Stuart Carroll is the Artistic Director of the Sacramento-based Capitol Ballet Company. He has presented The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Paquita, La Bayadère, 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. He has been a guest artist with American Ballet Theatre, at the Metropolitan Opera House, and The Milwaukee Ballet Company. In 1984, as the American finalist, 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. He joined Basel Ballet, Switzerland, as soloist in 1985, continuing until 1993, appearing in the films La Fille Mal Gardée, 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 scholarship, he joined the San Diego Ballet as Principal Dancer, then Arizona Dance Theater as a Principal Dancer. In 1995 he joined the faculty of Sacramento High School, where he continued until 2005 to develop the curriculum, and establish a Ballet Department at the Visual and Performing Arts Center. In 1997 he consulted on the founding plans for the Natomas Charter School Performing and Fine Arts Academy, and assisted with the curriculum for their Ballet program.