"Zooming Through America"

Virtual Faculty

Experience the Great Teachers of America 

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as Charleston Ballet continues to add more teachers to the schedule. 

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Mariaelena Ruiz

Youth American Grand Prix 2019 Teacher of the Year 

 Cary Ballet

Mariaelena Ruiz was a faculty member and rehearsal coach at The Rock School for Dance Education since 2001 when she was still dancing as a member of Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

She became the Rock School's Ballet Mistress in 2006, Ruiz danced with SFB from 2001-2006 , where she performed an all Balanchine repertoire. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Mariaelena began her early studies with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo’s Prima Ballerina , Nina Novak. under her tutelage she was coached and performed an extensive part of the classical repertoire, and, was trained by teachers from Kirov, Bolshoi ,Cuban and American training.

At 14, she became the youngest member of the Ballet Nacional de Caracas, under the direction of Vicente Nebrada. At 15, she won 3rd place at the USA International Ballet Competition, in Jackson, junior division, and received a full scholarship to continue her studies at the School of American Ballet. She won the 3rd place and  Best Couple award at the Varna International Ballet Competition and the Prix Volinine in Paris. She has danced principal roles with Bay Ballet Theater, Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Carolina Ballet Theater, Ballet Hispanico, and has been a guest artist for many companies in the US and abroad. Ruiz has coached medalists for all the major competitions including Moscow IBC , Jackson USA IBC , Boston IBC , Prix de Lausanne, and  Youth America Grand Prix. Ruiz has been a judge and guest teacher for Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) and has also worked with the New York International Ballet Competition.

Mariaelena was featured in the award winning Documentary FIRST POSITION , and in the Local WHYY Documentary made about the first Curtis Institute Rock School Collaboration in 2009 , Mariaelena was the most recent recipient of the Curtis Institute of Music Collaboration,  in 2015, performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.  In 2016 Mariaelena was named outstanding teacher at the ADC International Ballet Competition

Harrison Ball

New York City Ballet

Harrison Ball was born in Houston, Texas, and began his dance training at the age of four at The Charleston Ballet Theatre in South Carolina. Mr. Ball began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during the 2007 summer course and enrolled as a full-time student that fall. While at SAB, Mr. Ball performed in Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare for the Jerome Robbins Celebration in 2008. In June of 2011, he became an apprentice with NYCB, and in July of 2012, he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Mr. Ball was promoted to soloist in February 2017.
Mr. Ball was a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise in 2011 and was the 2013-14 Janice Levin Award honoree. He was also nominated for the 2015 Clive Barnes Foundation Award.

Daniil Gaifullen

Encore Ballet Conservatory

Tulsa OK

 Daniil Gaifullin is a graduate of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia.  At 18 years old after graduation he became a Principal Dancer with the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre in the Ukraine.  Upon his arrival to the USA, he was a Principal Dancer with Ballet Mississippi prior to his partnership with his wife, Stephanie.   Together they had a wonderful career of a partnership on and off of the stage.  Having the opportunity to perform principal roles as a couple from the classical repertoire, some Balanchine ballets, contemporary works and ballets that were created specifically for them as a couple. 

Hehas also guest taught for various schools in the USA and was part of the guest faculty in 2010 International Ballet School of the USA IBC that is held every 4 years in Jackson,
Mississippi, in 2016 Principal guest artist with Illinois Dance Conservatory and after a seven
year absence from the stage, he and his wife were guest artists in 2 productions of
the ballet the Nutcracker.

In their teaching careers the have been Artistic Directors of the Lone Star Ballet, Owner/Directors of the Ballet Amarillo Academy, faculty members with the Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education and teachers/Co-Directors of the ballet program at Theatre Arts and master guest teachers throughout the years.   They have had wonderful recognition throughout the years not only as artists but as teachers; their students receiving accolades and recognition!  


Stephanie Murrish

Encore Ballet Conservatory

Tulsa OK

grew up in New Orleans  She is an alumnus 0f the Nutmeg Ballet. As a result of the Prix de Lausanne, she was the first American to train on full
scholarship at the Stedelijk Instituut voor Ballet, directed by Madame Jos Brabants in Antwerpen,
Belgium with Maria Metchkarova from Kirov Ballet.

Ms. Murrish received private training from Maestro Celli, the protégé of Maestro Cecchetti, as well Donna Bonasera, Xenia Karakorum, Ballet Hysell, Nutmeg Ballet and was the first American to train at the Stedelijk Instituut voor Ballet on Full Scholarship in Antwerp, Belgium.  She began her professional career with the Cincinnati Ballet achieving the rank of Soloist before her partnership with her husband, Daniil. 

