Model Search 2018 Winner
Peyton Anderson, The Washington Ballet
Peyton was chosen from among 101 beautiful ballet dancers to participate in a modeling photoshoot with our sponsor - world renowned ballet photographer, Gene Schiavone. We are delighted to feature these images in celebration of our new online store launched in April 2018.
Peyton dances in the nation's capital with The Washington Ballet under the direction of Julie Kent. She serves as an inspiration for dancers coming back from injuries. Her dance story includes recovery from not one, but two, hip surgeries! We have no doubt she will soar as she pursues a career as a professional ballet dancer. In her own contest entry words... "I live, breathe and eat ballet all day, everyday." Peyton's hard work and passion shows!
As part of her prize package, Peyton received a custom-designed Tutu.com ensemble valued over $1000.
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Peyton Anderson, Biography
Peyton Anderson of Raleigh, North Carolina, began her dance training with The Raleigh School of Ballet and later attended International Ballet Academy in Cary, NC. Anderson attended summer courses with Harid Conservatory, Ballet West, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet in London and will attend Royal Danish Ballet this summer. Anderson performed various roles with Carolina Ballet while living in Raleigh. Two years ago, Anderson placed 3rd in semi-regional competition for YAGP and 2nd place in ADC competition. During the ADC competition, Julie Kent, former principal dancer with ABT NY and artistic director of the Washington Ballet, offered Anderson a position with the Washington Ballet as a trainee. Peyton is finishing up her second year with the Washington Ballet as a trainee and will start the 2018-2019 season as a Studio Company member. While with the Washington Ballet, Anderson has performed in various ballets, including “The Nutcracker,” “Giselle,” “Les Sylphide,” and most recently George Balachine’s “Serenade.”
About Our Sponsor
Gene Schiavone is a world renowned ballet photographer with a studio designed especially for Professional Ballet Photography in Naples, FL. Gene is staff photographer for American Ballet Theatre. He's had the privilege of photographing many of the world’s principal dancers, his personal goal to expand that body of work and in some small way leave tangible evidence of the beauty they created. He also enjoys collaborating with the next generation of aspiring ballet students to create artistic images and a photographic experience beneficial to their development as performing artists. Learn more about Gene and book your own photoshoot at Geneschiavone.com.
Behind the Scenes
We sure had fun getting to know Peyton in January 2018 during her Gene Schiavone modeling photoshoot. Believe it or not, hard work goes into capturing beautiful photographs! After seven hours of artistic collaboration, we captured some stunning photographs to celebrate what we love to do - make one-of-a-kind tutus! Many thanks to Peyton Anderson and Gene Schiavone for a wonderful day in Tutu.com's history.