Bay Shore Ballet Director and Faculty
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.
Beginning Bay Shore Ballet Academy
In 1996, Ms. Carole relocated to Fairhope to join her family and began the Bay Shore Ballet Academy and Bay Shore Ballet Theatre. The Theatre has showcased guest artists and principals of the company along with aspiring students of the Academy. Since its inception, The Bay Shore Ballet Theatre has presented an array of beloved classics including Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Coppelia, The Sleeping Beauty, La Boutique Fantasque, Peter and The Wolf, Paquita and its well-received annual production of The Nutcracker.
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.
Mrs. Tracy Peters - FacultyTracy returns to Bay Shore Ballet after serving as the Associate Director of the Tupelo Ballet in Tupelo, MS, for four years. Tracy is a former Bay Shore Ballet performer as well as Ballet Mistress. Tracy received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama with a double major in Dance: Choreography and Performance, and Public Relations. While attending the University she was a member of ARDT and Dance Alabama. Tracy has danced many principle roles throughout her career, including Sugar Plum Fairy, Tatiana in Midsummer Night's Dream, Swanhilda in Copelia, and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. She has assisted in re-staging multiple full length productions as Nutcracker, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and more.Tracy and her family are so happy to be back in Fairhope and a part of the beloved Bay Shore Ballet.
Mrs. Sonja Davenport - FacultySonja was born and raised in Anchorage Alaska where she started her dance training at the age of 6 with Alaska Dance Theater. Her love for dance quickly grew and she got a full scholarship to train with the Pacific NorthWest Ballet in Seattle where she studied dance. Sonja has danced professionally with Colorado Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet. She most recently danced with Mobile Ballet as a principal dancer. She has a passion for choreographing and has won awards for works in Colorado.