Student Achievements

 Students of the Yuri Grigoriev School of Ballet earned many medals at national competitions, were awarded scholarships to prestigious ballet academies for summer and year-round programs,  performed with major companies, and embarked on professional careers in dance.
We salute our alumni and wish them the best of luck in future endeavors!

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Jake Unger entered the Houston Ballet Academy in 2012 and, upon graduation, was accepted into the Houston Ballet II company. In 2014, he joined the Pittsburgh Ballet as a corps de ballet company member.
Zinnia Nomura studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim, Germany, then joined the Hamburg Ballet School, graduating in 2014.
Indiana Woodward won top prize at the Bolshoi Academy's summer intensive and entered the School of American Ballet in 2010. After graduation, she joined the New York City Ballet company and was named one of "25 to watch" by Dance Magazine.
Danica Paulos entered the Alvin Ailey School in New York City in 2010  on full scholarship and became a member of the Alvin Ailey company in 2014.
Amanda De Oliveira was accepted to the JKO School at ABT on full merit scholarship in 2010. In 2011, she was offered a professional contract with ABT's Studio Company, joining them on a tour of Europe and performing in the ABT Annual Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera.
Alexia Karamitsos-Tziras was accepted to the Jacqueline Kennedy Onnasis school at ABT in New York City in 2009.
Alanna Archibald entered the Rudra Bejart School in Lausanne, Switzerland in  2008. After two years, she was offered a professional contract with the Bejart Ballet Company and has performed all over the world.
Jodi Labowe entered the Tanz Akademie at the University of Zurich School of the Arts, Switzerland in 2008.
Lilit Hogtanian performed the role of Clara in the Los Angeles Ballet production of the Nutcracker in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and was a demi-soloist with the Kirov Ballet in their production of the Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadere. She earned First Place at the Youth America Grand Prix Regional competition in 2007, was a semi-finalist at the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards, and received a special invitation to compete at Prix de Lausanne. Lilit was featured on the cover of Dance Spirit magazine as one of the 10 teens to watch, and in 2008, she entered the Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance in Monaco.
Sophia Rose Hernandez was a demi-soloist with the Kirov Ballet in their production of Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadere. She earned Third Place at the New York Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix competition in 2005, and Second and Third Place in the YAGP Regional semi-finals in 2006. In 2007, she was accepted to the San Francisco Ballet School at the pre-professional level  and has since danced in several San Francisco Ballet productions.
Elise Miller performed the role of Clara in the Los Angeles Ballet production of the Nutcracker in 2006, and was a demi-soloist with the Kirov Ballet in their production of Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadere. She earned the Grand Prix at the Youth America Grand Prix Regional competition in 2005, and was the First Place winner in 2004 and 2006. Elise became the ABT's National Training Scholar in 2006 and 2007, as well as  a recipient of the Bender Foundation Scholar award. In 2007, she earned a scholarship to the Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet in New York City where she studied for two years. Upon graduation in 2010, Elise joined the Tulsa Ballet Company.
Mallory Clark  was the winner of 7 consecutive Youth America Grand Prix Regional competitions, earning the Hope Award, four gold, two silver, and one bronze medal, and was also a semi-finalist in the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards.  She was a demi-soloist with the Kirov Ballet in their productions of Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadere, and performed the role of Masha in the Kirov Academy's Nutcracker.  In 2006, Mallory was chosen to dance as a soloist in the "Stars of Tomorrow Meet the Stars of Today" Youth America Grand Prix Gala and became American Ballet Theatre's National Training Scholar in 2007In 2008, she graduated with honors from the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington D.C., where she trained on full merit scholarship for two years.