Thousands audition. A handful are chosen.
Neglia is proud to announce that two of our alumni this year have become a part of the chosen few. CONGRATULATIONS to Yuha Tomita
(pictured above) and Manuela Chaher Lavalle
. Both young ladies trained in Neglia's Pre-Professional Program and 5-Week Summer Intensive.
At the age of 12 Tomita, from Kanazawa, Japan, attended Neglia's 2010 Summer Intensive Program. She was so enamored with the training that she was determined to study at Neglia full-time. In 2012, she returned to Buffalo and enrolled at Buffalo Seminary for high school and began a full-time training and the Neglia Conservatory. During her time at NCB she worked one on one with acclaimed choreographer Viktor Plotnikov at NCB and appreared in NBA productions of Baba Yaga, The Nutcracker, Giselle and Romeo & Juliet and Dancing to Live
. Her dedication paid off this past summer when she was officially offered a trainee position with Joffrey Ballet!
Lavalle of Argentina has a similar start here at Neglia. After receiving the Jose Neglia Scholarship in 2013 to attend Neglia's 5-Week Summer Program, Lavalle chose to return in the Fall of 2014 to continue training full time. Unable to enroll at Buffalo Seminary, Manuela was determined to find a way to study at NCB. Thankfully, The Sam Family offered to host her for the year- their generosity allowed for Manuela to pursuit her dream. She, like Tomita, trained 6 days a week in the Pre-Professional Program and studied under the private instruction of Sergio Neglia weekly. She also performed in Baba Yaga
, and The Nutcracker
. Her hard work lead her to a 2nd company position with Nashville Ballet
Our boys are suceeding too! Check our out Facebook page
to see an update from Rorey Fraser
who was accepted to train at Charlotte Ballet
last year. We missed him in classes but were are proud to see how well he is doing!
If you are interested in training at Neglia Conservatory of Ballet, or know someone who wants to take their training to the next level- contact us at 716.447.0401 or firstname.lastname@example.org