Dianna Cuatto is in her fourteenth season as the Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre of Maryland in the 2016/17 season. She has originally choreographed A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, An American Southwest Carmen, Beauty and the Beast, Tango Dramatico, Scarlet Letter and Excalibur, among others. Previously, she spent four seasons as the Ballet Mistress with the Richmond Ballet and taught ballet and jazz in their school of dance. She was also Artistic Director/Choreographer/School Director of the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre in Colorado where many alumni went on to pursue professional careers in such companies as San Francisco Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Hubbard Street, San Diego Ballet, Ballet Nouveau and Richmond Ballet. Prior to that, Ms. Cuatto taught classical ballet at San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, Sacramento Ballet, New Orleans Ballet Theatre and Oklahoma Ballet. In addition, she has taught at the University of Oklahoma, University of Utah, California State University at Sacramento, and at several high schools for the performing arts.
Nicole Kelsch is originally from Dallas, PA where she trained with Peter and Kristin Degnan at Ballet Northeast. She graduated with a B.A. in Ballet from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduation, she danced professionally with Columbia City Ballet, Atlanta Festival Ballet and Connecticut Ballet. This is Nicole's tenth season with Ballet Theatre of Maryland where she has been featured as Clara and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the Firebird in The Firebird, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, as a Principal in Antony Tudor's Continuo, the Principal Couple in Italian Syphonette, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Magdalena in An American Southwest Carmen. In 2015, she danced Cinderella, a role she treasures having had the opportunity to perform, at Maryland Hall and the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore. In addition, Nicole enjoys working as a rehearsal assistant, the BTM School Principal, and as a member of the BTM faculty. This is her tenth season as a member of the BTM faculty and sixth season as the BTM School Principal. Nicole teaches all levels of ballet and jazz.
Emily Brennan is originally from Chesapeake, VA. She began her ballet training at Virginia Ballet Theatre, where she also was a student teaching assistant to Patricia Sorrell. In high school, she continued her ballet training at Ballet Virginia International under Janina Michalski Bove and Suzanne Lownsbury Long. Her modern training was directed by Lydia Roberts Coco. After graduating high school, she performed with Nashville Ballet's second company. She participated in children’s community outreaches and led creative movement story-time performances. Emily joined the Ballet Theatre of Maryland in 2012 as an Apprentice, was promoted to a Demi-Soloist in 2013, and a Soloist in 2016. This is Emily's fourth year teaching for the Ballet Theatre of Maryland.
Ellie Calvert is a native of northern New Jersey. She began her training at the Branchville Dance Centre under Nancy Volpe, whom she later assisted with teaching. After high school, Ellie continued her dance studies at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA where she received a BA in dance performance with a concentration in ballet. While at Point Park, she was able to further her training in ballet, classical and contemporary jazz, and modern. Upon graduating in December of 2015, she joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland as an Apprentice. This is her first season teaching in the school.
Sarah Gilliam began her training in Roanoke, Virginia under Terri Post and Pedro Szalay. In 2007, she continued her training at The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. At Nutmeg, Sarah was able to focus her training on the Vaganova technique and pedagogy under Susan Szabo, Eleanor D'Antuano, Victoria Mazzarelli, and Tim Malady. Sarah first joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland in 2010 and has been teaching for the school since 2011.
Kaitlin Kimm was born and raised in Urbandale, Iowa where she trained in the Pre-Professional Program at Capital City Dance Center under the direction of Melissa and Emery Uyehara. In addition, Ms. Kimm has attended or been accepted into many prestigious summer dance programs including American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. Kaitlin began her professional career with the Montgomery Ballet where she danced from 2013-2015. She had the pleasure of dancing a variety of both classical and contemporary repertoire. Some of her favorite roles include: Nymph in The Sleeping Beauty, Gypsy in Don Quixote, as well as both Clara and The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. During her time in Montgomery, Ms. Kimm also enjoyed teaching on faculty for the Montgomery Ballet School, as well as the Centre for Performing Arts in Prattville, Alabama. Kaitlin enjoyed teaching Creative Movement through Advanced Ballet, Jazz Technique and all levels of Tap within the Montgomery Ballet School. This is Kaitlin's second season with Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and her first year on faculty with BTM. Ms. Kimm strives to attain a strong focus on classical ballet technique and discipline from her students, while at the same time cultivating artistry and individuality within each child to allow them to reach their full potential. She is looking forward to a wonderful year on the BTM faculty!
Sarah Macdonald is originally from Portland, Oregon, where she trained at Portland Festival Ballet and the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. After high school, Sarah studied at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Ballet Austin. Sarah joined the Ballet Theatre of Maryland in 2013 and is currently an apprentice with the company.
Isabella Matousek began her ballet training in San Diego, California with California Ballet under the direction of Maxine Mahon, Judy Sharp, Denise Dabrowski, and Gail Wingfield. She attended The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts for high school, where she began to focus mainly on the Vaganova ballet technique. She trained mostly under the direction of Eleanor D’Antuano, Victoria Mazzarelli, and Alexei Tchernichov. At the same time, Terese Capucilli introduced her to Martha Graham technique, her first introduction to modern dance. After graduating from The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Art’s four-year program, Isabella continued on to University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Here she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet performance. While at college she continued her education in both ballet and modern dance under the direction of Jiang Qi, Deirdre Carberry, Michael Tevlin, Ka-Ron B. Lehman, Shelly Cash, and Andre Megerdichian. Upon her graduation she joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland for the 2015-16 season. This is Isabella’s first year teaching ballet, pointe and modern dance for Ballet Theatre of Maryland.
Upon returning from Cinevox Dance Company, Mark began teaching at the National Theatre Ballet School in Australia. During this time he received his certification for Personal Training from the Australian Institute of Fitness. Since moving to the United States, Mark has guest taught and adjudicated for numerous schools and companies. Highlights include: Atlantic City Ballet company auditions at Ailey Studios in Manhattan, company class at Montgomery Ballet, Montgomery Ballet School, the Montgomery Ballet’s Youth Company auditions, master classes with Galveston Ballet, adjudicating for the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Houston and most recently the Summer Program with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland.
Emily Anne Reed is in her third season with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and her second year teaching for the school. She has been featured in roles with the company such as the Batting Eye Princess in Cinderella, Marie in The Nutcracker, and Aurora’s Friend in Sleeping Beauty. Emily began her training with Gennadi and Susan Vostrikov at Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet in her hometown of Winchester, Virginia, where she was a member of Virginia Youth Ballet performing the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and various roles in The Nutcracker including Clara, Dew Drop Fairy, and the Sugarplum Fairy. She is a graduate of Mercyhurst University where she earned a B.A. in Dance Performance and a minor in Arts Therapy. While at Mercyhurst, Emily performed with The Mercyhurst Dancers and Liturgical Dance Ensemble in presentations such as Cinderella, Les Patineurs, Paquita, and La Fille Mal Gardée. She spent her summers dancing at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, American Academy of Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre’s Collegiate Program working with numerous esteemed master teachers and choreographers. Emily spent two seasons appearing with Lake Erie Ballet and one season with Ballet Concerto of Fort Worth, TX where she performed Paquita and the works of renowned choreographer Luis Montero and Artistic Director, Margo Dean.