About Us

Riverside Ballet Arts (RBA) – The Inland Empire’s premier school of classical ballet appreciates this opportunity to introduce you to the people, programs and practices that comprise RBA today. We are very proud of the reputation that the school has gained through a consistent application of classical training methods established over the past and used worldwide. RBA has served Riverside and Southern California for over 56 years. Our young dancers are regularly accepted with scholarships to major ballet company schools, and numerous RBA-trained dancers have gone on to distinguished professional ballet careers. Our new location is at 6465 Sycamore Canyon Blvd in Riverside, just off the Eastridge Ave. exit of the 215 freeway. Our new dance facility is located in a magnificent office building shared with Pratt College. This state of the art facility represents the fulfillment of our hopes and dreams over the last 30 years, to find the perfect combination for both teaching and performance space. RBA accommodates approximately 40 classes per week, as well as company rehearsals and performances of BRAVA (Ballet Resource Active Volunteer Association), Movement for Life-BRAVA Tuesday 12:30-1:30pm, for PD, MS and other similar conditions. Prospective students and their families are invited to visit the school and observe classes Monday through Thursday 3:30 – 8:30pm, Friday 4- 7pm & Saturday 10am-2pm.


Current RBA Faculty

Glenda Carhart
Kathleen Riker
Rebekah Mitchell
Elizabeth Apgar Updegraff
Jose Gonzalez
Patricia Ruelas


Guest Instructors

David Allan- Choreography/Ballet
Michel Gervais- Choreography/ Ballet/Modern
Karyn Tessmer- Ballet/Pointe
Nina Pinzarrone- Dance History/Piano Accompanist
Kipling Houston- Ballet
Darci Kistler- Ballet/Pointe
Katrina Killian- Ballet/Pointe
Robert Gosnell- Ballet
Diana Morris- Ballet/Jazz
Andrew Pearson-Modern
Damien Diaz- Choreography/Ballet

RBA School Administrator and Accounts

Joelle Hensley Brown


RBA Receptionist/BRAVA Boosters Chairman

Shoshanna Torchia


Marketing Director

Craig Yamasaki


Graphic Art

Sheri Gailliard

RBA Piano Accompanist:

Toni Spagnola


RBA/BRAVA Photographer:

Bob Torrez


Medical Advisors:

Dr. Alan Strizak, Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine 949-582-5934

Dr. George J. Maraczi, Podiatrist 949-495-2506

Dr. Jack R. Gianqiulio, Chiropractic Health 949-851-BACK (2225)

Thomas T. Haider, MD, Children’s Spine Foundation (951) 413-0220