Two Atlanta Ballet Team Members Named Among “30 Under 30” by YNPN and GCN!

We are pleased to announce that Atlanta Ballet PR Manager Sigele Winbush and Company dancer and Professional Summer Intensive Mentor Rachel Van Buskirk were named among the "30 Under 30" by Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Atlanta and Georgia Center for Nonprofits this year! They were honored at the NextGen Breakfast with 28 of their peers and other leaders in the nonprofits sector on October 23, 2014.

About the "30 Under 30" Awards

Nominations for the awards were accepted from across Georgia to recognize 30 young nonprofit professionals who are making a powerful impact in their organizations by exhibiting outstanding leadership, innovation, and commitment in their community work. GCN and YNPN Atlanta believe each of these professionals is making strides to improve not only their communities but the nonprofit sector as a whole.

Click here to learn more about the award and to see the 2014 "30 Under 30" Roster.

Join us in offering a warm congratulations to Rachel and Sigele on this much deserved honor and a special thanks for all that they do for Atlanta Ballet!

About Rachel Van Buskirk
Atlanta Ballet Dancer, Eighth Season

A native of Vancouver, Rachel trained with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts. With Atlanta Ballet, her favorite roles include Lucy in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Fortuna in David Bintley’s Carmina Burana, and Autumn in James Kedulka’s The Four Seasons. Rachel has also performed works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Ohad Naharin, Lauri Stallings, and Christopher Wheeldon. Last season, Rachel performed the role of Nurse in Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Roméo et Juliette, Lady Gertrude in Stephen Mill’s Hamlet, and was featured in Ohad Naharin’s Secus and Alexei Ratmanksy’s Seven Sonatas. She also was a part in creating the roles of Diana and Female Reckoner in Helen Pickett’s world premiere of The Exiled. Rachel was nominated and the cover girl for Dance Magazine’s 2012 “Top 25 to Watch” and named a “Top 30 Under 30” by ArtsATL in 2013.

About Sigele Winbush
Atlanta Ballet PR Manager

Sigele Winbush is a practicing communications professional with expertise in media relations, strategic communications, civic engagement and special event coordination. Sigele currently handles the public relations for Atlanta Ballet, the oldest continually-operating ballet company in the country and one of Atlanta’s leading arts organizations. As PR manager, she independently orchestrates a full-spectrum public relations program for both the professional ballet company and its Centre for Dance Education. Sigele began her career at Ahmann, Inc. where she worked on a series of high profile projects providing strategic communications, media relations and civic engagement support around regional public policy issues. Her professional experience also includes work with companies such as Argonne Parades, the Barkley Russell Agency, and Planners for Environmental Quality (PEQ). During her time with these organizations, she handled the media relations, event planning, and logistics for projects such as the Grand Opening of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, the WSB-TV Salute 2 America Fourth of July Parade, and the Grand Opening of the Georgia International Convention Center. Sigele currently serves on the board of the National Hampton Alumni Association – Atlanta chapter and is a former board member of the Old National Merchants Association and the League of Women Voters of Georgia. She is also co-chair of the nonprofit special interest group of the Georgia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Sigele is a graduate of Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.