ALUMNI

Take a look at what our students have been doing since continuing on from IBA!

 

California Clark, ('17)

California Clark graduated in May with honors and will be attending Wesleyan University on an annual $64,000 scholarship. She plans on majoring in business with a focus in the performing arts. Cali previously danced with Miss Marion’s School of Dance, where she had the opportunity to perform in Disney’s Electric Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She has been dancing with IBA since age 11, and is a member of the National Society for Dance Arts.

(Photo by Jerry Finley)
 

Ellen Kilby ('17)

Ellen Kilby graduated in May and will be attending Florida State University as a Dance major in the fall. She danced at the Fine Arts Center and Carolina Ballet Theater in the past, and has been dancing with IBA since 2014. Ellen is a member of the National Society for Dance Arts. 

(Photo by Jerry Finley)

Julian Finley, ('17)

Julian Finley graduated in May and will be attending the University of South Carolina as an international business major in the fall. He has been dancing with IBA since age 15, and has been involved in numerous musical theater and acting productions. In addition, Julian is also represented by professional agencies in modeling, commercial TV, and film. He will appear in the book trailer (to be released in June, 2017) for NYT Best-selling author Robert Beatty's Serafina and the Splintered Heart , published by Disney Hyperion. Julian is a member of the National Society for Dance Arts, and most recently was recognized in IBA’s Student Spotlight. 

(Photo by Jerry Finley)
 
 

Grace McGrath ('17)

Grace McGrath graduated in May and will be attending the Manhattan School of Music. She will be in their prestigious musical theater program beginning in the fall. Grace has years of experience participating in numerous little theater productions around the area, exploring her interests of acting, voice, and dance. Grace danced at IBA since she was 3 years old, then focused in more on her other talents in theater.

 

(Photo by Will Crooks)
 

Ekaterina Nechayeva ('17)

Ekaterina Nechayeva recently graduated from Perm Ballet School in Perm, Russia. There, she recently performed Swanilda in the full length production of Coppelia. Additionally, Katya competed in the Delphic Games 2015, where she received a bronze medal. Katya will be professionally dancing with Moscow Classical Ballet this coming August. 

http://www.classicalballet.ru/eng/about/

https://delphic.world/games/russian/fifteenth/pobediteli/

 

 

Lucy Quattlebaum ('17)

Lucy Quattlebaum began her ballet  training at Carolina Ballet Theater and the Fine Arts Center, then later came to International Ballet, where she trained and performed in many featured roles. Lucy graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School in May, and will be attending SUNY Purchase in New York, majoring in dance with a minor in journalism. She competed in YAGP in 2014 and 2016 and is also a member of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts. 

 

(Photo by Karl Trump)
 

Ellie Wilson ('17)

Ellie Wilson graduated in May and will be attending Clemson University as a language and international health major. Ellie danced with IBA since age 3 and was featured in many academy and company productions at International Ballet. 

 

Gabrielle Wimberly ('17)

Gabrielle Wimberly graduated in May with honors and will be attending the University of South Carolina as an exercise science major. She has been dancing since the age of 3, and joined IBA in 2015. Gabby will appear in the book trailer (to be released in June, 2017) for NYT Best-selling author Robert Beatty's Serafina and the Splintered Heart, published by Disney Hyperion. She was also a member of the National Society for Dance Arts.

 

(Photo by Jerry Finley)

Sophia Beadie ('16)

Sophia Beadie is beginning at the University of Cincinnati (College-Conservatory of Music) as a ballet major, with a marketing minor in the fall. She completed her training with the Orlando Ballet School in 2016, and went on to complete one season with the Cincinnati Ballet as a Trainee for the 2016-17 season. 

 

(Photo by Matthew Willman)

Sarah Jung ('16)

Sarah Jung graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in 2016, where she was recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation with an Honorable Mention in 2015.  She competed at Youth American Grand Prix in 2013-2015, earning Top 12 placement in both the classical and contemporary categories. Sarah assisted with teaching at IBA in the past, as well as assisted with the Adult Special Needs Program from 2010-2013. Additionally, she will appear in the book trailer (to be released in June, 2017) for NYT Best-selling author Robert Beatty's Serafina and the Splintered Heart , published by Disney Hyperion. Sarah continued to perform as an artist in residence in International Ballet’s productions for the 2016-2017 season, and will be dancing professionally at Georgia Ballet Theater next season. 

 

(Photo by Jerry Finley)

Sophie Scott ('16)

Sophie Scott danced with International Ballet and was featured in many roles for years and was a trainee at Richmond Ballet. Sophie competed in YAGP 2010, receiving 2nd place in the classical category, and again in 2014 placing in the top 24. She has also performed with Terpsicorps Theatre  of Dance in Asheville, NC.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Hannah Trump graduated in 2016, and will be attending Clemson University in the fall as an international trade major with a French minor. Hannah danced with IBA since she was 8 years old, and is a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. International Ballet is very fortunate to have her as a Pre-Ballet teacher. 

