Savanna Alfanos is a native of Brighton, Michigan, and received her performing arts education at Dance Dynamics Performing Arts Center with Dori Matkowski and Amy Pronovost. As a young dancer she was also invited to share the stage with the Moscow Ballet, Cincinatti Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet companies. Savanna graduated Cum Laude from Mercyhurst University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. There, she performed with The Mercyhurst Dancers and was an active leader, taking on roles such as Outreach Coordinator, Vice President of the Liturgical Dance Ensemble, and Volunteer Coordinator for the campus wide event Arts on the Hill. While at Mercyhurst she studied with Tauna Hunter, Michael Gleason, Lesley Bories-Scalise, C. Noelle Partusch, and Melissa Bobick and during summers trained at Joffrey, American Ballet Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Bodiography Contemporary Ballet intensives. Her repertoire includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Fille Mal Gardée, Coppélia, and numerous contemporary works by recognized choreographers, such as José Limón and Ursula Payne, as well as emerging choreographers. During the 2016-17 season with Virginia National Ballet, Savanna performed in The Nutcracker, the World Premieres of La Boheme, Bohemian Rhapsody, Snow White, and at the Arts Alive Festival and Gainesville Ballet Spring Recital. She is happy to be entering her second season with Virginia National Ballet in 2017-18.