The Ballet School of Stamford Alumni

The Ballet School of Stamford is extremely proud of our alumni. Whether our students have gone on to dance professionally or have chosen another path they have gained immeasurably from having studied with us. Our graduates have developed time management skills, discipline, poise, grace, healthy habits and an appreciation for the arts, which they will carry with them throughout their lives.

A testament to the impact of our programming, the following are just some of the schools at which BSS alumni have gone: Vanderbilt, Harvard University, New York University, Columbia University, University of Connecticut, Princeton University, Bucknell, Indiana University, Emerson College, Northeastern University, University of Pennsylvania, and George Washington University. In addition, students have gained acceptance into premier and highly competitive summer dance programs including: American Ballet Theater, Miami, Pacific Northwest, Boston, San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, Harid Conservatory, and Walnut Hill and have gone on to dance with The Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, L A Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Sacramento Ballet and numerous modern companies.

Perhaps the most compelling testament to the School’s transformative effect on the lives of children resides in the words of students and families themselves as follows:

"The School has provided both of my girls, now ages 19 and 21, with an unparalleled dance education and quality cultural experiences. To get this level of training, children have to go to programs like the School of American Ballet in New York City and they have to live away from home. My daughters could stay at home while they studied with the exceptional teachers at the School in a high-caliber program. However, I would not have been able to afford to provide this for them without receiving financial assistance through the School’s Dance for All program. My youngest daughter is a sophomore at Connecticut College. She continues to dance and perform in college, is a film studies major, and was accepted to the selective Center for Arts and Technology (CAT) certificate program. My oldest daughter is finishing her senior year at Princeton, and will be working as a consultant for Deloitte. She was elected President of Princeton Arts Council, and also dances in Princeton’s contemporary dance company, "Body Hype”. I know that one of the reasons why both girls have experienced success is because of their involvement with The Ballet School of Stamford’s pre-professional program. And I am so thankful.”
~ Marita Martiney, Parent, Volunteer and Board Member

BSS Alumni

Amanda Bakowski
Attended BSS: 1997-2010
College Degree: University of Pennsylvania, Psychology, 2014
Amanda is on the UPenn Cheerleading team.
"My favorite memory of BSS was building the new studios in the old Rich Forum when we switched locations. The teachers, students, and administrators all pitched in together to lay down floorboards and marley, hang up pictures, and roll in pianos. No matter how many times we moved, we were always a BSS family.”

Jen Barrer-Gall
Graduated in 2004
Jen went to the Ballet Academy East and then was a part of the Orlando Ballet studio company for two seasons. She has since been a part of the Columbia Ballet Collaborative at Columbia College.

Lauren Breen
Attended BSS: 1997-1999
Lauren went on from BSS to study at the School of American Ballet. She then spent two years as a student/apprentice with Miami City Ballet. She then moved on to Richmond Ballet where she was a trainee for a year, an apprentice for two years and then a company member for four years. She is now dancing in her fourth season with Sacramento Ballet.
"My favorite memory of BSS is getting to watch professionals like Julie Kent!”

Natalie Merritt Buttars
Graduated from BSS in 2005
College Degree: Brigham Young University, Social Work

Chloe Delaitre
Graduated from BSS in 2010
College Degree: Sarah Lawrence College, 2014

Lauren Etter
Attended BSS: 1999-2006
College Degree: New York University, BFA in Dance from the Tisch School of the Art
Lauren is now on the BSS faculty, spent five years as a faculty member at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and is a founding member of the Alison Cook Beatty Dance Company. She has also showcased her choreography in many dance festivals in New York City.

Drew Fishback
Attended BSS: 1997-2004
College Degree: Columbia University, 2010
After graduating from BSS, Drew studied at the School of American Ballet.

Timothy Sneed-Fountain
Graduated from BSS in 2005
College Degree: Housatonic Community College
Timothy is now dance teacher and choreographer at the Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County and performs with SKIN, the Tina Thompson Dance Company, based in New York.

Nicholas Franco
Graduated from BSS in 2006.
Nicholas now dances professionally with the Full Force Dance Theater.

Carolyn Geils
Attended BSS 1997-2007
College Degree: University of Rhode Island, Nursing, 2011
Carolyn performed with the URI dance ensemble through college and is now a nurse at the John’s Hopkins Hospital.

Alison Goldsmith
Attended BSS: 2003-2013
College Degree: Duke University, 2017
Alison currently takes ballet classes at Duke and plans on joining the dance program there next year or a student run dance ensemble.
"My favorite memories of BSS are the Nutcracker, Chefs on Pointe, Dancefest, getting ballets set on us by different choreographers, learning variations with Carol, and all of my friends.”

Andrew Jamieson
Graduated from BSS in 2009
College Degree: Wheaton College, Psychology, 2013
Andrew was a part of the Wheaton College Dance Company, and plans to go to culinary school

Elise Johnson
Attended BSS: 2009-2010
College Degree: Hope College, 2014

Emilia Lapadula
Attended BSS: 2008-2010

Prisma Lopez
Graduated from BSS in 2010
College Decree: University of Nottingham

Alison McCann
Graduated from BSS in 2013
College Degree: MIami University, 2017

Caitlin Meighan
Caitlin attended the National Ballet of Canada School after she graduated from BSS and is now a company member at Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.

Diana Peters
Graduated from BSS in 2004
Diana went to the National Ballet of Canada School, where she graduated with honors in 2009. She has danced professionally for Tulsa Ballet II and is now in her second season with Texas Ballet Theater.

Claudia Schreier
Graduated from BSS in 2004
College Degree: Harvard University, BA in Sociology and Dramatic Arts, 2008
Claudia is the Manager of Editorial Content at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She is also a successful choreographer; many professional dance companies have performed her works. Check out her website for more information on her accomplishments, www.claudiaschreier.com.

Annaliese Sehulster
Attended BSS: 1998-2011
College Degree: University of Connecticut, Honors in Psychology and Spanish minor, 2015
Annaliese participates in the HuskyTHON at UCONN, which is an 18-hour dance marathon to raise money for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center
"The morning performance of Sleeping Beauty was my favorite memory of dancing. My favorite memories of BSS are the girls. I loved dancing with all of them so much. I wish I still danced!”

Katie Stelmack
Graduated from BSS in 2009
College Degree: Butler University, Dance, 2014.
Katie attended the Joffrey Ballet School in New York as a Trainee. She is now a member of the Butler University Dance Team.

Lanna Tokuhiro
Graduated from BSS in 2009
College Degree: Emerson College, Communications, 2013

Viviane Trinh
Graduated from BSS in 2005
College Degree: University of Connecticut, Pre-dental, 2009
Viviane is in the UCONN School of Dental Medicine.

Elizabeth Walker
Attended BSS: 2001-2004
College Degree: Harvard University, History of Art and Architecture, 2011
Elizabeth now dances professionally with Los Angeles Ballet. "My best memories were long rehearsal days, hanging out in the dressing room with friends at BSS and performances for school children.”

Diana White
Graduated from BSS in 2011
College Degree: Bucknell University, 2016

Futaba Yano
Graduated from BSS in 2011
College Degree: New York University, 2015