School and Conservatory

Conservatory

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Matthew McLaughlin

Mark Morris Dance Group

Larisa Nugent

The School of American Ballet

Dana Pajarillaga

Staatsballett Berlin

Kevin Pajarillaga

NW Dance Project and YY Dance Company

Diana Amalfitano

Company E

Andres August

Professional Ballet Dancer

Grace Calvert Young

PhD Candidate at Oxford University

Awards + Alumni

CityDance students, with their strong training and in-depth knowledge of the field, are uniquely poised for 21st century careers in professional dance.

CityDance Conservatory students are accepted into top summer dance programs such as Nederlands Dans Theater Summer IntensiveAmerican Ballet Theatre, Batsheva’s Summer Course, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Ballet WestJacobs Pillow, The Royal Ballet, as well as professional companies such as Rubberband Dance, Bruce Wood, San Francisco Ballet, Sibiu Ballet Theater in Romania and The Washington Ballet. Graduates have been accepted to leading dance college and university programs including: Alvin Ailey/Fordham, SUNY Purchase, Point Park University, Princeton University, Alonzo King/LINES Ballet BFA, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, The University of the Arts, and The Juilliard School

Summer Program Acceptances 

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Intensive
  • American Ballet Theatre in NYC
  • ABT Young Dancer Summer Workshop
  • Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in Connecticut
  • School of American Ballet
  • Joffrey Character & World Dance Intensive
  • Joffrey NYC Jazz/Contemporary Program
  • Summer Course at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle
  • Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive
  • Summer Dance Intensive at The Juilliard School
  • The Summer School at Paris Opera
  • Arts Umbrella's International Summer Dance Intensive in Canada
  • Jacob's Pillow Milton Meyers' Contemporary Program
  • Alvin Ailey Summer Program
  • Atlanta Ballet Professional Intensive 
  • The NEW Kennedy Center Dance Lab (KCDL)

2021 Youth America Grand Prix Finals (Tampa, Florida)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Eric Poor recieved 1st place Contemporary and 1st place Classical in the Men’s Pre-competitive Category. He also received scholarship offers to the Kansas City Ballet, the Ballettschule Theater Basel (Switzerland) and Elmhurst Ballet School (United Kingdom).
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Corbin Holloway received 2nd place overall in the Men’s Junior Category. He also received scholarship offers to Kansas City Ballet, the Miami City Ballet, the Ballettschule Theater Basel (Switzerland) and The Royal Ballet (London).
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Ela Sevillia received a scholarship to the Ballettschule Theater Basel (Switzerland). 

2021 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (Worcester, Massachusetts)

  • CityDance School & Conservatory received the Outstanding School Award.
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Eric Poor received the Hope Award for the pre-competitive age division. 
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Corbin Holloway received the Youth Grand Prix Award for the junior age division.
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Nagi Suzuki received Top 12 Contemporary for the junior age division.

2021 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (White Plains, New York)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Rebecca Stewart, age 14, won a coveted and rarely awarded Youth Grand Prix Award for her performances in both her classical variations "Diana" and "Odile" (Black Swan) and her contemporary solos "Strange Fruit" and "Winter". "Winter" was choreographed by Lorraine Spiegler. "Strange Fruit" was choreographed collaboratively by Rebecca Stewart,  Lenaya Williams and Lorraine Spiegler. 
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Simon Tischler, age 14, performed two classical variations, "La Fille Mal Gardee" and the "Ocean Variation" from Ocean and Pearls, and two contemporary solos, "Arrow" choreographed by Choreographer-in-Residence Robert J. Priore and "Cobalt" by School & Conservatory Founding Artistic Director Lorraine Spiegler, for which he placed 2nd in contemporary and 3rd in classical in the Junior age division!

2021 New York City Dance Alliance (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Avani Agrawal received an Outstanding Dancer Runner Up Scholarship. Avani also competed her contemporary solo, "Spindra", by CityDance Conservatory Choreographer-in-Residence Robert J. Priore, for which she received a platinum award and 10th place overall. 

2020 New York City Dance Alliance (Virtual)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Corbin Holloway received 1st Place National Junior High Score Soloist for his Variation from Le Corsaire (staged and coached by Stanislav Issaev).
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Eric Poor received 1st Place National Mini High Score Soloist for his Variation from Raymonda (staged and coached by Stanislav Issaev).
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Ela Sevilia received 10th Place National Mini High Score Soloist for her contemporary solo, "This Place Was a Shelter" (choreographed by Lorraine Spiegler).
  • Simon Tischler received top scores in the regional convention for his contemporary solo “Nightmare” (choreographed by Robert J. Priore).

2020 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (Toronto, Canada)  

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Rebecca Stewart recieved first place in Contemporary and second place in Classical in the Women's Junior age division.

2020 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (New York)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Mackenzie Davis received first place in Contemporary and Top 12 in Classical in the Women's Senior Age Division.
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Ella Berton received top 12 in both Classical and Contemporary in the Women's Junior Age Division.
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Simon Tischler received first place in Contemporary and 2nd place in Classical in the Men's Junior Age Division.

