Chance To Dance

Charlottesville Ballet’s after-school dance program that gives children a hands-on experience with the arts.


Students from the 2013 Chance To Dance Program in the Greene County Public Schools (funded in part by the Dave Matthews “Bama Works Fund” of the CACF).

Chance To Dance (C2D) is Charlottesville Ballet’s after-school outreach program for grades K-5 that gives underserved children a hands on experience with the arts. The Ballet partners with local public schools in both Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Students participate in a session of dance classes held once per week after school. These classes are taught by professional artists from the Charlottesville Ballet and are all-inclusive with students actively participating regardless of physical ability or previous dance experience.

The dance genres of Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, and African dance form the backbone of the Chance To Dance curriculum. Participants are introduced to basic movements and then hone these skills throughout the program. Students see the benefit of applying themselves to both mental and physical challenges and gain self-confidence while learning effective teamwork skills that can be used in other areas of life.




Chance To Dance Showcase and Scholarship Program:

The Chance To Dance program culminates with a FREE performance for the community at the participating school. This gives students the opportunity to perform for their peers, educators, and broader community. The showcase is a chance for students to take pride in their achievements, and develop the self-confidence that results from successful performances. At the showcase, Charlottesville Ballet presents two students (from each participating school) who show exceptional talent and passion for dance with lifetime scholarships to Charlottesville Ballet Academy.


For more information about the Chance To Dance outreach program and how you can get involved, please email Outreach Manager Emily Pozek:  [email protected]

Thank you to the Dave Matthews “Bama Works Fund” of the CACF and to Wells Fargo Community Giving for Supporting the 2018-2019 Program!



Chance To Dance (C2D) Sponsors 2018-2019

The Richard & Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust

Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

The Wells Fargo Foundation

ACAC Fitness & Wellness Centers

Albemarle County Rotary Club

Dutch & Penny Dorschel


Chance To Dance (C2D) Schools 2018-2019

Jackson-Via Elementary
Johnson Elementary
Greenbrier Elementary
Woodbrook Elementary
Agnor-Hurt Elementary
Greer Elementary
Clark Elementary

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