As The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory celebrates the final performances of the program’s 45th Anniversary season, on May 16th, the Class of 2015 will take their final bow and leap into a world of new adventures and endless possibilities.

This year’s class represents a shining example of what dedicated discipline, focused attention to detail, and meticulous training can accomplish. Whatever their point of origin and regardless of their relentless pursuit of individual goals, The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory diploma program graduates and certificate program recipients share at least one significant thing in common. Their paths have converged to pursue a dream. For these fourteen students, training at The Nutmeg Ballet is the very first step in a wonderfully exciting journey to realizing it.

“I’m happy to say that we’ve had another wonderful year with many amazing performance opportunities,” said The Nutmeg’s Artistic Director, Victoria Mazzarelli. “It’s bittersweet to see our graduates move on each year. We prepare them to go, but it’s always tough to say goodbye. They should know that they will always have a home at The Nutmeg.”

This year, all three of graduates of the 4-year Pre-Professional Program diploma hail from the state of Connecticut and began their early training at Torrington School of Ballet. Emma Davis (Avon), will attend University of Hartford as a Dance Performance major; Alexandra Lopez (Avon), will join the Richmond Ballet as a trainee; while Sarah Jimenez (West Simsbury), will attend Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Graduating from the 2-Year Pre-Professional Program are Kasey Arvold (Cleveland, GA) headed to Louisville Ballet as a trainee, Emily Etchegary (Torrington, CT) attending Fairfield University’s nursing program, Nicholas Gray (Milwaukee, WI) attending Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music majoring in ballet.

Graduating from the 2-Year Post-High School Professional Program is Meagan Selinksy (Montreal, Quebec) who will be attending Alvin Ailey’s Certificate Program in the fall.

Honorees include Madeline Longwell (Cornwall, CT), attending Simmons College in Boston, Olivia Rose-Awsumb (River Falls, Wisconsin), attending Texas Ballet Theater summer program, Thel Moore (Baltimore, Maryland) who joins Charlotte Ballet II, Hope Friedman (Gansevoort, New York) attending University of Cincinnati, Katarina Gallagher (York, Pennsylvania), Taylor Gober (Oak Ridge, Tennessee), and Matanya Solomon (Morgantown, West Virginia).

When Emma Davis and Nicholas Gray step up to the podium to address their fellow graduates and trainees on Saturday, May 16th, they will remind those in attendance what it means to dream and then act upon that idea with a sense of commitment, passion, and relentless discipline.  When Denise Warner-Limoli, associate professor of Skidmore College and Class of 2015 keynote speaker, captivates the audience with her vast knowledge of ballet history seen through the lens of the dancer, teacher, ballet mistress, and professor, she will remind the graduates of what it means to be part of The Nutmeg Ballet legacy.

Graduation performances, which take place May 13-16 in The Nutmeg’s Premiere Studio Theatre, will enchant, inspire, and awaken the senses to reveal a journey of many small steps in pursuit of very large dreams.