RBA Faculty

Riverside Ballet Arts Owner/Artistic Director

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Owner/Artistic Director of Riverside Ballet Arts. Glenda Carhart is also founder and Director of BRAVA, (Ballet Resource Active Volunteer Association). Ms. Carhart is a native Californian who received her beginning training in Riverside at Riverside Ballet Arts (formerly Mary Lynn’s Ballet Arts). Ms. Carhart left Riverside at the age of 15 to continue her training on a full scholarship at the school of the Harkness Ballet in New York City. The following year took her to Toronto, Canada on scholarship with the National Ballet School. She joined the National Ballet of Canada, performing her first professional roles in Rudolf Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

While at the National Ballet she performed in Edward Villella’s Harlequin for a nationwide CBS Television special presentation and in full-length productions of Swan Lake, Coppelia, and the Nutcracker. She was featured in Serenade and Offenbach in the Underworld, and gained experience working with top professionals Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Martins, Fernando Bujones, Erik Bruhn, Rudolf Nureyev, Rudi Van Dantzig and Celia Franca.

Returning to Riverside in 1977, Ms. Carhart was guest artist for numerous companies and schools in California, and danced as principal soloist with California Riverside Ballet before her appointment as Artistic Director for both California Riverside Ballet and Riverside Ballet Arts in 1984. Glenda spent the next twenty 26 years developing California Riverside Ballet, providing performing experiences and collaborating projects with many Riverside organizations including her school, Riverside Ballet Arts.

During her tenure with California Riverside Ballet Glenda was responsible for providing educational out reach programs to over 130,000 elementary school children in the Inland Empire area, directing David Allan’s annual production of the Nutcracker and developing creative opportunities to a number of emerging choreographers.

Glenda brought Mr. David Allan, former partner and colleague to Riverside in 1991 to begin mentoring and performance programs to aspiring youth. Glenda resigned from California Riverside Ballet to pursue her dream of the newly formed non-profit, BRAVA, (Ballet Resource Active Volunteer Association). As owner and Director of Riverside Ballet Arts, and proud supporter of BRAVA, Carhart directs a faculty and staff of up to ten professionals and an enrollment of approximately 300 students. Ms. Carhart’s commitment to excellence, over the last 30 years, has provided the foundation for her students receiving scholarships to the most prestigious Ballet company schools in North America. She has continued her own training as a teacher through workshops with National Ballet of Canada and is a certified trainer utilizing Pilates based techniques and apparatus.

Glenda continues to maintain close professional contact with international companies and schools, the School of American Ballet, (official School of the New York City Ballet) and the National Ballet School (official School of the National Ballet of Canada) as such, she has brought world stars and master teachers Canadian Ballerina, Veronica Tennant; Russian Ballerina, Maya Plisetskaya; American Ballerina and Riverside alumni, Darci Kistler; dance star and Riverside alumni Stephen Legate; NYC Ballet stars, Peter Martins; Edward Villella and Katrina Killian.

On March 20, 1993, Ms. Carhart was honored by the University of Redlands for her service and work in the arts with a special “A Woman’s Place is Every Place” award. She was honored by the Riverside Arts Foundation with the Arts Angel award on September 28, 1995 citing her outstanding Artistic Achievements.

Ms. Carhart has taught at the University of California, Irvine as mentor and Dance Lecturer in Ballet, Pointe and Pedagogy. In 2004, Glenda was honored at a 20th anniversary celebration receiving a proclamation from Mayor Ron Loveridge, as well as a letter of appreciation from Congressman Ken Calvert. In February 2009, Glenda was invited as an “Honored Teacher” in recognition of her contributions, and was a participant in the 75th Anniversary of the New York City Ballet.

