About

“Excellence in Dance Education”

Charlottesville Ballet Academy (CBA) is a center for dance education for ages 2 through adult. CBA is the official training school of Charlottesville Ballet, Central Virginia’s nonprofit professional ballet company whose mission is to elevate the art of dance through wellness, performance, education, and community outreach.

Charlottesville Ballet Academy was created in 2011 by Co-Directors Sara Clayborne and Emily Hartka. After three years of leading the professional company, the Co-Directors realized that many of the professional artists were not able to fully grasp the mission of wellness because they had trained for many years in unhealthy environments where eating disorders and injuries were standard. In order to truly fulfill the mission of health and wellness, Charlottesville Ballet would need to create a training school where excellent training and an emphasis on wellness started young.

CBA opened in Greene County in the Summer of 2011. The Academy was located in the town of Stanardsville, VA in the former home of The Dance Barn, a school owned by then board member Kelly Silliman who played an integral role in Charlottesville Ballet’s professional company since its inception in 2007.

Charlottesville Ballet’s facility on Route 29 and Woodbrook Drive

In July 2013, Charlottesville Ballet relocated both the professional company and the Academy to a new Charlottesville facility at 1885 Seminole Trail on Route 29 and Woodbrook Drive. The Ballet began with just one large studio (now the Studio Theatre) and continued to hold fundraising events to create a total of three studios in the upstairs space.

August 2015- “Building The Future” progress on the first floor facility

In Summer 2015, the Charlottesville Ballet took on another expansion through its “Building The Future” campaign and added an additional 2,500 square feet in a new first floor facility.

The Charlottesville Ballet is thrilled to be in our expanded space and offer accessible dance education to more members of the community. Our location boasts five spacious studios with a studio theatre, enabling us to offer more dance and movement classes for all ages.

We look forward to continuing the pursuit of our mission as we grow and hope that you continue to join us on this wonderful journey!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions and thank you for your support!