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.


Lauren Fadeley

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

Lauren Fadeley was born in Orlando, Fla., where she began her dance training at age four. She trained at the Orlando Ballet School and the School of Performing Arts in Florida, along with summer intensives at The Rock School for Dance Education and the School of American Ballet. In 2000 at age 15, after attending SAB for three consecutive summers, Fadeley moved to New York City to study there full time.

Once completing a year at SAB, Fadeley was invited by Peter Martins to join New York City Ballet (NYCB). While there, she performed in numerous works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon and Martins. After two years with NYCB, she decided to further her academic and dance education by attending Indiana University. While at IU, she performed principal roles in Serenade, Sonatine, The Nutcracker, Spring Waters, Cinderella, Who Cares?, Paquita, Napoli, and Allegro Brillante. In May 2007, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an outside field in Kinesiology.

From there, she went on to join the corps de ballet of the Pennsylvania Ballet in the fall of 2007. Fadeley was promoted to Soloist for the 2011 season and to Principal Dancer in 2012. During her nine seasons at Pennsylvania Ballet, she originated featured roles in Peter Quanz’ Jupiter Symphony, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose, Nicolo Fonte’s Grace Action and Matthew Neenan’s Pampeana, Keep, At the border, Beside them, they dwell, At Various Points and La Chasse. She has performed principal roles in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania, Divertissement Pas de Deux), “Emeralds” and “Diamonds” from Jewels, The Prodigal Son (The Siren), George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Arabian), Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (Striptease Girl), Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Serenade; Jerome Robbins’ In G Major, New York Export: Opus Jazz and Other Dances; Giselle; Coppélia; Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, Swan Lake(Odette/Odile), DGV, Justin Peck’s Chutes and Ladders; and Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan (Wendy).

Fadeley also has performed featured roles in The Four Temperaments, Agon, Ballo della Regina, Messiah, Kazimir’s Colours, Cinderella (Summer Fairy), Five Tangos, La Sylphide, Barber Violin Concerto, Chroma, Without Words, Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove, Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land and Petite Mort, and William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, The Second Detail and In the middle, somewhat elevated.

Fadeley performed in the Academy Award-winning film “Black Swan” and danced for Pope Francis at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. She has appeared as a guest artist with the Carolina Ballet and Stars of American Ballet, as well as with BalletX at the Vail International Dance Festival in 2012 and at The Joyce Theater in New York City in 2013. She also has participated in such benefit performances as Dance Against Cancer in NYC, and Dancing for a Cure in Columbus, Ohio. She is married to former Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer Francis Veyette.

She joined Miami City Ballet as a soloist in 2016 and promoted to principal soloist in 2017.


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

Meridith Heckler graduated for Kenyon College with a double major degree in Education track of American Studies and Psychology.  She has taught pre-school – 3rd grade in Ohio, Colorado and Guatemala.  She is a registered yoga teacher and a former member of the Toledo Ballet Company (under the direction of Lisa-Mayer).