 

 

Riverside Ballet Arts Facility:

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Kathleen began her dance training in 1979 at Riverside Ballet Arts. She has also studied at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada, Ballet West, and Stanley Holden’s Dance Center in Los Angeles. She appeared as a guest artist at UCR’s faculty dance Concert in Pas De Quartre, and was a member of the Modern Dance Ensemble headed by the late Frank Aguirre. Kathleen has also performed at dance Kaleidoscope in Los Angeles. Roles performed include R. Clinton Rothwell’s premier of Concerto in G Minor, the Silver Fairy and Crystal Fairy variations from Sleeping Beauty, Tarantella, Chopin, Classical Symphony, Raymonda, as well as Spanish Dancer, Arabian Dancer, Snow Fairy, and the Dew Drop Fairy in the The Nutcracker. She has also performed works by David Allan, ETC! and Pastel. She has been a faculty member at Riverside Ballet Arts since 1987 and acted as Ballet Mistress to California Riverside Ballet from 1996-2010. Along with her duties with RBA she is currently Ballet Mistress and Assistant Director of BRAVA.

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Choreographer and associate professor of dance at Riverside City College is co-artistic director of the Intersect Dance Theatre, a regional dance company in Riverside. Intersect Dance Theatre is a multi-genre company focusing primarily on blending the vocabulary and movement of contemporary ballet and modern dance.

The company features Riverside City College students and professional dancers from across Southern California. Intersect Dance Theatre aims to “create and occupy the space where historically distinct genres can coexist,” according to Carreras. Intersect offers college students the opportunity to work alongside professional artists undertaking all the tasks involved in producing dance performances.

Carreras was born in Barcelona and grew up in Geneva where she received her early ballet training at the cole de Danse du Grand Theatre de Geneve. She began her professional career at age 13 when she performed at the Geneva Opera House alongside Mikhail Barishnikov in George Balanchine’s staging of “Coppelia.” In the United States, she trained with Alonzo King of Lines, performed for the San Francisco Ballet, and was soloist for the Sacramento Ballet. Following an injury that interrupted her professional career, she returned to training with Ballet West and attended the University of Utah and then Sacramento State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in theater. Carreras pursued graduate work in modern dance at Mills College and in ballet at UC Irvine. In 2001, she graduated from UC Irvine with a master’s degree in dance.

Carreras has taught in several schools and companies, including Riverside Ballet Arts, Inland Pacific Ballet and Ballet Etudes of Huntington Beach where she also served as artistic director. She was artistic coach and choreographer for several figure skaters, including national silver medalist Naomi Nari Nam and Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen. Her choreography has been performed at the International Ballet Competition (Varna, Bulgaria), the American Grand Prix in New York and in venues throughout California. At Riverside City College she teaches all levels of ballet technique, pointe, dance appreciation and ballet repertoire.

Ryan received his Master in Fine Arts in 2014 from The University of California,  Irvine
Dance Department,  Claire Trevor School of  the Arts. Ryan’s honors include:
Teaching Fellowship, UC, Irvine, 2012-2014
Tsukuba Summer Institute for Physical Education and Sport, 2013
Selected by UC, Irvine to attend and participate in faculty research
Achievement Award University of South Carolina, 2012
Houston Ballet Academy, scholarship recipient, 2000-2002
Jimmie DeFore Dance Center Modern-dance instructor, West Coast School of Arts-ballet instructor, Southeastern School of Ballet-ballet instructor, USC Dance Conservatory-ballet teacher, Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet-ballet teacher.

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Anastacia started dancing at the age of four, and has been dancing ever since. She has primarily been trained in classical and contemporary ballet and jazz, with experience in modern, lyrical, and tap. Between the ages of four to fourteen Anastacia trained with Riverside Ballet Arts. While dancing with RBA she performed in numerous productions each year, including parts in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Cinderella; a well as performing variations from ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and Carmen. Anastacia has trained with professionals at Juilianna, Joffrey Ballet, and the Kirov in their summer intensives. At the age of fourteen she went to The Rock School (the entering school The Pennsylvania Ballet) on scholarship and trained with The Rock for a year and a half. When returning home Anastacia started to teach and coach ballet, as well as competitive jazz and contemporary while obtaining her AA in Art at Riverside Community College. After graduating RCC was accepted into the Dance program at UCI on partial scholarship. Anastacia is now now married with a son but still continues to teach, choreograph, and share her love of dance with her students.

