Cory Barnette





Growing up in Phoenix, Cory began dancing at the young age of three. He received his formal training from the Tempe Dance Academy in Tempe, AZ. Here, he had the opportunity to compete and perform around the US, as well as tour to both Europe and China. While in high school, Cory received the National Outstanding Dancer scholarship from NYCDA in 2010, and he toured with them regionally as an assistant for the following year. Additionally, Cory was accepted to The Juilliard School, where he received his BFA in 2014. Upon graduation, Cory joined the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet for a season and then Les Grands Ballets des Montreal for another two seasons. Throughout his time in school and in dance companies, Cory has performed in NYC, Jacob's Pillow, Paris, Germany, Colombia, Holland, Scotland, and over 20 other cities in the US. He even performed as an extra in the movie "Match" starring Patrick Stewart. He was a faculty member for FRESH dance intensive, based out of Toronto, and has taught and choreographed for multiple studios around the US. In 2018, he joined Cirque du Soliel’s Volta, as the main character, and performed 200 shows with the company. He currently teaches South Tulsa Dance Company's THR!VE team as well as teaches and choreographs around the country. He is inspired daily by the next generation of artists!