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Alumni News


The following alumni announcements have appeared in our recent newsletter. The news items featured here are career-related achievements of alumni collected from news articles or online submissions. Please understand that it is very difficult to keep track of the many professional advancements within our alumni body, and this represents only a fraction of the wonderful things our talented alumni have accomplished. 

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Dena Abergel has been named Children’s Ballet Master at New York City Ballet.

Merrill Ashley traveled to Moscow to stage Diamonds with Paul Boos for the Bolshoi Ballet’s new production of Jewels in spring of this year. She also went to London to restage Ballo della Regina for the Royal Ballet, and to Texas to coach the Houston Ballet’s production of Theme and Variations. In addition, Merrill appeared with Tom Gold's group of dancers in Israel as both lecturer and teacher.

Mary Helen Bowers’ new book, Ballet Beautiful, was released in June. The book offers a ballet-inspired workout for achieving strength, tone, and poise.

Marissa Cerveris is a guest artist in dance at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.

Abigail Crutchfield is a member of the production staff for Katie Couric's new daytime talk show.

Kevin Dwyer received the annual Michael Brennan Courage Award recognizing outstanding individuals living with cystic fibrosis during the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s Booming Celebration at the Waldorf Astoria last February.

Lauren Fadeley and Jermel Johnson have been promoted to Principal rank at Pennsylvania Ballet, and Evelyn Kocak has been promoted to Soloist.

Adrian S. Fry returned to his home state of Nebraska in June to dance the role of the Prince for the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company production of Cinderella at McDonald Theatre on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus.

Marcus Galante, board member of Dancers Over 40, produced an evening titled Balanchine Broadway and Beyond at St. Luke's Theatre in New York City in October. The event included screenings of rare film and video clips from On Your Toes, Square Dance and Western Symphony.

Kiyon Gaines, a soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet, premiered his new work Sum Stravinsky—an homage to George Balanchine and Kent Stowell—at PNB in November. It was his second ballet for the Company’s main stage, following M-Pulse in 2008.

Kaitlyn Gilliland has joined the faculty of SAB and been named Assistant Children’s Ballet Master for New York City Ballet.

Adam Hendrickson has retired from New York City Ballet and joined Weapons Specialists Limited.

Julie Kent received the 2012 Dance Magazine Award in December.

New York City Ballet dancers Rebecca Krohn and Ana Sophia Scheller were promoted to Principal rank last May.

Boston Ballet principal dancer Misa Kuranaga graced the cover of the August/September Pointe Magazine.

Gavin Larsen, former principal dancer of Oregon Ballet Theatre and faculty member of the Oregon Ballet Theatre School, joined the faculty of the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet's Summer Program in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Lawrence Leritz recently danced in Carly Rae Jepsen and Harvey Keitel's rendition of ‘Call Me Maybe’  during Comedy Central's television event, Night of Too Many Stars at The Beacon Theatre. Leritz also directed The Ron Palillo Tribute at The Triad Theatre, hosted by Tyne Daly.

Lourdes Lopez became Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet in September.

The Clive Barnes Foundation named Lauren Lovette the recipient of the 2012 Clive Barnes Award for dance in December.

The Joffrey Ballet’s Jeraldine Mendoza received a $50,000 grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund in June.

Tara Mora joined the faculty of Ballet Academy East's Pre-Professional Division.

Arantxa Ochoa retired from Pennsylvania Ballet in October and has been named Principal Instructor at the company's newly opened school.

Justin Peck premiered two new works to much critical acclaim at New York City Ballet last year: InCreases in July and Year of the Rabbit in October.

Troy Schumacher, choreographed the New York premieres of two new works for Satellite Ballet and Collective at New York’s Gerald W. Lynch Theater in November, Warehouse Under the Hudson and Epistasis. Troy is co-founder and co-director of the Company.

Erica Sheftman graduated from Harvard in May and is now Projects Manager for the Aspen Institute Arts Program.

Beatrix Stix-Brunell has been promoted to Soloist at The Royal Ballet.

Julia Goldani Telles is starred as a teen-aged ballet student in the prime time television series Bunheads which aired on the ABC Family network last year.

Heather Watts received a Doctorate in Fine Arts honoris causa from Hunter College in January and was the Class of 1932 Visiting Lecturer in Dance at Princeton University for 2011-12.

Damian Woetzel served as an adviser alongside Renee Fleming and YoYo Ma to Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the recently unveiled Chicago Cultural Plan promoting public school arts education. He also co-produced the Natalia Makarova tribute for the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors in December, and was honored this summer with the inaugural Gene Kelly Legacy Award.