Summer studied various disciplines of dance after excelling in acrobatics and contortion. She won top awards in competitions such as Dance Masters of America, Jump, NYCDA, and WCDE. She began training independently with Albert Cataffi and Eddie Moody before being invited to study privately with Mansur Kamaletdinow, former principal dancer and acting director of the Bolshoi Ballet. Discovering her true passion for dance, she attended Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s summer intensive.
At 16 she was offered a position as trainee with the Kentucky Ballet Theater under the direction of Norbe Risco and Ballet Mistress / Academy Director, Rafaela Cento Muñoz Risca. She completed her training in KBT’s academy while dancing with KBT’s professional company. During her time at KBT, she placed top 12 at YAGP and performed various roles ranking from corps de ballet to Soloist.
Summer later joined the Grand Rapids Ballet under the direction of Patricia Barker. Here she was thrilled to perform lead roles such as the Arabian in the Nutcracker and also in GRB’s move media, Into the River, working with rekown choreographers such as Sagi Gross and Gina Patterson.
Over the past two years, Summer has traveled to studios statewide holding master classes and workshops. Summer now resides in Grand Rapids teaching and choreographing our students of all ages Ballet, contemporary, conditioning, jazz and lyrical dance.