Our Staff

Sarah Rigles

Ms. Rigles is the primary instructor as well as the director at CBA.
Click here for Ms. Rigles's bio.

Lori Corrigan

Mrs. Corrigan’s passion for dancing started at a very young age when she studied both classical ballet and tap. Through her teenage years she became entirely dedicated to ballet. Mrs. Corrigan trained through the Royal Academy of Dancing in Salem and in Lake Oswego. She additionally danced with the Salem Theater of Performing Arts, and performed as a dancer in the Portland Broadway Production of “Hello Dolly.”

Mrs. Corrigan received her B.S. degree in Social Sciences at Portland State University white continuing her passion and joy for dancing through college ballet courses. She then went to work full-time in a Public Relations career before starting a family and becoming a stay-at-home mom. Mrs. Corrigan recently taught a ballet Enrichment Class at Willamette Primary School in West Linn and is now excited to join the teaching staff of Classical Ballet Academy.

Michelle Kirkpatrick Johnson

Michelle is from Portland, Oregon and found her desire to dance during childhood encouraged by Nancy Yeamans of Portland Metro Performing Arts,  Metro Dancers, and summer workshops with Jeremy Ives.  At Jefferson High School Michelle studied under Mary Price Boday and received an Outstanding Dancer award.   Michelle graduated from Willamette University with a degree in Biology.  She and her husband have two children.  Michelle returned to ballet in earnest and is a dancer, instructor, choreographer, performer and rehearsal assistant.   “What drives me is the artistry, creativity and physical fitness, and an understanding that in ballet one’s efforts go toward one of the beautiful things about life,” says Michelle.  She is thrilled to be working with the accomplished Miss Sarah Rigles, staff and students of Classical Ballet Academy.

Jenny Dubac

Jenny Dubac discovered dance at a young age, training with Ken Lipitz and Shelley Ziebel in Massachusetts. Her talents allowed her to attend summer programs with Boston Ballet, Walnut Hill, and The Juilliard School, and complete a year in North Carolina School of the Arts ballet program. Jenny earned a BFA in 2004 from The Juilliard School. Their program put equal emphasis on ballet and modern dance and allowed her to work with everyone from Jessica Lang to Ohad Naharin. After graduating she married a classical musician and together they traveled West, spending several years with the Milwaukee Ballet School and performing at the Santa Fe Opera. Her husband won the Oregon Symphony Orchestra's second clarinet position in 2008, landing Jenny in Portland. She currently performs with Polaris Dance Theatre and Key Turn Project. She looks forward to sharing her love of diverse movement with Classical Ballet Academy students.

Candalee Wrede

Candalee began her dance training at age four with Marcelle Renoux,
founder of the oldest dance studio in Portland. Her training included
both RAD and Cechetti methods plus many techniques Miss Renoux learned
from studying the Balanchine technique in New York. Candalee's dance
studies were primarily in ballet and extensively in pointe and pas de
deux. She also studied jazz, modern, folk and theatrical dance. At
age fourteen, Candalee was honored by becoming the youngest lead
soloist for Renoux's performing company which allowed her to learn and
perform many classical roles as well as to learn of the art of
developing complete original story ballets. She was a dance major at
the University of Oregon and she continues an ongoing pursuit of the
study of dance with all its different forms, methods, theories and
all the aspects of physical training as well as participating in
various kinds of classes.

Candalee began teaching in 1972 as the Ballet Mistress for the National
Academy of Gymnastics, training both former and future Olympians.
She owned and operated her own dance studio housed in Cascade
Athletic Club from 1981 to 1992. She established a Junior Ballet
Company as part of the studio and the members performed original
ballets such as "Pippi Longstockings" and "The Last Unicorn".
She was granted an honorary teaching certificate from the State of Oregon when she designed and implemented a full dance and dance history program for Sam Barlow High School.

Presently, Candalee pursues teaching for studios like CBA to promote a
long legacy of dance training for the younger and very talented
generation of dancers and studio owners in the Portland area.

Susan Fischer

Susan Fischer fell in love with ballet after seeing Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev perform. She first studied in her home town of Pittsburgh, then Atlanta where she studied and danced with the Atlanta Ballet. She was able to study with some of the greats in New York City, including the School of American Ballet Theater before leaving dance to pursue other interests. She attended Oberlin College and Parsons School of Design and went on to become the VP of Design for GapKids In NYC. She moved to Portland in 1991 for a life style change, and began to teach fiber arts to underserved and at risk children with both Friends of the Children, and Caldera.
Her return to dance is celebratory, proving that dance and it’s benefits extend long into our adult lives. She is now back taking class six times a week, a student herself of Ms Rigles, and thrilled to share her love of dance with young students. She has two sons who are both musicians.

