BBS strives to provide a well rounded, highly qualified faculty to offer the best possible traning to our students.  We understand the importance of our instructors to not only provide proper training, but also to possess the skills and demeanor necessary to work with children. Our instructors work hard to make sure that students in every class not only receive great instruction, but also are part of a nurturing and creative environment where the students can excel.​

Our instructors have worked as professional performers as well as have received  intense training and education in their respective fields.    


Instructors

Meet the Faculty

Brandy Brown Pendleton
Owner / Director / Instructor


 
A professional performer since the age of 10, Brandy was an original cast member of the hit Broadway musical “Les Miserables.” While living in New York she performed at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the Broadway Theatre, Imperial Theatre, and Schubert Theatre. She then won the principal role of Arabella in the ABC movie “Roots, the Gift,” was a three time Junior Vocalist Champion on “Star Search” and landed a starring role as an original cast member in Disney’s “The New Mickey Mouse Club.”  While with Disney, Brandy performed on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee,” Disney’s Televised Christmas and Easter Parades, as well as Disney’s Fourth of July special.

After leaving Disney, Brandy moved to Los Angeles where she was cast in the HBO
movie, “Race Against Tomorrow” and received extensive drama training at the Ormandi Studios.  She then returned to Broadway, rejoining the cast of “Les Miserables” in the starring role of Eponine. At the age of sixteen, Brandy was the youngest actor ever to perform this role.

Brandy returned to Mobile to graduate with her class at UMS-Wright Preparatory School, and then returned to New York
City and signed a contract with NBC for the daytime soap “Another World” in the role of Angela Corelli.  This performance won her the “Outstanding New Actress” award by Daytime TV.

Throughout her time in New York, Brandy studied her craft. She attended New York University’s Tisch School
of the Arts where she studied vocal performance, dance, drama, and speech & dialect at the William Esper Studios.  She also studied privately with Tonya Berenzin of the renowned Circle in the Square Theatre, as well as worked under Trevor Nunn and John Caird of London’s Royal Shakespeare Company.

Her further training included numerous drama, dance and musical theatre workshops and seminars, as well as intensive
voice study under Susan Robbins and the Robert Marks Studio. She honed her tap, theatre dance and jazz skills with Broadway Dance.

Brandy now resides in Mobile with her husband and four children, where she shares her talents and knowledge of the performing arts with her students.  She is a member of the Screen Actors
Guild (SAG), the Actors Equity Association and the American Federation of Television & Radio Arts. 

Renata Pavam

A native of Brazil, Renata began studying ballet at Centro Mineiro de Dancas Classicas, where she received intensive training with Ofelia Gonzalez, former principal dancer with Ballet Nacional de Cuba.

By the age of 13, she had won numerous awards in Ballet Competitions all over the world, including the Gold and Silver Medal at the International Ballet Competiiton, the title of Most Promising Daner at the Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, the Grand Prix winner of the Concours International de Danse de Luxembourg and the Silver Medal at the Concours International de Danse de Paris.   She received a scholarship to the Washington Ballet School and then was invited to join Le Jeune Ballet de France, in Paris.  She danced in Paris for several years and had the opportunity to dance all over the world, performing in ballets like, Don Quixote, Stars and Stripes, Flames of Paris, Le Corsaire, and Suite en Blanc.  While in Paris, she worked with French teachers and choreographers including Elizabeth Platel and Nicolas Musin.

While on tour with Le Jeune Ballet de France in New York City, she was invited to join the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, and in 2001 joined the American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet.
At ABT, she had the honor of working with teachers and choreographers like Alexei Ratmansky, Natalia Makarova, William Forsythe, Susan Jaffe, Wes Chapman, Amanda McKerrow, Jorma Elo, Christopher Wheeldon, Benjamin Millepied, David Howard, Kirk Peterson, Susan Jones, Georgina Parkinson, Irina Kolpakova, Nancy Raffia, Lupe Serrano, Christopher Carr, Mark Morris and John Meehan.  

