NAYB Alumni & Achievements

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    Former NAYB student, Addy Hawley recently passed an American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum exam. Congratulations, Addy!
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  • NAYB Alumni: Rachel Hersey

    Rachel Hersey was born and raised in Battery Park City and started dancing with the New American Youth Ballet in an after school program in 2nd grade. She has danced with the school in many performances including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and the Nutcracker.

    During her summers, she attended intensives with both the American Ballet Theater and Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet. Rachel also traveled to Moscow to study ballet and Russian folk dance with The Russian University of Theater Arts.

    Now a student at New York University, Rachel continues her studies in dance and hopes to share her love of dance with others.

  • Poem in Your Pocket Day

    In celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day, NAYB student, Amanda McGreal, wrote this poem about ballet.

    Enjoy!

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    When I dance,
    I feel alive.
    Jumping in the air,
    like a butterfly.

    Spinning around,
    and pointing my toe,
    jumping high in the air,
    As high as I can go.

    The lights on the stage,
    All pointing at me,
    Down into a split,
    The crowd waiting to see.

    As I do my final jump,
    I am proud inside.
    Going off the stage,
    Doing my final glide.

    I love ballet,
    I do it for fun.
    But I must say good’bye,
    For the poem, is done.

    Shared with permission.

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  • Former NAYB student, Millie De Mollein was recently awarded an award of Distinction from the Royal Academy of Dance in London. Congratulations, Millie!

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