Our Trainees

The Trainee Program provides an easier transition for young dancers to make the leap into the professional world. The Trainees are involved in the creation of new pieces, work together with young choreographers, and perform a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire. This way, they have the opportunity to grow artistically and technically, as well as serve the Tampa audiences with our community service.


Jennah Bourque

Born in Boston, Massachusetts Jennah began dancing at the age of 5 at New Tampa Dance Theatre in Tampa, Florida, where she studied ballet, modern, tap, and jazz.  In 2013, she continued her ballet and modern techniques at America’s Ballet School. She has participated in numerous Outreach Performances in the Tampa Bay area as well as other festivals and galas in the state of Florida. She has taken different workshops and master classes at America’s Ballet School as well as at the Youth America Grand Prix and American Dance Competition. Jennah has attended summer intensives at America’s Ballet School and at New Tampa Dance Theatre. In 2017, Jennah was among the Top 12 dancers in the Senior Modern Division at the Tampa Semi-Regionals for the Youth America Grand Prix. Her repertoire includes various classical ballets like Coppelia, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Don Quixote, and The Nutcracker; as well as many choreographies by Paula Nunez such as Frida, Outflow, and It’s Happening Anyways. Jennah looks forward to sharing her passion of dance with Tampa City Ballet II and the community.


Sarah Fontana

A Tampa, Florida native, Sarah began dancing at the age of 4.  She studied classical ballet, modern, jazz, and musical theater at Jansen Dance Project.  Yet, her first love has always been ballet.  This lead her to America’s Ballet School, where she began studying under the direction of Paula Nunez and Osmany Montano in 2014.  She has participated in numerous workshops and master classes with ABS, Ballet Magnificat, and Alonzo King Lines, as well as outreach performances in the Tampa Bay area.  Sarah has performed in several classical ballets including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, Napoli, and Alice in Wonderland.  Her repertoire also includes contemporary works choreographed by Paula Nunez including Outflow, It’s Happening Anyways, and Frida.  Sarah placed in the Top 12 Senior Classical Division at the Youth America Grand Prix in the 2018 Tampa Semi Finals.  Sarah’s energy, passion, and extreme dedication for the art combine to effortlessly communicate her immense joy from the stage.  It is her desire to share this love of dance with others in the community.


Sarah McInvale

Sarah McInvale’s passion for dance began at the age of three under the artistic direction and jazz instruction of Dyane Elkins IronWing.  Though she concentrated on ballet as instructed by Nanako Yamamoto and Don Tolj, she also had years of tap training with Troy IronWing, modern training with Erica Lessner and Jennie Petuch, and hip-hop training with Dreama Davidson.  As a young dancer, Ms. McInvale also attended master training with Linda Maybarduk (National Ballet of Canada), Victoria Schneider (The HARID Conservatory), Laura Valentin (Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico), and Fosse principal Gary Flannery. Ms. McInvale performed with professional dancers of the Moscow Ballet in The Nutcracker at The Mahaffey Theater in 2013.  At the age of eleven, Ms. McInvale decided to focus her training on classical ballet and came under the direction of Paula Nunez and Osmany Montano at America’s Ballet School.  She also continued to explore styles of movement through modern and contemporary choreography under the master training of Elsa Valbuena, Jeanne Travers, and Sarah Walston.  Ms. McInvale has received master training at the HARID Conservatory under Svetlana Osiyeva, Meelis Pakri, and Lauren Carey.  Ms. McInvale recently spent her third summer at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy in New York City receiving intensive ballet and repertory training with Gelsey Kirkland, Michael Chernov, Alexandra Lawler, Vera Soloveyva, Liudmila Polonskaya, John Pickup, and Karina Elver.  Sarah continues to strive to perfect her ballet artistry in Vaganova, Cuban, and Bournonville methods. 


Hannah Thompson

Hannah has been training in Classical Ballet since she was 3 years old.  She spent the first 7 ½ years training at America’s Ballet School under the tutelage of Paula Nunez and Barbara Valles. There she participated in numerous “Nutcracker” performances, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Little Mermaid” and others.  Hannah then trained with Giselle Durand and Julio Montano for 1 ½ years.  Subsequently she trained at the Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet for 2 years.  There, she was taught by several talented teachers and performed in two “Nutcrackers”, “Sleeping Beauty” and “Coppelia”.  In pursuit of her passion, at the age of 13, she departed for Connecticut where she studied for 2 years away from home at a ballet boarding school.  She is happy to be home and back in her happy place at America’s Ballet School. Hannah is very grateful to Mrs. Paula and Mr. Osmany for welcoming her back and to all her instructors including Luana Hidalgo for their guidance and genuine care.  She is thrilled to have been selected as a member of TCB Trainees. Summer Intensives she has attended are Kirov Academy, American Ballet Theater NYC, Bolshoi Ballet NY, Next Generation Ballet, Brandon Ballet, America’s Ballet School and the Vail Valley Summer Intensive. 


Kelly Tian

Kelly Tian has been a student at America's Ballet School since she was four years old. She is currently in the Pre-Professional level where her teachers continue to focus on helping dancers improve their technique and artistry. Kelly has performed in many productions of ABS, most recently The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and many outreach shows. She also competed at the 2018 and 2017 YAGP Tampa regional semi-finals and placed Top 12 in the Junior Contemporary division in 2017. During the school year, Kelly attends classes at ABS Monday through Saturday for at least one and a half hours each day. In addition, she also attends the annual summer intensive to progress further in her ballet training.

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Bhajhan Williams

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bhajhan was first introduced to the world of ballet in 2006 in his elementary school, he was five years old. He observed the Elevate Program from Brooklyn Ballet in a school assembly. He was hooked after participating in their six week program in school and was offered a scholarship to continue with his dance training at Brooklyn Ballet. He learned classical ballet with the company under the tutelage of Caridad Martinez and performed in many of their productions.

Dances Patrelle offered Bhajhan an opportunity to perform in their production of the Yorkville Nutcracker. He also performed in their production of Gilbert and Sullivan, the Ballet!

In 2011 and 2012 Bhajhan was invited to the Young Dancer Summer Workshop at the American Ballet Theatre. He was accepted into the JKO Children’s School and completed levels 4A, 4B and American Ballet Theatre Pre-Professional level 5. He has also danced with the French Academie of Ballet.

Bhajhan attended and graduated from the Professional Performing Arts High School in New York which has a partnership with The Ailey School, where he learned a diverse dance curriculum with a foundation in ballet and courses in Modern Horton, Jazz and West African dance.