Ballet, Contemporary, P.B.T.
Cory was born in Starkville, MS and moved to Gillette in elementary school. By participating in local musical theater productions as a kid, Cory discovered his love for dance. He began taking dance classes locally and eventually joined the CCHS Dance Team. Upon the conception of Dance Arts Gillette in 2015, Cory became one of Dance Arts' first students. During his time at Dance Arts, he earned the mark of "Honors" on multiple Cecchetti exams and held many title positions at regional competitions.
After graduating from high school, Cory moved to New York City to further his dance education. He studied dance with a modern concentration in the conservatory-like program at Marymount Manhattan College, as well as business with a concentration in media and arts management. In addition to studying the modern dance techniques of May O'Donnell, Alwin Nikolais, José Limón, and Martha Graham, he took classes in improvisation, choreography, and many styles of ballet. During his time in New York, Cory danced professionally with Michael Mao's modern dance company, Michael Mao Dance, and understudied a contemporary ballet work created by Michael Waldrop of the Joffrey Ballet School.
At the beginning of 2020, he moved to Colorado Springs, CO where he lived for a year before returning to Gillette in 2021 with his fiancé, Jacob, and two dogs, Jett and Chula. Outside of the studio, Cory is currently working on getting his certificate in interior design through the Interior Design Institute and enjoys cooking, cleaning, yoga, decorating, camping, and snuggling with his dogs.
Having recently received his certification in Progressing Ballet Technique (P.B.T.), Cory is excited to build his credentials as a teacher. He looks forward to further P.B.T. certifications and to becoming a Cecchetti USA Certified Ballet Instructor. Future aspirations include modern technique pedagogy certification and yoga teaching certification.
"I cannot put into words how amazing Dance Arts Gillette is! The professionalism, knowledge, and talent of the staff surpasses all expectations. The teachers work hard to challenge their dancers while making them feel confident & proud of their current skills. Dance Arts Gillette is a perfect fit if you want your child to advance as a dancer and a person of confidence and integrity."
- Lacey & Doug Baker