Alumni News

Alumni Dancers

Many Westside Ballet alumni dance for companies all across the world. While we don’t always have the latest news about every dancer, here is a brief listing:

March 2021

Congratulations to alumnus Adrian Blake Mitchell on his promotion to First Artist at Mikhailovsky Ballet

Lucia Connolly performs in Joffrey Ballet’s premiere of Boléro by Yoshihisa Arai. Lucia says: “The piece was so much fun to create. Both because it was our first time ‘performing’ in almost a year and because the movement feels so natural. I am one of the six women that dance around the main woman. Coming next from Joffrey will be a dance film, Under The Trees Voices, choreographed by Nic Blanc. I am not in it but it is going to be so beautiful!”

February 2021 

Westside Ballet’s first Alumni Zoom Panel took place on Saturday, February 20th. The discussion was led by Renna Brown-Taher, Alumna and the new Director of Westside Worldwide: The Alumni Association of Westside Ballet. Click here to learn more. 

In celebration of Black History Month, Alumnus Adrian Blake Mitchell taught a Master Class for boys’ ballet and shared his professional ballet journey as a part of Westside’s  ‘Dance Talks’ series.

August 2020

International superstar ballerina Joy Womack has not one, but two films in the works about her incredible life story becoming the first American to be contracted with the famed Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Russia.

June 2020

Former NYCB dancer, alumna and faculty member Melissa Barak, Artistic Director of her contemporary company Barak Ballet, created a short film “Breathe In” which was chosen as a monthly official selection with New York International Film Awards.

International ballet star Tiler Peck gave a Dance Talks via Zoom to support Westside Ballet’s Crisis Relief Fund.

Broadway star and WSB Alumna Ashley Griffin shared her support for Westside by doing a Dance Talks in May.

Alumna Nicole Haskins, acclaimed choreographer formerly with Smuin Ballet, gave a choreographic workshop Dance Talks via Zoom in April.

Molly Novak joins Boston Ballet as an Artist for their 2020-2021 season.

Giorgia Martelloni-Zabriskie joins Balleto di Roma in Italy for their 2020-2021 season. Giorgia also received her Baccalaureate degree from University of Rome in May 2020.

Leslie Parada joins the Miami City Ballet Professional Division for their 2020-2021 season.

Renee Spaltenstein continues with SAB year-round for 2020-2021.

We celebrate our graduating Seniors! Mirabelle Weinbach> Princeton University; Piper St. Regis> Duke University; Rose Abarbanel> Washington University in St. Louis; Olivia Polite and Stefan Goy> University of California Santa Barbara.

September 2019

Joy Womack joins Boston Ballet as an Artist for their 2019-2020 season.

Renee Spaltenstein joins the School of American Ballet year-round for 2019-2020.

Ashley Campion joins the Miami City Ballet Professional Division for their 2019-2020 season.

June 2019

Congratulations to our newest alumni successes!

Molly Novak joins Boston Ballet II for their 2019-2020 season.

Ashley Campion joins the Miami City Ballet Professional Division for their 2019-2020 season.

Shelby Tzung received the SAB Mae L. Wein award for outstanding promise, and joins the National Ballet of Canada for their 2019-2020 season. Shelby was also accepted into Harvard University, but is deferring as she pursues her professional ballet career.

Lucia Connolly is now in her 4th season with Joffrey Ballet. Lucia danced in the 2019 Centennial Gala in honor of Yvonne Mounsey. She received a standing ovation for her performance in the Balcony Pas de Deux from Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet with fellow Joffrey dancer, Dylan Gutierrez.

Severina Wong continues with Ballet West II for her second season.

Sarah Hurty continues with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division for another season.

Congratulations to alumna Rachel Silvern who eared her PdD in Atmospheric Science from Harvard University in June!

May 2018

Congratulations to WSB alumna Ariana Lott on getting her M.D.! Ariana grew up at WSB, all the way through dancing the Sugar Plum Fairy in 2006; her dad, Roy Lott, was a stage manager for Westside and the whole family was involved. lifeafterballet #doctor #balletlife #westsideballet

September 2017

Shelby Tzung joins the prestigious School of American Ballet (SAB) year-round program. Shelby won the Spotlight Award in Classical Dance in 2016.

August 2017

Severina Wong joins Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Professional Division for their 2017-2018 season.

July 2017

Lyrica Blankfein joins the cast of Anastasia, The Musical, on Broadway.

June 2017

Molly Novak launches her professional career as a Trainee with the Boston Ballet for their 2017-2018 season.

October 2016

Giorgia Martelloni-Zabriskie signed a professional contract with Dance Theater of Harlem and began her professional career October 2nd, 2016. She has just been signed for a second season. Giorgia has also been named an Ambassador for Capezio.

June 2016

Lucia Connolly began her career as a professional ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago in the summer of 2016. She’s just been signed for a second season. Lucia has also appeared professionally with Barak Ballet in June 2017.

June 2014

Lyrica Blankfein received the prestigious Mae L. Wien Award, presented to her by Peter Martins on June 3, 2014 at the School of American Ballet workshop gala performance. Lyrica is the third Westside Ballet alumna to receive the prestigious Mae L. Wien award. Lyrica is currently dancing on Broadway.

August 2013

Jenna Elfman was a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance” on August 20 on Fox. Jenna attended WSB for several years, training in classical ballet before turning to acting. She’s best known for her role in the hit TV show, Dharma and Greg.

June 2013

Monique Meunier has been appointed (with her husband Nilas Martins) Co-Director of Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre (read more). Meunier was a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and a soloist with American Ballet Theater. She most recently served as ballet master for the Washington Ballet and as a full-time faculty member for its associated school. In the Fall of 2017, Meunier also joins the dance faculty at UC Santa Barbara.

June 2013

Nicole Haskins signed with Smuin Ballet for Fall 2013.


Francis Veyette, Pennsylvania Ballet, was promoted to principal dancer for the 2011-12 season. Francis is now on faculty with the Miami City Ballet School.

His brother Andrew Veyette is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. (See a YouTube video showing Andrew and Megan Fairchild in a Pas de Deux.)

Stayce Camparo is in her ninth season at Kansas City Ballet, while Nicole Haskins is in her sixth season at Sacramento Ballet. Nicole continues to grow as a choreographer; she was invited to participate in the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute.

Kylee Kitchens has been a member of Pacific Northwest Ballet since 2000.

To learn more about Westside Ballet alumni, click on a dancer’s name in the column at right.

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