Stuart Carroll is the Artistic Director of Sacramento-based Capitol Ballet Company. He has presented The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Paquita, La Bayadere, and Don Quixote to local audiences and the surrounding communities with support and funding from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the California Arts Council.
Mr. Carroll has been a guest artist with American Ballet Theatre, at the Metropolitan Opera House, and the Milwaukee Ballet Company. In 1984, as the only American dancer to advance through the finals, he represented the United States at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland. His performances were televised internationally and he was a featured artist in the media.
Mr. Carroll joined Basel Ballet, Switzerland, as first soloist from 1985-1993, appearing in the films La Fille Mal Gardee, Swan Lake, and Dead End. In addition to many of the classics, he has danced contemporary choreography by Nacho Duato, Hans van Manen, Paul Taylor, William Forsythe, Heinz Spoerli, and Nils Cristi. He has created roles for choreographers from Stuttgart Ballet, Bejart Ballet, and his teacher and mentor Gabriella Darvash.
Mr. Carroll has toured extensively throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, and Taiwan ROC. He studied, as a scholarship student, at the San Francisco Ballet School and the Pennsylvania Ballet school prior to receiving his pre-professional training from John Hart (Artistic Director, Royal Ballet of London), Erling Sunde (Ballet Master, Royal Ballet of London), and Ann Howard (Soloist, Royal Ballet of London) at United States International University. After attending the School of Performing and Visual Arts on a full scholarship, he joined San Diego Ballet, and then joined Arizona Dance Theater as a Principal Dancer. In 1995, he established the ballet department at Sacramento High School Visual and Performing Arts Center.
In 1997, he consulted on the founding plans and curriculum for the Natomas Charter School Performing and Fine Arts Academy. In 2005, Mr. Carroll joined the faculty at University of California Davis, Department of Theater and Dance. He taught at the Paul Taylor West Coast Dance Intensive from 2007 through 2009. In 2012, he guest taught Ballet Preljocaj at the Mondovi Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Carroll was nominated in Spring 2012 by the UC Davis Academic Senate for an Excellence in Teaching Award.