CBA Curriculum

American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum

Charlottesville Ballet Academy believes that a love of dance begins with excellence in dance training!

CBA follows the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough eight-level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.

The ABT National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. The curriculum is designed to include best practices in the fields of sports psychology, child/adolescent development, and nutrition.

The Healthy Dancer (ABT)

The teaching methods of ABT’s National Training Curriculum incorporate elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. The Curriculum is standard at all of ABT’s pre-professional training programs, including the ABT Studio Company, Summer Intensives, outreach programs and NYU Masters program in ABT Ballet Pedagogy.

The curriculum will be overseen by CBA Director Sara Jansen Clayborne, an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

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