Caroline Anderson, originally from Rising Sun Maryland, began her ballet training at the age of 3 and studied the Vaganova method under the direction of Anya Ivanova-Bojko, Pasha Kambalov, Kristina Kambalov, and Joan Beatson. She graduated from the School of First State Ballet Theatre in 2018. Caroline began teaching in her teens at local dance schools where she discovered her love for teaching. Caroline has choreographed for the Tidewater Players Youth Programs summer productions of Chicago, The Addams Family, Be More Chill, Moana Jr., and Descendants. She had the pleasure or teaching at the BTM 2021 one-week summer intensive, as well as the six-week summer intensive. Caroline also has extensive training in musical theatre under the direction of Richard Mahoney, Chris Rose, and Kathy Cammett. Caroline joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland as a trainee in 2018, was promoted to Apprentice in 2019 and to Demi-Soloist in 2021.
Lindsey dances professionally as a Principal with Ballet Theatre of Maryland. She studied Ballet Performance at the University of Oklahoma, which is also where she was exposed to Pilates. Through the four years at school, she found Pilates to be a great cross training activity for her ballet career. Pilates also allowed her to keep in shape and remain heathy in her off season without too much impact on her joints. Lindsey received her certification in Power Pilates in 2017 and loves to continue expanding her knowledge of Pilates and sharing it with her students.
She has performed featured roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, La Bayadère, Paquita, Raymonda, The Snow Queen, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht, Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, and The Nutcracker. She has also enjoyed working with classical and contemporary choreographers Michele Wiles, Jay Kim, James Ady, Melanie Buchanan, Melissa Gould, and Diana Cuatto. Ms. Gutcher joined the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and the Conservatory’s faculty in 2018.
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Madeline is originally from Yorktown, Virginia, and most of her formative training was with Sandra Balestracci at the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts. In high school, she served as a teaching assistant in the school. Madeline graduated from the University of Utah in 2019 with a B.F.A. in Ballet with a Certificate in Ballet Studio Teaching, as well as a B.A. in English. While in school, she also received her certification in American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum, Pre-Primary through Level Three. Through the University, she performed in original works by Utah’s Ballet Program faculty and renowned guest artists such as Penny Saunders and Katie Scherman. Madeline also taught for several ballet schools in the Salt Lake City area. After college, she joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland as a trainee, and is now an Apprentice with the company. She has been substituting for the Conservatory throughout the past year and teaches for Ballet Theatre of Maryland at Jean Marie Dance Studio. In the spring of 2021, Madeline taught and choreographed for Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s Arts Integration project, collaborating with Anne Arundel County Public Schools to teach ballet to students who may not have regular exposure to the arts. This will be Madeline’s first full year on faculty with the Conservatory.
Karissa joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland as an Apprentice in 2016 and was promoted to Demi-Soloist in 2017 and Soloist for the 2020-2021 Season on Hope. This is Karissa's sixth year as a faculty member with the Conservatory.
Mark began his early dance training at the Brisbane Academy of Dance in Queensland, Australia. At 16 he was received a scholarship to the Queensland Dance School of Excellence at the Queensland Ballet under the direction of Angus Lugsdin. Mark then earned his Diploma of Arts also on scholarship, majoring in Classical Ballet from the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne, Australia, under the directorship of Beverly Jane Fry. His international career began in 2007 when he joined Cinevox Dance Company in Switzerland. Since then he has worked with Atlantic City Ballet (New Jersey), Double Take Dance (Manhattan), Galveston Ballet (Texas), Montgomery Ballet (Alabama) and Alabama Dance Theatre (Alabama). He has performed a vast selection of classical and contemporary roles in many productions including; Le Scare Du Printemps, Don Quixote, Dracula, Le Patineurs, Giselle, Cinderella, La Mal Gardee, Sleeping Beauty, Phantom of the Opera, Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, Les Sylphides, Paquita, Concerto Vivaldi, Macbeth and The Nutcracker.
Victoria Siracusa began her ballet training at the Albano Ballet Company under the direction of Joseph Albano and Julia Fredrick. She then joined the Hartt School Community Division to further her training under Samantha Dunster and Eddy Tovar. During high school, Victoria taught ballet at Alyson’s School of Dance at the beginning and intermediate levels. It is there that she gained her passion for teaching dance to the next generation. After graduation, she joined Charlottesville Ballet as a trainee and the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School before joining the Ballet Theatre of Maryland in 2017. She has had extensive training in multiple methods and styles of ballet including, the Vaganova, Cecchetti, Cuban, and English methods. This will be Victoria’s second year teaching for Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s Conservatory of Dance.
As well as Pilates, she danced professionally with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland for 13 years. She enjoys working with clients at all levels, especially clients with special needs, “Everything counts. I enjoy supporting and motivating my clients in their own personal Pilates journey and help teach that Pilates can be very functional in people’s everyday life and activities.”
She is a dancer at heart and plans to continue dancing for her own spiritual benefit along with her Pilates practice. Being active and in good health is very important to her as she looks forward to an energetic lifestyle with her son, Jackson.