Alumni Spotlights

As one of the leading ballet schools in the Washington D.C. area, we love seeing our alumni go on to pursue professional careers in dance, musical theather, and more! Here are just a few alumni currently dancing professionally, as well as what some have to say about their time at BalletNova.

ELLEN OVERSTREET - Sarasota Ballet, Junior Principal 








KATIE ROSE STEPHANSON - pursing musical theater in NYC after dancing with Alabama Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet's second company

"BalletNova made me who I am. It gave me this deep love of all forms of dance. This has pushed me through a lot of difficult times in the dance world and no matter what happens I always just love to dance. The staff and the atmosphere at BalletNova are what make this place so great. They push you and they help you find your place in the world."

MARY BETH HANSOHN - Freelance perfomer and ballet teacher at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Mary Beth has performed with many companies including Dayton Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, the Cleveland Opera and recently danced for renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp in her 2018 program "Minamalism and Me."
"It feels so special to come back to BalletNova and teach in the Summer Intensive Workshop. I have the best memories of attending the workshop as a child. The Summer Intensive had a huge role in shaping my technique and inspiring me to become a professional dancer. I am grateful to BalletNova for giving me the tools I needed to dance in a company, and I am still so happy that the school is still here to do the same for other aspiring dancers."


"BalletNova had the best teachers I ever had."
 Annie Ogren, Studio Company member and teacher at Oklahoma City Ballet
"My time at BalletNova has been the best. From starting in creative movement to entering into pre-professional, I have always felt like coming to the studio was coming home. The teachers are always warm and nurturing to each student, not showing bias. The amount of education, dance wise, has been incredible."
 Lizzy Zetlin, ODU dance education graduate 
"My time at BalletNova was paramount to my success in reaching my goal to become a professional dancer! I feel I benefitted immensely from the nurturing and encouraging environment throughout my 7 years at BalletNova."
- Emilia Dagradi, Dayton Ballet apprentice, previous trainee with Richmond Ballet
"I credit so much of who I am today to BalletNova. I made some of my closest friends in the long hours we would spend together in classes and rehearsals. I’ll forever be grateful to all the faculty that poured into our training and encouraged us to become the best versions of ourselves."
–  Emily Glaccum, University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music dance major