Alumni

Considered one of the finest ballet schools in the nation, MYB continually produces graduates who go on to successful professional dance careers.  MYB alumni have become principals and soloists with the top companies across the country including:

DANIEL APPLEBAUM, New York City Ballet
ANNIE BOYER, Sean Curran Company
BOBBY BRISCOE, Luna Negra Dance Theater
DEIDRE BYRNE, Cleveland San Jose Ballet/MYB Faculty
MARTINA CHAVEZ, Oregon Ballet Theatre
ELISA CLARK, Alvin Ailey
ALISON CROSBY, Bowen McCauley Dance/MYB Faculty

ALICIA CURTIS, Bowen McCauley Dance
LILLIAN DIPIAZZA, Pennsylvania Ballet
ALEXANDRA FARBER, Texas Ballet Theatre
NICK FONSECA,
Orlando Ballet

PETER FONSECA, American Ballet Theatre
ARIEL FREEDMAN, Hell’s Kitchen Dance, Aszure & Artists, Batsheva Ensemble
JOHN MARK GIRAGOSIAN, Joffrey Ballet
MONICA GIRAGOSIAN, American Repertory Ballet
SARAH BRITTON HICKS, Sacramento Ballet
SUSAN JAFFE, American Ballet Theatre
JULIE KENT, American Ballet Theatre
KRIS KIDWELL, Orlando Ballet
BETTY KLEIN, Kansas City Ballet 
MATTHEW LINZER, 
Diablo Ballet/Smuin Ballet

MARK LEBER, Ballet Magnificat
KATHI MARTUZA, Oregon Ballet
HARRIET MCMEEKIN, Oakland Ballet
TORY NORTH, Complexions Dance Company
JULIE PETRUSAK, Julie Petrusak Dance
JULIE PLEASANT, Minnesota Ballet
KAITLYN POTTS, Utah Regional Ballet
SPENCER RAMIREZ, Mark Morris Dance Group
NATHANIEL REMEZ, San Fransisco Ballet
MELANIE RIFFEE, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet
SAM RODRIGUEZ, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company
PHYLLIS ROTHWELL, Ballet Idaho 
MINORI SAKITA, Tulsa Ballet
CHRISTA SENSANO, Texas Ballet Theatre
GAREN SCRIBNER, Nederlands Dans Theater/ An American in Paris Broadway Musical
CHERYL SLADKIN, 
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Ballet NY

KIMBERLY THOMPSON, Gainesville Ballet
BEILA UNGAR, Royal Danish Ballet
CHRISTINA VARGAS, Hubbard Street II
JANE VORBURGER, American Ballet Theatre
ALLISON WALSH, Ballet X/An American in Paris Broadway Musical
CHERYL YEAGER, American Ballet Theatre

Graduates who do not choose a career in dance, are still rewarded with the life-long values of discipline, perseverance, and especially commitment to excellence, instilled at MYB. Many enter the most prestigious institutions in the country including Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, MIT, and Duke, among others.

What MYB alumni have to say …

“MYB has always had a reputation of being one of the best ballet schools for classical ballet… producing many successful professional dancers.  It plays such an important role in the lives of many people in our community, especially many young, aspiring dancers who need the kind of guidance and professional training that MYB provides.” Julie Kent, Principal ABT

“Due to the impeccable training, I achieved my childhood dream of becoming a professional dancer.  I realize that MYB not only provided a solid foundation for ballet technique but also a strong foundation for leading a successful life.”  Kathi Martuza, Oregan Ballet

“Hortensia Fonsecca was my teacher and I remember her creating lots of storybook ballets for us to dance in.  They had names like Coronation of the Dragonfly Queen and The Enchanted Clock… MYB was an incredible place for a child.”  Susan Jaffe, former Principal Dancer ABT

“MYB opened a world of art and an appreciation for effort. It provided a perspective, both inside and outside the studio. It gave a sense of achievement, pleasure, excitement and joy.”  Anna Smith, NYC Arts Fundraiser

“The staff at MYB is one of the most tirelessly dedicated and generous of any I have seen.  The tools they gave me have taken me on a great adventure in dance and around the world.”  Ariel Freedman, Aszure & Artists and Batsheva Ensemble, Israel

“As a budding professional, the training I received at MYB was outstanding.”  Jane Vorburger, former Soloist ABT

“I know now how privileged I was to be a student at MYB- the depth it gave to my teen-age years that could have been spent in a shopping mall or in front of a TV.  I feel enormous gratitude to the teachers who taught us a lot more than steps.”  Martine Hyland, Johns Hopkins

“I hope that my success shows young dancers that you can channel all the important values, lessons, and skills that you learn during your time at MYB into dance, as well as other goals like Fulbright or other scholarships.  Thank you for giving me those skills to take on the world with confidence, tenacity, and grace.”  Caroline Martin, Fulbright Fellowship recipient. 23

 

Are you an MYB alum? Let us know what you are doing now and register here for information on special alumni events. Your alum representative is Rosanna Broadbent MYB’98; she can be reached at: rosanna.broadbent@facebook.com or info@marylandyouthballet.org