Mattison Diane Bedinghaus spent most of her early years training with Allison Norton beginning at the early age of four. Her dedication to the art led to several offers to pre-professional training programs including The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, The Nutmeg Conservatory of the Arts, Sarasota Ballet School, Orlando Ballet School, The Rock School, and The Carreno Dance Festival. She also attended the Patel Conservatory’s Next Generation Ballet Summer Intensive Program and the Sarasota Cuban Ballet Summer Intensive, both on partial scholarship.
Some of her achievements include being awarded fifth place at the Universal Ballet Competition in the Senior Women’s division as well as sixth place in the Senior Women’s Contemporary division.
Mattison trained one year at the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory from 2017-2018 before being asked to join Sarasota Studio Company in 2018.
During her two seasons at Sarasota Ballet Studio Company, Mattison has performed in various full length ballet’s including Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, Galina Samsova’s Paquita, Sir Peter Wright’s Giselle, and Matthew Hart’s John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker.
Mattison has been selected as a Gaynor Girl for Gaynor Minden. She has also served as an ambassador for the Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema. In addition to her performance career, Mattison has taught at The Sarasota Ballet School and Margaret Barbieri Conservatory as a full-time faculty member for two years. She is an ABT certified teacher in levels Pre-Primary through Level 3.
Thrilled to be one of the founding company members with Azara Ballet, Mattison very much looks forward to the upcoming official start of the first season. It is a dream come true.