NBT Instructors

Our instructors, led by Edra Toth, have decades
of performance and teaching experience.

Edra Toth

(Ballet, Pointe)

Edra Toth was born in Budapest, Hungary and left with her family at the age of 4 during the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and came to Boston.  She became the protégé of E. Virginia Williams, the founder of Boston Ballet, at the age of 13, dancing in Les Sylphides.  She was promoted to Principal dancer within two short years, and became a national star at the age of 16, dancing the lead in Giselle opposite Ivan Nagy in less than a weeks’ notice.  She was the Prima Ballerina and leading star for the Boston Ballet for over ten years, dancing with some of the world's leading male dancers such as Rudolf Nureyev, Ivan Nagy, Samuel Kurkjian, Edward Villella, and Woytek Lowski.  While in Boston Ballet, she danced every ballerina role such as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Cinderella, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Carmen in Carmen, Swanhilda in Copelia, and Swan Queen in Swan Lake.  Her Balanchine repertory includes the Sylph in Scotch Symphony, 2nd Movement in Symphony C, Tchaikovsky pas de deus, Allegro Brilliant, Terpsichore in Apollo, Liberty Bell in Stars and Stripes, Tarantella, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Pas de Dix, Donizetti Variations, and Vase Fantasia.  She has also danced the role of the Cowgirl in Rodeo,  Corsaire pas de deus, Arietta, Sea Alliance and many original works in the Boston Ballet’s annual Choreography Showcase Competitions.  Miss Toth also danced at Boston’s Symphony Hall with the Boston Symphony under the direction of the great maestro Arthur Fielder which was filmed and aired nationally on PBS.  As a Guest Artist, Miss Toth has danced internationally and created the role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.  She also studied the Bournonville technique in Denmark for four years with Adel Pederson and Fleming Rydberg.  Miss Toth has also been Principal dancer with the Boston Reperatory Ballet and danced the role of Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker with the North Atlantic Ballet.  Miss Toth has appeared with the Boston Dance Company in Ruth St. Denis’ Incense,  James Reardon’s Trauermusik and Verdi Variations.  Miss Toth’s own choreography includes, Magic Mountain, Seamus’ Quest, Dracula, The Pirate and the Gypsy, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Snow White.  Miss Toth’s dedication to the art of ballet lead her to open her own ballet school in 1973 while at the apex of her career.  This school has evolved into that which is now Northeastern Ballet Theatre.  Miss Toth was asked by Governor Lynch of New Hampshire to join the Governor’s Council on the Arts, and is a former member.  Miss Toth continues to inspire the young dancers of today through her passion and dedication to passing on the classical traditions of ballet.

John Ling

(Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Stretch and Strengthening)

Mr. Ling is the Head of the Dance Department at Brewster Academy. Performing principal roles in such classics as The Nutcracker and La Corsaire Pas de Deux, to more contemporary choreography, John’s career has spanned several professional dance companies, which include The Lumiere Ballet, The Eglevsky Ballet, New York Dance theatre, Granite State Ballet and numerous ballroom and jazz companies. John trained with the Jeoffrey Ballet School in NY as well as NY Conservatory, among others. He has also appeared in musical such as 42nd Street, Kismet and A Chorus Line. Mr. Ling has been teaching and performing with Northeastern Ballet Theatre since 2006.

Lissa Curtis

(Ballet, Pointe, Pilates)

At age six Lissa began her ballet training with The Seacoast Ballet Company under Larry and Colleen Robertson where she performed in Carmina Burana, Paquita, and in The Nutcracker. Her training continued with Mihailo Djuric, Susan Duffy, John Prinz, Elisa Gerasin, Christine Simes, Angela Carter, and David Drummond with key roles in Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Stars and Stripes. She spent her summers with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre and three summers at Boston Ballet with pre-acceptance status. Lissa was hired for four years with the Boston Dance Company touring for The Nutcracker. She performed with Northeastern Ballet Theatre under former Boston Ballet prima, Edra Toth, where she made her debut at 16 years old as Lucy in Dracula. She partnered with ABT and Boston Ballet dancer, Eric Lindemer, in the original production of The Pirate and the Gypsy, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and as the Sugar Plum fairy for 'The All New Hampshire' Nutcracker. Lissa went on to receive her B.S. in Exercise Science and her B.A. in Theater and Dance from the University of New Hampshire where she was featured in principle roles in Scenes dan un Salon, Paquita, and Echoes of the Highlands. She received the Richard A. Morse scholarship award for excellence in theater and dance. She has been a permanent guest artist with Great Bay Academy of Dance taking leading roles in Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella, Peter and the Wolf, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. In college Lissa became the youngest person in the world to receive a comprehensive classical pilates certification through Peak Pilates. She also competed for four years in the Miss NH Scholarship Program earning over $23,000. She became a spokesperson, volunteer, fundraiser, and advocate for many non- profit organizations across NH which won her community service awards, recognition and support from the Governor on multiple occasions, and a copy of her work in the Congressional Record. She competed at the World Ballet Open Competition in Sibiu, Romania and was offered a position to return as a company member/guest artist with Teatrul de Balet Sibiu. Lissa is currently a faculty member and company dancer for NBT, and part of the ballet staff at UNH, as of September 2015.

