When Academy Director, Elena Shokhina, says she can offer scholarship opportunities, she means it! Upon graduating from Brevard Ballet Academy (BBA), student Alexis Low received the Kosove Scholarship to the University of South Florida (USF) following submission of her package with a letter of recommendation by Miss Elena. The scholarship was all-inclusive covering tuition, textbooks, materials, housing/meal plan, education abroad, academic conference travel, specialty equipment and funds for research internships. Alexis trained with Miss Elena for 5 years.
Mykenzie HughesFrom an early age, Mykenzie knew she wanted to be involved with dance. She had trained with several ballet schools in Georgia and Brevard County before coming to Brevard Ballet Academy in 2015. Because of her dedication, discipline, and abilities, Miss Elena awarded her several solo roles in Brevard Ballet Youth Company productions. She has also gained extensive teaching experience while assisting our professional dance educators. Mykenzie applied to several college programs with the University of Florida (UF) at the top of her list. She was informed in the spring of 2019 that she had been accepted at the University of Florida's School of Theatre and Dance BFA (Bachelors of Fine Arts). Brevard Ballet Academy is proud of her loyalty, dedication, and achievements!
Katerina Schweitzer is currently a company trainee with Nebraska Ballet and guest company member with Ballet Vero Beach. Prior to receiving her training with Gelsey Kirkland in NYC, Katerina trained with Miss Elena for four years. We love watching her grow as a professional dancer and wish her the best in her dance career. She is always welcome to visit us again at Brevard Ballet Academy!
We knew that BBA student, Savannah Elmer, was something special when she performed Kissy Doll in BBA's Music Box 2014, and later as a Cupid in The Classical Ballet Celebration 2015. Imagine the excitement we felt as a dance family when later that year Savannah was selected for the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's (London England) Broadway tour of the award-winning musical Matilda. Savannah debuted as the lead role of Matilda at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC in December of 2016. Her BBA family saw her national tour at the Straz Center for Performing Arts in Tampa, FL.
Because of her advanced ballet training, grace, and beauty, Maggie Hvizdo was selected by Academy Director, Elena Shokhina, to dance with professional guest principal dancer, Alexey Kuznetsov, in BBA's Classical Ballet Celebration 2015 and 2016. She has danced principal roles in other productions for Miss Elena. It was this grace and beauty that earned her recognition and a cover photo on World of Dance Magazine in the summer of 2016. She trained with Miss Elena for over 6 years
Monika Haczkiewicz trained with Miss Elena while at the Nevada Ballet Academy. Monika competed in the Youth America Grand Prix, where she ranked second place in the Senior Division of the Las Vegas semi-finals and performed at NYC's Lincoln Centre in the finals of 2015. Monika is now a featured company member at Atlanta Ballet. We are hoping to have her join Brevard Ballet Academy's productions as a guest principal dancer in the near future.