Big Plans for Ballet Theatre of Maryland's 2011/2012 Season (Part 2)

New dancers, personnel changes and fresh faces bring a new spark to the upcoming season.

The Ballet Theatre of Maryland has added quite a few dancers to their roster this season, so expect to see a lot of new faces on stage.

"We have 10 new apprentices and a new company male dancer named Will Smith who are excellent additions to the company," said Dianna Cuatto, the ballet's artistic director. "I have been working with the new apprentices for the past six weeks, and they are the most talented group I have ever had."

Behind the scenes, there's been a couple of additions, too.

"I am ecstatic this season to have an administrative staff for the first time ever in my tenure," Cuatto said. "The Knott’s Foundation made it possible for us to hire Janis Rotner as the development officer. Janis is energetic, diligent and came highly recommended to us from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County."

Adrienne Westlake joins BTM after working for a ballet company in the Lone Star Star.

"Adrienne comes to us from Ballet San Antonio, where she developed a successful marketing and fundraising organization for the company," Cuatto said. "She has a wealth of knowledge and skill to bring to BTM."

"I am thrilled to be joining the Ballet Theatre of Maryland as the new marketing and business development coordinator," Westlake said.  "BTM has a great season planned and I look forward to raising BTM’s profile and sharing the excitement of live ballet with the Annapolis community."

Bill Shipp, chairman of BTM's Board of Trustees, said he is pleased with the organization's progress.

"I think what it shows, over the last couple of years we've grown, not just in the size of the company or the number of performances, but also in terms of the outreach to the community, which is a core part of our mission," he said.

"We're very excited about the coming season and look forward to expanding our ability to bring arts to the people of the greater Annapolis area." 

Editor's Note: The writer is a volunteer for BTM and her husband serves on its Board of Trustees.


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