Sep 04

From the Academy to Charlotte Ballet II

Charlotte Ballet Academy gives you the skills to pursue a career in dance.  Join us celebrating three dancers who’ve made the leap to Charlotte Ballet II from our Pre-Professional program! Read about their journeys below and don’t miss their professional debut in Fall Works. Registration for Fall Academy classes is now open!

Karlee Vadalabene-Donley


Karlee came to Charlotte Ballet’s Summer Intensive in 2016. At the end of the summer, she was asked to join the year round, Pre-Professional program.

“I instantly fell in love with the intensity, instructors and the professional company dancers.”
-Karlee Vadalabene-Donley


After her first year of training with Charlotte Ballet, she was asked to continue a second year as a Trainee. She spent just one year as a Trainee before she was asked to join the second company!

“The most exciting thing about joining Charlotte Ballet II is having the opportunity to work beside dancers whom I have been inspired by for the past two years!”
-Karlee Vadalabene-Donley
Photo by Humberto Ramazzina. With Rorey Fraser.

Jared Sutton


Jared has a very special Charlotte Ballet story. He began dancing through Reach, Charlotte Ballet’s nationally recognized dance scholarship program.

“I thought it was always out of reach, until I was about 16. Then I thought, ‘maybe if I put my best foot forward today, and every day beyond that, I might be able to do something.'”

Photo by Jeff Cravotta


Charlotte Ballet Artistic Director Hope Muir called him into her office one day, which doesn’t normally happen to the Pre-Professional dancers. In those moments, Jared was offered his position in Charlotte Ballet II!

“I am incredibly excited to work with such talented, powerful, selfless, and versatile dancers. I have have been training at Charlotte Ballet for years, and this is the company I aspired to be apart of!”

-Jared Sutton

Elisabeth Baehman


Elisabeth came from Palm City, FL to train with Charlotte Ballet’s Pre-Professional program.

Photo by Peter Zay


After two years in the Pre-Professional program, she was offered a position with Charlotte Ballet II!

“I am most excited to be able to work with and learn from the amazing artisitc staff and dancers at Charlotte Ballet!”

-Elisabeth Baehman
Photo by Patricia J. Reagan

Subscribe today so you don’t miss Karlee, Jared or Elisabeth this season!


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