Alumni

Want to know what some of our former students are up to? 

Check them out here! 

We have graduates dancing at Ballet Austin, Ballet X, and Texas Ballet Theater, plus we have many of our alumni currently enrolled as dance majors at universities across the country.

Amanda Fairweather. 

Amanda is in her seventh season with Texas Ballet Theater. Originally from Orange, California, she began her training at the Academy of Dance under Merle Sepel and Rebecca Tsvkin, then attended the State University of New York Purchase College, where she graduated cum laude.

In 2011 she attended the Texas Ballet Theater School Summer Intensive and was asked to join the company as a trainee. Amanda has enjoyed performing the balcony scene pas de deux as Juliet, Ben Stevenson’ s Dracula as a bride, Swan Lake as a swan and Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort.

 

 

Karina Hagemeyer

Originally from Irvine, California where she received her early training from Merle Sepel and Rebecca Tsivkin, Karina is a return artist with Capital Dance Project – after premiering her choreographic work Natsumatsuri, in collaboration with Sacramento Taiko Dan in last year’s ‘Behind the Barre’ showcase.

She holds a BFA from the University of Utah and dedicates much of her time to teaching local area students the art of ballet performance. Ms. Hagemeyer has graced the Sacramento stage in such featured roles as George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes (First Campaign Lead), Trey McIntyre’s Wild Sweet Love (Mexican Trio), Marius Petipa’s Swan Lake (Little Swan) and in the introductory performance of CDP’s: ‘Behind The Barre’.

Ilana Jonas

Ilana Jonas was raised in Southern California, where she trained at the Academy of Dance under Merle Sepel and Rebecca Tsivkin. She completed every examination in the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) syllabus and was awarded the Solo Seal in 2006. Ilana performed as Alice in Alice and Wonderland and Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, to name a few.

She graduated Summa cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona in December 2010. During her time at the University, Ilana performed the roles of Baby Swan in Swan Lake, Second Theme in Balanchines Four Temperaments, and Russian Girl in Balanchines Serenade, as well as original choreographic works by Melissa Lowe Hancock, Sam Watson, Michael Williams, and Douglas Nielsen.

She was a soloist with the California Ballet Company in San Diego. Ilana attended summer intensives at the American Academy of Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and River North Dance Chicago. Aside from dancing, Ilana is a certified Pilates Mat instructor and teaches ballet to all levels and ages.

Ilana is a freelance dancer in San Francisco, CA, currently employed as part of the dance corps with the San Francisco Opera. She also teaches ballet at Roco Dance and fitness classes at Cardio Barre San Francisco.

Jordan Moser

Jordan is originally from Santa Ana, Calif. He received his training at Academy of Dance under Merle Sepel and Rebeca Tsvkin where he earned distinction in Advanced 2 RAD examination.

He has danced with Los Angeles Dance Theater and performed in Beijing, China. He has also been a guest artist in Japan. Since joining Ballet Austin, he has been featured in Stephen Mills’ Cinderella as Master of Ceremonies, The Taming of the Shrew, Carmina Burana, and Light / The Holocaust Humanity Project. Jordan has been featured in classical roles, such as Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle, Allegro Brillante and La Sylphide. He has performed in many contemporary ballets, namely, Dominic Walsh’s The Whistling, Nicolo Fonte’s Left Unsaid and Lasting Imprint, Loni Landon’s Wild Card and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose. He is currently studying Humanities at St. Edward’s University.

Jordan is also an active Austin musician who has had the opportunity to accompany renowned singer Khann Ly in the world premiere of Thang Dao’s Quiet Imprint and has had two ballets, Path You Came Here By and Hiding Places created to his own compositions by Michelle Thompson. He would like to thank his parents for their love and support and his teachers for their generosity, support and inspiration over the years.

Andrea Yorita

Andie is from Irvine, California, where she received her classical ballet training at Academy of Dance under the direction of Merle Sepel and Rebecca Tsivkin. Originally trained under the RAD syllabus, she has completed all Vocational RAD exams with Distinction as well as received the Solo Seal Award. In 2008 Andrea competed as a finalist in the Genée International Ballet Competition in Toronto, Canada.

She graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of California, Irvine as a Gillespie Scholar where she studied under Jodie Gates, Molly Lynch, Diane Diefenderfer, Tong Wang, Michel Gervais, Loretta Livingston and Donald McKayle.

She has attended summer intensives at the American Ballet Theatre (Orange County and New York), Mignon Furman’s American Academy of Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.  She has participated in Molly Lynch’s National Choreographers Initiative, the Traverse City Dance Project, and assisted Jodie Gates in setting Rochambeau on Ballet West II. Andrea joined BalletX in 2013.

photo credit: Alexander Iziliaev