Central Florida Ballet Academy Students: Where are they now?
SASHA DE SOLA
Now Soloist at the San Francisco Ballet
Sasha de Sola began her pre-professional ballet studies at the Central Florida Ballet Academy in 2000. Studying under the direction of CFB directors: Vasile Petrutiu, Vladimir Bykov, and Heather Sanders-Fryxell. She was featured as Maria (Clara) in the Central Florida Ballet's premiere of The Nutcracker among many featured roles in various productions including Paquita and Carnival to Save the Animals. In 2003, she began studies at the Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington, D.C. on full scholarship and joined the San Francisco Ballet in 2006 as an apprentice at the age of 17. Sasha was awarded the Silver Medal at the World Ballet Competition in 2008 (Professional Category). In 2012, she was promoted to Soloist with the San Francisco Ballet.
Now Training at the Royal Ballet School in London
Hannah began her pre-professional ballet studies at the Central Florida Ballet Academy in 2008. Studying under the direction of CFB directors, Vasile Petrutiu and Vladimir Bykov, she was featured as Maria (Clara) in the Central Florida Ballet's The Nutcracker and was awarded the Silver Medal at the World Ballet Competition. While attending CFB, she also furthered her contemporary training at studios including the Dance P.A.D. and later New Dimensions Dance Company. This Fall Hannah will continue studies for the 2nd year under full scholarship at the world's most prestigious school: the Royal Ballet School of London.
Now Corps de Ballet at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Born and raised in Florida, JoAnna Schmidt began training at Central Florida Ballet when she was seven years old. After ten years under the instruction of Vasile Petrutiu, Heather Fryxell, and Vladimir Bykov, she graduated from the Central Florida Ballet Academy in 2010. In the fall of the same year, JoAnna joined the Graduate Program in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School on scholarship. After spending two years as a Grad student, JoAnna is excited to be in her 2nd season as a company member at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She has received additional training from summer programs at Miami City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Jacob's Pillow.
Corps de Ballet at the Teatrul de Balet Sibiu in Romania Arielle began her pre-professional ballet studies at the Central Florida Ballet Academy in 2000. Studying under the direction of CFB directors, Vasile Petrutiu, Vladimir Bykov, and Heather Sanders, she was the only female in the state of Florida to compete at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi in 2010. Her competitive career also includes Bronze and Silver Medals at the World Ballet Competition. She trained under scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years, and for the 2012-13 Season was a company member of the Teatrul de Balet Sibiu.
Now Trains at the School of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
Hunter Finnegan began his ballet training at the Central Florida Ballet Academy at a very early age. Originally training in gymnastics, he soon transferred his focus to ballet while also studying Irish dancing. He appeared as Fritz in the Central Florida Ballet's Nutcracker as well as being featured in many soloist roles of CFB productions including those in Peter and the Wolf, 9/11 An American Moment, The Toy Shop, and The Ugly Duckling. Since the 2011-12 school year, he has studied at the School of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, where he has even instructed ballet classes.