Originally from Gilbert, Arizona, Cassandra Hope began her training at the Yen-Li Chen Ballet School and with the Southwest Youth Ballet Theater both under the artistic direction of Yen-Li Chen where she danced until she graduated in 2018. Under the direction of Ms. Chen, Cassandra was given the opportunity to perform the roles of Sugar Plum, Dew Drop, and Clara in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, and Dawn in Coppélia. There, she also performed works choreographed by Nayon Iovino, Ian Poulis, Kara Davis, and Aaron Cash. Cassandra then went on to continue her training as a Trainee with BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. As a trainee, Cassandra was given the opportunity to perform in George Balanchine’s Serenade and as Lise in excerpts from La Fille mal gardée. In 2020, Cassandra joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland as an Apprentice. She is looking forward to the 2022/2023 season, her third, with the company and first as a Demi-Soloist.