Our mission is to educate, inspire and transform dancers of all
ages through the study of classical ballet. Reshaping the mind and body takes
discipline and strength. CBA is dedicated to helping each individual achieve
- Compare us to other comparable ballet schools and you will find we keep
our tuition rates low so that all can experience the joy and artistry in
- Expert teachers for all age groups and levels.
- Pre-Professional students that train at Classical Ballet Academy are
consistently recoginzed for their superior technical abilities, artistry and
musicality. CBA dancers have been accepted to the top companies and schools
across the nation. CBA prepares dancers for elite summer programs, college
dance programs, as well as entrance into the professional world of ballet.
CBA dancers have accepted to, offered scholarships and have studied at
American Ballet Theater, Alonso King Lines Ballet, Ballet Austin, Boston
Ballet School, Harid Conservatory, Houston Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet
School, Kansas City Ballet School, The Kirov Ballet School, Nutmeg
Conservatory and The Rock, to name a few.
CBA trained dancers have also accepted apprenticeships and trainee
positions with local and national companies.
CBA trains dancers, selected by the Director, to compete in the most
esteemed ballet competition Youth America Grand Prix.
- Compassionate environment that is welcoming to all dancers. We have a
variety of different programs tailored to the different needs of each
- CBA produces professional level productions such as The Nutcracker,
Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Coppelia, using full scale props, sets and
costumes. This is a rare opportunity for all students to dance in
professional level story ballets. CBA is unique in that the training at CBA
prepares dancers to perform the lead roles in all of our ballets. CBA
productions have captured the attention of the media and have consistently
been esteemed by sold out audiences.
Sarah Rigles, Director
Sarah Rigles has taught all levels of
ballet in the Portland Metropolitan area for over fifteen years. Sarah
originally received her technical training at a small ballet school in
Coeur' d' Alene, Idaho, directed by the renowned Ceci Klein, she then went
onto train in the Vaganova method, accepted full scholarships to study at
Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle and went on to accept a full
scholarship trainee position with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York
City, where she performed and assistant-taught for three years. Her
attention to detail and love for classical ballet has allowed her to stage
and direct full-length ballets, such as the Nutcracker, as well as prepare
students for ballet companies, colleges and acceptances/scholarships to
prestigious summer programs such as: American Ballet Theater, Boston
Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Kirov Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet and
the Joffrey Ballet School. She also works to prepare dancers for the most
acclaimed classical ballet competition Youth America Grand Prix. Her vast
experience in the field, her passion for ballet and her dedication to the
art form make Miss Sarah the ideal ballet school director. It has been a
dream come true for her to open a school entirely dedicated to classical
- Anna Rigles has been dancing, choreographing, studying and performing tap, contemporary ballet and modern dance in Portland, OR, Los Angeles, CA, and Vancouver B.C. for over twenty years. She has taught at Terry Brock's School of Dance, Stites Performing Arts Center, Classical Ballet Academy, and headed the tap department at Scripps College.
Over her many years in dance she has had the privilege to study with as well as dance with some of the most acclaimed dancers. She has been a student of Tap Master, Terry Brock, for over two decades and has also had the opportunity to study with Tap Legends such as Savion Glover of Happy Feet, Charles "Honi" Coles, Cholly Atkins, Buster Brown and many more. She has performed alongside the world class tap company, Rhapsody in Taps, at Los Angeles' National Tap Dance Day, with Tap legend Dianne "Lady Di" Walker in Portland, Oregon and alongside Portland dance legend Terry Brock. She has had the privilege of studying with the great Julane Stites while attending Jefferson High School's prestigious dance program and also with Oregon Ballet Theatre's Fred Locke. She has trained with Melissa St. Clair, Mary Oslund and was a company member of Keith Goodman's Modern Dance Laboratory.
Ms Rigles has multiple bachelor degrees from Portland State University, and is currently working towards a Masters Degree at Oregon State University. She works with elite CBA dancers competing in Youth America Grand Prix choreographing contemporary variations and also trains CBA dancers to perform in other prestigious dance competitions. Numerous CBA dancers performing Anna’s original choreography have received Top 12 at YAGP. Ms Rigles has also trained dancers that have been accepted attended elite summer programs including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In addition to teaching dance Anna founded, Directed and choreographed for the multi form dance company, Legacy Dance Company. She is a sought out choreographer in the dance community and her choreography can been seen in professional shows in Portland. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Pre-professional Contemporary, Jazz and Modern program at Classical Ballet Academy.
