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.

Haley-BradstreetHaley Bradstreet

Instructor / Professional Dancer

Haley began her dance training in her home state of New Jersey under the teachings of Lori Koller. She continued her training attending summer intensives with The Rock School, Saratoga Summer Dance, and The Mercyhurst Dance Experience where she was blessed to work with Bruce Marks, Melinda Roy, Ashley Bouder, and Eva Szabo. Haley graduated from Mercyhurst University cum laude in 2012 with a BA in Dance and a minor in Arts Administration. A versatile artist, Haley has also performed as an actress at the Off-Broadstreet Theatre in Black Tie (Elsie) and The Fantasticks (The Mute).

Haley spent three years in Philadelphia teaching the members of Penn Ballet at the University of Pennsylvania, and early childhood development classes at the Philadelphia Dance Academy. She has performed with Beyond Dance Company, Reverie Dance Theatre, and Esstant Dance Company. Haley became the Programing Manager of the Koresh Dance Company after managing the inaugural Come Together Dance Festival in 2013.

Having moved to Vermont in 2016, she is now dancing in a new contemporary company, PH Dance & Ers, and teaching throughout Vermont. She is thrilled to now bring her expertise to the Ballet School of Vermont.

Kaarin ShipitkoKaarin Shipitko

Instructor / Ballet, Pilates

Kaarin received her early training at the School of the Richmond Ballet. In 2008, she moved to New York to attend New York University and continue training at Steps on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center. While in New York she began freelancing with a variety of companies and projects. In 2012 she moved to Florida to dance with Florida Dance Theatre, where she enjoyed performing principal roles in new contemporary ballet productions. Her career then took her to Russia to join The Omsk State Musical Theatre Ballet Company. There she had the opportunity to dance in many Russian classics including Swan Lake, Bakhchisarai Fountain, and Ruslan and Ludmilla and to perform divertissements in operas and theater productions. In 2015 she was excited to return to New York to resume freelancing work in the city and finish her degree at New York University. Kaarin has a B.A. from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Ballet as a Reflection of Culture and the State.

Kaarin Shipitko came to Pilates through her career as a professional ballet dancer. After a serious injury, she started taking classes and fell in love with all Pilates had to offer. After dancing in the U.S. and Russia she decided that she wanted to be able to share the benefits she found in Pilates with others and began training to teach at Pilates Academy International in New York City. She is a Certified Pilates Instructor in the Mat and Reformer repertoire for all levels. Kaarin loves that Pilates can be adapted to different bodies and fitness levels making it an ideal fitness method no matter where you are in your life. She focuses her classes on getting a good workout while maintaining alignment and increasing the students’ awareness of their own bodies. Kaarin is passionate about teaching both Pilates and Ballet to adults and children and loves seeing all her students make connections between their mind and body.


Callye Robinson

Guest Teacher / 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 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.


Drew Grant

Guest Teacher / Professional Dancer

Drew was born in Philadelphia, PA. He trained on full scholarship with the Dance Center in West Chester, PA and The School of American Ballet in New York City. He attended summer courses with The School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Chautauqua Institution on full scholarship.

He has danced professionally with Los Angeles Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet, Carolina Ballet and Stadt Theater Chemnitz in Germany. Finishing his career as a principal dancer with Charlotte Ballet (formerly NCDT).

Through this career he has danced principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Alonzo King, Dwight Rhoden, Amy Seiwert, Helen Pickett and, many more.

Steffi-ThomasStephanie Thomas

Guest Teacher / Professional Dancer / Pilates Instructor

Alisia Pobega

Guest Teacher, Professional Dancer

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.