Awards & Alumni

Haley Schwan, ARCB alumni & Vaganova Academy graduate

Since opening in 2004, Academy students have been accepted to professional ballet academies throughout the world including the American Ballet Theatre, Ballet de Monte Carlo, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Boston Ballet School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Ellison Ballet, Hamburg Ballet School, Houston Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School, Kirov Academy of Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Vaganova Academy of Russia among others, and have also been accepted to university dance programs including Butler, Julliard, North Carolina School of the Arts and University of Michigan.

Our students have found positions with professional dance companies dancing successfully with English National Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Nevada Ballet, Royal Ballet of London, Sarasota Ballet, Staatsballet Berlin, Stanislavsky Ballet in Moscow.

The Academy received the distinguished honor of being named Outstanding Teacher by the Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest international student ballet competition, as well as receiving multiple First, Second and Third place, Hope Award and Grand Prix honors,  both in the United States and Japan. Academy alumni students have received awards and top place finishes at the Prix de Lausanne, Beijing International Ballet Competition and Moscow International Ballet Competition.

The Academy’s alumni include the first African-American graduate of the famed Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia. As well as the third American graduate of both the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the Vaganova Ballet Academy in over 300 years.