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Meghana Bendre, Apprentice

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From: Chicago, Illinois

Meghana Bendre grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and began her ballet training at The School of DanceWest Ballet in Naperville, Illinois. Here she trained under the direction of Regina and Ricardo Moyano. Through her years in the pre-professional company, she attended Regional Dance America festivals allowing her exposure to many styles of dance and additionally ample performance opportunities. In the summers, Meghana furthered her training at summer programs with the Kirov Academy in DC, Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive in NYC, and the Milwaukee Ballet Summer Program under scholarship. After graduating High School, Meghana attended Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. Here, she trained with a diverse group of incredibly knowledgeable faculty. Her most notable performances, while at Butler, include Giselle in Giselle, Waltz Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade, the Sugarplum Fairy and Mirliton’s lead in The Nutcracker, as well as Pas de Trois des Odalisques in Le Corsaire. In the Spring of 2022, Meghana graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in Education with highest distinction. While at Butler, she was recognized with the Jordan College of the Arts Deans Scholarship and the Peggy Dorsey Memorial Ballet Scholarship. After graduation, Meghana spent a season with the Lexington Ballet Company. She is very much looking forward to her upcoming season with Kentucky Ballet Theatre!

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