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 (CBTS) 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, and awarded Registered Teaching Status (RTS)
Eileen Razzetti, RAD RTS, Founder, Artistic Director
Founder and Artistic Director of ABSA, Eileen 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. Prior to establishing ABSA, she 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.
Lindsay Johnson, RAD RTS, Associate Artistic Director
Lindsay Johnson is a former ABSA student, successfully passing RAD examinations through Advanced 1 in the vocational syllabus. After Graduating from Indiana University-Bloomington with a BS in Arts Management, she completed her CBTS and was granted RTS in 2012. She has taught at ABSA since 2008 and is involved in preparing students for the RAD exams as well as choreographing, designing, and staging the school’s performances each spring. She is also currently the Dance Instructor/Choreographer at The Key School, and has worked on numerous community theater musicals and plays as a choreographer.
Brook Johnson, RAD RTS
Brook Johnson began studying classical ballet at the age of four in Ann Arbor, Michigan at The Community School of Ballet under John and Camilla Chiapuris. She has successfully passed all RAD children’s examinations as well as Advanced 1 in the vocational syllabus. She completed her CBTS and was granted RTS in 2015. 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 has worked extensively with children as a preschool teacher, social worker, mentor, dance teacher, and, perhaps most proudly, as a mommy to her two young children.