Notable Alumni From The Dance Department


Jonathan Spigner trained at Académie Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2010 and was named Coryphée in 2014. 

With Hong Kong Ballet, he has danced featured roles including Fritz and Spanish Doll in Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Puss in Boots in Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Gamache in Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote, Executed Prince in Natalie Weir’s Turandot and Young Uncle Tak in Yuri Ng’s Firecracker. He has also performed in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Nacho Duato’s Castrati, Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang and Edwaard Liang’s Sacred Thread.

Since joining the Company, Spigner has premired choreographic works at Hong Kong Ballet's Choreographers’ Showcase, including Days Gone By (2015), Wepart (2014), Overview Effect (2012) and (The Wonderful Known Tick) (2011). He also choreographed SoLo (2013). John also received awards from Youth America Grand Prix regional competitions in 2004, 2008 and 2009.


Elena Bello grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she became a part of the National Dance Institute program. She then auditioned for The School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York City. After being accepted into SAB, she spent four years there and found her love for ballet. Elena moved to South Carolina to attend the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. After graduating, she spent two years studying dance at Purchase College before auditioning for Richmond Ballet. She spent two years as an apprentice and one year in Richmond Ballet II, and is now enjoying her fourth season as a part of the Richmond Ballet professional company.




Gray Davis is from Greenwood, SC and graduated from SCGSAH in 2004.  In April 2005, he joined ABT's Studio Company.  Gray joined the main Company as an apprentice in January 2007 and the corps de ballet in December 2007.  He was the 2003 Gold medalist recipient of the Youth American Grand Prix and the 2004 overall Grand Prix winner at the NYC finals.

Gray performs throughout the United States as a guest artist during his off season from American Ballet Theatre.  

 2004 alumna, Whitney Huell, is from the Midlands of South Carolina.  She attended Indiana University earning a B.S. in Ballet and Psychology before joining Ballet West in Salt Lake City, UT.  With Ballet West, she performed featured roles in Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Petit Mort and Jewels.  In January 2011, she was one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch and was also featured in the September 2012 issue of Pointe Magazine. She then joined the Kansas City Ballet in 2014. With Kansas City Ballet, she has performed works by Amy Seiwert and Edwaard Liang and has been featured as the Caterpillar in Septime Webre’s  Alice (in Wonderland), 3rd Theme in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Snow Queen and Arabian in Devon Carney’s new production of The Nutcracker. She has also modeled for Elevé Dancewear. This 2016-2017 season at Kansas City Ballet marks her 3rd season with the company.