Clara Cravey Stanley
Professor of Dance (Ballet)
Clara Cravey Stanley began her professional career with the Harkness Ballet of New York under the direction of Ben Stevenson. As a principal dancer she toured Europe and the Middle East performing in Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Iran, Paris and Istanbul. She has danced at summer festivals including Spoleto, Nervi and Monte Carlo where she performed for Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Mrs. Cravey was a founding member of the Ballet de Caracas in Venezuela under the direction of Vincente Nebrada with whom she toured world wide. She has performed at the White House and at the Kennedy Center.
In 1978 Ben Stevenson invited Mrs. Cravey to join the Houston Ballet Academy's professional level as an instructor. He then appointed her to Principal of the Academy in 1991, a position she enjoyed for fifteen years.
Additionally, she was invited to teach at the Beijing Academy of Dance in China and to teach for several years at various schools of dance in Japan.
Many dancers who have trained under her direction have gone on to professional careers with Houston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, American Ballet Theater, Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dancers, Netherlands Dance Theater and other international companies. Mrs. Cravey also served as President of the National Association of Schools of Dance from 2000 through 2003.
Mrs. Cravey has been a guest teacher for advanced classes at several schools in Houston including serving as Ballet Mistress for AdDeum Dance. She has served on the Artistic Council of Ballet Florida, taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts and has instructed master classes in ballet throughout the United States.