Our teachers are certified with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and are required to complete a training program to prepare experienced students for annual RAD examinations. The Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies covers a range of subject areas in professional studies as well as practical teaching requirements, and each teacher must pass a series of exams themselves to be accepted into the certified RAD teaching community.
Eileen Razzetti, RAD, RTS : Founder and Artistic Director of ABSA, Mrs. Razzetti’s ballet training and professional performing experience took place in New York City at the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo Ballet School, the Yurek Lazowski School for Character Dance, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School. She also earned a degree in design from the Fashion Institute of Technology at the State University of New York, which guides her set and costume designs for ABSA’s performances.
Prior to establishing ABSA, Mrs. Razzetti was a ballet instructor with the Peabody Conservatory and St. Paul’s School in Baltimore, Georgetown Ballet School in Washington, DC, and the Ballet Theater of Maryland. She opened her first ballet school in Severna Park in 1974 and established ABSA at Maryland Hall in 1989.
As one of the area’s most experienced ballet instructors, Mrs. Razzetti has trained hundreds of dancers from the age of three through adulthood. Each year, her students consistently pass and earn above average marks on the grade-level examinations conducted by the Royal Academy. Past students have received scholarships or been accepted for instruction at Washington School of Ballet, the Harid Conservatory of Ballet, the Kirov School of Ballet, the Central Pennsylvania Ballet, the Vermont Berklyn Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, the American Academy of Ballet, the Suzanne Farrell program at the Kennedy Center, Nevada Dance Theater and the School of American Ballet.
In addition to training young ballet dancers, the Academy has appointed Mrs. Razzetti as a certified mentor to assist in the training and coaching of instructors who wish to complete the required teaching course and examination procedure which will qualify them to obtain their Registered Teaching Status.
Lindsay Johnson, RAD RTS began her training with ABSA and has passed RAD exams through Advanced 1. Interested in the choreographic side of dance, she led dance teams in high school and college. Earning a B.S. in Arts Management through Indiana University in 2010, she earned her Registered Teaching Status after graduation, and immediately began teaching and choreographing for ABSA. She has also worked as a choreographer for the Annapolis Opera and Colonial Players, and is currently the Dance Instructor at The Key School.
Brook Johnson, RAD RTS began her training in Ann Arbor, Michigan at The Community School of Ballet under John and Camilla Chiapuris. She has successfully passed RAD examinations through Advanced 1. With a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Michigan, specifically specializing in working with children and youth, Brook brings a unique perspective on the positive role the arts can play in the development of children. She became a registered teacher with RAD and joined ABSA in 2015.