Alumni

Our alumni can be found in the rosters of professional dance companies across the country.

Our Alumni community encompasses an exceptional group of artists who have become professional dancers or gone on to pursue a variety of other career paths. Each year PBTS is proud to see our students join professional companies and excel in collegiate programs. More than 50 percent of our own Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre company dancers are PBT School alumni.


Alumni Spotlight

Principal Dancers Amanda Cochrane & Yoshiaki Nakano

PBT principals, and PBT School alumni, Amanda Cochrane & Yoshiaki Nakano performing in La Bayadere.
PBT principals, and PBT School alumni, Amanda Cochrane & Yoshiaki Nakano performing in La Bayadère

Named among Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013 and 2014 respectively, Amanda Cochrane and Yoshiaki Nakano were recruited into the company from PBT School’s Graduate Program. Both dancers were promoted to principal dancer in 2014. Since then, they’ve danced leading roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, La Bayadère and The Sleeping Beauty among others.


Meet Our Alumni Family

2014-2015

  • Aviana Adams, Los Angeles Ballet
  • Margot Aknin, Ballet Met II
  • Jessica Cobb, Louisville Ballet (trainee)
  • Claire Gavin, Oklahoma City Ballet
  • Carly Hambridge, Nevada Ballet Theatre (trainee)
  • Jessica McCann, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Rowan Reyes, Texas Ballet Theatre (trainee)
  • Keito Shimomura, Teatrul Ballet Sibiu
  • Emily Simpson, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Caroline Wilde, Ballet Evolution
  • Lily Wills, Carolina Ballet (trainee)
  • Miles Sollars-White, Carolina Ballet
  • Kurtis Sprowls, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

2013-2014 

  • Christian Crawford, Nashville Ballet II
  • Lexie Ehmann, Sarasota Ballet
  • Marisa Grywalski, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Masahiro Haneji, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Aja Jaques, The Royal Ballet – Tivoli Gardens, Denmark
  • Dominique Jenssen, Rochester City Ballet
  • Maine Kawashima, Tulsa Ballet
  • Michaela King, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Mizuki Kubota, Teatrul National de Opera si Balet, Romania
  • Erin Kuwabara, Alabama Ballet
  • Colby Lewis, Cincinnati Ballet (trainee)
  • Bethany Lowrie, Suzanne Farrell Ballet
  • Caroline McDonald, Nevada Ballet Theatre
  • Sean Sessions, Cincinnati Ballet II
  • Rachel Smith, Nashville Ballet II
  • Rachel Thalman, Cincinnati Ballet (trainee)
  • Beatriz Tosta, Atlantic City Ballet
  • Isabella Velasquez, Sacramento Ballet

2012-2013

  • Alixandra Kish, Lexington Ballet
  • Amy Herchenroether, St. Louis Ballet
  • Anwen David, Memphis Ballet
  • Diana Yohe, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (Corps de Ballet)
  • Elanora Morris, National Ballet of Canada
  • Itsuki Shimada, Columbia Classical Ballet
  • Kayleigh Danowski, Montgomery Ballet
  • Kyoji Shimomura, Atlantic City Ballet
  • MacKenzie Quinn, San Diego Ballet
  • Marino Saito, Columbia Classical Ballet
  • Paige Robinson, Eugene Ballet Company
  • Saho Shibayama, New National Ballet of Japan
  • Takeaki Miura, Atlantic City Ballet

2011-2012

  • Takayuki Asai, Arts Ballet Theater of Florida
  • Corey Bourbonniere, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • John Brewer, Richmond Ballet II
  • Toshiki Homma, Columbia Classical Ballet
  • Carrington Lorenz, Richmond Ballet II
  • Hillary Pyo, Georgia Ballet
  • JoAnna Schmidt, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Saya Tanishiki, Columbia Classical Ballet
  • Rina Yamaguchi, Atlantic City Ballet
  • Yukina Yasuhara, Arts Ballet Theater of Florida

2010-2011

  • Ellany Abbott, Oklahoma City Ballet
  • Melissa Dooley, Alabama Ballet
  • James Gilmer, Cincinnati Ballet
  • Olivia Kelly, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Kelsey Jo Harrison, North Carolina Dance Theatre
  • Tina LaForgia, North Carolina Dance Theatre
  • Jake Lowenstein, Ballet Idaho

2009-2010

  • Ava Chatterson, Sacramento Ballet
  • Becca Cross, Rochester City Ballet
  • Kelly Ford, Sacramento Ballet
  • Christina Gratton, Boston University
  • Ted Henderson, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Erik Johnson, Rochester City Ballet
  • Kristie Latham, Ballet Met
  • Katie Miller, Sacramento Ballet
  • Yoshiaki Nakano, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (promoted to principal)
  • Jordan Richardson, Nevada Ballet Theater, Ballet West
  • Amber Runyan, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Georgia Ballet
  • Casey Taylor, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Amanda Whites, Dance Theatre of Tennessee
  • Meghan Wright, Sacramento Ballet
  • Molly Wright, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

2008-2009

  • Elizabeth Ashbaugh, Louisville Ballet
  • Amanda Cochrane, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (promoted to principal)
  • Ashley Hamann, Ballet Quad City, Missouri Ballet Theatre
  • Jayme Leach, Georgia Ballet
  • Caitlin McElroy, Atlantic City Ballet
  • Ana Porter, Columbia City Ballet
  • Benjamin Rabe, Rochestra City Ballet, Ballet Met
  • Amanda Radetzky, Victoria Ballet
  • Kelsy Schneider, Rochester City Ballet
  • Benjamin Tucker, Richmond Ballet
  • Kirsten Wipperfeld, Richmond Ballet

2007-2008

  • Steven Bain, Ballet Idaho
  • Sonja Davenport, Cincinnati Ballet (trainee)
  • Devon Darrow, Richmond Ballet (trainee)
  • Shannon Hokanson, Lousville Ballet
  • Kelly Jarrell, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Corynn Miller, Rochester City Ballet
  • Joseph Parr, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Patrick Yokum, Boston Ballet II, Boston Ballet
  • Jessica Wheeler, Louisville Ballet (trainee)

2006-2007

  • Gauen Alexander, Alabama Ballet
  • Alexis Antolic, Louisville Ballet
  • Kaleb Baker, Ballet Quad Cities
  • Kelsey Bartman, Nashville Ballet
  • Allison Debona, Ballet West (promoted to soloist)
  • Patrick DesRosiers, Ballet Quad Cities
  • Danielle Downey, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Sasha Edelman, Ballet Arizona
  • Laurie Lou Garside, Richmond Ballet
  • Alana Gergerich, Omaha Theater Ballet
  • Temple Kemezis, Connecticut Ballet
  • Emily Long, Ballet Quad Cities
  • Gabrielle Thurlow, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (promoted to soloist)
  • Brittany Waggy, Ballet Quad Cities
  • Kelly Walsh, Alabama Ballet
  • Ashley Wegmann, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet Met
  • Aleksandr York, Omaha Theatre Ballet

2005-2006

  • Nicholas Coppula, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Twyla Tharp Dance
  • Roberto Curti, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Michelle Joy, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera
  • Eva Trapp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (soloist), Twyla Tharp Dance
  • Kimberly  Tasote, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
  • Brienne Wiltse, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre