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Classical Ballet Academy


The Nutcracker. Photo by Anna Rigles

Classical Ballet Academy, a ballet school in the Sellwood neighborhood, is “welcoming to all dancers, but also intense, professional, and elite,” training a diverse range of dancers in a wide variety of classes. The age span they cover is 2 through adult; the ability spectrum, beginner to pre-professional. Some student dancers have even springboarded from CBA into the most selective programs in the world, including The Alvin Ailey School and the Marymount Manhattan in New York, Ballet West in Utah, Houston Ballet in Texas, and The Bolshoi Ballet in Russia.

For those of us who’d rather watch ballet than dance it, CBA also puts on a few shows each season: two entirely student-performed holiday ballets, The Nutcracker and a new contemporary ballet classic A Christmas Carol; a contemporary and classical showcase called Dance Collaborations that fundraises for charity; and each May, a full-length classical story ballet (along the lines of Sleeping Beauty or Swan Lake). “CBA productions are never amateurish,” assures Artistic Director Sarah Rigles. “We offer breathtaking dance, exciting choreography, and a first glimpse of the dancers who will command the professional stages of the future!”

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ARTSLANDIA APPLAUDS: that CBA grooms young dancers for grander stages, while creating community among mature learners and dance fans; Annual programming you can set your clock to, that’s brilliant enough to celebrate every time.