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Conservatory of Dance Alumni

Alumni

Alexa McFall - Incoming University of Florida Student:

  •  Graduated from BTM Conservatory: 2022

  • Academic Achievements: Accepted into the University of Maryland, University of Georgia, University of Florida, and Clemson University

    • Will be attending the University of Florida in the fall of 2022 with plans of majoring in Engineering.

 

Testimonial:
“Taking ballet and jazz classes at BTM since I could walk has definitely shaped me into the person I am today. The teachers always made me feel welcomed and knew how to point out my strengths and weaknesses. I loved dancing at BTM as it allowed me to explore the more creative and artistic side of myself.”

Lauren Anderson - Point Park University, Majoring in Ballet - Class of 2024

  • Years danced at BTM: 2013 - 2020

  •  Graduated from BTM Conservatory: 2020

  • Academic Achievements: Accepted into Point Park University, Radford University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Ohio University, Dean College, and University of Oklahoma

    • Currently attending Pointe Park University majoring in dance with a concentration in ballet.

 

Testimonial:
“After graduating in 2024, my goals are to join and perform with a professional ballet company. BTM has tremendously progressed my dancing, especially throughout the trainee program. Also, BTM has furthered my love for dancing and performing through the class and rehearsal process.

Samantha Boteler: Milwaukee Ballet Pre-Professional Trainee

  • Graduated BTM Conservatory: 2020. Then participated in BTM’s Trainee Program for the 2020-2021 season.

  • Accepted into Texas Ballet Theater’s Professional Training Division and Milwaukee Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program

  • Currently a student in Milwaukee Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program, and returning for the 2022-2023 season. Also pursuing a degree in Information Technology through Prince George’s Community College and plans to continue training and auditioning for companies, in addition to completing a degree

 

Testimonial:
“Ballet Theatre of Maryland provided me with such a supportive environment to grow as a dancer and a person! Having the opportunity to train and rehearse with the company as a Trainee and student were by far one of the most valuable experiences. It gave me a glimpse into professional life and helped me decide that was what I wanted to do in the future. I cannot be more grateful for my time at BTM and the amazing teachers and staff!”

Annabel Cooksey: A1C, United States Air Force

 

  • Years danced at BTM: 2009 - 2019

  • Graduated from BTM Conservatory: 2019

  • Danced professionally as a Trainee with US International Ballet in Wilmington, NC for the 2019-2020 Season

  • Academic Achievements: Acceptance into Dickinson College, Eckerd College, and Bard College.

  • Currently an A1C in US Air Force stationed at Hulbert Field Destin, FL with plans to transition out of Active Duty into the National Guard and attend college for a degree in Education.


Testimonial:

“Dancing with BTM prepared me very well for the physical and mental taxation of being in the military. The attention to detail and great work ethic that BTM taught me have carried me through my time in the military thus far as well. I also learned a team spirit and family approach to challenges which has been very helpful to me too. I am incredibly grateful for the amazing experiences and great life lessons that BTM gave me.”

Emily Davis: Skidmore College Student - Class of 2023

 

  • Years danced at BTM: 2002-2018

  • Graduated from BTM Conservatory: 2018

  • Academic Achievements: University of Cincinnati, Boston College, University of Indiana, Mercyhurst, Goucher, Point Park University, Skidmore College, and the University of Oklahoma.

  • Currently studying chemistry and environmental science at Skidmore College and planning on pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental epidemiology upon graduation.

 

Testimonial:
“I had dozens of teachers during my time at BTM, and each of them taught me a new lesson about strength, resilience, and dedication to the things you love. I also had the opportunity to learn from and work with the lighting designer, stage managers, and wardrobe mistresses during my high school years. I learned how to dissect every tiny detail that goes into making the final production of a ballet possible. Most importantly, I was taught to never give up. When I had an illness that took away my ability to walk, several of my teachers supported me physically and emotionally in relearning to walk, and later dance. These lessons still apply whether at the dance studio or in the chemistry lab. I wouldn’t be the scientist

Izzy Evans: Musician

 

  • Years danced at BTM: 2006 - 2018

  • Graduated from BTM Conservatory: 2018

  • Academic Achievements: Accepted into Towson University, Butler University, and Anne Arundel Community College

    • Attended AACC and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Film Studies in 2021.

  • Currently works at Ram’s Head on Stage and has released a single as a musician. Izzy will be moving to the UK in fall 2023 to continue pursuing a career in music.

 

Testimonial:
“The most beneficial thing to me about BTM was becoming comfortable on stage and becoming a performer. Since I am now pursuing music, I’m glad I had so many years of stage experience and performing on different stages. BTM taught me how to be a performer and showed me my love of being on stage!”

Addison Porter: Senatorial Assistant and future Law School Student

 

  • Danced at BTM: 2011 - 2018

  • Graduated from BTM Conservatory: 2018

  • Academic Achievements: Acceptance into Auburn University, Ole Miss, Southern Methodist University, TCU, University of Miami, Louisiana State University, Tulane University

    • Attended Auburn University, Class of 2022-Political Science Degree.

  • Currently working for a Senator on Capitol Hill and planning to study for the LSAT and attending law school


Testimonial:
I could not imagine who I would be if I did not spend the earlier part of my life dancing at BTM. Having the opportunity at just 12 years old to be in the Nutcracker and other productions alongside professional ballet dancers taught me commitment, professionalism, teamwork, personal responsibility, and so many other essential life skills. What I enjoyed the most, however, was being mentored by so many incredible women, namely Dianna Cuatto and Nicole Kelsch. The many, many hours I spent with Ms. Dianna and Nicole in rehearsals and class were formative in creating the young woman I am today. The friendships and connections I forged with my other instructors and dancers are relationships I still keep up with to this day! I will forever be grateful to BTM!!!”

Summer Programs

Our talented students of the BTM Conservatory have been accepted into and attended numerous Summer Intensive programs across the nation including these prestigious institutions:


American Ballet Theatre-New York, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania  Youth Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Idyllwild Arts Academy*, Kansas City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Next Generation Ballet*, Oklahoma City Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, Texas Ballet Theater, Washington Ballet

 

*Denotes programs that students have been awarded scholarships based on merit to attend.