Karen Ponton

(Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Pointe)

Miss Karen has been teaching ballet and pointe for thirty years, drawing on her background as a nurse to focus on correct technique and proper alignment to prevent injury. Before coming to NBT in 2011, she taught in CT and then the Midwest, most recently in Minnesota, where she developed the pointe curriculum for Fourth Street Dance Center in White Bear Lake. Miss Karen was trained primarily in the Vagonova tradition and the (Gus) Giordano Jazz technique, and she still takes class whenever she can. Miss Karen attended the DEA Teacher Training School in NYC and was certified as a dance instructor by NADAA. While in CT, she performed with the Coulon Danse Consortium in its ballet and jazz companies, and she appears as Frau Silberhause in NBT's The Nutcracker.

Susan Endrizzi


Susan Ingraham Endrizzi began her training at the Robertson School of Classical Ballet. In 1994 she received her B.F.A. in dance performance from Butler University. Her professional credits include performances with Ballet New England and Ballet Theatre of Pennsylvania. Endrizzi joined Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre of Boston in 1995 where she danced original choreography for 9 years, taught all levels for 8 years, and was a rehearsal assistant for 2 years. Other teaching credits include University of Massachusetts Boston and Portsmouth School of Ballet. Endrizzi teaches Ballet I, Ballet II and Pointe at the University of New Hampshire. She is also a personal trainer and has taught ballet fitness classes.

Courtney Sanborn


Miss Courtney began serious dance training at age 10 at Ballet Tech Ohio, under the direction of Claudia Rudolph Barrett. Her dance education includes intensive study in Modern Dance, Character, Classical Ballet, Pas de deux, and Variations. From there, She continued training at the Otto M. Budig School of Cincinnati Ballet, Houston Repertoire Ballet, Studio of Dance, and Joffrey Ballet School. Performance Repertoire Includes principal roles in La Fille Mal Gardee, Pinocchio, and Coppelia. Variations from La Bayadere, Paquita, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Flower Festival Genzano, The Nutcracker, and Stars and Stripes. As well as leading roles in contemporary original choreography by Alexi Kremnev, Claudia Rudolph Barrett, and Gilbert Rome. Courtney has had the privilege to perform at many venues and festivals including the Jarson Kaplan Theater in Cincinnati, and Lincoln Center, New York. Honors include Silver medalist Youth America Grand Prix 2002 Semi-Finals, BFA in Painting from Southern Methodist University, 2010, and an MFA in Painting from University of New Hampshire, 2014. After six years of exploring other interests, she returned to dancing at Northeastern Ballet Theater in October of 2014. Courtney now resides in Dover, NH where she works as an Artist, Gardener, and Dancer.

Victoria Sottosanti

(Pre-Ballet, Ballet)

Victoria received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Hampshire. She's a non-fiction author who writes personal essays, profiles, and memoir, among which are stories that tell the pain and glory of the studio, the stage, and the dancers that inhabit them. Growing up outside of Boston, Victoria trained in gymnastics and classical ballet from the age of three to twelve. When her family moved to New Hampshire, Victoria pursued other passions; acquiring experience in acting, teaching children, and coaching gymnastics. In college, Victoria danced with the UNH Ballet Company where she performed in the Argentinian Tango Ballet (Spring of 2012). Since then, she has trained under Edra with NBT, performing in The Nutcracker (Winter 2014), Beauty and the Beast, Le Corsaire (Summer 2015), and Coppélia (Summer 2016). She runs the children's summer camps, and teaches Pre-Ballet, Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet III, and Intermediate Adult classes.