In only fifteen years of operation, Project Ballet has already developed an impressive list of student and alumni accomplishments. 

 

Our alumni are currently dancing with, or have received contract offers from, many notable professional companies including:

  • New York City Ballet

  • Ballet Austin

  • Charlotte Ballet

  • Nevada Ballet Theatre

  • Louisville Ballet

  • San Diego City Ballet

  • Ballet 5:8

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem

  • Ballet Next

  • Dance Kaleidoscope

 

Our students have received scholarship offers to study at

prestigious year-round and collegiate-level dance programs

including:

  • School of American Ballet Winter Term

  • Pacific Northwest Ballet Professional Division

  • The Ailey School Professional Division

  • Ballet Chicago Studio Company

  • IU Jacob's School of Music

  • Butler University

  • University of Utah

  • University of Arizona

 

Our students are regularly accepted, with scholarships, into the finest summer intensive programs in the nation including:

  • School of American Ballet

  • Pacific Northwest Ballet

  • San Francisco Ballet

  • Houston Ballet

  • Chautauqua Institution

  • Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell

 

Our school has also enjoyed the following additional accomplishments:

 

  • Permission from the New York City Ballet, the Balanchine Trust and Arpino Foundation to perform

    • Peter Martin's Eight Easy Pieces in 2008

    • George Balanchine's Serenade (first movement) in 2010

    • George Balanchine's Valse-Fantaisie in 2014

    • Gerald Arpino's Birthday Variations (excerpt) in 2016

 

  • Member of Regional Dance America and the Mid-States Regional Ballet Association from 2010-2015

    • Four performances in the prestigious Gala performance

    • National Choreographic Recognition Award

    • Four cash scholarship award recipients

    • Three program scholarship award recipients

 

  • Participated in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) from 2005-2010

    • Outstanding Teacher Award

    • Two Regional First Place Winners

    • One Regional Third Place Winner

    • Fourteen "Top Twelve" Finalists

The Academic Conservatory at Project Ballet is an on-site academic school that serves our elite level dancers, as well as non-dancers with exceptional scheduling needs. Graduates of the Academic Conservatory at Project Ballet have received significant academic scholarships to many universities, including:

  • Ball State University

  • Butler University

  • College of William and Mary

  • Dominican University

  • Grace College

  • Indiana University - Bloomington

  • Manchester University

  • Mercyhurst University

  • Michigan State University

  • Point Park University

  • Purdue University - Fort Wayne

  • Purdue University - West Lafayette

  • Southern Methodist University

  • State University of New York

  • Texas Christian University

  • University of Arizona

  • University of Cincinnati

  • University of South Carolina

  • University of Utah

Finally, we regularly host visiting ballet faculty and guest choreographers to broaden our student's experiences and training. Guest faculty have included:

 

- Jill Eathorne-Bahr, Coastal Ballet USA

- Brett Conway, Netherlands Dans Theater and Alonzo King LINES Ballet

- Chelsea Dumas, Charlotte Ballet and Project Ballet Alum

- Marcus Galante, Former Pacific Northwest Ballet Faculty

- Michael Green, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

- Cici Houston, Saint Louis Ballet

- Melinda Howe, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Faculty

- Christie Mangia, Former BalletMet and Dayton Ballet

- Jordan Miller, Konverjdans, Former New York City Ballet and Project Ballet Alum

- Eddy Ocampo, Level Dance Chicago Co-Artistic Director

- Jimmy Orrante, Former BalletMet and Princess Grace Award Recipient

- Darcie Perkins, Syren Modern Dance and Project Ballet Alum

- Lynn Peterson, Founder of Syren Modern Dance

- Lesley Rausch, Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancer

- Derek Reid, Butler University Faculty

- Courtney Roberts, Former BalletMet

- Lucia Rogers, Former Fort Wayne Ballet

- Melinda Roy, Former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer

- Kim Sagami, Arpino/Joffrey Trust

- Juliana Slager, Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director

- Kelly Ann Sloan, Colburn School Faculty

- Barbara Smith, Greater Lansing Ballet Company

- Shawn Stevens, Balanchine Trust & Twyla Tharp Repetieur

- Morgan Stillman, Ballet Austin and Project Ballet Alum

- Michael Vernon, Indiana University Ballet Department Chair

- Shir Lee Wu, Columbus City Ballet School and Former Joffrey Academy Faculty

Alum Chelsea Dumas prepares to premiere as the Sugar Plum Fairy with the Charlotte Ballet (formerly NC Dance Theatre)

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Project Ballet was established in 2004 and is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.