Their career as a Principal couple was with the Charleston Ballet Theatre, Sarasota Ballet, and Ballet de Santiago, while with these companies they had the opportunity to work with world renowned directors, ballet masters and choreographers.  They are a ballet family and their son is a professional ballet artist. 

Kathleen Sinclair

Ballet Yuma

Artistic Director

KATHLEEN SINCLAIR is Co-Artistic Director of Ballet Yuma, a long-time member of The Ballet Alliance. Kathleen has taught for the past forty years and has specifically developed a syllabus for the first four years of a child’s ballet studies. She also created a pre-ballet syllabus for children three to six-year-old. During the 1980’s, she and her husband, Jon Cristofori, directed Yuma Ballet Theatre. Taking this small performing group to its first regional ballet festival in 1986, they built it into a Regional Dance America Honor company by 1990. In the fall of 1993, Jon and Kathleen opened their own ballet school, Yuma Ballet Academy in Yuma, Arizona and with a group of dedicated supporters organized Ballet Yuma. Their students have received numerous awards and scholarships and have or are dancing in professional companies today, including San Francisco Ballet, Les Grands Ballets de Canadiens de Montreal, Trey McIntyre Project, Houston Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, Louisville Ballet, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Ballet Memphis, Ballet San Jose, Ballet Idaho, Missouri  Contemporary Ballet, City Ballet of San
Diego and Utah Regional Ballet. Kathleen is the Chairman of the

Board for The Ballet Alliance.

She served on the National Board for
Regional Dance America for many years. She has also served twice as a grant panelist for the Arizona  Commission of the Arts

Kati Hanlon Mayo

Charlotte Ballet 

Academy Artistic Coordinator 

ati Hanlon Mayo began her dance training at The Boston School of Ballet under the direction of E. Virginia Williams and Violette Verdy. At the age of 15, she became a member of Boston Ballet 2 and performed regularly with The Boston Ballet. Kati joined The Charlotte Ballet, (then North Carolina Dance Theatre) as a principal dancer in 1992 and that same year, she was invited to become a member of The Chautauqua Ballet Company under the direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux & Patricia McBride. Kati has performed principal roles in ballets choreographed by George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Salvatore Aiello, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Agnes DeMille, Jacqueline Buglisi, Dwight Rhoden, Nacho Duato, Jose Mateo and Alonzo King. In 2000 and 2004,

Kati was named Best Performing Artist by Charlotte Magazine. The New York Times reviewed that she “ruled the stage with benign classical authority” and Dance Magazine heralded her as a “performer of stunning versatility and dramatic power.” Kati began teaching at the Charlotte Ballet Academy upon its inception in 1993. She is currently the Academy Artistic Coordinator and an instructor for the Advanced Division, Pre-Professional Division and the main company of Charlotte Ballet. She has been a guest teacher for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Chautauqua Institution, Carolina Ballet Theatre and she is a repetiteur for the Salvatore Aiello Trust. Kati is a certified instructor of Dance for Parkinson’s Disease through The Mark Morris Dance Group and she also completed her instructor certification with Progressing Ballet Technique in 2016.

Heather Iler

Cary Ballet

School Director

Ms. Iler began her training at the Toledo Ballet with Marie Vogt. She continued her training at several of the most prestigious ballet programs including the School of American Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s School of Classical Ballet, and the school for the American Ballet Theater, and San Francisco Ballet School. She then joined Miami City Ballet where she performed corps, soloists, and principal roles in numerous ballets.  She has also danced with Richmond Ballet and Ballet

Met. Ms. Iler has been on faculty with the Miami City Ballet School, The Reston Conservatory Ballet, The Toledo Ballet, Ballet Theater of Toledo, and St. Louis Ballet School. In addition, she was the company ballet mistress for St. Louis Ballet, with Gen Horiuchi, where she rehearsed numerous Balanchine and classical ballets as well as works by Michael Uthoff and Christopher D’Amboise.

Four years ago, she was invited to join the full time faculty of Cary Ballet Conservatory (CBC). This school year she was appointed director of the CBC ballet program and associate artistic director of the CBC company. While at CBC, Ms. Iler has expanded the artistic opportunities for students by bringing in notable dance choreographers to set original choreography, training students for YAGP, and expanding the artistic vision and curriculum of CBC. Ms. Iler firmly believes that all dancers, regardless of age, skill or facility, deserve the best, most complete training available. This philosophy imparts to all the passion and joy of dance whether they are destined for a professional life, or simply one enriched with the love of movement.

