Adaptive Dance Classes

A teacher is with a little boy in a supported stroller playing with a scarf. Text reads: Adaptive Dance Classes

Adaptive dance classes provide an opportunity for children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or any other developmental and intellectual disabilities to explore the joy of dance with a supportive and knowledgeable team. Charlottesville Ballet follows the guidance of the Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance Teacher training program as well as from pediatric physical and occupational therapists from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. 

Classes (listed below with registration links) are adapted to match the strengths and abilities of each dancer. Dancers will focus on creative movement, musicality, strength and flexibility, and coordination in a welcoming and structured studio environment. Intake forms are required upon enrollment to ensure that our faculty can help accommodate each child’s needs. Caregivers may observe and/or participate in classes if they wish. 

As we begin this new program, we are offering adaptive classes for ages 1.5-10 years, but plan to expand our program to include older children and adults very soon! We acknowledge that we still have many areas of improvement to be more inclusive to those with disabilities, but we are actively learning and striving to make those changes.

We also welcome any child with a disability who feels comfortable in a more academic dance class setting, without an assistant or caregiver, to join in any of our First Steps Classes, Children’s division classes, or Open division classes at Charlottesville Ballet Academy (CBA). We recognize that no child learns the same; everyone has unique and diverse needs that deserve to be celebrated and included in all dance classes.

If you need class suggestions or if there is anything your child needs to be successful in their classes at CBA this year (ex. visual schedules, stim toys, time or space to decompress), please communicate in our parent portal or email CBA Principal, Heather Rogers at [email protected].


All CB Moves classes are FREE of charge (please note that our system requires a credit card to register, but it will not be charged). Adaptive classes are for children with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. A parent or caregiver is welcome to take the class with the student. Only the student needs to be registered.

Attire: Any attire the student can easily move in (no buttons/zippers on pants). Students are welcome to wear any shoes (dance shoes or sneakers/support shoes) or bare-feet. Hair should be pulled back away from the neck/face if possible.

Check out our CBA calendar for our important academy closings and events.

Everybody Dance Now!

Academic Year | Sept 7, 2021-May 27, 2022
Mondays 3:30-4:00PM
Ages 4-10
In-Person at Charlottesville Ballet

10-Week Winter Session | Jan 24-Mar 28
Mondays 5:30-6:00PM
Ages 4-10
Virtually on Zoom
Recording available upon request.

Dance with me!

10-Week Winter Session | Jan 24-Mar 28
Mondays 12:00-12:30PM
Ages 1.5-4
Virtually on Zoom
Recording available upon request.

Arrival/Dismissal: For any in-person adaptive classes at Charlottesville Ballet, please arrive at the front of the building (the double glass doors between Play It Again Sports and US Cellular) and take the elevator upstairs to the 2nd floor. If the student prefers not to take the elevator, please let us know and our staff can assist you in finding the stairs.