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.


Pre-Professional Morning Program

Tampa City Ballet offers a morning program for dancers 16 and up by invite only following an audition. Dancers take ballet classes in the mornings with the company, followed by repertoire training with the Ballet Masters. They are also welcomed to take the Pre-Professional classes offered at America's Ballet School, in which all trainees receive their training daily.

Meet Our Trainees



Nathalie Adams

Nathalie has been dancing since the age of three at Americas Ballet School, where she trains in Classical Ballet, Contemporary, and Modern. Since its inception, Nathalie has been a part of the Tampa City Ballet II providing unique performances and high quality arts education.



Gracie Baumann

Gracie began her dance career at the age of three at New Tampa Dance Theatre in Tampa, Florida.  While there, Gracie studied Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, and Tap.  She was a member of the in house company, Dance Theatre of Tampa.  In 2013, She continued her dance training at America’s Ballet School. 


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.



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. 


Gabriel Mannheimer

Gabriel started dancing at the age of 2 at DanceMaker School of Dance, then moving to Tampa Gym & Dance and Patel Conservatory. Through the On Your Feet outreach program, he got recruited for a scholarship to attend America's Ballet School.


Sarah McInvale

Sarah McInvale’s passion for dance began at the age of three under the direction and jazz instruction of Dyane Elkins IronWing. She decided to focus her training on classical ballet and came under the direction of Paula Nunez and Osmany Montano.



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. 


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.


Bhajhan Williams

From Brooklyn, New York, Bhajhan was selected among hundreds of students by Project Plié, an outreach program founded by American Ballet Theatre. He studied at the JKO School, while having additional training at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.


Adia Hollist

Adia was born in Tampa, Florida and is currently a freshmen at Boston Conservatory at Berklee with full scholarship. She graduated from the Dance Department at Howard W. Blake High School, she was an Advanced Placement Honor Student and a member National Honor Society for Dance Arts.