David King

The Ballet Clinic 

ABallet Education 

David King was born in Busan, South Korea. He trained at the prestigious Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under Marcia Dale Weary, and spent summers at many of the top ballet schools around the United States. Mr. King danced for various companies around the United States. He then received his BA and MFA from the University of Minnesota in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies in the Arts. Mr. King served as the founder and Artistic Director to Redlands Dance Theatre for two seasons.

After sustaining an injury, David focused on teaching, specifically teaching ballet for ethnic body types. Throughout his teaching career, he has taught master classes, workshops, and seminars at various levels of education. David has taught at some of the top schools around the world, and is known for his elite coaching and world class training for international competition winners, professional dancers and working professionals. David King is also the owner of A Ballet Education the number one ballet blog, and dance resource online. 

Armando Luna


rmando Luna began his training in Houston, Texas with Margo Marshall then with Soili Arvola and Leo Ahonen. His professional dance career spans 35 years. He danced professionally with Ballet Austin, BalletMet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Atlanta Ballet. He toured with Ballet Spectacular, performing with Rudolf Nureyev and Alexander Godunov and performed as a guest artist with Irish National Ballet and Ballet Arizona. He has partnered notable Ballerinas Cynthia Gregory and Marianna Tcherkassky. Since his retirement as a dancer from the Atlanta Ballet in 1998, he has continued to perform character roles in John McFall’s The Nutcracker, Michael Pink’s Dracula and Romeo and Juliet, Christian Holder’s Transcendence, Yuri Possokhov’s Don Quixote and Bruce Well’s Beauty and the Beast. Armando has been the principal teacher of the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education since 1998. Many of his students have moved on to dance professionally with Atlanta Ballet, New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet, Alabama Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theatre. As an award winning choreographer, he has worked in the US and Europe and has created over 50 works for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, ranging from Classical, Neoclassical, and Contemporary Ballets to story ballets such as Babar the Elephant, which was performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. His ballets have been featured at Chautauqua Dance Salon, CPYB’s Choreoplan, Regional Dance America’s Festival Gala and JCM’s ArtCAN, to name a few. In addition, he has created works for many college dance programs which include Emory University, Texas Christian University, Goucher College, and Agnes Scott College. Armando received his BA in Dance from KSU in 2015 and is currently working with the classic rock band Kansas, choreographing a pas de deux danced to their famous song Dust In The Wind as the band plays live. This work premiered in Atlanta in 2018 to begin the Point of Know Return tour, then was performed in Nashville, and most recently in 2019 on the west coast. Armando is also in the planning stages of a collaborative project for Earth Day 2020, with his son, Dante Luna, who is a musician and composer in Los Angeles.

Beth McLeish

Project Ballet  

Beth McLeish is the Founder and Artistic Director of Project Ballet.

Mrs. McLeish began her ballet training at the Columbus Youth Ballet, under the direction of Shir Lee Wu, before continuing her studies at the Hartford Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and School of American Ballet. Ultimately chronic illness and injury kept her from fully pursuing a ballet career. After retiring from performance, Mrs. McLeish put herself through college by teaching ballet class at various small studios around the Midwest. By the time she had met and become engaged to her future husband (a Fort Wayne native) two things had become apparent: 1. There was absolutely nothing in this world she would rather do than teach ballet and 2. Northeast Indiana was in need of more training options for serious ballet students.

As a result, in the summer of 2004, Mrs. McLeish founded New American Youth Ballet in the basement of her home with eleven charter students. Fifteen years later that organization has grown into what is now know as Project Ballet, serving well over 350 students annually. Mrs. McLeish has led Project Ballet to become one of the foremost training grounds for classical dance in the country, with alumni dancing in the finest schools, universities and companies nationwide. She has been named Outstanding Teacher by the Youth America Grand Prix, has twice been a guest of honor at the School of American Ballet’s Teacher Symposium and has been an exclusive attendee at the Juilliard Teacher’s Summit.

Mrs. McLeish and her husband, Justin, have four children - Bobby (13), Lucy (10), Audrey (7) and Emily (3). They reside in historic Southwood Park and attend St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. As a homeschooling family, the McLeish’s spend much of their time exploring - they love to visit parks and museums, hike, travel, and attend concerts and performances. Her children have been raised in the halls of Project Ballet and it’s no surprise to anyone that Bobby attends the Academic Conservatory, Lucy and Audrey are members of the Training Program, and Emily already loves to wear a tutu.

