Celebrating the Success of Current and Former Phoenix Ballet Dancers
One of the goals of the Phoenix Ballet is to help create a professional environment for young people aspiring to be professional ballet dancers. With the help of Phoenix Ballet's professional school, Master Ballet Academy, we are able to help numerous young people succeed in ballet.
The 2017-2018 Season brought numerous success stories including Tia Wenkman, age 13, winning the bronze medal at the prestigious Olympic-styled competition USA IBC, winning the Grand Prix Award at the ADC IBC competition, and finished third at the YAGP Finals. Tegan Chou, age 11, won the ADC IBC Grand Prix Award in the Primary Division. Basia Rhoden was pre-selected at the YAGP Finals, where she placed third, in New York City for the esteemed Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Misha Broderick, age 11, placed third at the YAGP finals in New York City.
Numerous of the dancers with Phoenix Ballet were selected to compete at the YAGP NEW YORK CITY Finals, and USA IBC's Jackson Competition. At the New York City finals numerous dancers placed in the top 12 out of thousands, including: Bel Pickering (16) and Summer Montenegro (11).
“Dancers are the Athletes of God.”
— Albert Einstein
The Phoenix Ballet is proud to have helped numerous young dancers transition from pre-professional to professional dancer. Some of the alumni that have gone through the Phoenix Ballet include the following:
William Jackson Beckham received his ballet training at Master Ballet Academy under the direction of Slawomir and Irena Wozniak and Zherlin Ndudi. He won the first prize and the promising young dancer award at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2016. William has appeared as a guest performer in Tel Aviv and Beijing and with the Phoenix Ballet in Poland and Arizona. After joining Tulsa Ballet II in 2017, he was promoted to Apprentice the following season. William was worked with noted choreographers such as Slawomir Wozniak, Ma Cong, Rasta Thomas, Albert Cattafi, Kurtis Sprung, and Travis Wall.
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