In the fall of 1997, the Alabama Ballet initiated a new apprenticeship program. Twenty young dancers from around the United States including Chicago, New Orleans, Indianapolis, and New York were invited to train full time with the professional company.

Apprentices perform the roles of the corps de ballet and understudy principal and soloist roles in preparation for their professional careers.

For more information, call the Ballet office at 205-322-4300 or e-mail

Alabama Ballet Apprentices

Headshots courtesy of Melissa Dooley Photography.

Kiersten Engel

Grace Anli
Carlisle, PA

Amanda Burch Neece
Birmingham, AL

Carolina Marques
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rachel Singletary
Columbus, GA

Leah Benoit
Swansea, MA

Natalie Cambron
Birmingham, AL

Colin Neel
Birmingham, AL

Julia P. Spooner
Philadelphia, PA

Patricia Bianco
Helena, AL

Blair Ely
Lexington, KY

Madison Ryan
Ponchatoula, LA

Anne Caroline Thompson
Montgomery, AL

Heather Brustolon
Mystic, CT

Kiersten Engel
East Northport, NY

Jordan Schwinabart
Swanton, MD

Mai Uesaka
West Bloomfield, MI
Sponsored by Ms. Elaine M. Cottle