Secrets of Classical Ballet Academy





    Tatiana Berenova

  SCBA Founder and Artistic Director,

 Russian Prima Ballerina , International Gold Medalist , professional ballet coach and choreographer. After graduationfrom the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet Academy and successful ballet career as an international Ballerina and Guest Artist Mrs. Berenova founded "Secrets of Classical Ballet Academy ", where she is looking forward to continuing the opportunity to share her love of dance to the world’s next generation of dancers.


Laura Lee

 Ms. Lee Secrets of Classical Ballet  company dancer well known in Minnesota, certified Yoga instructor and SCBA a faculty member, teacher of preparatory division,

 and Adult ballet classes.

Kacey Southwick

Kacey Southwick was born and raised in Minnesota. She started dancing at age 5, studying all styles of dance. At age 11 she became a competitive artistic gymnast, while still continuing ballet training. At the age of 16 she began training strictly Classical ballet. Start perform professionally in Minnesota’s ballet companies. As promising dancer Ms. Southwick has performed the featured soloist roles of Arabian, Queen of Waltz of the Flowers, Rat Queen, and Dancing Doll all from the Nutcracker. Duet Puss in Boots and White  Kitty from Sleeping Beauty and Work Duet from Coppelia. Kacey continues to improve as Ballet dancer.

Since 2018, Ms.Southwick SCBA faculty member, teacher of Thumbelina level and Pre-Professional Training Program classes.

Laura Daugherty

A native of Wyoming, Laura Daugherty’s training began at Dancers’ Workshop in Jackson Hole, and continued at St. Croix Ballet, Andahazy School of Classical Ballet, on scholarship at North Carolina School of the Arts, Classical Ballet Ensemble with Carol Roderick, the University of Utah, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Kirov and Harid summer programs. She has performed professionally in Balanchine’s Western Symphony with Colorado Ballet, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Cupid and Psyche, and Romeo and Juliet with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet including a two month Asian tour, Aida with the Manitoba Opera, The Nutcracker with the Dance Theatre of Wilmington, Primal Songs with Bonnie Mathis. Laura has over 20 years of teaching experience, and has been on the faculty at The Academy of Russian Ballet in Colorado, Ballet Arts, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and is currently on faculty at St. Croix Ballet. SCBA welcome Ms.Daugherty as guest teacher for third semester of season 2017/18 for Preparatory level classes.

Casey Juul

Casey is originally from the Twin Cities. He began his Classical Ballet training with the Metropolitan Ballet Academy. Casey recieved private coaching and instruction from Tatiana Berenova, former Bolshoi Principal and Prima Ballerina.  After completing  his training, he has danced professionally with several of the Ballet and Dance Companies in the Twin Cities area including: Ballet Minnesota, Cities Classical Dance Ensemble, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, Continental Ballet Company and Metropolitan Ballet . He was also a company member of the Ohio Dance Theatre of the Cleveland area. Presently Mr.Juul continue performing and enjoying sharing his knowledge and love for classical ballet and inspiring and encouraging the artistic side of his students.

SCBA welcome Casey for third semester of season 2017/18 as teacher for Pre-Professional level students.

Guest Faculty


SCBA Contemporary Class guest teacher and Choreographer

Youth American Grand Prix Outstanding Choreographer award winner since 2009, Ms.Sergeiv incredible creativity won again in 2017 ! Choreographer awards at the World Ballet competition, most prestigious Varna International Ballet competition and many more.

Born in Bulgaria, Mr. Sergiev studied ballet at the State Choreographic Institute in Sofia. Following graduation, he joined the National Ballet of Bulgaria. In 2000 he joined Ballet International in Indianapolis. His repertory includes featured roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Zorba the Greek, The Nutcracker and Dracula, Sleeping Beauty. Mr. Sergiev has toured internationally in Germany, France, Greece, South Korea, China, Canada, Spain, and many others.

Sergey Sergiev

Sterling Baca

 SCBA Pas de Deux , Male technique and solo variation guest teacher.

Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer.

Sterling Baca grew up in Larkspur, Colorado.  He began his ballet training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet at age eleven and then studied with world renowned teacher German Zamuel.  He attended five ABT summer intensives as a National Training Scholar and Bender Foundation Scholar. 

  Sterling enrolled in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in 2009 on full-scholarship under the direction of Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens. Sterling was also an inaugural recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. While at the JKO School and ABT summer intensives, Sterling performed works by Raymond Lukens, Jessica Lang, Aszure Barton, Francesca Harper, Brian Reeder, and Leslie Browne.

 Sterling Joined ABT II in September 2010. While in ABT II he performed George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes Pas de Deux, and lead roles in Jerome Robbins’ Interplay and Antony Tudor’s Continuo. Sterling also danced in Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Aszure Barton’s Barbara, Jodie Gates’ A Taste of Sweet Velvet, and the world premiere of Jessica Lang’s Vivacce Motifs.

  Sterling joined ABT as an apprentice in May 2011 and was promoted to the Corps de Ballet November 2011. His roles include Ballroom Von Rothbart and Lead Czardas in Swan Lake, the 2nd Sailor in Fancy Free, Demetrius in The Dream, Paris in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, The Officer in Gaite Parisienne, The Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the Spanish Suitor in The Sleeping Beauty, the Italian Suitor in Alexei Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty, Stephano in The Tempest, A Carnival Dancer in Othello, and roles in Bach Partita, Brahms Haydn Variations, Company B, Raymonda Divertissements, Duets, and Some Assembly Required.Sterling created Prince Fortune and Lilac Fairy Cavalier in Alexei Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty and leading roles in Liam Scarlett's 'With a Chance of Rain', Mark Morris's 'After You', Marcelo Gomes's Aftereffect, and The Final Frame by Zhong-Jing Fang.

   Sterling was chosen for and featured on the cover of Dance Magazine's January 2016 '25 to Watch' issue and has been featured on Dance 212 Season 4 and 'On a Grass Field' Winner of Best Short Film at the Golden Door Film Festival 2014 in New Jersey.

   Sterling joined Pennsylvania Ballet as a Principal Dancer in August 2016 where he has performed Cinderella's Prince in Ben Stevenson's 'Cinderella', Ali, Conrad and Lankendem in Angel Corella's prodution of 'Le Corsaire', Prince Desire and Gold in Angel Corella's production of of The Sleeping Beauty, Cavalier in George Balanchine's 'Nutcracker', George Balanchine's 'Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux', Lead Roles in David Dawson's 'Third Light', 'Tilt' by Helen Pickett, Brian Sanders 'Chicken Bone Brain', Nacho Duato's 'Remansos', Nicolo Fonte's 'Ghost Stories' and Matthew Neenan's 'Somnolence'.