Christopher Charles McDaniel

Dance Theatre of Harlem  

Ballet Academy East Teacher Faculty 

Born: East Harlem, NY.
Training: Dance Theatre of Harlem School, LaGuardia School of Performing Arts, Ballet Academy East
Summer Intensives: Boston Ballet and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Professional Experience: Dance Theatre of Harlem (third season), Ballet San Antonio, Los Angeles Ballet. Repertoire includes works by Robert Garland, Ulysses Dove, Darryl Grand Moultrie, Colleen Neary, Thordal Christensen, George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Gerald Arpino, Christopher Stowell and Kitty McNamee. Christopher is an accomplished ballet teacher and DTH Social Media Coordinator.

Shayla Bott

Brigham Young University Dance Faculty

Shayla Bott has taught for 24 years in private studios and in the University setting, including the University of Utah, Utah Valley University (UVU), and currently as an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). Shayla has served as the Artistic Director of UVU’s Repertory Ballet Ensemble, BYU Ballet Showcase Company, and BYU Theatre Ballet.  From the University of Utah, Shayla holds a BFA in ballet performance and an MFA in ballet with a focus on music, choreography, and pedagogy.  After retiring from a professional career with Utah Metropolitan Ballet, she has continued to choreograph and teach in professional and academic venues.  Shayla has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has completed ballet technique teachers workshops from Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) and The Royal Ballet School Inspire program and was invited to teach at the 5-week CPYB summer intensive. Additionally, she is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique (Junior, Senior, and Advanced programs), and Stott Pilates Matwork and Reformer.  Shayla’s choreography has won several choreographic awards including the Utah Metropolitan Ballet Choreography Design Competition (1st place in 2008, 2010, 2016, and 2nd place in 2012) and the National Choreographic Recognition Award from RDA in Montreal in 2012 for her work “Weaker”.  She has set original works on CPYB, Ballet Arkansas, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Idaho Regional Ballet, Utah Metropolitan Ballet, BYU Theatre Ballet, BYU Showcase Company, BYU Contemporary Dance Theatre, UVU’s Repertory Ballet Ensemble, Ballet West Summer Intensive students, the University of Utah Ballet Ensemble and on Shayla Bott & Company and Ballet Arkansas for Chop Shop contemporary dance festival in Bellevue, Washington. Ms. Bott is currently serving on the Board of Directors for The Ballet Alliance, an organization of pre-professional companies..

Meridith Benson,

Artistic Director    de la Dance Center

Meridith began her professional career at the age of eleven. Since her auspicious debut at such an early age, she has performed with numerous major companies internationally, including Makarova and Company on Broadway, the Washington Ballet, America Ballet Theater II, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Lyric Opera of Chicago (Principal Guest Dancer), and The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Meridith also served as Associate Director and Prima Ballerina of Ballet Theater of Chicago. She is known for her artistry, versatility, technical virtuosity, and her exquisite extensions, a particular gift that is without parallel.  She and her husband Mario de la Nuez awarded 2018 YAGP "Best Teachers Award

Summer Workshop Opportunities
Zooming Across America "Virtual Ballet Experience"
Mon, Jun 01
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Jun 01, 2:00 PM – Jun 27, 3:30 PM
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Experience Classes Ballet Classes with some of the top Professional's across America .. ( Level: Dancers must be Intermediate/Advanced Dancer- Professional ) Have a clear understanding of classical ballet vocabulary.
Summer Intensive Workshop 2020
Tue, Jul 07
Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dan
Jul 07, 10:30 AM – Jul 25, 3:30 PM
Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dan, 497 La Mesa Rd suite d & e, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Select 1 week , 2 week or all three weeks.
Nutcracker Fantasy Land
Mon, Jul 13
Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dan
Jul 13, 10:30 AM – Jul 17, 1:00 PM
Charleston Ballet Theatre Center for Dan, 497 La Mesa Rd suite d & e, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Who says it’s too early to think about Sugarplums dancing in your head? Or Being a soldier fighting a battle with the Mouse King? Its Christmas in July !!!.

Summer Intensive  Workshop 

July 6- 24

Join us at Charleston Ballet Center for Dance for unparalleled dance instruction you won’t find anywhere else. Our recently renovated state-of-the-art studio is fully equipped and designed for all dancing styles, so put on your dancing shoes and sign up for a class with any of our experienced instructors. We look forward to hearing from you!

