Our Faculty

Maryellen-VickeryMaryellen Vickery

Artistic Director / ABT® Certified Instructor

Maryellen Vickery is the artistic director of BSVT. She received her early training from her mother, Ruth Vickery. As a child, she auditioned and was chosen to perform with The New York City Ballet at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. In high school, she studied at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, Hartford Ballet Company, and North Carolina School for the Performing Arts, all under scholarship and in the advance placement level.

Maryellen also has had extensive training from master teachers such as: Cherie Noble. Arthur Leeth, Peter Anastous, and Nolan Dingman. For the last twelve years, she has taught and choreographed classical and contemporary ballet for dancers of all levels. She opened The Ballet School in 2001.

Maryellen has staged several full-length ballet theater productions: The Ugly Duckling, Petrushka, Hansel & Gretel, Snow White, Peter and the Wolf, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Coppelia, Alice in Wonderland, and Sleeping Beauty. Other choreographic projects include an original Winter Illuminations Holiday Performance at Bellows Free Academy Theater featuring 802 String Quartet, an original twenty-minute ballet “Scrooge” and several contemporary and classical ballet pieces performed at St. Albans Festival of Trees, Vergennes Opera House and the Flynn Theater.

Maryellen is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 & Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She lives in St. Albans with her husband and three children.


Callye Robinson

Instructor / Professional Dancer

Callye Andra Robinson retired from the stage in 2012 as a First Soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. While with the company, she danced lead roles in such productions as Romeo and Juliet by Jean Christophe Maillot, Sleeping Beauty by Mats Ek, The Nutcracker by Fernand Nault, Cinderella by Stijn Celis, and the Beast and the Beauty by Kader Belarbi. Her repertoire also includes lead roles in ballets by Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, and Helgi Thomasson.

Ms. Robinson was a Soloist with Miami City Ballet under Edward Villella and danced lead roles in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Stars and Stripes, Tarantella, and Glinka Pas de Trois among others. While with the company she was nominated by Mr. Villella for the Princess Grace Awards. She was a founding member of American Ballet Theater Studio Company under Jeremy Blanton and Kevin McKenzie and was a trainee at Ballet Arizona.

Ms. Robinson started ballet at the age of 3 in Yuma, Arizona with Kathleen Sinclair and Jon Cristofori, directors of Ballet Yuma, a RDA honor company. She also studied with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona. As a student, she attended the Joffery Summer program in San Antonio, Texas and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail, Colorado, where she was invited to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia.

Ms. Robinson is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management. She lives in Essex Junction, VT, has two daughters, and is married to former Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal Soloist, John Hall.

Sarah-TallmanSarah Tallman

Guest Teacher / Professional Dancer / Choreographer

Currently Sarah is entering her tenth season as a company artist with Wonderbound. Off-season, Sarah has been a Principal Artist with Central City Opera performing in Carmen, Anna II in Seven Deadly Sins and Dream Laurey in Oklahoma!. Since joining Wonderbound, Sarah has danced leading roles in Garrett Ammon’s Smile, When the Power Goes Out, and tomorrow came, Intersection and An Occasional Dream. Sarah has also performed in original works by Alex Ketley, Amy Seiwert, Ma Cong, Jennifer Hart and Lauri Stallings.

An accomplished choreographer, Sarah has created several works for Wonderbound. Her works with Wonderbound have given her the opportunity to collaborate with visual artists Virginia Folkestad, and Laura Merage, as well as the musicians of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra. Sarah is currently collaborating with Dancer’s Confluence String Quartet for the 2013-14 season. Additionally Sarah has created original works for Colorado Conservatory of Dance, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre.

Sarah has been a faculty member of the Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Rocky Mountain School of Dance, and Burklyn Ballet Theatre’s Intermediate Program. Sarah serves as the Ballet Mistress for The Silhouettes.

Sarah lives in Denver with her loving husband. Her interests include yoga, the mountains, snowboarding, twinkling lights, and the color orange.

Alisia Pobega

Guest Teacher / Artist
Alisia Pobega was born in Hamilton, Ontario. She completed her dance training in Montréal at L’École Supérieure de Danse du Québec. As an apprentice, Alisia performed with Les Grands Ballets in ballets such as Les Sylphides (Fokine), Gala Performance (Tudor), Carmina Burana and The Nutcracker (Fernand Nault).

In 2000, under the direction of Gradimir Pankov, Alisia joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens as a member of the corps de ballet. In 2002, she was promoted to demi-soloist. Since then, she has danced many soloist roles in ballets by Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Didy Veldman, Stijn Celis, Kim Brandstrup, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, George Balanchine, Fernand Nault, Stephan Thoss, Marco Goecke, Christian Spuck, Mauro Bigonzetti and Mats Ek.

She has also appeared in several dance films, Vivaldi: Le Violon Magique and Puccini: La Fin de la Voix (produced by Ciné Qua Non Média), Liberamæ (directed by Marie- Christine Letourneux) and BERTH (produced and directed by Louis-Martin Charest). She is currently working as an independent artist and will next be performing on stage in Andrew Skeelʼs “Giovanniʼs Room”. Alisia is also actively involved in the development of the dance/film company LIBERAMÆ performance & films. Photo Credit: John Hall

Annemarie Waltz

Guest Teacher, Instructor Ballet Academy East

Annemarie Waltz studied ballet in Franklin County and Essex, VT with Manon Pellman, Judith Karstens, and Shelley Ismail. This training accompanied her participation in the dance program at Bellows Free Academy, directed by Ms. Pellman and Ms. Karstens. She spent a year in Montreal at L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec, the school of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and she then moved to Manhattan to study at the Juilliard School.

Annemarie graduated from the Juilliard School with a BFA in dance. She has performed classical works with the Eglevsky Ballet andDances Patrelle, and she has choreographed and performed with contemporary ballet groups in New York and Vermont. For two years she was a featured dancer in the national Broadway tour of Trevor Nunn’s production of Oklahoma!

She teaches at New York’s Ballet Academy East and returns to Vermont to teach and choreograph for dance students of Bellows Free Academy and The Ballet School of Vermont.