Winthrop Corey Named as CBM Artistic Director

Mobile -  Classical Ballet of Mobile (CBM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Winthrop Corey as Artistic Director. Connie E. Catranis, Board President, says, “We are thrilled that Mr. Corey has accepted our invitation to bring his unparalleled experience, leadership, and vision to Classical Ballet of Mobile.” Pamela W. Thompson, Director of the Academy, states, “I have been fortunate to have worked with Winthrop for many years and cannot overstate how much his extraordinary talent as an inspiring teacher brings to CBM and its dancers.

Corey was a principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. Dancing opposite Rudolf Nureyev in José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane, Time Magazine noted “a chillingly effective performance”, while Clive Barnes of The New York Times added, “Corey, excellent in every way, a performance with style and authority.”

He has taught master classes throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and been a summer faculty member of The Joffrey Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre. Corey has choreographed numerous full-length ballets, and his original productions include Dracula and A Streetcar Named Desire, for which he was awarded a Dance Fellowship by the Alabama State Council on the Arts. This year marks the sixth time Corey has coached the New York International Ballet Competition.  

“As Artistic Director of Classical Ballet of Mobile, I look forward to bringing classical ballet, performances, and training of the highest quality to the Mobile Community,” Corey said. “For the past 30 years, I was fortunate enough to work with extremely talented individuals from Mobile, set designers, lighting designers, wardrobe, stage crew and of course many, many talented dancers. It is my hope that the many people who supported me on that journey will continue to enjoy classical ballet at its best.”

The mission of Classical Ballet of Mobile, Inc., is to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for ballet through superb training, artistic excellence, and performance opportunities, while adhering to the highest ethical standards and practices.” CBM’s students will have opportunities to train at a high level, to gain performance experience, to participate in outreach service within our community, and to become eligible to dance with the company in the future. CBM’s faculty represents many years of training at high levels, performance experience, and teaching.

Classical Ballet of Mobile is a 501(c)3 organization.

Connie Catranis