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ALUMNI @ AJKUNBT:
Our Alumni are among the finest professionals found in the industry. Former participants of our educational programs, they represent a distillation of the hopes and aspirations of a substantial number of dancers: over 2,000 dancers participate every year in our auditions resulting in a class numbering 10. Each Trainee admitted is predicted, having a special spark of artistry, skills and broad interests, to become a leader in the performing arts world, whether in The United States or in any other Country of the World.
A WORLDWIDE NETWORK:
AjkunBT Alumni are employed in over 150 professional dance companies, from Asia to Australia, in Europe and New Zealand and in South and North America. Loyal to AjkunBT's mission to open the avenues for youngest dancers, our Alumni are instrumental in helping AjkunBT to maintain a successful network for rising opportunities and implement the efforts of AjkunBT's Board of Directors, Artistic Advisory Board and Board of Trustees.
WHERE THEY CAME FROM:
Participants of our programs are auditioned annually in 5 continents and are amongst the brightest talents entering the dance profession. Candidates include graduates and students of major institutions and professional dancers employed with prominent professional companies who are interested in learning the outstanding Ajkun Methodology credited for the skills of many notable dancers, worldwide. Each applicant shares the desire to rise to the highest artistic standard, in bravura and versatility as well as in technical abilities competitive on an international market level. AjkunBT assisted them in fulfilling their career goals through active learning in an atmosphere of artistic and intellectual excitement, as well as achieving the tools to make their skills desirable and known on a global scale.
Past participant Institution association (partial listing): Australian Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Butler University,Canada's National Ballet School, Haiti's National Ballet School, George Brown University, Hamilton College, Hartford Conservatory,La Scala of Milan, Melbourne's National Theatre Ballet School, Romania's National Ballet School, Royal Swedish Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Teatro Colon Ballet School, Universita' di Danza, Vienna StaatsOper Ballet School, Washington Ballet School,
Past participant professional Company association (partial listing): Alberta Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Ankara Ballet Company, Australian Ballet Company, Ballet de Santo Domingo, Ballet Internationalle, Ballet Ireland, Beograd National Ballet, Bucharest National Ballet Company, Cairo National Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, English National Ballet, Julio Bocca Ballet, Landestheater Detmold, National Ballet of Santo Domingo, New Jersey Ballet, Northeast Ballet, Royal Ballet of London, Royal Ballet of Madrid, Teatro Colon, Timisoara National Ballet, Washington Ballet,
WHERE THEY WENT ON:
Our Alumni went on to take prominent positions in the professional world in over 150 professional companies around the world.
As Ajkun Ballet Theatre will remain an important part of their family, the Company will always be home to many of them in their time off, for a visit, training or to share the excitement of our performances. Many of them became employed in our Company and others received employment opportunities from many Companies around the world, including: ALABAMA BALLET, ALBANY BERKSHIRE BALLET, ALVIN AILEY II, AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY BALLET, ARGENTINA'S TEATRO COLON, ASSOCIAZIONE PALCOSCENICO, ATLANTIC BALLET COMPANY, AUSTRALIAN BALLET COMPANY, BALLET AMERICANA, BALLET FANTASTIQUE, BALLET DE CAMARA DE MORELOS, BALLET DE LA PLATA, BALLET HISPANICO, BALLETMET COLOMBUS, BALLET NATIONELLE DE HAITI, BALLET NY, BALLETO NACIONALDE DELLA REPUBBLICA DE SANTO DOMINGO, BALLETTO DEL SUD, BALTIMORE BALLET, BALLET THEATER OF MARYLAND, BIRMINGHAM BALLET OF ALABAMA, BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET, BOCA BALLET, BROOKLYN BALLET, BUCHAREST NATIONAL BALLET, CAIRO NATIONAL BALLET, CANADA'S BALLET ESPRESSIVO, CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA BALLET, CHAMBER DANCE PROJECT, CHICAGO BALLET, CHICAGO CLASSICAL BALLET, CHIMERA PROJECT BALLET, CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF DANZA ENSEMBLE, COLORADO BALLET, COLUMBIA CITY BALLET, COMPAGNIA DANCA JULIO BOCCA, CONFIGURATION, CONNECTICUT BALLET, CROATIAN NATIONAL BALLET COMPANY, DANCE PATRELLE COMPANY, DANCE THEATER ECLECTIC, DANCE THEATER OF HARLEM, DANCE THEATER OF LYNCHBURG, EARTHBORNE DANCE