Rebekah grew up in Southern California and began dancing at the age of 3 studying ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical at Debra Kaye Dance Studio, Freddie Finn Dance Studio, Riverside Ballet Arts, and master classes in Los Angeles and New York. Rebekah did summer programs at Houston Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, but realizing her passion for all styles of dance, she auditioned for The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at 18 and was offered a role in the Ensemble.

After performing as a member of the Ensemble in 2001, Rebekah became a Rockette in 2002 and spent the next 5 seasons touring with Radio City across the United States. Since 2007, Rebekah has performed at Radio City Music Hall in New York and has held a Swing position since 2010. In her years as a Rockette, Rebekah has been privileged to perform in The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center, Rachael Ray, The Today Show, Dancing with the Stars, and Live with Kelly.

Rebekah has over 17 years of teaching experience at multiple studios in Southern California, master classes throughout the United States and in Australia, and many Rockette Experiences and Rockette Summer Intensives. After traveling the world for 6 months, Rebekah earned her Pilates certification and is now living in New York City with her husband Steven whom she married in 2009.

Elizabeth Apgar began her ballet training at age seven under the guidance of robin Sheretz Morgan at the San Diego Ballet School of Ballet. When Elizabeth was fourteen Lola D’Avila, the director of San Francisco Ballet School, asked her to come and study wih the San Francisco Ballet School under a full merit scholarship. She trained there for three years and danced as an apprectice with the company. In 1997, when se was seventeen, she returned to San Diego to accept an offer to become a principal dancer with the San Diego Ballet Company.

 

 

Riverside Ballet Arts Guest Artists

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David was born in Boston. He was formerly an Associate Professor and Director of Ballet at the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Allan was trained at the National Ballet School of Canada. He entered the National Ballet of Canada in 1974, where he was a Soloist from 1977-88, performing all over the world in ballets by Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, George Balanchine, Sir Frederic Ashton, John Cranko, Roland Petit, Sir Kenneth MacMillian, Anthony Tudor, and many others. He has choreographed over fifty ballets since 1983, eight of which were commissioned by the late Erik Bruhn for the repertoire of the National Ballet of Canada. He has many works in the repertoire’s of such ballet companies as New York City Ballet, Ohkura Ballet of Tokyo, Italy’s Rome Opera House, Ballet British Columbia, Ballet Pacifica, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Nashville, and Hartford Ballets as well as for opera, film, musicals, and television. He is the recipient of the 1989 Jean A. Chalmers Choreographic Award in Canada and the 1997 Choo-San Goh Award. He was he Associate Artistic Director of the California Riverside Ballet from 1991-1996. Mr. Allan has been a Guest Teacher/Ballet Master for San Francisco Ballet, London Rambert Dance Co., Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Basel Ballet of Switzerland, National Ballet de Lorraine in France, among others.

Mr. Allan’s two works for the New York City Ballet have prompted such journalists as Anna Kisselgoff, of the New York Times to write, in 1992, for his ballet Reunions, that he is a “major talent”. She added in 1994, “The least that can be said of Mr. Allan, as he shows in Pastoral Dances, is that he knows how to make a beautiful ballet”. Pastoral Dances entered the repertoire of The Atlantic Ballet in the 1995/95 season and was performed in that year with the Seoul Ballet Theatre of Korea. Reunions entered the repertoire of Nashville Ballet in the fall of 1999 and the ballet returned into the active repertoire in 200l.

In the summer of 1995, Mr. Allan was engaged by Director/Producer Paul Blake, of DFI Productions in Los Angeles, to choreograph a national U.S. tour of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. It starred Phyliss Diller, Georgia Engel and featured the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

In November 1998, the University of California, Irvine, presented Mr. Allan’s full-length ballet Cinderella, the Gala event hosted by Prima Ballerina, Veronica Tennant performed by Guest Artists, Evelyn Cisneros and Stephen Legate of San Francisco Ballet.

Mr. Allan’s 15 years as a Choreographer, as well as being the first evening length ballet produced in the Dance Department’s history. Mr. Allan has begun directing an International Exchange program between the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris and the University of California, Irvine, Dance Department.

