Our Alumni

Our alumni are the pride of ECB. Our graduates have learned what it takes to succeed, and they go on to pursue successful careers in both the arts and other fields. Top-tier college and university programs consistently accept our students and offer them generous scholarships. The same is true for competitive summer dance programs and dance companies throughout the country.

Many of our alumni work as professional dancers, choreographers, or dance educators. Graduates have skills that open doors for unlimited careers and life choices. The benefits acquired from their dance experience — confidence, self-assurance, a commitment to staying fit, and the willingness to work to achieve results — help them succeed in many professions. ECB graduates excel in law, journalism, medicine, research science, physical therapy, education, business school, psychology and marketing.

“The dance education I received at ECB provided me with the skills to both succeed as an international professional ballet dancer and to excel as a student in one of America’s top Universities. ECB’s focus on nurturing healthy and intelligent artists instilled in me a lifetime of discipline, motivation, engagement, achievement and self-confidence that can only be attributed to the sense of fulfillment I experienced as a young artist. Over the years I have come to recognize ECB as the secure base that enabled me to launch my journey through life.”

— Larissa Higgins-Dresden, Staats Opera Ballet Company,
Columbia University magna cum laude graduate.
Senior Analyst, Product Management, Weight Watchers International.
American Express Company, Online Commerce Strategy & Marketing Team,
Global Network & International Card Services (GNCIS)

“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.”

— Carolina Santos Read, Fordham University, double major:
BA political science, BFA dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center.
Actor and dancer with touring Broadway shows.

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

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
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
Alumni are performing with dance companies:
Ballet Hispanico
Dresden Staats Opera Ballet Company
Festival Ballet of Rhode Island
The Joffrey Ballet Company
Montgomery Ballet
Alabama Ballet
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
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