Jillian, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, trained at the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh with Steven and Lindsay Piper and Lindy Mandradjieff. She has attended numerous summer intensives including American Ballet Theatre, Chautauqua and Richmond Ballet. Jillian graduated from Butler University with a degree in Dance and Arts Administration and a minor in Marketing. There, she had the privilege of performing in numerous ballets including The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasies, The Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle, among many others. After graduating, Jillian danced with American Repertory Ballet in Princeton, NJ. During her career with Fort Wayne Ballet, Jillian danced in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain and Confetti, multiple roles in The Nutcracker including Dew Drop Fairy, Little Swans in Swan Lake and a Stepsister in Cinderella, all while serving on FWB’s staff as Development Associate. Jillian retired with the end of the 2019-2020 season, dancing the role of Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is excited to continue serving Fort Wayne Ballet, now as Director of Development & Marketing.