- Candalee began her dance training at age four with Marcelle
Renoux, founder of the oldest dance studio in Portland. Her training included
both RAD and Cechetti methods plus many techniques Miss Renoux learned from
studying the Balanchine technique in New York. Candalee's dance studies were
primarily in ballet and extensively in pointe and pas de deux. She also
studied jazz, modern, folk and theatrical dance. At age fourteen, Candalee
was honored by becoming the youngest lead soloist for Renoux's performing
company which allowed her to learn and perform many classical roles as well
as to learn of the art of developing complete original story ballets. She was
a dance major at the University of Oregon and she continues an ongoing
pursuit of the study of dance with all its different forms, methods, theories
and all the aspects of physical training as well as participating in various
kinds of classes.
Candalee began teaching in 1972 as the Ballet Mistress for the National
Academy of Gymnastics, training both former and future Olympians. She owned
and operated her own dance studio housed in Cascade Athletic Club from 1981
to 1992. She established a Junior Ballet Company as part of the studio and
the members performed original ballets such as "Pippi Longstockings" and "The
Last Unicorn". She was granted an honorary teaching certificate from the
State of Oregon when she designed and implemented a full dance and dance
history program for Sam Barlow High School.
Presently, Candalee pursues teaching for studios like CBA to promote a long
legacy of dance training for the younger and very talented generation of
dancers and studio owners in the Portland area.
- Mrs. Corrigan's passion for dancing started at a very young
age when she studied both classical ballet and tap. Through her teenage years
she became entirely dedicated to ballet. Mrs. Corrigan trained through the
Royal Academy of Dancing in Salem and in Lake Oswego. She additionally danced
with the Salem Theater of Performing Arts, and performed as a dancer in the
Portland Broadway Production of "Hello Dolly."
Mrs. Corrigan received her B.S. degree in Social Sciences at Portland State
University white continuing her passion and joy for dancing through college
ballet courses. She then went to work full-time in a Public Relations career
before starting a family and becoming a stay-at-home mom. Mrs. Corrigan
recently taught a ballet Enrichment Class at Willamette Primary School in
West Linn and is now excited to join the teaching staff of Classical Ballet
- Michelle is from Portland, Oregon and found her desire to
dance during childhood encouraged by Nancy Yeamans of Portland Metro
Performing Arts, Metro Dancers, and summer workshops with Jeremy Ives. At
Jefferson High School Michelle studied under Mary Price Boday and received an
Outstanding Dancer award. Michelle graduated from Willamette University with
a degree in Biology. She and her husband have two children. Michelle returned
to ballet in earnest and is a dancer, instructor, choreographer, performer
and rehearsal assistant. "What drives me is the artistry, creativity and
physical fitness, and an understanding that in ballet one's efforts go toward
one of the beautiful things about life," says Michelle. She is thrilled
to be working with the accomplished Miss Sarah Rigles, staff and students of
Classical Ballet Academy.
- Jenny Dubac discovered dance at a young age, training with
Ken Lipitz and Shelley Ziebel in Massachusetts. Her talents allowed her to
attend summer programs with Boston Ballet, Walnut Hill, and The Juilliard
School, and complete a year in North Carolina School of the Arts ballet
program. Jenny earned a BFA in 2004 from The Juilliard School. Their program
put equal emphasis on ballet and modern dance and allowed her to work with
everyone from Jessica Lang to Ohad Naharin. After graduating she married a
classical musician and together they traveled West, spending several years
with the Milwaukee Ballet School and performing at the Santa Fe Opera. Her
husband won the Oregon Symphony Orchestra's second clarinet position in 2008,
landing Jenny in Portland. She currently performs with Polaris Dance Theatre
and Key Turn Project. She looks forward to sharing her love of diverse
movement with Classical Ballet Academy students.
- Susan Fischer fell in love with ballet after seeing Margot
Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev perform. She first studied in her home town of
Pittsburgh, then Atlanta where she studied and danced with the Atlanta
Ballet. She was able to study with some of the greats in New York City,
including the School of American Ballet Theater before leaving dance to
pursue other interests. She attended Oberlin College and Parsons School of
Design and went on to become the VP of Design for GapKids In NYC. She moved
to Portland in 1991 for a life style change, and began to teach fiber arts to
underserved and at risk children with both Friends of the Children, and