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 and TikTok @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
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
when he saw
how hard it was to find the right dancing opportunities. In the long-term, he hopes Eclaireur LLC
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
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
Penn State in 2022 with a degree in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations and works as a
In his free time he enjoys playing the guitar, cycling, and binge-watching TV shows!
Camille Kellems started dancing at the age of three in her hometown of Newport Beach, CA. From
at the Maple Conservatory of Dance before attending Indiana University in 2015. At IU, she received
Science degree in Ballet, as well as an Outside Field in Arts Management. In 2019, she was offered
professional position with the Nevada Ballet Theatre, and recently finished out her second season
the pandemic, she has been able to pursue freelance opportunities with Ballet Project OC as a
and arts administrator. Camille is honored to be a part of The Ballet Scout Team.
Katie Connell - Data Gatherer
Katie is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina, at which she obtained her Bachelor
Performance and Choreography. She grew up dancing in Dayton, OH. She also has administrative
the Oakwood City Schools and TalkAbroad, in the fields of digital communications, marketing, and
has mentored young dancers as an RA at the Orlando Ballet School and Central Pennsylvania Youth
will be joining Central Illinois Ballet as an apprentice for their 2022-2023 season. She is excited
working in this capacity with Ballet Scout to combine her two passions of helping dancers and
dance world's digital footprint.
Cassidy McAndrew - Data Gatherer
Rebecca - Data Gatherer
Madelyn Wolf - Data Gatherer
Siobhan Nickell - Data Gatherer
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
Experience Design and Research.
Hannah has previously spent time working in web development and has worked on other client-facing
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
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!
Founder Robert Fulton is a professional dancer with the Nevada Ballet Theatre. He auditioned his way up the ranks as a
dancer and experienced firsthand 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. Today, Eclaireur has a
dedicated team of developers and data gatherers helping dancers all over the world succeed.
What started as just an idea turned into a website you're using today. We have helped dancers of all ages and levels
find training and jobs and we have helped companies of all sizes market and recruit for 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!