The Director of Bay Shore Ballet Academy began her professional training at age 13 with the Mobile Civic Ballet under the direction of Duane Dishion. Along with her twin sister, Marilyn, she was accepted as a scholarship recipient at the North Carolina School of the Arts, training with Ballet Russe stars Robert Lindgren, Sonya Tyven, and Duncan Noble. Ms. Carole premiered as the first Sugar Plum in the school’s now annual production of The Nutcracker. Ms. Carole also trained with the Joffrey Ballet and School of American Ballet in New York City, as well as the National Ballet School in Washington, D.C. with revered artists such as Alexandra Danilova, Eric Bruhn, and Frederick Franklin.
At 17, she began her professional career as a demi-soloist in Atlanta Ballet’s production of Giselle, directed by David Blair of the Royal Ballet. At 18, she and her twin were invited to join the Pennsylvania Ballet Company touring the U.S. and Canada. She then joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Canada and, as a Principal, danced leading roles in notable theaters such as New York State Opera House and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Her repertoire included leading roles from Graduation Ball (the Pigtail Girl), Nutcracker (Rose Queen), Brian McDonald’s Jeu de Cartes (Queen of Spades), Fernand Nault’s Ceremony ( The Lord’s Prayer Pas de Deux), Fernand Nault’s Tommy (the Acid Queen), and as a guest artist for the Boston Conservatory in Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird).
Ms. Carole married and moved to California becoming a Principal dancer with The Oakland Ballet. Her roles included Snow Queen in Nutcracker, the Sweetheart in Eugene Loring’s Billy the Kid, Spectre of the Rose, set by Anton Vilzak of the San Francisco Ballet, Princess Raymonda in Raymonda and many others.
She directed the Oakland Ballet Youth Company and, in 1978, she established the Classical Ballet Center in Berkeley along with Berkeley Ballet Theater. She taught Master Classes for U. C. Berkeley and dance camps in Hilo, Hawaii. In 1981, she directed the Ballet Department of California Academy of Performing Arts. Many of her students now dance professionally throughout the United States in companies such as the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Boston Ballet. In 1988, she founded the California Ballet Academy and the California Ballet Theater, presenting full-length classical works to west coast audiences until she moved to Fairhope area and started Bay Shore Ballet.
Stephanie S. Barfield
Stephanie has over 20 years of formal dance training in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, and acrobats. She studied modern dance at Texas Christian University where she was also part of the TCU dance and drill team for three years.
Stephanie also has extensive experience in musical theater. She danced and sang with a professional performance troupe for six years where she served as dance captain and was a featured dancer during major state fairs and local events in St. Louis, Missourie. She has danced in a number of professional performances at the historic Muny Theatre of St. Louis, with major Broadway entertainers such as, Renee Elise Goldsberry (from the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton).
Stephanie is thrilled to continue teaching at Bayshore Ballet for her fifth year.
Ms Kristi began her training at the Bay Shore Ballet Academy in 1998. She has attended summer intensives at the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts, dancing alongside American Ballet Theater dancer, Ethan Stiefel, and Nashville Ballet. While at Nashville Ballet in 2014, she was offered a position in its professional training division. She received her Psychology BS and Dance Minor from Loyola University New Orleans in 2017, and while there, performed lead roles in La Bayadere, Paquita, and The Stone Flower, to name a few. She was recognized for winning the John Tobin Award at the 2014 Jr. Philharmonic Society of New Orleans for her role as Queen Mekhmene Banu from Yuri Grigorovich’s, The Legend of Love, and her original choreography Zircon Haze in 2016. Ms. Kristie was awarded Loyola University’s Dancer of the Year Award two seasons. She joined Bay Shore Ballet Faculty team in 2017, a great addition to our academy!