2020 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (Atlanta)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Ela Sevillia recieved first place in Contemporary and second place in Classical in the Pre-Competitive Age Division. 

2020 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (Pittsburgh, PA) 

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Eric Poor received the Hope Award. 
  • CityDance Conservatory Dance Corbin Holloway received the Youth Grand Prix.

2019 Youth America Grand Prix Finals (NYC) 

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Corbin Holloway was honored with the Hope Award. The Hope Award is given for the best overall performance in the Pre-Competitive Age division (this is YAGP Grand Prix award for his age category). This award is given to the dancer who, by the consensus of the YAGP jury panel, has exceeded all other dancers in their age division in both the Classical Ballet and Contemporary/Open Dance categories. Corbin was also invited to dance "Le Corsaire" in the YAGP 20th anniversary gala as a "Star of Tomorrow" alongside professionals from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Mariinsky Ballet, and he was awarded a full scholarship to ABT's summer intensive.

2019 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Corbin Holloway received the Hope Award, Best Overall in his category, in the Pre-Competitive Age Division.
  • Ashley Dougherty (13) finished Top 12 Contemporary Junior Division and Top 24 Overall Junior Division.
  • CityDance Ballet Master Stanislav Issaev earned the Outstanding Teacher Award.

2019 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (Purchase, NY)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Ella Burton received third place finish in the Pre-Competitive Age Division.

2019 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (Atlanta, GA)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Kirby Brenner received Top 24 Overall Senior Division.

2019 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (Philadelphia, PA)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Mackenzie Davis received Top 12 in the Senior Divisions for Contemporary and Classical Dance.
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Logan Byrd placed Top 24 in the Junior Division for Classical Dance.

2018 Prix de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) 

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Makani Yerg was selected to go through to the Prix de Lausanne finals. 

2018 Youth America Grand Prix Finals (NYC)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Corbin Holloway received  First Place in the Pre-Competitive Boys division.

2018 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (NYC)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Rebecca Stewart won the Hope Award, Best Overall in her category, in the pre-competitive age group.

2018 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Corbin Holloway received the Hope Award, Best Overall in his category, in the Pre-competitive Division.

European Ballet Grand Prix 2018 (Vienna, Austria) 

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Isabelle Zombron,won the gold medal for the contemporary category in her age division as well as the Fanny Elssler Prize, named for the famed Austrian ballerina of the Romantic Period. Isabelle was also invited to perform in the competition's culminating Gala. 

New York City Dance Alliance 2018 (Baltimore, MD)

  • Conservatory Dancer Rebecca Stewart came in 1st place as a Junior Soloist.

2018 Youth America Grand Prix Regionals (Philadelphia, PA)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Isabelle Zombron received 1st Place Classical and Contemporary.
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Ella Berton received 2nd Place Classical and Contemporary in the Pre-competitive division. 

2017 Youth America Grand Prix (Philadelphia, PA)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancers: Bruno Palheta, Brock Maye, Corbin Holloway, and Isabelle Zombron won across various categories, in both the Classical and Contemporary Dance Categories. See the full list of categories and awards.
  • CityDance won 1st place “Ensemble” for “Fuego”, choreographed by Rob Priore. 
  • CityDance won “Outstanding School Award”.

2017 Youth America Grand Prix (Houston, TX)

  • CityDance Conservatory Dancer Lope Lim wins 3rd place, Top 12, and Top 24, in the Classical Dance Category.
  • CityDance Conservatory Dancers Robert Neisser and Isabelle Zombron wins Top 12, in the Contemporary Dance Category. 

2017 Youth America Grand Prix (Atlanta, GA)

We are thrilled to announce that Makani (2nd place "Classical"), Alexa and Cole (3rd place "Pas de Duex" with Cole receiving 3rd place "Classical") will be going to the YAGP New York Finals in April where they will perform for a national audience. Katherine Pawlowski was recognized as Top 24 "Classical." 

2016 Youth America Grand Prix (Austin, TX)

  • CityDance students: Kye Cooley, Caroline Hamilton, Katherine Pawlowski, Lara Segrillo, Thomas White, Jennifer Wienner and Makani Yerg, won across various categories, both classical and contemporary. See the full list of categories and awards.
  • CityDance won “Top 12 Ensembles” for “Seven Arrows” choreographed by Therese Gahl.
  • CityDance Guest Artist Stewart Loungway won the “Outstanding Choreography Award” for “Mockingbird” danced by Lara Segrillo in the Senior Contemporary Category.

2015 Youth America Grand Prix (Denver, CO)

  • CityDance won the “Outstanding School Award” 
  • CityDance students: Andres Matthew August, Bridger Barksdale, Grace Cho, Kye Cooley, Jade Diouf, Mariana Gatto-Duran, Caroline Hamilton and Allegra Kirksy, won across various categories, both classical and contemporary. See the full list of categories and awards

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