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The Academy

Tradition. Precision. Grace.

Who We Are

Founded in 1992 by Corinne Glover, the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy fills the need in the Santa Clarita Valley, as well as surrounding communities, with the finest Classical Ballet Training. The academy also offers training in Modern, Jazz, and Tap. Today, the academy is home over to 250 students, as well as 9 faculty, whom all enjoy the luxury of working in over 8,500 square feet of studio space.

 

The Santa Clarita Ballet Academy provides a comprehensive graded program based on the syllabus provided by the Royal Academy of Dance in London. The RAD is an international teaching organization committed to providing excellence in ballet. The Santa Clarita Ballet Academy uses this syllabus as a basis to ensure correct training and to inspire each student’s creativity, musicality, and dramatic expression. These elements must come together and be taught from the beginning. The Santa Clarita Ballet Academy is committed to meeting the needs of all students, both those who are seeking an outlet through dance to enhance grace, coordination, and posture and those who are studying seriously for possible future dance careers. In either case, it is our philosophy that all students must be encouraged to enjoy the spirit of dance, which should be freely felt through movement and self-expression. Each student is taught to progress according to his or her own ability.

 

All teachers are credentialed Royal Academy of Dance Instructors.

Executive Director

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Corinne Glover

Executive Director Corinne Glover was born into a family rich in dance tradition. Her aunt was a founding member of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), London in the 1920s and her mother was the original RAD organizer in the San Francisco area in the mid-1950s. Ms. Glover's training began at the age of six and includes Life Time membership in the Royal Academy of Dance. She was Director of English Ballet School in Los Angeles from 1976 to 1989, establishing herself as a very skilled and thorough teacher, coaching students of all levels. She opened the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy in 1992 and is the Academy's Director. She has guided the development and growth of both the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy and Santa Clarita Ballet Company.

Instructors

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Carol Guidry

Ballet

Carol Guidry, a native Angeleno received her formative dance training and Advanced 2 certificate with the Audrey Share School of Dance (RAD). As a soloist with the Minnesota Dance Theatre she was featured in works by Balanchine, Sir Fredrick Ashton, Glen Tetley, Eugene Loring, José Limon and Donald Byrd. Upon returning to the U.S. after an eight year career performing and choreographing in Germany Ms. Guidry danced for Toni Basil, Zina Bethune, L.A. Chamber Ballet; and choreographed productions for the Mark Taper Forum and the Ford Theater. Ms. Guidry was a lecturer at the Loyola Marymount University Dance Department from 2021 -2023. She is the principal choreographer and Artistic Director for the Santa Clarita Ballet Company and has been on the teaching staff at SCB since 1994.

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Suzanne Narbonne

Ballet/Pilates/Stretch

Suzanne Narbonne is a SCB alumna and holds her Advanced 2 certificate.

A graduate of UCSB, Suzanne has worked as a professional dancer and actor in Los Angeles for over a decade. 

She has danced for the LA Opera and the LA Philharmonic. 

Suzanne is a certified Pilates Instructor in mat and all classical apparatus. 

She a member of the award-winning Troubadour Theater Company. Suzanne feels fortunate to pass on this exquisite art-form to the next generation.

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Tawny Gentry

Ballet/Modern

Tawny was a member of Storling Dance Theater as well as Maxxas Dance Theatre. She has recently performed lead roles in several productions including, Butterfly, Suspended Grace, The Prodigal Daughter, and 3 Days. In Houston, Texas she danced with Ad Deum Dance Company and had the opportunity to tour several places including, Los Angeles, Florida, New York, Singapore and Malaysia. In addition to performing, she loves teaching as well as choreographing. Originally a product of Santa Clarita Ballet Academy, she is now a full time facility member.

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Instructors
Faculty
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Lee Knott

Ballet

Lee Knott began dancing at just 3 years old at Santa Clarita Ballet Academy where she performed in every production from 2001 until 2012. She then went on to dance at Los Angeles Ballet Academy, training in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. Lee completed her Royal Academy of Dance Exams through Advanced 1. In 2014 she attended the Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Intensive where she trained in various styles of dance. She has performed in over 50 shows in her lifetime, some of her favorites include Swan Lake, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Red Head, the Musical. After teaching at multiple studios over the years, she wanted to get back to her roots through the RAD. Lee is currently enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dance’s Certificate in Dance Teaching (CDT) program, where she will become a RAD certified teacher. She is always perfecting her craft and takes regular classes at Hama’s Dance Center, Millennium Dance Complex, and Playground LA. Her favorite dance style to teach is ballet, as she believes it is the foundation to all forms of dance. She is extremely passionate about teaching, especially younger students, and aims to create a safe environment so that each student can fall in love with dance.
 

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Alec Talbott

Jazz

Alec Talbott grew up dancing and doing musical theatre in Nebraska, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. He then went on to pursue dance and theatre at a professional level. Credits include Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie, and a featured soloist in I Love a Piano at Maine State Music Theatre, Elmer in Newsies at Derby Dinner Playhouse and a member of the ensemble in the National Tour of A Christmas Story: the Musical. Since moving to LA in 2021, he has appeared as a guest artist in productions of The Nutcracker and Peter Pan. On top of performance, he has taught dance for eight years in many styles including jazz, lyrical, acro and tap. Finally, he has choreographed more than ten musicals, several show choir sets, and many competition dance routines as well.

Marigel Salgado Roel

Ballet

Marigel Salgado Roel began her ballet training at age 5 at Academia de Ballet San Angel Inn in Mexico City, affiliated with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). During her time there she participated in productions such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, and La Fille Mal Gardée, among others. She furthered her studies at the King Slocombe School of Dance in Cambridge, England, also an RAD institution, where she was invited to participate in The Nutcracker. Marigel holds a degree in Communications from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City. During her studies, she was an active member of the university's theater club, participating in memorable musical productions such as Grease and West Side Story. She also danced Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, embracing her cultural heritage and adding a unique dimension to her ballet expertise. Marigel began teaching while dancing at Academia de Ballet San Angel Inn. She loves sharing her dance experience with her students and is thrilled to continue doing that at Santa Clarita Ballet Academy.

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