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.
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 NTC 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.”
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 Certified 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.
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 Certified 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.
Dr. Elizabeth Hutter, Primary Division 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-Certified 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.
Certified in the American Ballet Theatre
National Training Curriculum
Jing Zhang, Ballet Faculty Former Soloist Silicon Valley Ballet
Sarah Stein, Ballet Faculty Former Dancer Silicon Valley Ballet
Alexsandra Meijer, Ballet Faculty Former Principal Silicon Valley Ballet
Brett Bauer, Ballet Faculty Former Principal Silicon Valley Ballet
Ryan Preciado, Ballet Faculty Former Dancer Silicon Valley Ballet
Laura Burton, Ballet Faculty and Contemporary & Jazz Instructor
Francisco Preciado, Ballet Faculty Former Dancer Silicon Valley Ballet
Nicole Riga, Ballet Faculty ABT Certified Instructor
Brennan Wall, Primary Division Instructor Studio Company Dancer
Michelle D'Alo, Ballet Faculty and Drop-In Class Instructor
Maria Basile Modern Instructor
Fred Matthews Choreography Workshop Instructor
Cliff Rawson Outreach Instructor, Music
Ariana Lordge Junior Prep Instructor
Laura Burton Manager of Operations
Dziem Nguyen Student Services Coordinator
Cliff Rawson Outreach Department Manager and Lead Grant Writer
Vivian Do Accountant and Human Resources Manager