 

Hannah Trump ('16)

(Photo by Karl Trump)
 

Davia Bunch ('15)

Davia Bunch is a political science major with a Russian and public relations minor at the University of South Carolina. She spent her freshman year at USC as a Dance major, and was featured in soloist roles in many performances such as Serenade and Sylvia. She participated in Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the Russian-American Foundation’s program NSLI-Y, giving her the opportunity to travel to Moscow and learn more about the Russian language, culture, and ballet there. Davia recently was crowned as Miss Upstate, and will be competing in the Miss South Carolina pageant in June. She has created her “Bunches of Love” platform, focusing on mentoring and providing support to children and teens who have a parent diagnosed with or have passed away due to cancer. 

 

 

Lydia Sanders ('14)

Lydia Sanders graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in dance.  She continues to perform with International Ballet in featured roles, and she was most recently featured as a soloist in both Serenade and Sylvia with USC Dance. 

 

Kennedy Covington ('14)

Kennedy Covington is a biology major at Furman University. She spent numerous years performing in International Ballet academy and company productions, and now performs with the Furman University dance team. 

 

 
 

Laynie Wolfe ('13)

Laynie Wolfe just graduated University of South Carolina as a political science and Russian major. She was a participant in the IBA Ukrainian Exchange Program and is currently completing an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine this summer. Laynie enjoys performing cameo roles with International Ballet, most recently performing as Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker. 

 

Tim Leonard ('13)

Tim Leonard is dancing professionally with Theater  Koblenz, Germany.  He was a participant in the IBA Ukrainian Exchange Program, later training with the Rock School for Dance Education in Pennsylvania. Tim participated in YAGP 2013, placing in the top six for the regional semi-finals. He has also performed with Dresden SemperOper Ballett and Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden.

http://www.theater-koblenz.de

http://www.dancemagazine.com/in_training_training_in_germany-2306939803.html

 

Samantha Clauter ('11)

Samantha Clauter spent numerous years dancing with International Ballet Academy and in company productions. She was featured in many roles throughout the years, including Dew Drop in The Nutcracker and Dawn in Coppelia. Samantha also had years of training in contemporary, modern, and jazz, at Artistic Edge Dance Center. Samantha participated in YAGP 2012, and received 2nd place for the contemporary category, as well as 3rd in the classical category in the regional semi-finals. 

 

(Photo by VAM Productions)

Amy Belknap DeShong ('11)

Amy Belknap  DeShong was a participant in the IBA Ukrainian Exchange Program and has served as Assistant to the Artistic Director for International Ballet productions as well as the teacher/ choreographer for the Studio Performance Group.  She is now the founder and director of Carolina Dance Conservatory in Simpsonville. 

http://carolinadanceconservatory.com/partners/

 

 
 
 
 

Madison Kellough ('11)

 Madison Kellough was a participant in the IBA Ukrainian Exchange Program and is now the ballet program director at Artistic Edge Dance Center in Greenville. Madison is also a certified Zumba instructor.

http://artisticedgedance.com/madison-allen

 

 

Stephanie Morgan ('10)

 Stephanie Morgan was a participant in the IBA Ukrainian Exchange Program and studied commercial jazz & contemporary as an apprentice at Dancer's Corner as well as ballet at IBA.  She trained in Los Angeles at the Performing Arts Center as an apprentice upon graduation, and she now works as a freelance performer in LA. 

 

 

Cara Marie Gary ('09)

Cara Marie Gary is a company member with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.  She was a participant in the IBA Ukrainian Exchange Program and has performed with International Ballet as a guest principal in The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppelia, and the 2014 IB Spring Gala. Cara has also danced professionally with Orlando Ballet and ABT II, and she has competed successfully in several ballet competitions, including Youth America Grand Prix, USA International Ballet Competition, and the Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition. 

http://www.joffrey.org/gary

 

 

Juliana Jordan ('07)

Juliana Jordan is Director of Artistic Operations at International Ballet.  She was a participant in the IBA Ukrainian Exchange Program and graduated from the  University of South Carolina with degrees in Dance Performance/Choreography and Russian language, having completed a Fulbright Scholar in Belgorod, Russia upon graduation.  Juliana is a dancer with Naina Dewan Dance Company and enjoys teaching at IBA as well as directing and choreographing for the Studio Performance Group. She also directs the International Ballet Junior Company and Trainees.

http://www.internationalballetacademy.net/supplemental-bios