet in New York City. From 2004 to 2006 she joined Washington Ballet and in 2007 Smuin Ballet (San Francisco).
Brittany Cioce, An American in Paris National Tour Originally from White Plains, New York, Brittany Cioce trained at Manhattan Youth Ballet before becoming an apprentice at Ballet Next. She is currently performing in the ensemble of the An American in Paris National Tour.
Julian Donahue, Hofstra University Julian Donahue began training at Manhattan Youth Ballet in the fall of 2010. He is now pursuing a degree in Dance and Political Science at Hofstra University. He has two minors in World Literature and Asian Studies. At Hofstra, Julian studies Japanese and is studying various Asian performance art forms from Japanese Butoh dance and Southeast Asian puppet theatre. In 2016, Julian was an assistant researcher on a project which aimed to preserve the Wayang Kulit Kelantan genre of puppet theatre from the Malay-Thai region. At Hofstra, Julian has performed in works by Eleo Pomare, Larry Keigwin, Frederick Earl Mosley, David Parker, and Adam Barruch. He has choreographed many times at Hofstra and in Spring 2018 Julian’s work was presented at the American College Dance Association conference. Julian has also had the opportunity to study baroque dance at Hofstra with members of the New York Baroque Dance Company. In 2017, he was a dancer in a baroque opera called Le Carnaval de Venise as a part of the Boston Early Music Festival. Additionally, Julian has worked on two state level election campaigns as part of his field work for his political science major.THANKS LOVER
Nicole Graniero, The Washington Ballet Soloist Born in New York City, Nicole Graniero began her early ballet training in Westchester County. She later trained with Francois Perron, Marina Stavitskaya and Deborah Winget at Studio Maestro. In January 2004, Graniero continued her training with John Meehan at the Studio Company Associate Program, presently known at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. She attended summer programs at Ballet Regent, the Chautauqua Festival Dancers, Stiefel and Students, and five years at American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives. Graniero has performed the Don Quixote and Flames of Paris pas de deux, Giselle in Giselle and many roles in The Nutcracker. Graniero joined the Studio Company in 2004, the main company as an apprentice in 2006 and the corps de ballet in March 2007. Her repertory with the Company includes Amour in Don Quixote, the Canteen Keeper in Alexei Ratmansky’sThe Nutcracker, a leading role in Some Assembly Required, a little swan in Swan Lake, and roles in Ballo della Regina, Black Tuesday, Company B, Continuo, From Here On Out and In the Upper Room, as well as roles in all of the full-length ballets. She created a role in Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once.
Christopher Grant, New York City Ballet Christopher Grant was born in Jamaica, Queens. He began his dance training at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in 2002. Additional training includes summer courses at Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and the New York State Summer School of the Arts. Christopher attended multiple Summer Intensives with Manhattan Youth Ballet, as well as performed in the MYB's version of The Nutcracker in 2013 and 2014. In August 2015, he became an apprentice with NYCB. As an apprentice with the Company, Mr. Grant originated a featured role in Nicolas Blanc’s Mothership. He joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2016.
Dana Genshaft, San Francisco Ballet Soloist Dana Genshaft was born in Moscow and trained at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, School of American Ballet, Studio Maestro and the Paris Opéra Ballet School, prior to being named apprentice with San Francisco Ballet in 2000. She joined the Company as a corps de ballet member the following year and was promoted to soloist in 2008. Genshaft has performed lead roles in works such as Ashton’s Monotones I andSymphonic Variations; Elo’s Double Evil; McGregor’s Chroma and Eden/Eden; Morris’ Pacific, Maelstrom, and A Garden; Tomasson’s 7 for Eight and Trio; Welch’s Naked; Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance),Ghosts, and Within the Golden Hour; as well as a singing role as Rosalia in Robbins’ West Side Story Suite. In addition, she created roles in Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House and Morris’ Joyride.
