Charlottesville Ballet

Charlottesville Ballet | Dance

About the Artist/Ensemble

Charlottesville Ballet’s mission is to elevate the art of dance through wellness, performance, education, and community outreach. Co-Directors Sara Clayborne and Emily Hartka are committed to promoting dancer health and wellness and elevating professional ballet with a healthy working environment for the artists. The company is comprised of dancers from all over the United States and abroad– from New York to Montana and Japan to Nebraska– and presents innovative programming across Central Virginia.

Concert/Performance Description

Now in its thirteenth professional season, Charlottesville Ballet continues to win praise for its accessible and vibrant repertory that includes classical children’s story ballets and newly commissioned contemporary works. Charlottesville Ballet is excited to work with presenters throughout the Commonwealth to bring its programming to new and varied audiences, including virtual and hybrid options.

Technical Requirements

Permanent stage no smaller than 30’ wide x 20’ deep (not including the wings) for repertory performances. Story ballet requirements vary by production; please inquire.

Educational Programs

“Class with Clara” is an interactive class on stage designed for children ages 3-8.  Children can experience the magic of The Nutcracker by taking a ballet class with Clara and her friends. Perfect for boys and girls ages 3-8, participants learn introductory ballet steps, French terminology, and have photo opportunities with the Charlottesville Ballet dancers. “Class with Clara” can be held in conjunction with The Nutcracker or separately as an outreach event.

Charlottesville Ballet’s “Fairy Tale Tea Party” is produced in conjunction with Emily Hartka’s A Fairy Tale Gathering, but can also be produced on its own. Children meet the ballerinas, learn introductory ballet steps and a short “Tea Pot Dance,” make tea-time crafts, and take photos with their favorite fairy tale characters.

Charlottesville Ballet can also perform lecture-demonstration versions of all its full-length performance productions. Please inquire.

Any of the events listed above can be presented in a virtual or hybrid format. Please inquire for more information.


Charlottesville Ballet’s fees for half and full-length story ballets vary due to subsidies; please inquire. Master classes, lecture demonstrations, virtual performances and events, open company class, and other education and outreach services available; please inquire. All fees are negotiable based upon the size and scope of the tour engagement.


Throughout the performance season of October through April.


  • All Ages
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