Jade Barrad is a 16 year old honor student in her junior year at Santa Barbara High School. She trained with Santa Barbara Festival Ballet for twelve years culminating in her casting as Clara in the Nutcracker at the Arlington in 2011. This year will be her first year with the State Street Ballet Young Dancers and she is very excited to be joining the company. Jade attended American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive in Austin, Texas in 2010. She participated in Cecchetti USA summer intensives in 2009 and 2010 where she was a scholarship nominee. She scored high marks on her Cecchetti exams up to Level 9. In April, Jade was awarded 3rd place in the 11th Santa Barbara Ballet Competition (Junior Lady Division). This past summer, she attended State Street Ballet’s summer intensive along with a summer workshop at South Bay Ballet. This is her third year attending RDA and she is thrilled to be traveling to Montreal, Canada. Jade hopes to have a professional career in ballet and dreams of dancing with a company in New York.