A native New Orleanian, Mr. Carney began his training with Harvey Hysell and Diane Carney. He continued his studies as a scholarship student with David Howard in New York and Devon Carney of the Boston Ballet. Mr. Carney graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature while continuing to perform with Ballet Hysell in New Orleans. He then joined Montgomery Ballet with his wife Eleanor in 1996. He has danced principal roles in Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Scheherazade, Petrouchka, and Les Sylphides to name a few. He danced the lead role and was a dance captain in Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's musical Movin' Out for three years on Broadway. Mr. Carney has guested extensively across the United States as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Currently he balances his directing and performing with instructing ballet at Tulane University.
Mr. Popp from Lincoln, Nebraska, sparked interest in dance at the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company pausing to pursue academics, graduating with a BS in Biochemistry, minor in math and physics, from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL) 1999. In 2000, he was a Fulbright scholar located in Germany. He began his professional dance training during his final years at UNL, and has since continued on dancing professionally with the Omaha Theater Company, The Sacramento Ballet, Complexions, Billy Joel's Movin' Out on Broadway and most recently The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Corbin and Whitney Popp are proud to have the biggest fans of the show right at home: twin girls Addy and Zoe while working on a DMD degree in Mesa Arizona.