At The Ballet Scout, our mission is to ensure that all dancers are able to pursue their passion no matter their age, level, or physical ability.
We don’t want any dancer to have to cut their dreams short due to lack of opportunity. That’s why we created a centralized database to help
all dancers discover their next steps.
Stay in the loop and follow us on social media. You can find us on Instagram @theballetscout and on Facebook as The Ballet Scout @EclaireurAuditions.
Robert Fulton is a professional dancer with the Nevada Ballet Theatre and a Penn State World Campus Business major.
He has performed featured roles in works such as Nicolo Fonte’s Carmina Burana, Balanchine’s 4 Temperaments, & Trey
Mcintyre’s Crown Shyness. He auditioned his way up the ranks as a dancer and founded The Ballet Scout when he saw
how hard it was to find the right dancing opportunities. In the long-term, he hopes Eclaireur LLC will help
reinvigorate international support for the arts through increased membership, opportunities, and success. He also
thinks that dancers can and should synthesize their talents with their other skills to achieve great things. If you
can perform/market yourself everyday in the studio and in auditions, you can market in any other field or with any idea you have!
Co-Founder & CTO
Sasha Ahrestani - Co-Founder & CTO
Sasha Ahrestani is the co-founder of The Ballet Scout, and the current CTO of the company.
He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Computer Science in 2021.
Though he is not a dancer, Sasha has a great passion for the arts, having been involved in various
musical ensembles throughout his life, and continues to create and perform to this day!
CSO & Developer
Eugene Ryoo - CSO & Developer
Eugene Ryoo is a full-stack developer who has been working on The Ballet Scout team since 2020. He graduated from
Penn State in 2022 with a degree in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations and works as a cybersecurity consultant.
In his free time he enjoys playing the guitar, cycling, and binge-watching TV shows!
UI Designer & Researcher
Hannah Strouse - UI Designer & Researcher
Hannah Strouse is a fifth year senior at the Pennsylvania State University studying Human-Centered Design and Development in
Penn State’s College of IST. After graduation from Penn State, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in User
Experience Design and Research.
Hannah has previously spent time working in web development and has worked on other client-facing design projects,
which lends well to both her field of study and role as Ballet Scout UI Designer. She has been working on the Ballet
Scout team since February 2022.
Chase McFarlane - Backend Developer
Chase McFarlane is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, with a bachelor's degree in computer science from May 2022.
Soon after graduation, he joined The Ballet Scout team as a back-end software developer,
where he tackles the under-the-hood functionality of the site and helps optimize database operations!
Jiaxi Zheng - Front-End Developer
Jiaxi Zheng is a 2022 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Human-Centered Design and Development at.
She began working at The Ballet Scout as an intern through the Summer Founders acceleration program at Penn State in 2022.
She loves art, technology, and spicy food. She feels that being part of the front-end development team has been a great journey so far,
and she can’t wait to learn more!
Cy Fisher - Front-End Developer
Cy Fisher is a third-year university student, majoring in Human Centered Design and Development at the Pennsylvania State University.
He is currently interning at The Ballet Scout as a front-end developer.
He has learned so much since he began in mid-May 2022 and is excited to learn more!
Camille Kellems started dancing at the age of three in her hometown of Newport Beach, CA. From there, she trained
at the Maple Conservatory of Dance before attending Indiana University in 2015. At IU, she received a Bachelors of
Science degree in Ballet, as well as an Outside Field in Arts Management. In 2019, she was offered her first
professional position with the Nevada Ballet Theatre, and recently finished out her second season there. During
the pandemic, she has been able to pursue freelance opportunities with Ballet Project OC as a dancer, choreographer
and arts administrator. Camille is honored to be a part of The Ballet Scout Team.
Rob Fulton - Founder & CEO
Katie is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina, at which she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in
Performance and Choreography. She grew up dancing in Dayton, OH. She also has administrative experience with
the Oakwood City Schools and TalkAbroad, in the fields of digital communications, marketing, and sales. She
has mentored young dancers as an RA at the Orlando Ballet School and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Katie
will be joining Central Illinois Ballet as an apprentice for their 2022-2023 season. She is excited to be
working in this capacity with Ballet Scout to combine her two passions of helping dancers and expanding the
dance world's digital footprint.
Founder Robert Fulton is a professional dancer with the Nevada Ballet Theatre. He auditioned his way up the ranks as a
dancer and experienced first hand how hard it is to find the right opportunities in dance. In the spring of 2019, many
of Robert’s peers were cut last-minute from the program they were training at. They spent hours scouring the web for
information on auditions, only to find a handful of options. None worked out and several were forced to transition away
from dancing. Robert realized that if there was a centralized database for all that information, so many dancers' passions
could be saved.
Robert teamed up with Sasha Ahrestani, a computer science major at Penn State, and together they began designing a prototype.
When the pandemic hit, so many dancers were scrambling to find their next steps, so they buckled down, brought on Eugene Ryoo, a
cyber-security major at Penn State, and launched The Ballet Scout for the 20/21 audition season. They entered into several
pitch competitions to raise money to develop the site and took 1st place in the IdeaMakers challenge and 3rd place in the Happy
Valley Venture Capital challenge. In the summer of 2022, they were accepted into the Happy Valley Launcbox Summer Founders
program where they received a large grant, mentorship, and facilities to build their company. Now, Eclaireur has a team of 9
dedicated to helping dancers succeed.
What started as just an idea turned into a website with over 1500 users. We have helped dancers of all ages and levels find
training and jobs and we have helped companies of all sizes market and recruit their programs. In the future, we want to create
a “Scout” for every artform and help every artist pursue their passion. But for now, as we say, you can discover your next
step on The Ballet Scout!