Dianna Cuatto, Artistic Director of the Ballet Theater of Maryland (BTM), has forged a full and varied career in the performing arts. Born and raised in Utah, Dianna began taking dance classes at the tender age of 3, receiving exposure to tap, ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Strong-willed and determined, she begged her mother at the age of 9 to let her audition for the reputed Ballet West, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her mother gave her consent. Dianna earned a spot and, within four years, was hired into the corps de ballet at 13, promoted to soloist by 14, and danced principal roles by the age of 16 with the company—a position typically reserved for older, experienced dancers.
Over the next several decades Dianna dramatically expanded her repertoire of artistic skills throughout the nation, from Sacramento to Vermont. She choreographed waltzes and musicals, headed up a children’s dance company, taught and received her master’s degree in dance, worked in Hollywood and even performed at the Oscars. In 2003, she took the reins as artistic director with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM). Dianna has brought an extraordinary level of professionalism and experience to the company. Recently, she took some time to discuss BTM’s mission, her aspirations for its future, a very special upcoming performance, and more.
The Ballet Theatre of Maryland will present several performances of the Nutcracker this holiday season. For more information on dates, location, tickets, etc., log onto the website.
Photo credits: Dianna Cuatto’s head shot taken by Dan Biegel; Nutcracker scenes taken by Nick Eckert.
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