During her years with ABT, she was invited to perform as a guest artist in many Gala performances, dancing with Jose Manuel Carreno, Ethan Stiefel, Angel Corella, Herman Cornejo, Joaquin DeLuz, Guennadi Saveliev,
and Sascha Radetsky.  She also performed in numerous ballets including, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Petite Mort, Othello, Petrouchka, Sylvia, Brief Fling, Burning Dreams, Baker's Dozen, Everything Doesn't Happen at Once, Hereafter, Chamber Symphony and The Bright Stream.

Renata retired as a profrssional dancer in 2013, but continues to share her love of dance as an instructor.  She is also a Dance Photographer with works published in Dance Magazine, Pointe magazine and The New York Times, among others.  We are honored to have Renata as part of our BBS faculty. 



 

Riley
​Johnson

​​   Riley is a native of Mobile where she is a recent graduate of
Spring Hill College.  She began her ballet career at a very young age. Riley was accepted as a member of the Mobile Ballet Company at age 11,in 2006.  She was a member of the Mobile Ballet Company under the direction of Winthrop Corey for eleven years, where she became aPrincipal Dancer.  Riley has performed in the Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Winthrop Corey’s Dracula, Winthrop Corey’s Snow White, and many others.  Her featured roles include, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Lead Bride in Dracula, and Prayer in Coppelia.

   Riley has spent many summers at Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive, as well as American Ballet Theater in Tuscaloosa and Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.  Riley was a faculty member at Mobile Ballet for many years, and is so excited to now be part of The Brandy Brown Studio.

Brandon M. Caten

Brandon is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, where he received his Bachelor Degree in Liberal Studies with concentration in Music, Education, Theatre and Communication. He is attending Spring Hill College where he will be graduating in May with his Master of Liberal Arts Degree.
 
He currently works as a Prelude Instructor with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Prelude Instructors are professional musicians who are trained to bring a depth of knowledge and excitement to their students. They teach at various partnering schools, introducing the students to musical terminology, technique, instruments, and help to awaken the musical talents that lie within.
 
His previous experience includes, serving as the Artistic Divertor at the Azalea City Center for the Arts, where he taught children the art of music and drama and how to integrate feelings and emotions into those mediums. He was also the Musical Director for the Children’s Program, as well as a private vocal instructor, instructor for Musical Theatre Dance Class, Show Choir, Theatre Makeup and Musical Theatre Audition Boot Camp. Brandon has been an extremely successful vocal instructor where he pushes his students to excel in their passions, through competitions, self-evaluations, and at home research. His students have received numerous awards, including many statewide first place achievements.
 
In addition to his teaching experience, Brandon is accomplished actor and singer. He was named “Best Local Actor” at the 2014 Lagniappe Nappie Awards, has performed numerous lead roles in various regional productions, serves as the Director at the Port City Men’s Chorus, sings with the Mobile Opera Chorus and serves on committee at the Joe Jefferson Playhouse. His Professional Affiliations include; member of NATS; The National Association of Teachers of Singing, the University of South Alabama National Alumni Association, Mortar Board, and Mortar Board Alumni Association. We are thrilled to welcome Brandon to our team and looking for an terrific year for our vocal program.
 

Jean Fowler

 ​​Ms. Jean is no stranger to the performing arts. She studied with
Marguerite Benson Hall, The Fred Astaire Studio and was part of The Sheffield School of the Dance advanced program.
 
In addition, through the years, Jean has studied many aspects of the performing arts at numerous workshops and seminars throughout the country. She taught at the Sheffield School of the Dance, the Fred Astaire Studio, Nora Nash School in Birmingham and the Bob Johnston School of the Performing Arts.

Jean owned and operated Fowler Studio of Performing Arts where they taught tap, jazz, ballet, baton, vocal presentation and modeling. Many of her students have achieved success in Junior Miss, Azalea Trail and Dogwood Trail as well as received college scholarships for voice, baton and dance. We are extremely honored to have Ms. Jean as part of our studio. She brings a wealth of training and experience to our students.