Guest Instructors

2019 Summer Ballet Intensives

Tricia Albertson

Former Company, Lexington Ballet and Ballet Theatre of Ohio
June 17- June 21, 2019

Tricia Albertson was born in Newburgh, N.Y., and raised in Santa Cruz, California. She began her
ballet training at The Studio School of Classical Ballet with Vicki Bergland and Rebecca Bartlow.
Albertson received additional training attending summer programs at San Francisco Ballet School
and the School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York City. In 1995, she attended SAB as a full-time
student for two years, and in 1997, she joined Miami City Ballet as a coryphée. In 2001, she was
promoted to soloist. In 2005, Albertson was promoted to principal soloist, and in 2006, she was
promoted to principal dancer.
In her 22 years with Miami City Ballet, Albertson has had the privilege to dance most of the corps,
soloist, and principal roles in the company’s repertoire. She has also had the opportunity to originate
roles for Justin Peck and Liam Scarlett. In the off-season, Albertson has enjoyed performing as a
guest artist with the Maryland Regional Ballet performing full-length ballets such as Swan Lake, The
Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. Albertson has also been a guest teacher at Toledo Ballet and Cary
Ballet Conservatory.


Ashley Knox

Principal, Miami City Ballet
July 22 – July 26, 2019

Originally from Shelby Township, Michigan. Ms Knox began her dance training with Ann Parsley’s School of Dance at age 3 and studied more seriously with Cornelia Sampson at The Rochester School of Dance until the age of 15. Her summers were spent at the School of American Ballet, where she was invited to continue her training for the next two years in their year-round program. Knox joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2002, promoted to the corps de ballet in 2003, and promoted to soloist in 2017. Since joining the company, Knox has been featured in ballets such as George Balanchine’s Apollo, Emeralds, Serenade, Symphony in Three Movements, and Concerto Barocco. She has danced Justin Peck’s Heatscape and Year of the Rabbit, as well as Classics such as Flower Festival and Peasant Pas from Giselle. She originated roles in Liam Scarlett’s Viscera and Brian Brook’s One Line Drawn. Knox has had the honor of dancing internationally in Germany and Australia, as well as joining Miami City Ballet on acclaimed tours to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Kennedy Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Paris.


Soili Arvola

Former Principal National Ballet of Finland

July 29 – August 2, 2019

At the age of eight, Soili Arvola was accepted to the Ballet Academy of the National Opera House in Helsinki, Finland. After graduating from the Academy at the age of 17, she was invited to join the National Ballet of Finland and toured with the company around the world.

While dancing with the San Francisco Ballet for 4 years, she and her husband Leo Ahonen started their partnership both on stage and off. Miss Arvola’s performance partnership with her husband lasted thirty years. In 1972 Tokyo’s NHK-TV produced a half-hour special of Miss Arvola and Mr. Ahonen in their monthly program: The World of Music. And in 1976, on the Day of Constitution, they became citizens of the United States.

Among her numerous honors, Miss Arvola received a Bronze Medal and a diploma for high artistic achievement in Women’s Senior Category (professional category) at the prestigious 1972 International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. In 1975 she was the Texas State winner of Outstanding Young Woman of America.

Miss Arvola has appeared as the featured guest artist with Finnish National Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Chicago Ballet, Houston Ballet, London’s Royal Ballet Choreographic Group, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Ballet International de Ochi of Japan, and with numerous symphony orchestras, opera companies and civic ballet companies throughout the United States and abroad.

Her roles as ballerina include: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Coppelia, Don Quixote, among many, many others. She also choreographs and stages most of the Classics, and lately she has become a creator of “new style” full-length ballets including: Tarzan, Dracula, Samson and Delilah.

Miss Arvola not only choreographs her ballets, she also writes the libretto, chooses the music, and designs and makes the costumes herself. She retired from performing in 2006 after a long, healthy career of 40 years, never cancelling a performance!

In 2009 she was the adjudicator for Regional Dance America/Southwest.

In 2005 Miss Arvola received the first Marie Bollinger Vogt Achievement Award at Toledo Ballet’s 65th annual Nutcracker. In these performances she also danced the role of “Sugar Plum Fairy” for the last time – a role she began portraying in 1970!

