Our Registered Teachers (RAD RTS) are certified with the Royal Academy of Dance 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. ABSA has additional teaching staff that are highly qualified as both teachers and dancers, adding a well rounded perspective to our program.
Lindsay Zetter Lucas, RAD RTS: Owner, Artistic Director began her training in dance at three years old, and began with ABSA at five, completing RAD exams through Advanced 1. Growing up she performed locally, attended a variety of prestigious summer intensives, and trained under a teacher from School of American Ballet. A choreographer at heart, she led dance teams throughout high school and college. Earning a B.S. in Arts Management through Indiana University, she earned her RAD Registered Teaching Status after graduation, and 2011 immediately began teaching and choreographing for ABSA. As the performance director, she is the choreographer, set designer, and stage manager for every show. She formed a successful Junior Company within ABSA that provided additional performance opportunities, including collaborations with the Annapolis Opera, dinner theater shows, and winter showcases. She has worked as a choreographer for the Colonial Players, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre and The Gilman School, and has been the dance instructor and choreographer at The Key School since 2015.
Gabriela D’Andrea, ARAD RTS began her training at Cisne Negro Dance Studio in São Paulo, Brazil where she obtained her Advanced Foundation. After completing her B. Sc. in Biology, she moved to Boulder, CO and went back to dancing and teaching. Under the direction of Ms Vera Stephenson, RAD Examiner, she passed RAD exams Advanced 1 and 2 while also teaching. She completed her Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education with the RAD in 2017 and earned the Registered Teaching Status in 2019. She prepared students for exams in Rome for 3 years at Accademia del Balletto before moving to Maryland. In 2022 she completed the level 1 teacher training in Rambert Grades syllabus for contemporary dance. She has joined ABSA in 2020 and currently teaches ballet and creative dance at the Greenbelt Dance Program.
Sarah Macdonald grew up in Portland, Oregon, where she trained at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. She continued her dance training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Ballet Austin and went on to dance with Ballet Theatre of Maryland from 2013-2020. Sarah graduated from Northeastern University in 2022 with a Liberal Studies degree and a Business minor, and she is also certified in both yoga and Pilates. Sarah has been teaching ballet classes for over a decade now and is excited to share her passion, knowledge, and experience with the students at ABSA.
Mark McCormack began his R.A.D. dance training at the Brisbane Academy of Dance in Queensland, Australia. At 16 he received a scholarship to the Queensland Dance School of Excellence at the Queensland Ballet under the direction of Angus Lugsdin. Mark went on to earn his Diploma of Arts majoring in Classical Ballet at the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne, Australia, under the directorship of Beverly Jane Fry.
In 2004 he joined the Twelfth Night Theatre’s production of ‘Dad’s Army’, touring Brisbane and the Gold Coast. In 2005 he Joined Act inc’s production of ‘My Fair Lady’ at the Comedy Theatre His international career began in 2007 when he joined Cinevox Dance Company in Switzerland. Since then he has worked with Atlantic City Ballet (New Jersey), Double Take Dance (Manhattan), Galveston Ballet (Texas), Montgomery Ballet (Alabama), Alabama Dance Theatre (Alabama) and Ballet Theatre of Maryland (Maryland). In 2022 Mark hung up his performance shoes and retired as a principal dancer.
Mark began teaching at the National Theatre Ballet School in 2008. During this time, he received his certification for Personal Training from the Australian Institute of Fitness. Since moving to the United States, Mark has guest taught and adjudicated for numerous schools and companies. Highlights include: Ballet Theatre of Maryland company and their Conservatory of Dance, Atlantic City Ballet company auditions at Ailey Studios in Manhattan, company class at Montgomery Ballet, Montgomery Ballet School, the Montgomery Ballet’s Youth Company auditions, master classes with Galveston Ballet, Level Dance Project, Apex Summer Bridge Program, adjudicating for the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Houston, Delaware Arts Conservatory, guest teaching and adjudicating the Priscilla Payson Foundation. Mark is continuing his fitness training with Power Pilates and is eager to share the benefits with his students.
Eileen Razzetti, RAD RTS: Director Emerita and Founder 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.