Our Alumni

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre has produced many dancers who are now performing in professional companies across the country. Likewise, many of our alumni are continuing to dance while they attend college. Here are some of our most recent alumni:

Alessandra Ball

BallAlessandra graduated from GBT in 2001. That summer, Alessandra won the Bronze Medal the Grishko Prize for Charm and Elegance at the Premio Roma competition in Rome, Italy. To begin her professional career, Alessandra joined Colorado Ballet and then the North Carolina Dance Theatre. In 2005 she was a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award. Her career at NCDT led to her become soloist and then one of their Principal Dancers in the 2007-2008 Season. In the summer of 2008, Alessandra left the USA to dance with the Victor Ullarte Ballet in Madrid, Spain. She has performed with this company in Cairo, Egypt and in Italy, where she danced the lead role in the ballet “Coppelia.”

Jessica Collado

ColladoJessica graduated from GBT in 2003. She became a member of Houston Ballet II and a student at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy where upon graduation in the Spring of 2004, she won the Michael Wasmund Memorial Award. Ms. Collado joined Houston Ballet as an apprentice in July 2004 and was promoted to a corps de ballet member in July 2005 and to a demi soloist in March, 2009. Ms. Collado has been featured in numerous roles by Kiri Kylian, Stanton Welch, Christopher Bruce, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Hans van Manen, Twyla Tharp, Jorma Elo, Christopher Wheeldon, Ben Stevenson, and Sir Kenneth MacMillian. In 2009, Ms Collado was declared one of Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch.”

Robert Dekkers

Dekkers Robert graduated from GBT in 2002. Recently named a “25 To Watch” artist for 2011 by Dance Magazine, Robert began his professional career at Ballet Arizona where he performed in works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, and Ib Anderson. After moving to San Francisco to work with ODC/Dance, Dekkers joined Conpamy C Contemporary Ballet. He began choreographing in 2001. His first work was awarded the Monticello Award for Emerging Choreography, allowing him to attend RDA’s Craft of Choreography Conference on full scholarship. Since then, he has created dozens of new works, including “Toccare” in 2006 which was performed at the Ballet Builders Showcase in New York City and “Suite No. 2,” presented at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando; and “Believe,” 2003, which was performed at the Tanzsommer Festival in Vienna, Austria. In 2008, Dekkers was named Resident Choreographer of Novaballet, Arizona’s contemporary ballet company, where he created works including “AnOther,” 2008, “Milieu,” 2009, and “No One Does It Like You,” 2009. In 2009, Dekkers founded Post:Ballet in San Francisco with the vision to create multidisciplinary collaborations that use dance as a means, not an end, to artistic expression. Roberts works closely with diverse artists to develop works that are presented through various mediums including film, photography, and live performance. He has created several new works for Post:Ballet including “The Happiness of Pursuit,” “Colouring,” “Ours,” “I need to be Touched,” “Me No You,” “Flutter,” and “B-Sides.” Robert also holds a business degree from Rio Salado College. See Robert’s new company and follow them on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/l/b78f6gacXMiw1zYKAR1CBq925mw/www.postballet.org)

Garet Erwin

ErwinGaret graduated from GBT in 2008. She attended the Milwaukee Ballet’s summer intensive on scholarship and was invited to remain as a part of the company’s trainee program. Garet performed with Milwaukee Ballet as one of Carrabosse’s three attendants in “Sleeping Beauty” and will perform in the corp de ballet in their “Nutcracker” in Snow and several other character roles.

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Whitney Sue Jones

JonesWhitney Sue Jones graduated from GBT in 2006 and continued to dance with the company for another year. During the 2007-8 season, Whitney Sue danced with the North Carolina Dance Theatre as an apprentice. In the summer of 2008, she decided to continue training and dancing with NCDT in their Professional Certificate Program while finishing her college degree with UNC Charlotte.Whitney Sue will earn a” Professional Training Certificate in Dance” while she performs each semester with NCDT and/or the UNC Charlotte Dance Department. She most recently performed in the UNC Charlotte Fall Dance Concert dancing “The Waiting Room” from the Sal Aiello Trust restaged by Mia Cunningham of NCDT.

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Margaret Hannah

Margaret graduated from GBT in 2001. She currently performs both corp and soloist roles with Ballet Theatre of Maryland. She recently danced the lead role in the ballet “Cinderella.”

Emily Oppelet

OppeletEmily graduated from GBT in 2006. She is currently an apprentice at Ballet Theatre of Maryland where she has had the opportunity to perform demi-soloist roles, such as a Winter Fairy in “Cinderella” and Arabian in “Nutcracker.” She is also continuing her education through the University of Cincinnati where she is working on her BFA in Ballet and qualifications to apply for a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. Last year she was a member of Dayton Ballet II where she performed corps roles with the company.

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Sabrina Sandoval

SandovalSabrina graduated from GBT in 2008. She is attending Atlanta Ballet as a student, and she is enrolled as a full time student at Georgia State University. As a member of Atlanta Ballet’s pre-pro division, she has been given opportunities to dance with the corp de ballet in Swan Lake and the Nutcracker.

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Lauren Ring

RingLauren Ring graduated from GBT in 2008 and is now attending Point Park University as a dance major. In the Conservatory of Performing Arts program, Lauren plans to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in ballet. She has received a Community Service Scholarship, an Academic Scholarship, and the highest Dance Scholarship the conservatory offers. This fall, Lauren was among the few freshmen to be a part of the Student Choreography Performance as well as be casted in a production entitled Bridgeworks.

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Colleen Saul

SaulColleen graduated from GBT in 2008. She was accepted as a jazz major into the conservatory at Point Park University. She received scholarships based on talent, academics and leadership. She loves it in Pittsburgh and finds the level of dance very challenging. She plans to start coursework to minor in musical theatre her sophomore year.

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