Certified in the American Ballet Theatre
National Training Curriculum

Dalia Rawson  Director; former Ballet SJ dancer, ABT Artistic Board of Examiners
Le Mai Linh School Director; former Ballet SJ dancer, ABT NTC Fellow
Elizabeth Hutter Principal, Primary Division Coordinator, ABT NTC Fellow
Amy Macon Ballet Faculty; former professional dancer, ABT NTC Fellow
Jing Zhang Ballet FacultyFormer Soloist Silicon Valley Ballet,  ABT NTC Fellow
Alexsandra Meijer Ballet Faculty, former SVB Principal Dancer, ABT Affiliate Teacher
Laura Burton Ballet Faculty and Contemporary Program Manager, ABT NTC Fellow
Michelle D’Alo Ballet Faculty,  Drop-In Class Instructor, ABT Certified Teacher
Alysa Reinhardt Ballet Faculty and Studio Company Dancer, ABT Certified Teacher
Mariana Sobral Ballet Faculty and ABT Certified Teacher

Additional Faculty

José Manuel Carreño Summer Intensive Special Guest Faculty
Fred Matthews Choreography Workshop Instructor
Ty Danzl Tap Instructor and Studio Company Dancer
Sarah Stevens Ballet Instructor and Studio Company Dancer
Aaron Thayer Former Smuin Dancer
Camille Wheeler Studio Company strength and conditioning coach


Dalia Rawson Director
Laura Burton Managing Director
Dziem Nguyen School Operations Manager
Dr. Elizabeth Hutter Wellness Coordinator
Vivian Do Accountant and Human Resources Manager
Thomas Shoebotham New Ballet Orchestra Conductor
Naomi Sailors Ballet Master


Havilah Blum
Peter Colclasure
Svetlana Elenkova
Jason Grey
Daniel Gautier
Kevin McAndrews
Natalia Pressman
Cliff Rawson
Nathaniel Stevens

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Dalia Rawson


Dalia Rawson is the Director of The New Ballet Studio Company and The New Ballet School - San Jose. From 1991 to 2006, Dalia Rawson performed a wide variety of leading roles as a dancer with Ballet San Jose. Rawson began teaching at BSJ School in 2000, and was named Ballet Mistress in 2007, Principal in 2012, and Director in 2014. In 2013 Rawson was awarded a Fellowship from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet. An ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum, Rawson is also a member of the ABT Artistic Board of Examiners. In 2016, Rawson’s production of The San Jose Nutcracker premiered to sold out houses and critical acclaim. About the work, Tad Malone of The San Jose Metro said, “Ultimately, this show’s captivating success comes down to the meticulous and inspired vision of The New Ballet School’s executive director and choreographer, Dalia Rawson. The routines were intricate, graceful - oftentimes unfurling into each other in remarkably fluid transition.”

Le Mai Linh

School Director

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Le Mai Linh trained in his native Vietnam and at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, where he won the Carl Wolz Prize. After joining Ballet San Jose in 1994, his work as a principal dancer received high praise in national publications. He has performed as a guest artist, notably dancing the role of Albrecht in Oakland Ballet’s Izzy Award winning revival of Frederic Franklin’s Giselle. Mr. Linh is known for his meticulous coaching. His students regularly place in the final round of the prestigious Youth American Grand Prix. Linh is an ABT Distinguished Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. He teaches students in the Junior and Senior Pre-Professional Divisions, and is invited to teach around the country as a master teacher.


Laura Burton

managing director

As a versatile performer in many genres of dance, Laura Burton was recognized as a performer both in top competition awards and convention accolades. She attended Virginia Tech as a Business Major and was an executive and lead choreographer for the Dance Company of Virginia Tech while simultaneously coaching a nationally ranked High School dance team. Upon graduation, Laura completed the advanced level of Broadway Dance Centers IAP training program. She performed for various companies and choreographers in New York and choreographed works featured at Judson Church and the Artists in the Kitchen Festival. Laura holds an MA in Dance Education from NYU and was the Assistant School Coordinator and Summer Intensive Coordinator at Peridance Capezio Center. Upon moving to California, she began working for BSJ and eventually became Operations Manager of the school.

Laura has been a teacher for over 15 years. In addition to the New Ballet, she is currently on faculty at ODC in San Francisco. Laura is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Dr. Elizabeth Hutter


Dr. Elizabeth Hutter, PsyD trained with Boston Ballet and danced with Boston Ballet II. She earned her B.A. at Georgetown University, her certification in Shakespearean literature and performance at Oxford University, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in Chicago, followed by an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She worked as a psychotherapist at the Art Institute of Chicago, encouraging healthy development of artistic expression.

An ABT Distinguished Teacher, Dr. Hutter delights in combining her career and personal passions as Ballet Faculty and Primary Division Coordinator, and in teaching ballet in an environment that supports psychological wellness. She additionally serves as Performance Enhancement Advisor as part of The New School's Wellness program.

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Thomas Shoebotham


Shoebotham is chief conductor for New Ballet in San Jose, California. From 2007-2018 he was Music Director of Palo Alto Philharmonic, where he gained recognition for creating compelling concerts that featured both traditional masterpieces and newer works by various current composers, including Chris Theofanidis, Roberto Sierra, Stephen Paulus, Lee Actor, and Jennifer Higdon. In addition, he has conducted numerous other orchestras in both the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere, including Peninsula Symphony, the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, Albuquerque Philharmonic, Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, the St. Peter’s Chamber Orchestra, and the Rio Grande Chamber Symphony.

As an opera and ballet conductor Shoebotham has conducted performances with Opera San José (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Lyric Theatre of San Jose (Iolanthe), The New Ballet (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker), West Bay Opera (The Last Tycoon), Emerald City Opera in Steamboat Springs (Le Nozze di Figaro), Berkeley Opera (Otello, Béatrice et Bénédict, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Cosí fan Tutte, and L’italiana in Algeri), Opera on Tap San Francisco (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Verismo Opera (Otello).