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Ballet Theatre of Maryland



Dianna Cuatto is beginning her tenth season as the Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre of Maryland in the 2012/13 season.  She has choreographed The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, An American Southwest Carmen, Beauty and the Beast, Tango Dramatico, Little Women 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.   Following 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.

Ms. Cuatto began her career as a professional dancer with Ballet West in 1963 where she was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1966.   She has also performed as a Principal Dancer with a number of national companies including Sacramento Ballet, Oklahoma Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theatre and the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre. She has performed a wide range of classical and contemporary roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Balanchine’s Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Symphony in C, Valse Fantasie and also in contemporary works by Caniparoli, Weiss, Robbins, Orejudas and others.   She also had a stint in Hollywood performing for the American Music Awards, A Chorus Line and national television, where she also choreographed The Wonderful World of the Waltz for National PBS.

Artist Statement

BTM offers a complete curriculum for the aspiring professional dancer as well as for the dancer seeking good solid dance training for pure enjoyment.  Our curriculum is designed to provide anatomically sound training, while providing an increasing variety of classes and performance opportunities.

BTM’s school is the only one in Maryland that offers a fully comprehensive ballet training program for the beginner student up to the professional dancer.  A focus on the healthy body aesthetic (healthy body types and healthy monitoring) is a hallmark of BTM’s Company and School.  In addition to training students of all ages with differing interests for learning the discipline of dance we also take great responsibility in our goal to train fine professional dancers and share this vital art form with our community. It is central to the mission of the school to expect the very best effort of each student, whether or not he/she chooses the professional track. We provide professional faculty and the best possible instruction to serve the dance needs of all of our students.  Our instructors give each of the students the care and attention they deserve in the hopes that they will become self-confident young adults and artists.