Eastern Connecticut Ballet Alumni

From left to right: Heather Brustolon, Alabama Ballet | Anna Vescovi, Trainee, Miami City Ballet | Tierin-Rose Mandelburg, Huntsville Ballet

Mariah Gravelin, Limón Dance Company

Eastern Connecticut Ballet Alumni

Our alumni can attest that an ECB education has lifelong benefits. The process starts when our faculty helps each student to build a resume through study with competitive summer dance programs affiliated with professional companies. Following their years of study with Eastern Connecticut Ballet, many of our graduates earn generous scholarships to top-tier colleges and universities. In the world of dance, our alumni pursue successful careers as professional dancers, choreographers, and teachers. ECB helps our alumni to find connections with other fields as well, applying the strengths they acquired through dance. Whether it’s the ability to focus for hours of practice or the confidence to perform for a live audience, dance-related skills can help to open doors to many careers and life choices. Our graduates also excel in the arts, law, journalism, medicine, scientific research, physical therapy, education, business, psychology, and marketing.
Anna Pellegrino Sarasota Ballet
Larissa Higgins, Eastern Connecticut Ballet Alumni
Larissa Higgins, Dresden Staats Opera Ballet Company

"The dance education I received at The Eastern Connecticut Ballet provided me with the skills to succeed on and off the stage. All my life endeavors - ballet career, business career, and time as a student at one of America’s top universities – trace back to my time at ECB. Within the studios on Boston Post Road in East Lyme CT, I developed passion, discipline, confidence, and friendships that are lasting me a lifetime and taking me further than I ever dreamed."

  • ECB Alumni Larissa Higgins. Dresden Staats Opera Ballet Company, Columbia University magna cum laude graduate. Global Manager at ZX Ventures an Ab-Inbev Company.
Carolina Read Santos
ECB Alumni Carolina Santos Read

“Eastern Connecticut Ballet was not only the foundation of my dance training but the place where I felt at home. It provides a loving family of staff and friends who push you without taking away your love of dance. I would never be the dancer I am today without ECB. Dreams really do come true with hard work and dedication.”

  • ECB Alumni Carolina Santos Read. Fordham University BA political science, BFA dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Actor and dancer with touring Broadway shows.

Graduates have been accepted with scholarships to top-tier colleges and universities:

Alumni Graduates

Cornell University
London School of Economics
US Coast Guard Academy
University of Chicago
Washington University
Northwestern University
Boston College
Boston College Law School
Trinity College
Mt. Holyoke College
Colgate Tulane
Connecticut College
Bryn Mawr College
University of Michigan
Smith College
Fordham University
Elon University

University of North Carolina
Providence College
Quinnipiac University
Sarah Lawrence
Siena College
Southern Methodist University
Boston University
Ohio State University
American University
Dickinson College
University of Connecticut
University of Vermont
Adelphi University
Simmons College
Temple University
Manhattan College
Drexel Union College
University of Mary Washington
University of South Florida
Emmanuel College
University of Massachusetts
Florida Southern

Florida State
George Washington University
University of South Carolina
Villanova University
Marist College
Messiah College
Stoney Brook University
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island College
Penn State University
Columbia College Chicago – fashion design
Loyola Marymount University L.A. – film production
Hampshire College
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Loyola University Maryland
Hofstra University
Goucher College
Wheaton College
Drexel University
Dean College
American Musical and Dramatic Academy
The Hartt School

Graduates pursue further dance studies in Conservatory or University settings:

The Juilliard School
Boston Conservatory
Butler University-Dance
Fordham University/The Alvin Ailey School BFA-Dance
Indiana University Ballet Conservatory
Interlochen School of the Arts
Marymount Manhattan
National Ballet School of Canada
North Carolina School of the Arts-Dance
NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Anna Tworzyanski, Ballet Chicago

Anna Tworzyanski, Ballet Chicago

Montclair State
SUNY Purchase-Dance
University of Arizona-Dance
University of the Arts-Dance
University of Cincinnati-Conservatory-Dance
University of Hartford, The Hartt School-Dance
University of Utah-Dance
Florida State
East Carolina University
Shenandoah University

Students are accepted into nationally competitive summer dance programs:

American Ballet Theater
School of American Ballet
San Francisco Ballet
Boston Ballet
Joffrey Ballet
The Juilliard School
Pennsylvania Ballet
American Dance Festival
Kirov Academy
Atlanta Ballet
Miami City Ballet
Ballet Austin
North Carolina School of the Arts

Sarah Marsoobian, Indianapolis Ballet

Sarah Marsoobian, Indianapolis Ballet

Orlando Ballet
Burklyn Ballet
Pittsburgh Youth Ballet
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Princeton Ballet
Charleston Ballet
Princeton Dance Theatre
Harid Conservatory
The Rock School
Houston Ballet
Walnut Hill