Lauren Richmond

Lauren Richmond graduated from Portland State University in the Spring of 2007 with a BA in Communications, and a minor in Dance. Lauren has performed in ballets such as Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Coppelia, La Sylphide, La Boutique Fantasque, The Nutcracker, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Secret Garden, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Raymonda. Lauren performed for two years as a trainee and company apprentice in Portland Festival Ballet's Trainee Company, directed by John Magnus the former Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet School. Before that Lauren graduated from Classical Ballet Academy's pre-professional ballet school under the direction of Sarah Rigles in June of 2009 and accepted a position as a ballet instructor. Lauren first performed professionally in modern dance when joining Kinetic Images Dance Company directed by Kimm Mahoney-Watson in March of 2008. Lauren also performed with the multi-form pre-professional Legacy Dance Company directed by Anna Rigles, as well as understudied with the Polaris 2 group directed by Robert Guitron. Lauren received additional dance instruction from Beverly Byrd, Daniel Black, Gavin Larson, Amanda Simnitt, Joan Scott, Judy Patton, Nancy Davis, Alex Ballard, Davy Brun, Heather Jackson, Eric Skinner, Zack Carroll, Lavinia Magliocco, Anita Mitchell, Les Watanabe, Melissa St. Clair, Rayne J. Tafoya, Sarah Slipper, Mary Hunt, Kim Smiley, Liuba Kozireva, Elaine Bauer, Laura Haney, Artur Sultanov, Rachel Lidskog, Anya Klimova-Preston, Donna Oefinger, Rafaela Gillette, Russell Bruner, and Brenda Russell. Lauren recently joined Agnieszka Laska Dancers in August of 2011.

Anna Rigles-Smith

Anna Rigles-Smith has been dancing in Portland, OR, Los Angeles, CA, and Vancouver B.C. for over twenty years. She has been a student of Tap Master, Terry Brock, for over two decades and has also had the opportunity to study with Tap Legends such as Savion Glover of Happy Feet, Charles "Honi" Coles, Cholly Atkins, Buster Brown and many more.
She has performed alongside the world class tap company, Rhapsody in Taps, at Los Angeles' National Tap Dance Day and also with Tap legend Dianne "Lady Di" Walker in Portland, Oregon.

While attending Scripps College in Claremont, CA she headed their tap program and taught all tap classes at the college. She has had the privilege of studying with the great Julane Stites while attending Jefferson High School's prestigious dance program and also with Oregon Ballet Theatre's Fred Locke. She has trained with Melissa St. Clair, Mary Oslund and has been a company member of Keith Goodman's Modern Dance Laboratory.

For the last twenty years she has devoted her life to studying and performing tap, contemporary ballet, and modern. Anna Rigles-Smith has been teaching dance for over fifteen years in Oregon and California. She has taught at Terry Brock's School of Dance, Scripps College and The Stites Performing Arts Center. She is proud to say her greatest influence in the dance world has been her mentor and teacher, Terry Brock. She is excited to be a part of the teaching staff at CBA.

Max Zeryck

Max first discovered dance at Da Vinci Arts Middle School. In 7th grade, he began the full-year tap and jazz program, and ultimately ended up in Dance 3 in just 2 years of study. He also took advanced after-school classes to further improve his skill. After taking a week-long introductory ballet class with OBT’s Alison Roper, he realized his love for ballet. He began at CBA his freshman year with a half-scholarship and eventually was awarded a full scholarship. Max has been in many CBA performances with parts like the Arabian Pas de Deux, Russian Pas de Quatre, Buttercup Pas de Deux, the Nutcracker, Mazurka Pas de Trois, and the Sugar Plum Cavalier. He’s also traveled to Corvallis with other advanced dancers for an annual performance. Max is a dedicated student who balances ballet with piano and visual art. His work as a math mentor and Outdoor School student leader, along with his ballet training, have prepared him for teaching at CBA. He is very excited to work with young dancers and hopes he can help encourage them to work hard and have fun in the art of ballet.

Sarah Jarvinen - pianist

Sarah Jarvinen fell in love with ballet after seeing the Joffrey Ballet dance an all Nijinsky performance in Chicago. In addition to playing for classes at the Classical Ballet Academy, Sarah is the church pianist at St. Stephens Catholic Church, the organist for Cantores in Ecclesia's Childrens Choir, the pianist for the Portland Lesbian Choir and is a member of The International Guild of Dance Musicians. She earned her Bachelor's of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied composition with Elinor Armer. She received her Master's of Science Teaching in Music from Portland State where she studied with Dr. Susan Chan, and worked as a graduate teaching assistant. In 2008 Sarah's composition, “Caprice”, tied for 1st place in Portland State's first annual Composition Competition. Sarah also enjoys teaching piano privately at her studio in SE Portland, and is a member of Oregon Music Teachers Association.