• Our Founder

  • Claudia Rudolf Barrett, the recipient of the Post-Corbett 2001 Award for Individual Achievement in the Arts, received her initial training at the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) under Oleg Sabline and David McLain.  Subsequently she earned her BAS and MFA from CCM under Corbett Scholarships, studying with McLain, Dame Alicia Markova, P.W. Manchester, Frederic Franklin and James Truitte as well as many guest artists.  A Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet, gave Barrett the opportunity to study with Alexandra Danilova, Felia Doubrovska, Andre Eglevsky, Antonina Toumkovsky and Stanley Williams.

    As an original dancer, soloist and Ballet Mistress of the Cincinnati Ballet Company from 1963 until 1990, Ms Barrett worked under five artistic directors and with teachers and choreographers from major companies around the world. In 1993 Claudia opened her school, ballet tech® of ohio, bringing many instructors of world renown to inspire her students. In 1997, after staging a full length Sleeping Beauty to the orchestral accompaniment of the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Barrett created a performing outlet for her pre-professional dancers, the ballet tech ohio performing arts association. In 2001, riding upon Barrett's reputation and associations with professionals in the dance world, the btopaa established the annual Gala of International Ballet Stars. Ms. Barrett created a number of ballets for pre-professionals including My Many Colored Days to the music of Richard Einhorn played by the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra,  Appalachian Spring and A Soldier's Tale with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, A Stone’s Throw and Nuada (both with Celtic themes), The Conductors, a ballet about one family’s escape to the North through the Underground Railroad, Thank You, Edgar!; The Mask, The Fantastic Toy Shop, Peter and the Wolf and Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nacht Musik and Carmina Burana to the accompaniment of the Blue Ash Symphony Orchestra, Nutcracker Treats, Green Legs & Ham and Happily Ever After.  Barrett further challenged her dancers with La Fille Mal Gardee, Coppelia and La Sylphide. In September, 2006, Ms Barrett left her non-profit organization to refocus upon her vision and the core values of the school which continue to promote primarily the art of classical ballet through professional guest artists and performances. Barrett's students have since performed, among others, the Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Les Syphides and Pas de Quatre.  Barrett's students have been awarded professional contracts or scholarships to prestigious schools and companies throughout the United States.

    Ms. Barrett entered into a collaboration in 2009 with Cindy Matyi author of the popular children's book, Little Town of Spirals, and created an original ballet, Spiralia and Matyi was on hand to sign copies of her book. This was a true 'cross arts' event. Mayti, who passed away in November, 2014, was a talented prolific artist, author, and accomplished musician, and performed (as associate founder) with her Silver Arm Band, accompanying Barrett’s dancers.  

    In August, 2010 Ms. Barrett was invited to teach at the Korea 2010 International Ballet Competition in Seoul. In March of the following year Barrett was invited to attend the Russia Dance Open. Natalia Makarova, considered one of the greatest dancers of the 21st century, was head chair of the competition Jury. Three of Ms. Barrett's pre-professional students accompanied Barrett, took class and danced in a 'Participants Performance”.

     In May of 2013 Ms. Barrett held her 2013 Anniversary Gala, a grand celebration of two decades of training students.  Four of Barrett’s former students returned from their professional companies to dance in bto’s Gala, along with professionals who also teach at her school.

    Recently Barrett’s former student Serena Sovdsnes became a “New Dancer” in the Cincinnati Ballet Company and performed a principal role in George Balanchine’s Who Cares.  Sovdsnes also teaches at bto.

    Ms. Barrett’s newest role is grandmother to Rowan and Sienna Barrett whose father, Alex, is developing a computer based company of his own.