Faculty and Staff

“It will be exciting to see what the future holds for The New Ballet School - San Jose. I have known their extraordinary faculty for many years and am confident that the work will be of the highest caliber, second to none.”

Franco De Vita, former Director of American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and Co-Creator of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum.

The New Ballet School - San Jose's (NBS's) Faculty is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. With decades of teaching experience and backgrounds as professional ballet dancers, the Faculty of NBS provides an unparalleled training experience with a focus on dancer health and child development.


Key Leadership

Photo by James Tensuan

Photo by James Tensuan

Dalia Rawson, Executive Director
Dalia Rawson is the Executive Director of The New Ballet Studio Company and The New Ballet School - San Jose. From 1991 to 2006, Dalia Rawson performed a wide variety of leading roles as a dancer with Ballet San Jose. Rawson began teaching at BSJ School in 2000, and was named Ballet Mistress in 2007, Principal in 2012, and Director in 2014. In 2013 Rawson was awarded a Fellowship from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet. An ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum, Rawson is also a member of the ABT Artistic Board of Examiners. In 2016, Rawson’s production of The San Jose Nutcracker premiered to sold out houses and critical acclaim. About the work, Tad Malone of The San Jose Metro said, “Ultimately, this show’s captivating success comes down to the meticulous and inspired vision of The New Ballet School’s executive director and choreographer, Dalia Rawson. The routines were intricate, graceful - oftentimes unfurling into each other in remarkably fluid transition.”


Photo by Bari Lee

Photo by Bari Lee

Mads Eriksen, Principal

Mads Eriksen grew up in Copenhagen Denmark, where he attended The Royal Danish Ballet School. After his graduation in 2002, he joined The Royal Danish Ballet, where he danced soloist roles in works by Bournonville, Balanchine, Neumeier, Lander and Ratmansky. In 2007 Mr. Eriksen joined Ballet San Jose, dancing various soloist and principal roles. 
Mr. Eriksen began teaching at Ballet San Jose School in 2008 and was named Senior Faculty in 2012 and Principal Faculty in 2014. Mr. Eriksen is an ABT Distinguished Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. In 2014 Mr. Eriksen was invited to guest teach at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre’s JKO school.


Photo by Sarah Stein

Photo by Sarah Stein

Le Mai Linh, Master Teacher

Le Mai Linh trained in his native Vietnam and at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, where he won the Carl Wolz Prize. After joining Ballet San Jose in 1994, his work as a principal dancer received high praise in national publications. He has performed as a guest artist, notably dancing the role of Albrecht in Oakland Ballet’s Izzy Award winning revival of Frederic Franklin’s Giselle. Mr. Linh's is known for his meticulous coaching. His students regularly place in the final round of the prestigious Youth American Grand Prix. Linh is an ABT Distinguished Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. He teaches students in the Junior and Senior Pre-Professional Divisions, and is invited to teach around the country as a master teacher.


Photo by Deborah Hayes

Photo by Deborah Hayes

Dr. Elizabeth Hutter, Primary Division Coordinator
Ballet Faculty, Wellness Program Coordinator


Dr. Elizabeth Hutter, PsyD trained with Boston Ballet and danced with Boston Ballet II. She earned her B.A. at Georgetown University, her certification in Shakespearean literature and performance at Oxford University, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in Chicago, followed by an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She worked as a psychotherapist at the Art Institute of Chicago, encouraging healthy development of artistic expression.

An ABT Distinguished Teacher, Dr. Hutter delights in combining her career and personal passions as Ballet Faculty and Primary Division Coordinator, and in teaching ballet in an environment that supports psychological wellness. She additionally serves as Performance Enhancement Advisor as part of The New School's Wellness program.


Ballet Faculty

Certified in the American Ballet Theatre
National Training Curriculum
 

Dalia Rawson  Director, the New Ballet; former Ballet SJ dancer, ABT Artistic Board of Examiners
Mads Eriksen School Principal; former Ballet SJ and Royal Danish Ballet dancer, ABT NTC Fellow
Le Mai Linh Master Teacher; former Ballet SJ dancer, ABT NTC Fellow
Elizabeth Hutter Primary Division Coordinator and Wellness Program Coordinator, ABT NTC Fellow
Jing Zhang Ballet FacultyFormer Soloist Silicon Valley Ballet,  ABT NTC Fellow
Sarah Stein Ballet Faculty: Former Dancer Silicon Valley Ballet, ABT Certified Teacher
Alexsandra Meijer Ballet Faculty and Principal Guest Artist, former SVB Principal Dancer, ABT Affiliate Teacher
Amy Macon Ballet Faculty and ABT NTC Fellow
Laura Burton Ballet Faculty and Contemporary Program Manager, ABT Certified Teacher
Nicole Riga Ballet Faculty and ABT Certified Teacher

Michelle D'Alo Ballet FacultyDrop-In Class Instructor, ABT NTC Fellow


Additional Faculty


José Manuel Carreño Summer Intensive Special Guest Faculty
Fred Matthews Choreography Workshop Instructor

Tristen Montesino Primary Division Instructor and Studio Company Dancer


Staff

Dalia Rawson Executive Director
Laura Burton Manager of Operations
Dziem Nguyen Student Services Coordinator
Amy Macon Development and Outreach Associate
Vivian Do Accountant and Human Resources Manager


Pianists

Peter Colclasure
Svetlana Elenkova
Jason Grey
Daniel Gautier
Natalia Pressman
Cliff Rawson