Nurturing Ballet Students from the beginner thru the professional in a caring manner

Instructor:  Madame Rio Cordy Barlow of the Royal Academy of Dance

Now Accepting New Students



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Creative Movement

Brain Dance

Creative Movement Ages 3-5 yrs.

Brain Dance - ALL AGES

Ballet I, II, III

Pre-Pointe & Pointe

Professional Training

Nutcracker Dec. 9th and 10th

Adult Ballet

Ballet Rio Company

Private Lessons Available

Russian & Royal Academy Training

About Our Founder


The Mission Statement of Coastal Ballet Academy is to teach the art of ballet in a loving manner.  The syllabus is designed to enhance the physical, emotional, and mental development of each child.At the end of the dance season each student will be richer in body, mind, and spirit and take with them a deeper love of dance, music, learning and many joyful memories.

Artistic Director:  Madame Rio Cordy Barlow

Madame Rio Cordy Barlow has danced professionally with the Miami Ballet, Alabama Ballet and Coastal Ballet Academy.  She received her training thru the Royal Academy of Dance in London England.  She is trained in New York at Juliard and the Russia Vaganova Ballet technique.  Madame Barlow has groomed many students to become professional dancers, ballet teachers, Olympic participants and contestants in professional beauty pageants.  She has had 2 silver medalists at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson Mississippi.  During her career with the Miami Ballet she was Soloist with Walt Disney Enterprises, Orlando Florida.  Madame Barlow was instructor, Ballet Mistress and Event Coordinator at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) in Birmingham Alabama and ran two schools while in Birmingham. She was also Ballet Mistress at Ballet Pensacola, in Pensacola Florida. As Artistic Director of Coastal Ballet Academy in Foley Alabama and our nonprofit company, Coastal Ballet, she produces an Annual Nutcracker Performance, in which all dance schools and theatre groups in the community are invited to audition.  Madame Barlow has worked with theatre groups in Florida, Georgia and Alabama and is proud to be a Board member of the South Baldwin Community Theatre bringing dance education and fine Arts to the Gulf Coast.


All local Dance schools’ students and Theatre/Drama students are encouraged to participate in the Nutcracker performance on December 9, and 10th at the Foley Civic Center.  Open Auditions for Nutcracker held on September 9, 2017 at 9:30 am located at Coastal Ballet Academy 3786 S. McKenzie St. Foley Al. 

For more details email or call/text Madame Barlow at 251-979-9851



Madame Rio Cordy Barlow RAD

Madame Barlow has had over 45 years experience, she has danced professionally with the Miami Ballet, New York Ballet and Alabama Ballet.

Madame Rio Cordy Barlow, Birmingham Ballet

Classical Ballet introduces the student to the art of ballet and the appreciation of classical music. Classes include a live pianoist, lessons will be available soon.



Observation and the ability to listen are some traits dancers learn.



Miami Ballet

Some students go on to become professional dancers, some ballet teachers, and some, well, the sky is the limit, if you can dream it, you can achieve it.  All it takes is hard work, and persistence.



Our Syllabus is designed to enhance the physical, emotional, and mental development of each child. At the end of the dance season the student is stronger and more confident and will forever have joyful memories of Ballet.





Samantha Scheler

My overall objective is to use my education and unique skill set to incorporate theatre and dance education with an all-around understanding of and appreciation for other cultures and their people.

BFA in Dance, BS in Theatre, BA in Spanish | 07/2016 | Troy University

International Baccalaureate | 05/2012 | Decatur High School

Skills & Abilities

·    English and Spanish

·    Driver’s license and car (manual)

·    Basic tumbling and acrobatics

·    CPR certified

Honors and Awards

·    Alpha Lambda Delta

·    Alpha Psi Omega

·  Phi Kappa Phi

·    Sigma Delta Pi

·    National Dance Educators Association

·  Forensics Tournament winner