CBA’s FAQ & Etiquette

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to try a class before registering. How do I do that?

Email us at [email protected] to schedule a trial at our 29 North location or Downtown at the Ix Art Park. The first class is complimentary! *Trial classes are not allowed at Carver Recreation Center.

Where is your building?

Our North facility is located at 1885 Seminole Trail at the intersection of Woodbrook Drive and Rt. 29. When you turn into our parking lot, you’ll want to immediately turn left and drive around to the front of the building. You can find us in the double glass doors between US Cellular and Play it Again Sports — our big “Charlottesville Ballet” sign is below our studio, not our front entrance! Our Downtown facility is located at 949 Second Street, SE, Suite #404 at the IX Art Park. We are located to the right of Brazos Tacos.

Do you have free parking?

You may find free parking along the front, back, or side of the building at our North location and there is free parking in the parking lots at the IX Art Park for our downtown location. Please use caution when driving in the parking lots!

I want to drop a class, how do I do that?

You can transfer or drop a class at our CBA locations (29 North or Downtown Ix Art Park) by emailing CB Finance Manager, Ali Brent at [email protected] anytime before the first of the month. Example: October tuition is charged on October 1st, so if you wish to drop the class for October, notice must be given by September 30th.  Enrollment/Drop Deadlines: Children’s Division and Up: December 15 is the last day to enroll, drop, or transfer classes. First Steps Division: March 1 is the last day to enroll, drop, or transfer classes.

What’s a ballet bun and how do I manage my student’s hair?

A ballet bun is a classic hairstyle used by dancers that serves both a functional and aesthetic purpose. It keeps the hair secure and away from the face and provides a clean line. The hair is first secured in a ponytail and is then wrapped around in a coil around the head and secured with bobby pins. You can watch this quick tutorial for help with one bun-making technique. A bun is preferred if possible, but NOT required for CBA ballet classes. Students that are not able to put their hair in a bun may pull their hair up off the neck, and may use any hair product suitable for their hair type to help keep their hair out of their face while dancing.

When can I make up a missed class?

You are welcome to make up a missed class in any age-level appropriate class during the same academic year session or summer session at our CBA locations only (at 29 North or Downtown Ix Art Park classes). Make-ups may not be taken at Carver Recreation Center. Make-ups may be taken in the same genre as a student’s scheduled class, but students are also welcome to explore other genres. Please contact the front desk or email [email protected] to schedule a make-up class.

What do I do if I have to miss class or I’m going to be late?

Email [email protected] or give us a ring and we’ll let your teacher know! North Location Phone: 434.973.2555 Downtown Location Phone: 434.227.7592

My family can’t afford dance classes – do you have a program for this?

Charlottesville Ballet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and part of our mission is to provide access to dance education. Financial assistance for tuition to Charlottesville Ballet Academy is available for all families that qualify for assistance. If you are interested in applying for Financial Aid for classes at CBA’s 29 North location or Downtown at the Ix Art Park, please click this link to submit an application: FA Application If you are interested in financial assistance for classes/camps at Carver Recreation Center, please complete a scholarship application through Charlottesville Parks & Recreation: Parks & Rec Application

I don’t want my credit card kept on file.

CBA requires a credit card to be kept on file by all families. If you would like to pay monthly tuition with cash or check you may do so, however it must be paid prior to the first of the month. If tuition is not paid with cash or check, then the credit card on file will be charged on the first of every month (during the academic year).

We will be out of town for the CBA Spring Performance. What do we do?

Please email CBA Academy Manager, Cordelaine Klyne at [email protected] as soon as you know that your student will be unable to participate in the annual academic year Spring Performance (Children’s Division classes and up). You will not be charged the costume rental fee of $35 in November if you inform CBA prior to November 1. CBA offers no refunds for costume rental fees or performance fees once they are paid, even if students are unable to participate in the Spring Performance. Classes begin practicing for the Spring Performance towards the end of January; teachers spend no more than 15 minutes of class rehearsing. Students unable to perform will be asked to understudy, learn, and practice the choreography with the rest of the class.

What and why is there a Spring Performance Fee?

A Spring Performance Fee will be assessed for each student at CBA that participates in the academic year Spring Performance. Tickets will be FREE for the performances. As a non-profit organization, we try to keep costs as low as possible for CBA families. The Spring Performance is not a profitable event for Charlottesville Ballet due to the high costs associated with putting on a large scale dance production. These expenses include staffing, lighting, sound, rental of backdrops, equipment, as well as the hourly rate to rent the theater for several days (dress rehearsals and performance day). The Spring Performance fees help to cover these costs. We continually strive to keep fee increases to a minimum, despite increases in costs each year.

Does CBA offer scholarships?

