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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Corrine 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. 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. Last year she also joined the dance faculty at Loyola Marymount University.

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Danica Primo

Ballet

Danica brings to our school an extensive dance background. She trained at the Boston Ballet School, Marin Ballet and the West Coast Conservatory of Ballet. She performed with the Portland Ballet Company, Marin Ballet in San Rafael, California, and Ballet Unlimited in Orange, California. She is a member and registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, London. She has been on the teaching staff at SCB for the past 20 years.

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Tawny Gentry

Ballet

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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Anna Carnes

Ballet

Anna trained with the Santa Clarita Ballet, completed the Royal Academy of Dance examinations with Distinction, and received the RAD Solo Seal Award. She attended summer intensives including ABT and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and her teaching experience began under the guidance of the RAD syllabus.  Anna went on to earn a BFA in Dance Performance and Minor in Educational Studies from UC Irvine, where she was a member of Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble as well as an ArtsBridge scholar.  After continuing her training at LINES Ballet and ODC in San Francisco, she danced professionally with Oakland Ballet Company and Menlowe Ballet, while teaching and choreographing for several bay area schools.  

 

From 2012-2020 Anna was a principal dancer with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara. She was featured in both classical and contemporary works which toured extensively throughout the U.S., China, and Chile.  At SSB she has also acted as faculty member, rehearsal director, and repetiteur.  Other performing credits include the Hollywood Bowl, the Ellen Degeneres Show and the MTV Video Music Awards. She was also featured in Pointe Magazine and on the cover of Rose Eichenbaum’s Inside the Dancer's Art.  

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Suzanne Narbonne

Ballet/Pilates/Stretch

Suzanne Jolie Narbonne is a proud alumna of Santa Clarita Ballet. She completed all her RAD exams including Advanced 2. As a company member she danced principal roles in The Nutcracker, Coppelia (original cast), As the Piano Roles, Midsummer Night’s Dream and originated the title role of Cinderella. Upon graduation she attended UCSB as a Dance and Communications major, while also performing with State Street Ballet. Once relocating to Los Angeles, Suzanne signed with top dance agency BLOC; chosen as one of only a handful of technically trained ballet dancers they represent. She enjoyed a varied career in the entertainment industry working in feature film, television, commercials and live theater. (SAG-AFTRA and AGMA member)


Some highlights include contracts with the Los Angeles Opera (Eugene Onegin, La Rondine) and the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall (Symphonie Fantastique). She is an award-nominated member (La Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, LA Drama Critic’s Circle awards) of the critically-acclaimed Troubadour Theater Company, where she serves as choreographer, wig & makeup designer, producer and actor. 
Suzanne completed her Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training through Body Arts & Science International (BASI), and is certified in all classical apparatus as well as mat. Suzanne is overjoyed to be back training the next generation of SCB dancers and artists. 

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Bridget Wilson

Jazz

Bridget began dancing at the young age of 2 years old. Since the age of 4 she trained and competed in styles such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, and Contemporary with her home studio, Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance in Kansas City, MO. Bridget was awarded with multiple scholarships through dance conventions/competitions and attended many summer intensives all around America. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2011 Bridget has been working as a professional dancer/choreographer, performing in television, film, music videos, and on live stages all around the world.

 

She has worked as a dancer and assistant choreographer in the Contemporary Indian Dance Theater Company, Blue13 run by Achinta S. McDaniel, has performed at Disneyland, toured with the show “Fire and Powder”, performed in shows such as “New Girl” and in commercials for “Madden”. Bridget has been teaching since she was 15 years old. She’s always had an extreme passion to educate and train her students to become fully aware of how their body works so they may fully develop proper technique, stretching, conditioning, and versatility. She is well versed in teaching all styles of dance with specialties in Contemporary, Modern, and Jazz. She truly believes in a strong foundation built on discipline, creativity, and fun!