Mr. Allan choreographed a new solo in March of 2000 for American Ballet Theatre’s Ethan Stiefel, commissioned by William Gillespie; its world premiere was on March 12, 2000 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center accompanied by the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Alexander. Recently in March 21 of 2001, Mr. Allan premiered a new ballet Palladio for the Junior Ballet Classique of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris. A Paris magazine – Danse, Danse, Danse, states: Palladio is a light and lively piece to the ‘Diamond Music’ by composer Karl Jenkins. The second section, an adage with ample and free movement, revealed, through a rigorous construction, focused dancers who perfectly mastered all the subtlety of the choreography in complete osmosis with the musical score.”

Stealing Time premiered with Ballet Pacifica on June 15, 2001 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in Southern California. The headline in the Orange County Register was “Stealing Time, Steals the Show.”

In the season 2002 Mr. Allan premiered a new work Dreams of Tenderness & Solitude for the Hong Kong Ballet. He remounted his 1992 production of Reunions for a new cast of dancers at New York City Ballet for the company’s 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Diamond Project. The NY Times states; “Reunion is one of the best of the Diamond Project ballets.

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Darci Kistler was born in Riverside, California, the youngest of five children and the only girl. Always athletic, Ms. Kistler enjoyed many sports, including skiing, waterskiing, swimming, tennis, football, and dirt biking, before she began studying ballet at Riverside Ballet Arts. At the age of 12 she began studying with Irina Kosmouska in Los Angeles, and that same year she attended a summer session at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. Two years later, she received a full scholarship to SAB.

Ms. Kistler participated in two SAB Workshops. In the first, in 1979, she danced a principal role in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s HAYDN CONCERTO, choreographed especially for the Workshop, and danced the pas de deux by August Bournonville from the opera WILLIAM TELL, staged by Stanley Williams. In 1980, Ms. Kistler danced the principal role in George Balanchine’s one-act SWAN LAKE. She prepared for the role by studying extensively with Alexandra Danilova.

Ms. Kistler joined New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in April 1980, was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 1981, and became a Principal Dancer in 1982. She has danced leading roles in many Balanchine ballets, including AGON, APOLLO, BRAHMS-SCHOENBERG QUARTET, BUGAKU, CONCERTO BAROCCO, EPISODES, GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER™ (Dewdrop and Sugar Plum Fairy), “Diamonds” from JEWELS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, MONUMENTUM PRO GESUALDO, MOVEMENTS FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA, MOZARTIANA, ORPHEUS, PRODIGAL SON, ROBERT SCHUMANN’S “DAVIDSBÜNDLERTÄNZE,” LA SONNAMBULA, SYLVIA PAS DE DEUX, SYMPHONY IN C (second movement), TZIGANE, UNION JACK, VARIATIONS POUR UNE PORTE ET UN SOUPIR, VIENNA WALTZES, WALPURGISNACHT BALLET, and WESTERN SYMPHONY. In addition, Ms. Kistler has danced leading roles in Jerome Robbins’ IN G MAJOR and IN THE NIGHT, and Mr. Robbins created leading roles for her in ANDANTINO, GERSHWIN CONCERTO, and PICCOLO BALLETTO. Peter Martins created leading roles for her in ADAMS VIOLIN CONCERTO, BACH CONCERTO V, BURLESKE, THE CHAIRMAN DANCES, DELIGHT OF THE MUSES, GUIDE TO STRANGE PLACES, HARMONIELEHRE, MORGEN, the New York City Ballet premiere of OCTET, PIANO-RAG-MUSIC, THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, STABAT MATER, SUITE FROM HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT, SYMPHONIC DANCES, SYMPHONY NO. 1, TĀLĀ GAISMA, THOU SWELL, TODO BUENOS AIRES, and VIVA VERDI. She has also danced a lead role in Mr. Martins’ VALSE TRISTE. Additional principal roles created for Ms. Kistler include Ulysses Dove’s RED ANGELS and Robert La Fosse’s DANSES DE COUR.

