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Champaign Ballet Academy

While some CBA students go on to professional careers in ballet, most students are here for the fun, the challenge, and the reward of an inspired ballet experience. CBA dancers excel academically and professionally due in part to their CBA training. Focus, drive, discipline, and commitment learned at CBA transfer to other activities.

We take great pride in producing confident, passionate, accomplished graduates. Leadership plays a vital role at CBA, as older dancers nurture and inspire younger ones. Many opportunities arise in this atmosphere, and each dancer is encouraged to discover his/her unique potential—whether their talent lies in dancing, teaching, coaching, choreographing or costuming! At CBA, we enjoy developing the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

Simply put, we consistently produce excellent dancers who develop into well rounded, grounded individuals. Whether their ambition is to dance professionally with American Ballet Theatre, to dance in our local Nutcracker or simply to have fun in class, Champaign Ballet Academy has a consistent track record for developing children and dancers capable of reaching their goals.

The academy is directed by Deanna Doty, who founded CBA in 1998. Professionally trained and experienced herself, Deanna has built a successful school because of her deep respect for her students and her unique ability to impart on them the benefits of skilled training. She ensures that all instructors at CBA share her commitment to meeting the individual needs of each student.

The teaching method used at the academy is based on the Russian Vaganova Syllabus, with influences from Cecchetti and Bournonville techniques as well. The technique is tailored to each individual body, enabling the academy to produce dancers with clean technique and pure academic lines. Speed, strength, and fluidity are increased slowly over the years to ensure proper alignment, muscle and ligament preparedness, and injury prevention.

Champaign Urbana Ballet offers an opportunity for the dancer who wishes to experience ballet beyond the classroom, and is a vital step for the dancer looking towards a professional career.

Champaign Ballet Academy is home to the CU Ballet and our students regularly audition for roles in The Nutcracker at Krannert Center and spring performances like Swan Lake and Peter and the Wolf.

Academy students are frequently accepted on scholarship to dance at the School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and other prestigious programs. The professional quality of ballet training at CBA serves as an important foundation for the serious ballerina and male ballet dancer. For the amateur, CBA offers an experience that develops the dancer to her/his fullest potential and provides performance opportunities in local productions.

School name:Champaign Ballet Academy
Address:2810 West Clark Rd.
Zip & city:61822 Illinois

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