PROJECT, EINSENHOVER DANCE ENSEMBLE, ELLEN SINOPOLI DANCE COMPANY, EVANSVILLE BALLET, FIRST STATE BALLET THEATER, FLENSBURG BALLET, FLINT BALLET, FOOTNOTE, GEORGIA BALLET COMPANY, GOH BALLET COMPANY, GREATER YORK DANCE COMPANY, GREEK NATIONAL BALLET COMPANY, HAMILTON BALLET, HAMPTON ROADS BALLET, HARTFORD BALLET, HARTFORD CITY BALLET, KODIAK BALLET COMPANY, ITALIAN NOTRE DAME MUSICAL, JANUSPHERE DANCE COMPANY, JAPAN'S HATTORI BALLET, JUDY BOALS, JULIO BOCA DANCE COMPANY, LA SCALA OF MILAN NATIONAL BALLET COMPANY, LANDESBUHEN SACHSEN BALLET, LANDESTHEATER COBUG, LANDESTHEATER DETMOLD, LEATHERSTOCKING BALLET COMPANY, LEBANON BALLET, LE MUSE BALLET, LISS FAIN DANCE COMPANY, LONG ISLAND BALLET, LOUISVILLE BALLET, MANILA BALLET, MEDIASET TV SERIES "AMICI", MELBOURNE BALLET COMPANY, METROPOLITAN BALLET, METROPOLITAN OPERA OF NYC, MICHAEL MAO DANCE COMPANY, MILWAUKEE BALLET, MINNESOTA BALLET, MINNESOTA DANCE THEATER, MOHAWK VALLEY BALLET, MONTGOMERY BALLET, MYSTIC BALLET, NEVADA BALLET COMPANY, NEW AMERICAN YOUTH BALLET, NEW ENGLAND BALLET, NEW HAVEN BALLET, NEW JERSEY BALLET, NEW YORK CITY BALLET, NEW YORK THEATER BALLET, NORTHERN BALLET THEATER, NOTRE DAME MUSICAL, OKLAHOMA CITY BALLET, PALOS VERDE DANCE ENSEMBLE, PICCOLO TEATRO DI UDINE, PORTLAND BALLET, PRAGUE'S NATIONAL BALLET COMPANY, QUEENSLAND BALLET COMPANY, RAI TELEVISION, RED SPAN DANCE COMPANY, RHODE ISLAND BALLET COMPANY, ROXEY BALLET, ROYAL BALLET OF LONDON, RUSSIAN BALLET, SACRAMENTO BALLET, SAINT PETERSBURG BALLET COMPANY, SAN DIEGO CITY BALLET, SANTA BARBARA STATE STREET BALLET, SINGAPORE DANCE THEATER, SENSEDANCE, SIDDHRTA MUSICAL, SOUTH CAROLINA BALLET, SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE BALLET, SPINDLE CITY BALLET, STAMFORD BALLET, STATEN ISLAND BALLET, STAATSOPER HANNOVER, STUTTGART BALLET, TANZCOMPAGNIE DES STADTTHEATERS GIEBEN, TASMANIAN BALLET, TEATER VANEMUINE, TEATRO DI TORINO, TEATRO SISTINA DI ROMA, TERRA BALLET, TEXTURE CONTEMPORARY BALLET, TIMISOARA NATIONAL BALLET, TIRANA NATIONAL BALLET COMPANY, TREATRUL DE SIBIU BALLET, TSEHAYA ARTS & PARTNERS, TULSA BALLET, UNIVERSITA DI DANZA E TEATRO, URBANITY UNDERGROUND DANCE COMPANY, USA BALLET ENSEMBLE, VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET, VIENNA STAATSOPERA BALLET, WEST AUSTRALIAN BALLET, WHIDBEY ISLAND DANCE COMPANY, YELLOW STONE BALLET, YOURK DANCE ACADEMY...
Alumna SARA R WILLIAMS,
New York City Ballet Company
Alumnus SIMONE PULGA,
Australian Ballet Company
An insight to our incredible network of professionals who advance the performing arts in society, help fulfilling our Mission of global contribution, provide critical support to current and future participants to our programs, and allow AjkunBT to remain a world's premiere source for professional companies looking for the finest young dancers to employ.
WHAT OUR ALUMNI SAY:
Over the years many of our Alumni felt to share their experiences with AjkunBT with the Dance Community.We are humbled by the talent and achievements of our Alumni and grateful for their acknowledgements of our contribution to their careers. This is what they have to say about AjkunBT...
"Dancing with Ajkun Ballet Theatre's Trainee Program is where all my stage experience came from, filling in the gap from being a student and becoming a professional. You may have legs, you may have feet, you may spin like a top or jump like gravity doesn't bother you, but when it comes to the show, experience is what makes it work. It's priceless and the Ajkun Ballet Theatre gives it away for free. Dancing with AjkunBT has been GREAT!"
-SIMONE PULGA was a student of La Scala of Milan (Italy) when he attended AjkunBT Trainee Program and went on to join The Stuttgart Ballet and The Australian Ballet Companies. Simone's quote was published in an interview for DanceTrain Magazine in Australia.
"My experience at Ajkun Ballet Theatre truly changed my life. Working with Ajkun Ballet Theatre changed the way that I look at my own dancing, the approach of my work artistically and physically, and gave me the opportunity to perform amazing work nationally and internationally."
-JULIA SCOTT COBBLE was a graduate of The Washington Ballet and on the roster of Ballet Memphis when she attended AjkunBT's Trainee Program and went on to perform principal roles with the Roxey Ballet Company.
"It is a rarity to find a choreographer [Chiara Ajkun] who creates works that draw the audience in and make them feel the same passion that dancers feel for their profession".
-TIMOTHY COLEMAN was a graduate of M.W. Mahon Academy when he attended AjkunBT's Trainee Program and went on to perform with San Diego City Ballet and Sacramento Ballet.
Alumna ADINA TUDOR,
Bucharest National Ballet Principal Dancer