Ms. Kistler has been seen on national television in PBS’s “Dance In America” series in both the “WILLIAM TELL pas de deux” from BOURNONVILLE DANCES and in SERENADE, and the pas de deux from SWAN LAKE on the “Kennedy Center Honors” program as part of a tribute to Alexandra Danilova. She was also seen in PBS’s “Dance In America” program of “The Balanchine Celebration.” Ms. Kistler starred as the Sugarplum Fairy in the 1993 film version of New York City Ballet’s production of GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER™. In May of 2002, Ms. Kistler appeared in the Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of “New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography,” dancing in THEM TWOS, and in May of 2004 she appeared in the Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of “Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100,” dancing in LIEBESLIEDER WALZER.

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Kistler has been a member of SAB’s faculty since 1994. During the Winter Term, she teaches Intermediate and Advanced Girls technique and variations classes. She is also a member of the Summer Course faculty.

Katrina Killian-Received SAB training beginning in 1977 and was member of NYCB 1981-1996; promoted to soloist in 1989. Currently serves as Ballet mistress for NYCB’s Education Department and stage ballet excerpts for the Lecture Demonstration program. Joined SAB as guest teacher in 1997; appointed SAB faculty member in 1998.

Diana Kavilis Morris began her dancing career at the age of five at Ballet Petit in La Canada, California. After moving to Orange County at the age of eight, she continued her training under Anthony Sellars. She joined Sellars’ Orange County Civic Ballet Company when she was twelve, returning to La Canada for their six-week summer intensives. At 14, Diana accepted a scholarship at Le Petit, and lived with host families during her freshman year of high school. Upon her return, she performed in Christmas parades at The Disneyland resort. After some time, her interests shifted from ballet to theatre.

Diana joined a song and dance group, The Young Americans, at sixteen. After a move to New York at 21 to pursue her Broadway dream, Diana was cast in her first national touring company of Cats performing the role of Demeter, and understudying Grizabella. Having established herself as a dancer and singer, she began to a true career. Her national tours include: A Chorus Line (Cassie, Val, Maggie), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Claire), Evita (Eva), Miss Saigon (Ellen), and Martin Guerre (dancer). In Los Angeles, she performed Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close- American Premiere/ Cast Recording (Understudy Betty). Diana has also performed regionally in: Joseph…Dreamcoat (narrator), A Chorus Line (Cassie), My Fair Lady/Mame/Camelot/The Sound of Music (dancer, Hollywood Bowl). Diana’s proudest moment of her career was being a part of the closing cast of the original Broadway run of A Chorus Line, in which she played the role of Val.

 

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Damien Diaz is a native of Los Angeles California and started his first ballet lessons at the age of 14 in Miami, Fl with Thomas Armour and Rene Zintgraff. He was a scholarship student at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Alabama School of Fine Arts, the Houston Ballet Academy and the School of American Ballet in New York City. At the age of 17, Damien danced his first full length “Swan Lake” as Prince Siegfried, the Cavalier to the Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker” and Romeo in “ Romeo and Juliet “ with Ballet South Company under the direction of Dame Sonia Arova. After Ballet South, Damien danced with the Zürich Ballet of Switzerland and the Leipzig ballet in Germany under the direction of European choreographic prodigy Uwe Scholz. As a principle dancer in Leipzig, Damien was the muse for many creations of Uwe Scholz, most notably the lead in “America” and Prince Desiré in the full length “Sleeping Beauty”. As a guest artist, Damien has danced principle roles for the Tokyo Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the Warsaw Ballet, the Dallas Ballet,the Stuttgart Ballet and the world famous Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo touring major cities such as London, Paris, New York, Tokyo and Moscow. Damien was resident choreographer and ballet master of the California Riverside Ballet under the direction of Glenda Carhart. There he created works such as “Urban Evolution”, “Moon Dance” as well as the musical production of “The Silence is Broken” at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles. Damien currently freelances as a guest ballet artist and choreographer, dances for the Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles and teaches ballet and Pilates. Damien is thrilled and grateful to be a part of the BRAVA production of David Allan’s “ The Nutcracker “ this holiday season.