Instructors

Director | Brittany Barry

brittanyMrs. Brittany Barry discovered her love for dancing in her first ballet & tap class at the age of three. She became serious in her training at the age of 10, focusing on classical ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, with the goals of becoming a professional dancer and someday directing her own school.

Some of her training includes: the School of Classical Ballet & Dance in Des Moines, IA, summer intensives taught by members of the Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Academy of Texas, Gayle Corkery School of Ballet where she studied under TCU’s Ballet Master-In-Residence, Mr. Li-Chou Cheng, Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi, Ballet Austin’s summer intensive, and Ballet San Antonio Academy.

Ms. Brittany has been privileged to perform with Iowa Dance Theater and Ballet Theater of Des Moines, and has been a company member of Ballet Ensemble of Texas and Ballet San Antonio.  In 2009 Mrs. Barry was hit in a car accident, resulting in a brain injury and  damage to her back and neck.  Over time, she has made a full recovery.  Ms. Brittany is thankful to God, and believes that nothing is impossible with Him.  Her favorite role was performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Tchaikovsky’s beloved Christmas ballet, “The Nutcracker”, because it was a childhood dream.

In 2013, Ms. Brittany and her sister, Miss Elizabeth, founded the SCBD Youth Company to provide SCBD’s dancers with performance opportunities & pre-professional experience, and to provide the New Braunfels area with many classical ballets for families to come and enjoy.

Mrs. Barry opened SCBD in June of 2010 with the  vision of creating a place where students would be loved, celebrated, and encouraged to become the best that they could be.  Ms. Brittany has a passion for instructing the next generation in the art of dance, is married to the love of her life, Collin, and they have a wonderful baby boy, named Michael. He is a joy!

Assistant Director | Elizabeth Docter

elizabethMiss Elizabeth Docter says that she fell in love with dancing at the age of two, when she put on her very first ballet tutu, and learned to twirl and tap dance. She became serious in her training at the age of 8, training in classical ballet, jazz, tap, and modern with the goals of becoming an accomplished dancer and learning more about the art she loved.

Some of her training includes, the School of Classical Ballet & Dance in Des Moines, IA, summer intensives taught by members of the Tulsa Ballet, Ballet Academy of Texas, Gayle Corkery School of Ballet where she studied under Gayle Corkery, one of the few ballerinas trained by Balanchine, and Ballet San Antonio Academy.

Miss Docter has been privileged to perform with Iowa Dance Theater, Ballet Theater of Des Moines, and Ballet San Antonio.

In 2013, Miss Elizabeth and her sister, Miss Brittany, founded the SCBD Youth Company to provide SCBD’s dancers with performance opportunities & pre-professional experience, and to provide the New Braunfels area with many classical ballets for families to come and enjoy.

Miss Elizabeth admires and is inspired by old Hollywood’s Eleanor Powell, and most recently she has attended master tap classes taught by America’s first lady of tap, “Lady Di” Dianne Walker, Jay Fagan, and Lisa La Touche, from Broadway.

Miss Docter began teaching for SCBD in November of 2010, became a co-owner at the beginning of 2013, and enjoys passing on a love & enthusiasm for dancing to her students.

Instructor | Gracie Docter

gracie_3Miss Gracie Docter enjoyed dancing growing up, following in her older sisters’ footsteps. She became serious in her training at the age of 11, and was a founding student of SCBD focusing on classical ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap dancing.

Some of her training includes the School of Classical Ballet & Dance in Des Moines, IA, Ballet San Antonio Academy, workshop classes by members of Ballet Magnificot!, master tap classes taught by America’s first lady of tap, “Lady Di” Dianne Walker, Jay Fagan, and Lisa La Touche, from Broadway, and our home School of Classical Ballet & Dance in New Braunfels, TX.

Miss Gracie has been privileged to perform in several Nutcracker ballet’s growing up, making her debut at age five as a Gumdrop Fairy in the land of the sweets, and as a founding member of the SCBD Youth Company in Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”, an original ballet inspired by “The Tales of Beatrix Potter”,  “ESTHER: For Such a Time as This” in which she played the leading role of Queen Esther,  “HOPE”, and most recently “The Nutcracker” in which she played the one of the leading roles as the SCBD Snow Queen.

Miss Docter has been an assistant teacher for SCBD since 2010, began teaching classes of her own in 2016, and loves her baby ballerinas as if they were her own.

 

Instructor | Anne Louise Porter

Miss Anne Louise Porter found her love for dance while living on a military base with her family in South Korea.  Her Momma and Father surprised her for Christmas with tickets to the Universal Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker. After seeing the beauty and skill, with eagerness and delight she began ballet lessons the following Spring.

After dancing for about a year and half, her family moved back to the U.S. to their home New Braunfels in 2012. Wanting to explore more of the arts in the area she enrolled in musical theater classes, a favorite memory of hers was performing some classic oldies songs of the Andrews Sisters.

It wasn’t long before she joyfully found the School of Classical Ballet and Dance. She went along with her mother to watch Ballet Magnificat! In their touring performance of the Hiding Place and The Arrival. Reading through the program before the show, she saw that it had been sponsored by the School of Classical Ballet and Dance. After such a beautiful show and conversation with the dancers from the Company, she was inspired to begin ballet once more.

Eager to begin, she nervously stepped into the studio in the Spring of 2013, immediately fell in love with the studio and teachers, and hasn’t left since! Beginning with ballet classes the first year, she soon added jazz and tap to her practice as her interests in other expressions of dance developed through the teachers well rounded training.

Miss Anne Louise has been part of many SCBD Youth Company performances for the community. From Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, followed by an original ballet inspired by “The Tales of Beatrix Potter”, “ESTHER: For Such a Time as This”, Hope, and most recently to the delightful Christmas production of the Nutcracker. Where she had the bounteous honor of dancing the role of Mother Ginger, a role she will forever cherish.

She began assistant teaching with the studio in the Fall of 2018. She cherishes each little dancer’s heart and expression! It has been her honor and joy to help work with the young students in increasing their skills, sharing the fun and elegance that dance has to offer.

Miss Anne Louise began teaching classes of her own in Fall of 2020. And she hopes they will experience the delight and beauty just as she had all those years ago as a wide eyed 9-year girl leaping and twirling around in her first ballet classes. Grateful to her Lord God Jesus Christ for the blessings of being here and thankful to the people such as her Momma and Father, her wonderful dance instructors, and all her sweet friends and family for lovingly supporting her and making the opportunity to teach dance possible.

Miss Porter is currently a college student at San Antonio College. She is studying American Sign Language, hoping to help build the bridge between the hearing and Deaf Community.