Ms. Jameson has been studying ballet since she was four years old. She received her very first Vaganova ballet training from Yuri Nikitenko, and went on to study under Dina Fadeyeva and Svetlana Kravtsova. Kristen attended and graduated from Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in Middlebury, CT; Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive, NYC; American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, NYC; and the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington D.C. Summer Intensive, which also resulted in an invitation to attend Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington D.C.’s year-round program. Kristen attended and graduated from the 2-week Joffrey Ballet School and Bolshoi Ballet Academy Foreign Exchange Program in Moscow, Russia, which also resulted in an invitation to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow year-round program as a Trainee. She has performed in many soloist roles throughout her training, including Doll, Dew Drop in Waltz of the Flowers, and Snow soloist in The Nutcracker; the second Shade variation in La Bayadere; and Odette in an excerpt from Swan Lake. Kristen received her B.F.A. in Dance with a concentration in Classical Ballet, as well as her B.S. in Early Childhood Education, where she earned the Horth Scholarship for Summer Dance Study, Arts Foundation Scholarship for Dance, and the Creative Scholar Honorary Student Scholarship. Kristen continued on to receive her M. Ed. in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University. She has also earned her full certification in Years 1-8 of the Vaganova ballet technique from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program. This is Kristen’s first season with Savannah Ballet Theatre, and she is so excited to join the company as a soloist!
Anna was born and raised in Knoxville, TN where she began her training with The Appalachian Ballet Company under the direction of Amy Moore Morton. She performed in works such as Giselle and The Nutcracker, and attended several RDA conferences as well as summer intensives with Orlando Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, the Kirov Ballet Academy, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. During high school, Anna also trained with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary, and performed in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Anna graduated from Mercyhurst University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. During college she enjoyed dancing in classical works such as Paquita, La Fille Mal Gardée, and Symphonie Italienne. This is Anna’s third season with Savannah Ballet Theatre and her favorite roles thus far have been portraying Susan in The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe and the Snake in The Nutcracker. While continuing to dance, she is also pursuing her future career in the medical field as part of South University’s Physician Assistant Class of 2020.
Having danced from an early age, Pennington found her home at Savannah Ballet Theatre in 2009. She has since graduated from Savannah Arts Academy as a dance major in 2011, under the direction of Christine Shawl, Christina Powell, and Andrea Martinez. She then attended South University and earned her Associate’s degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Pennington finds her niche in teaching middle and high schoolers in our advanced jazz and contemporary class at the school of Savannah Ballet. Some of her favorite roles with SBT have been Laurie in the Oklahoma! ballet dream scene, The White Cat with Puss n’ Boots in Sleeping Beauty, the Sea Witch, and Ms. McCready in SBT’s original productions of The Little Mermaid and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Pennington is thrilled to be dancing as a soloist for a second year in her 10th anniversary with Savannah Ballet!
Savannah fell in love with dance when she first started at the young age of three. After spending 15 Years training at Drewitz Dance Productions and 2 years training privately in Calgary, Alberta, Canada under the love and guidance of Sheri Drewitz-Kanten and Leslie and Scott Drewitz, she was inspired to follow her dreams. She is truly grateful for having the honor and privilege of attending many summer intensives with Ms. Lynnette Kelley, and Ms. Evelyn Hart. As well as being a recipient of the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award in May 2015, she spent 2016-2017 with State Street Ballet as a Trainee in their Professional Track Program. She would like to thank her mother Rebecca, father Doug and sister Cheyenne for their unconditional love and support.