Draper Center is very proud of the many amazing and talented students we've had over the years. Many have moved on to prestigious dance careers with the greatest dance companies across the world, and many have moved on to prestigious careers in other fields, capitalizing on university scholarships that their dance training at Draper Center earned them. Here is just a small sampling of alumni currently dancing professionally, as well as a small sampling of recent scholarship students:

Sarah Lane

American Ballet Theater – Principal
Natalie Portman Dance Double - Black Swan

Born in San Francisco, California, Sarah Lane began her dance training in Memphis, Tennessee under the direction of Pat Gillespie at the Memphis Classical Ballet. When her family moved to Rochester, New York, she continued instruction with Timothy Draper and Jamey Leverett at the Draper Center for Dance Education where she studied and trained for 8 years.

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Kristi Boone

American Ballet Theater – Soloist

Kristi was born in Rochester, but she didn’t start dancing at Draper Center until she was 13 years old! She took classes with Tim Draper and Jamey Leverett, Draper Center and Rochester City Ballet’s Artistic director. Kristi says “They really helped fast track me”!

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Jim Nowakowski

Company Member - BalletMet

Jim Nowakowski, began his formal ballet training at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, Rochester, NY. He performed as a Rochester City Ballet company member in 2002, in RCB’s productions of the Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Firebird.

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Tina Cannon

Celine Dion, Cirque Du Soleil, Hubbard Street, River North, Broadway

Currently, Tina is a dancer with Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour. It's a combination of a cirque show and a rock concert all in one, featuring some of Michael Jackson's original musicians with artist of all different disciplines from all over the world.

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Gabriel Davidsson

Estonia National Ballet – Soloist

Born in Sweden, Gabe began dancing at the Royal Swedish Ballet School at the age of 10. He came to Draper Center in 2001 when his family moved to the United States; he had only been studying ballet for a 6 month’s prior to that. He ended up training for seven years at Draper.

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Hayley Meier

River North Dance, Rochester City Ballet

I started at Draper Center when I was 11 years old. I think it was one of the best decisions I ever made as a dancer, especially at that age. Draper taught me so many things, not only did Draper give me the ballet technique that I so desperately needed in my training, but it taught me discipline, hard work and dedication.

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Jonathan Davidsson

Houston Ballet, National Ballet Of Canada, Rochester City Ballet, Estonia National Ballet

Jonathan Davidsson trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School (1999–2000) before relocating to Rochester, New York, completing his training at Draper Center (2001–2004) and the Kirov Academy of Ballet (2005) on scholarship.

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Jill Marlow

Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Rochester City Ballet, Kansas City Ballet

Jill Marlow began her training at Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, New York, under the direction of Timothy Draper and Jamey Throumoulos Leverett. Additionally, Ms. Marlow spent time training at American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and Indiana University.

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Kelsey Coventry

Boston Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dance Theater Of Harlem, BalletNY

Kelsey Coventry began her dance training in Rochester, NY at the Draper Center for Dance Education and danced with Rochester City Ballet.

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Chelsea Bonosky

NYU Tisch School Of The Arts Dance Scholarship, Sidra Bell, Stephan Petronio Dance, Choroegrapher, Teacher, Actress & Model

Since leaving Draper, Chelsea attended NYU-Tisch School of the Arts on a Dance Scholarship, graduating in 2008 with a BFA in Dance/Choreography.

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Joe Davis

Scholarship - The Julliard School

Joe is currently attending The Julliard School in NYC this upcoming school year; he received a scholarship for all four years at Julliard.

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Mary Beth Bastian

Scholarship - Indiana University

Mary Beth is currently attending Indiana University of Bloomington’s Jacobs School of Music majoring in Dance and Physical Therapy, she received both a Dance and Academic Scholarship.

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Jessica Marengo

Scholarship - Northeastern University

Jessica is currently attending Northeastern University in Boston on an academic scholarship. She was accepted into the six-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

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Shannon Hickey

Scholarship - Hobart William Smith College & Bucknell University

Shannon is attending Hobart William Smith College in Geneva, NY. She was awarded the Trustee Scholarship for academics for $20,000 a year for 4 years, and an Arts Scholarship for dance in the amount of $3,000 per year for 4 years.

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Olivia Shipman

Scholarship - Point Park University

Olivia is currently attending Point Park University as a Dance Major with a concentration in Jazz and the intent to take on a double major in Film. Olivia was awarded a Dance and Academic Scholarship.

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Shannon Rodriquez

Scholarship - University of Arizona

Shannon has accepted an offer to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson, with a major in Dance, and has received both dance & academic scholarships. She hopes to dance professionally following the completion of her studies.

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Claudia Germuga

Scholarship - NYU, Tisch School Of The Arts

Claudia currently lives in New York City, where she is earning her BFA in Dance at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with scholarship. Claudia recently had the opportunity to train abroad at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Salzburg, Austria, as well as perform in Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’s 360° installation.

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Kelsey White

Scholarship - Indiana University

Growing up in Rochester, New York, Kelsey White studied ballet with the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education, the training program for the Rochester City Ballet.

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