Miss Arvola has influenced generations of Toledo Ballet students since her first appearance on their stage—she has been a regular guest artist or visiting instructor for Toledo Ballet since 1973. In 2013, she choreographed and staged the classic romantic ballet Giselle for Toledo Ballet. A longtime friend of Toledo Ballet Founder and Artistic Director Emerita Marie Bollinger Vogt, Miss Arvola was honored as being one of three “legendary ladies” of Toledo Ballet’s history, at the Legends Studio naming ceremony held in 2015.

Featured Insructors

2019 Summer Musical Theatre Intensive

July 15 – July 19, 2019

Lisa Mayer, Artistic Director & School Director

Lisa Mayer, Toledo Ballet Artistic Director & School Director

Toledo Ballet alum Lisa Mayer is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.  Ms. Mayer worked as a professional dancer in NYC for 20 plus years and studied with some of the best ballet masters in the world.  Broadway credits include CatsCarouselThoroughly Modern Millie, and Beauty and the Beast. Ms. Mayer is an adjunct professor in the University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre Department.


Michael Lang, Resident Choreographer & Director

michaelMichael Lang has been a resident Director / Choreographer for The Toledo Ballet since 2007. He has created nine original works for Toledo Ballet including: Ballet Tapestry (2007); Outside the Lines (2008); Révérence (2009), Press One for More Options (2010), Museum of Dreams (2011), If These Walls Could Dance (2012), Tied Notes (2013), From Heart to Quill (2014), Alice in Wonderland (2015) and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2016). Other choreographic credits for Toledo Ballet include: All are One (Toledo Museum of Art – Original work inspired by and interactively performed with Thai Artist Pineree Sanpitak’s Anything Can Break); L’Histoire du Soldat (Toledo Symphony); and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (Toledo Symphony). Mr. Lang performed for more than a decade on Broadway, including the original Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast.  Mr. Lang is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, a certified Pilates instructor, and a licensed massage therapist.

2019 Summer Dance Camps

June 24-28, 2019, and July 8-12, 2019

Cassandra Macino began training in classical ballet at age nine under the instruction of Ms. Gail Grant-Ryan in Toledo, Ohio. At the age of twelve, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship from the School of American Ballet in New York City given by Suzanne Farrell, former principal with New York City Ballet. Her scholarship continued through age seventeen. Ms. Macino continued to study extensively in New York City, at American Ballet Theatre, Harkness House for Ballet Arts, and Joeffrey Ballet. She also studied classical ballet with Finis Jhung, and in particular with Melissa Hayden and Willy Burmann. Additionally, Ms. Macino has studied jazz at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center under renowned jazz instructors: Chuck Kelly, Phil Black, Betsy Haug, and Frank Hatchett.
Ms. Macino founded the Cassandra School of Ballet in 1972. In 1981, she founded The Cassandra Ballet of Toledo, a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors.
Ms. Macino has choreographed over 100 original dances and has staged and produced a variety of classical ballets: The Sleeping Beauty Ballet—Act III; Cinderella Ballet; La Boutique Fantasque, Nutcracker Act II Divertissements; Hansel & Gretel; and The Little Match Girl. She also wrote and choreographed an original, full-length ballet, Visions of Sugar Plums with music by Rossini/Respighi.
Ms. Macino served two years on the Ohio Arts Council Board of Directors and on the Board for the Toledo Arts Commission. The Cassandra Ballet of Toledo has performed with The Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts, The Toledo Opera and Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series for 35 years.                                                                                                                                                                                    Students from the Cassandra Ballet have been accepted into the most prominent summer dance programs in the country including School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet, Joeffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Kirov Ballet in Washington,D.C.  Many alumnae have gone on to dance professionally with companies such as Miami City Ballet, New York Contemporary Dance Theatre, New Jersey Ballet, San Francisco Contemporary Dance, and Pittsburgh Ballet.
Ms. Macino attributes the success of her teaching to tradition, perseverance, and meticulous attention to detail.