Madame Rio Cordy
ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Madame Rio Cordy’s wealth of expertise in the art of Classical Ballet is a summation of extensive training and career experiences acquired in the United States and abroad.
She received her training through the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England. Her tutelage in the Vaganova Method was then coupled with instruction and professional dancing during her time with The Julliard School in New York. Madame Rio then became a soloist and instructor for the Miami Ballet and Thomas Armour.
Madame Rio danced professionally with The Miami Ballet and The Alabama Ballet. During her time with The Miami Ballet, she was a soloist for Walt Disney Enterprises. She served as Instructor, Ballet Mistress and Event Coordinator at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) in Birmingham. She also ran two schools while in Birmingham.
After moving to South Baldwin County, she opened Gulf Coast Ballet in Orange Beach. In 2008, she opened the doors to Coastal Ballet Academy in Foley, and 2019 marked Coastal Ballet Academy's move back to Orange Beach, where she strives to bring an appreciation of Fine Arts to South Baldwin County’s citizens and children. Madame Rio has groomed students who went on to become professional dancers, ballet teachers, beauty pageant contestants, and international dance competition participants.
Madame Rio Cordy's dedication to her students is enhanced by her desire to develop a mind, body and spirit symbiosis, which provides a deeper love of dance, music, art, and learning while providing joyful memories that will last a lifetime.