CBA’s outreach program: Chance To Dance gives students the opportunity to receive a lifetime scholarship to CBA. These students are selected after completing the academic year session of “C2D” at their participating elementary school. Students are selected based on their interest, motivation, and talent in the class. CBA offers very few talent-based scholarships and only at the discretion of the Academy Principal. However, CBA partners with several other Virginia nonprofits to offer scholarships to at-need students. Please contact [email protected] if you’d like more information.

What is Chance To Dance?

Chance To Dance is an after-school dance education outreach program that gives children a hands-on experience with the arts. It is fully funded by individual donors and grants. 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. Ballet, Modern, Tap, and Hip Hop form the backbone of the Chance To Dance curriculum. Participants are introduced to basic movements and then hone these skills throughout the eleven-week program. Students develop confidence and motivation as they apply themselves to mental and physical challenges. If you’d like more information about C2D and how to support it, please e-mail [email protected].

What is the Dancers for Dancers fundraiser?

Dancers for Dancers (“D4D”) is an annual fundraising initiative launched in the fall of 2015 to raise funds for CBA’s scholarship and financial aid students. The D4D fundraising drive encourages CBA students to go into their communities and ask for support from their families and friends (similar to the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart drive). This funding then goes towards supporting CBA scholarships (including Chance To Dance) and financial aid.

Why is there a dress code? And what do I do if I can’t afford the attire and shoes?

CBA’s dress code ensures that all students have a professional appearance and mitigates the distraction of different attire styles. If you cannot afford the dress code uniform, please contact [email protected]. CBA has gently used uniforms and shoes that have been donated and are then distributed to those in-need. If you would like to donate any attire or shoes, please drop off any donations at the front desk.

How do I join the Pre-Professional Program?

The Pre-Professional Program is a rigorous training program for a select group of students that have the desire to become professional dancers and or performing artists. The program is by invitation only at the discretion of the Academy’s Principal.

When can my child start pointe class?

All students at CBA must pass a pointe examination before beginning pointe work. The examination is taken only at the recommendation of CBA Principal. To be considered for the pointe exam, students must be in Ballet Level 3 or higher, at least 12 years old, and currently taking at least three ballet classes per week. In the exam, students will be asked to perform certain exercises to ensure they have the required strength and technical development to begin pointe work. Students must also present the 8 positions of the body, both written and demonstrated. Students will be required to sew their own pointe shoes; CBA staff members are always happy to assist with teaching this skill. Once students have passed CBA’s pointe exam, they will have to undergo a medical screening to ensure their bones have finished developing and there will be little risk for injury. For more information on the pointe exam, please email [email protected].

Is Charlottesville Ballet a nonprofit? And if so, how can I support it?

Charlottesville Ballet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public charity, meaning it relies on its many families, friends, and supporters to keep its doors open. Tuition for the Academy and ticket sales for the Professional Company only cover a portion of the costs to present our high-quality dance education and professional performances. You can help keep dance alive in Central Virginia by visiting Donations are tax-deductible. If you would like to make a donation to a specific aspect of the ballet you can do so by notating in the online donation form, or by emailing [email protected]. Gifts of any size are appreciated, ensure the longevity of our educational outreach programs, and enable Charlottesville Ballet to produce professional dance productions for citizens throughout the Central Virginia area!

Class Etiquette

  • Gum and food are not allowed in the studios at any time.
  • Only clear liquids or water are permitted during classes. 
  • Hanging on the barres is not allowed.
  • Students under the age of 8 are not permitted in the studio without a teacher present. Students 8+ may be granted permission to stretch or practice in the studio, but playing is not permitted at anytime.
  • No cell phones, tablets, or other devices are permitted in the studio, unless they are being used for educational purposes (videotaping corrections).
  • Please use the restroom prior to the start of class to help with fewer interruptions during class.
  • Arriving and entering late to class: Please wait for the current combination to end and then join the class (unless the teacher instructs otherwise).  Students in Level 2+ may be required to observe if they are more than 10 minutes late to class due to missing the proper warm-up.
  • Talking during class is not permitted unless asking a question or the teacher engages the students in an educational conversation.  We encourage students to make friends and use the time before and after class to build these relationships.  Time during class should be used for learning and not socializing.  
  • Bullying Policy: Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated. If a student experiences or sees bullying, please report this behavior immediately to a faculty member.
  • In alignment with the organization’s mission, Charlottesville Ballet has a zero-tolerance policy on promoting eating disorders.  We ask all faculty, parents, and students to agree to uphold a healthy, nurturing environment during all classes and rehearsals affiliated with CBA. All students and parents shall agree to refrain from negative discussions of the body and/or body image at any Charlottesville Ballet classes, rehearsals, performances, or events.  

If you have any questions about CBA policies, please contact [email protected].