A Dancers Mind

A tribute inspired by world renowned Russian choreographer, George Balanchine. Samantha Hood, YBT Artistic Director and YBT Ballet Mistress, Shenell Petterson, take the audience through works inspired by some of George Balanchines most famous ballets. You will see a cast of 15 young dancers ranging from age 10 to 18, bring alive not only George Balanchine inspired ballet pieces but full length contemporary works by Ipeleng Merafe, Samantha Hood and Shenell Petterson.

This promises to be a show to remember and one to inspire our youth. Come with us on this journey through the history and wonder of the world of ballet as we creep into the mind of a true artistic legend.

YBT Creative Team

Samantha Hood
Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer

Shenell Petterson
Ballet Mistress and Resident Choreographer

Ipeleng Merafe
Resident Choreographer


Senior Soloists
Kerryn Leonard
Holly Rosenberg
Rachel Davies

Junior Soloists
Chiara Cambitsis
Jadeline Gardner-Sandiford

Corps de Ballet

Chelsea Hill
Fern Hartley
Tyra Barker
Katie Markgraaff
Indigo Wood
Isabella Vigoriti
Zipho Nyathi
Isabella Ralphs
Jessica Makombi|
Gittene Esterhuisen