ROSWELL, Ga. —This summer, Ella Thomas and Lillie Jones will represent Roswell at two of the most prestigious dance programs in the world.
Thomas, age 12, has been accepted into the School of American Ballet in New York City and Jones, age 15, has been accepted into the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Denmark. Both are members of the Pre-Professional Division of the Roswell Dance Theatre, which is the resident performing company of Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance.
The Royal Danish Ballet dates back to 1748, and established its ballet school in 1771. The faculty will include world-renowned choreographers with expertise in various dance styles including: classical technique, pas de deux, Fosse, pointe, classical repertoire, modern, Bournonville and more.
Thomas will join a group of 200 passionate dancers at the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center in New York City. Choreographer George Ballanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein established the School of American Ballet in 1934. It is the premiere ballet academy in the United States, where aspiring dancers train on their way to professional companies around the world. Summer intensive students will dance 6 days each week during the 5-week intensive. Classes will include: technique, pointe, adagio, character, ballroom, nutrition and more.
Both Thomas and Jones have been featured in annual performances of “The Nutcracker,” presented by Roswell Dance Theatre at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. They also dance in Southeastern Regional Ballet Association events and participate in Youth America Grand Prix, a national scholarship competition for elite dancers.