CBA’s FAQ


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I want to try a class before registering. How do I do that?
E-mail us at [email protected] to schedule a trial. First class is always complimentary!

Where is your building?
We are located at 1885 Seminole Trail at the intersection of Woodbrook 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” is below our studio, not our front entrance!

Where do I park?
You can find parking along the back or side of the building; we just ask that you still come in our front or back door to our first floor so we can smile and greet you as you arrive. And please use caution when driving in the parking lot!

I want to drop a class, how do I do that?
You can transfer or drop a class by e-mailing CB Finance Manager Ali Brent ([email protected]) anytime before the 15th of the month. Example: November tuition is charged on October 15, so if you wish to drop the class for November, notice must be given prior to October 15. 

Enrollment Deadlines:

  • First Steps Division: April 1 is the last day to enroll or transfer classes.
  • Children’s Division and Up: December 15 is the last day to drop or transfer classes. A drop fee of $100 will be charged for each class dropped after this date.

What’s a ballet bun and how do I manage my student’s hair?
A ballet bun is a classical 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 bun-making technique! All students in Pre-Ballet and up should have their hair in a bun and students should be able to make their bun themselves by Ballet 1. Students with hair too short for a bun may secure it back in a ponytail or with a headband.

When can I make up a missed class?
You are welcome to make up a missed class in any age-level appropriate class within 30-days of the missed class. Make-ups may be taken in the same genre as a student’s scheduled class, but students are also welcome to explore other genres.

What do I do if I have to miss class or I’m going to be late?
E-mail [email protected] or give us a ring at 434.973.2555 and we’ll let your teacher know!

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.  If you are interested in applying for Financial Aid, please click this link to submit an application: FA 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 will be due by the 1st of each month. If tuition is not paid with cash or check, then the credit card on file will be charged on the 15th of every month.

We will be out of town for the CBA Spring Performance in June. What do we do?
Please e-mail CBA Academy Manager at [email protected] as soon as you know that your student will be unable to participate in the annual 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 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 Spring Performance. Tickets will be FREE for the performances and families can invite as many guests to participate in this special day to celebrate our dancers.     

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 a fundraising initiative launched in fall of 2015 to raise funds for CBA’s scholarship and financial aid students. CBA provides over $100,000 in scholarships and financial aid every year. 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 a Donation Bin where you can donate gently used uniforms and shoes that are then distributed to those in-need. Please drop off any donations at the front desk.

CBA also has a “borrow bin” of tap, jazz, and ballet shoes that can be used during your child’s class each week. Because numerous students use the same pairs of shoes, students may not take borrowed shoes home.  Please secure the pair of shoes together (place inside each other, rubberband, or tie laces) and place all borrowed footwear back in the borrow bin after use.

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, Sara Clayborne.  

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 Sara Clayborne. 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 90-minute 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 e-mail [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 CharlottesvilleBallet.org/Contribute. Donations are tax-deductible. If you would like to make a donation to a specific aspect of the ballet (dancers’ pointe shoes, Sponsor-a-Dancer fund, C2D, etc) you can do so by notating in the online donation form, or by e-mailing [email protected]charlottesvilleballet.org. 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!

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