Dance Mentor Savannah head shot

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Savannah started taking dance at the age of three at a locally owned studio, eventually joining its “junior company” for aspiring young dancers. At age twelve, she began to focus more seriously on ballet and began classes at City Ballet. While there, she received commendable and highly commendable marks on all six Cecchetti Council of America exams, competed at the Youth American Grand Prix, served as a teaching assistant for young dancers, and taught private ballet lessons.  Savannah also danced corps roles in Carolina Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, and Sleeping Beauty. Savannah began attending University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a ballet major at age fifteen, where she pursued both her studies and her ballet training under instructors such as Ethan Stiefel, Susan Jaffe, and Nina Danilova. At UNCSA, Savannah performed in works including The Nutcracker, Paquita, George Balanchine’s Symphonie Concertante and La Source, Swan Lake, Susan Jaffe’s Polovtsian Dances, and James Kudelka’s Gazebo Dances. Savannah received an award for academic and artistic merit each year at UNCSA, and also choreographed pieces on both herself and fellow dancers which were shown each spring. From ages thirteen to age eighteen, Savannah trained during the summer at The Rock School, Joffrey South, Carolina Ballet, The School of American Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and finally Richmond Ballet. Following graduation from UNCSA, Savannah relocated to Richmond and spent two years as a trainee in the Richmond Ballet company, performing in pieces such as Cinderella, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, and Serenade.

Savannah has completed both her Bachelors and Masters of Arts in English, and she is currently pursuing her law degree at The University of Richmond. She is thrilled to be teaching dance at Passion Academy, and is excited to share her love and knowledge of the arts with her students.