Savannah Green, Buglisi Dance Theater Savannah Green was born & raised in New York City, where she attended the famed LaGuardia High School for Music, Art & the Performing Arts as a Dance Major. She studied at Manhattan Youth Ballet on a full merit scholarship, performing featured roles in professional level repertoire including George Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes, Emeralds, & Serenade, as well as Jerome Robbins’ Interplay. Savannah graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara in June 2017 with a BFA in Dance & a minor in Political Science. In her final year at UCSB, she was a member of the Student Dance Company & spent the year touring internationally & performing works by José Limón, Andrea Miller, Anna Halprin, among many others. During that time, Savannah was privileged to be a featured soloist in Limón’s tribute to Isadora Duncan, Dances for Isadora. In May 2017, she travelled to New York City with the Student Dance Company to perform as part of The Radical Bodies Exhibition at Hunter College. Savannah is currently an apprentice with Buglisi Dance Theater.
Jenelle Manzi, New York City Ballet Jenelle Manzi was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey and began her dance training at the age of four. In 1999, Ms. Manzi began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. While a student, Ms. Manzi originated a featured role in Christopher d’Amboise’sTribute, as part of the SAB 2005 Annual Workshop. During her training, she also studied at Studio Maestro.
In December 2005, Ms. Manzi became an apprentice with NYCB, and in February 2006, she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.
Julia McColligan, Manhattan Youth Ballet Intern Julia McColligan was born in Ocean Township, New Jersey, and began her ballet training at The Academy of Dance Arts under the direction of Jennifer James Church. After the Royal Academy of Dance examinations at her first ballet school, she continued her training at Manhattan Youth Ballet in New York City. She was a member of the original cast of Manhattan Youth Ballet's The Knickerbocker Suite and went on to perform repertory from classical, Balanchine and contemporary roles. Julia extended her training at Joffrey Ballet School, Boston Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has since pursued a degree from Loyola University Maryland in Public Relations, Advertising and Journalism and has worked as an intern for the school for two consecutive summers. In her time working with MYB, she helps administer both MYB's Summer Intensive and the Young Dancer Program as well as helps stage and assist rehearsals. Julia acts as a school representative, office and registration assistant. Julia credits her academic success at Loyola to the persistence and discipline instilled in students by the faculty of MYB.
Jeremy Nedd, Dresden Semperoper Ballet Jeremy Nedd, born and raised in Brooklyn N.Y. Jeremy began his dance training at Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech. He then attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of performing arts under the direction of Michelle Mathesius, while simultaneously training at Studio Maestro. Jeremy ended his formal dance training at SUNY Purchase College in the Conservatory of dance under Carol Walker, Dean of the program. Jeremy has danced with Atlanta Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and is now a member of the Dresden Semperoper Ballet.
Raum-Aron Gens-Ostrowski Raum-Aron Gens-Ostrowski was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. He joins Carolina Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet. He first began ballet classes at the Staten Island Ballet under Ellen Tharpe. At age ten he began studying at The School of American Ballet (SAB) in Lincoln Center. While at SAB, Raum-Aron trained under Olga Kostritzky, Jock Soto, Jonathan Stafford, Arch Higgins and Daniel Ulbricht. Raum-Aron attended multiple Summer Intensives at Manhattan Youth Ballet, as well as performed in the school's version of The Nutcracker in 2012 and 2013. Upon graduating in 2014, Raum-Aron joined Pacific Northwest Ballet's (PNB) Professional Division. At PNB he studied with Peter Boal, Kiyon Gaines, Le Yin, Marissa Albee, and Kyle Davis. Raum-Aron was able to perform in several pieces with PNB including George Balanchine's Diamonds, Alexei Ratmansky's Don Quixote, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, Jeanne-Christophe Maillot's Roméo et Juliette, and Balanchine's Coppelia. Raum-Aron performed in Le Corsaire: A Pirate's Tale (reconstructed by Doug Fullington after Marius Petipa) for the PNB Family series in 2016 and also in Christopher Wheeldon's Scenes de Ballet for the annual PNB school Performance. Raum-Aron originated roles in works by PNB company dancers Miles Pertl and Ezra Thomson for PNB's Next Step showcase.
Daniel Rodriguez, Kansas City Ballet Daniel was born in New York City and has been dancing since he was 10. He was introduced to dance by the National Dance Institute, founded by Jacques d’ Amboise. The National Dance Institute gave Daniel the opportunity to perform throughout NYC and even as far away as Shanghia, China. In 2004 Daniel was accepted into the dance department at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where he trained in modern and ballet under the direction of Michelle Mathesius. Daniel danced at Manhattan Youth Ballet for three years, dancing a varied repertory of classical, Balanchine and contemporary roles. Daniel was a member of NC Dance Theatre 2, North Carolina Dance Theatre, a member of the corps de ballet at Sarasota Ballet, and is now currently a member of the corps de ballet at Kansas City Ballet.
Marcel Wilson, Jr., Ailey II Marcel Wilson began his dance training at the age of 15 as a student at Talent Unlimited High School. He has had the opportunity to train at The Martha Graham School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Arts Umbrella, and The Ailey School; all on scholarship. He has also performed as a guest artist with the Tokyo Ballet School; as well as performing in the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Marcel is grateful to have performed works by: Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, Martha Graham, William Forsythe, and Jiri Kylian.
Most recently, he graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance as a Glorya Kaufman Scholar. He is now a member of Ailey II, the second company of the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Nicole Zadra Nicole Zadra joined Ballet Memphis in 2016 and is from Irvington, N.Y. She completed her training at Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow and did earlier training at Manhattan Youth Ballet (Premiere Division) and The Alvin Ailey School. In 2014, she joined the Hong Kong Ballet where she performed in many of the classics including Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty, as well as an adaptation of Puccini’s opera Turandot. She is the recipient of an Alvin Ailey Fellowship and was named a Grishko USA Rising Star.
Roman Zhurbin, American Ballet Theatre Roman Zhurbin was born in Moscow, Russia and came to the United States at 13. He began his ballet training at 15 at LaGuardia High School under the direction of Michelle Mathesius, Joey Smith, Michele Benash and Eddie Shelman. During his high school years Zhurbin trained at Studio Maestro. In 2003, he attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program and was asked to join ABT’s Studio Company.
Zhurbin joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in April 2004 and became a member of the corps de ballet in April 2005. His roles with the Company include the High Brahmin in La Bayadère, Gavrilyich in The Bright Stream, Dr. Coppélius in Coppélia, the Pasha in Le Corsaire, Don Quixote in Don Quixote, Lysander inThe Dream, the Father in Fall River Legend, the Duke in Giselle, The Man She Must Marry in Jardin aux Lilas, Armand’s Father in Lady of the Camellias, Monsieur GM in Manon, the Baron in The Merry Widow, Drosselmeyer in Kevin McKenzie’s The Nutcracker, Drosselmeyer and the Russian Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the Moor and the Chief Coachman in Petrouchka, Lord Capulet and Lord Montague in Romeo and Juliet and von Rothbart, the Spanish Dance and the Lead Czardas in Swan Lake and roles in Baker’s Dozen, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Brief Fling, Black Tuesday, Company B, Dark Elegies, Désir, The Garden of Villandry, The Leaves Are Fading and One of Three.
Zhurbin created the role of the Fiance’s Father in On the Dnieper and a role in Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once.
Dara Johnson, Former New York City Ballet Dara Johnson was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, and began her dance training at the age of five at the Academy of Dance in Westport, Connecticut, with Paula Fichtenkort and Theodore Pollen. At age 12 she began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. While at SAB, Ms. Johnson also studied at Studio Maestro with Deborah Wingert. In October of 2000, Ms. Johnson became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in October 2001.
In addition, Ms. Johnson appeared in a television commercial with Suki Schorer.
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