July 6-24 2020

3 week Intermediate & Advanced

Summer Intensive Workshop

Age 10-18

10:30 am– 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday

Non-refundable registration fee due at acceptance $150

$350  1 WEEK

$625 2 WEEK

$925 3 WEEK


Nutcracker Camp

Age 5- 9

Who says it’s too early to think  

about Sugarplums dancing in your head?

Or Being a soldier fighting a battle with the Mouse King?

Its Christmas in  July !!!.

Get Ready for Nutcracker Early Because….

Charleston Ballet Center for Dance

Will be the First Nutcracker

in the newly renovated

Sottile Theatre this Fall!

Let’s Get Excited NOW!!!!!

For Ages 5 —10 

Two Age Groups

Enjoy a morning filled with the magic of the

Nutcracker. Meet Clara, the Snow Queen, Sugarplum Fairy and more … while dancing to all your favorite Nutcracker music. No experience is needed! Our Nutcracker-themed dance camp is a special morning of dance designed for young children.

Monday Jul 13 –Friday July 17

Nutcracker  Fantasy Land

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Monday July 20 — Friday July 24

Nutcracker  Fantasy Land

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

For Ages 5 —10 

Two Age Groups


Who We Are

Don’t Think. Just Dance.

Charleston Ballet Center for Dance is the longest continually running ballet school in the  Lowcountry. It was founded by Don Cantwell over 45 years ago. The comprehensive and challenging curriculum is designed to inspire future dancers of all types, whether aspiring to have professional career or those who simply desire the benefits of quality dance training. The school welcomes students of all ages, abilities, and commitment level.  While we specialize in serious dance training for the student who wishes to pursue a dance career; Charleston Ballet Center for Dance  embraces the importance that everyone should Dance!

The Art of Classical Ballet Technique is truly a refuge from the chaos that now encompasses the 21t century life. The ballet studio is a place of tranquility, sophistication, beauty and manner - and the stage is a place where inspiration and creativity still exists.

We promise attention to detail, depth of knowledge and a  tried and true system of  training "your precious cargo" - YOUR DANCER"  everyday,  

The school has  three spacious, fully equipped studios including state-of-the-art dance flooring.  This facility allows the school to limit class size and offer a varied and expanded curriculum of both classical and contemporary dance styles.

Charleston Ballet  Center for  Dance  students have participated in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP).  It is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. The competition is held annually around the world and in New York City, and is open to dance students of all nationalities 9-19 years old.

The Artistic Team of Don & Patricia Cantwell and Jill Eathorne Bahr of the Charleston Ballet Center for  Dance  announce the creation of a new regional dance training program “Coastal Ballet USA. The new Coastal Ballet USA, complete with a new regional board, mission and goals, will be led by the artistic team of Don & Patricia Cantwell and Jill Eathorne Bahr will continue to offer educational programs and professional performances.


Meet the Directors

You’re in Great Hands

Leaders see what's possible, can describe the possibilities, and pursue them. The role of leadership is to envision a better future and become the change agent that makes this future possible.

Native Charlestonian Don Cantwell returned from studies in New York in 1967 and formed the Charleston Civic Ballet, the predecessor of the professional company.  He later married Patricia Downs, a ballerina who was discovered at age 13 by the legendary George Balanchine. Patricia taught in the school, danced all of the principal ballerina roles, and conceived the idea of a full-time professional ballet company for Charleston. Don and Patricia were joined by Jill Eathorne Bahr, one of the country’s foremost choreographers in 1987. Her acclaimed ballets are in the repertoires of Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. 

The company garnered and was given the licensing rights to perform the ballets of George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, and Jose Limon, the only South Carolina Company with this distinction. Although the CBT repertoire was rich with these masterpieces, the guiding forces for this prominent company was the eclectic, diverse creations of Jill Eathorne Bahr. Graduates of our school have gone on to perform with legendary dance companies such as the New York City Ballet.  

These visionary professionals promise to continue to deliver exceptional dance education,performances year after year. 








Get in touch to learn more about our team.


Classes We Offer

Join Our Dance Community

Primary Division

On Your Feet

Pre Ballet Age 5-6 

A Class, Age 7 & 8  

Preschool Division introduces students to the world of dance through music  and movement.  Designed to develop coordination,  musicality and  kinetic awareness.   The social skills, awareness, and  love for the arts  that students develop at CBT will follow them throughout their lives.  A prelude to formal ballet instruction, students will develop a foundation for ballet technique in a learning environment that fosters a love for dance and music. Class begins with warm-up exercises and floor stretches that develop flexibility and posture, followed by standing exercises which may be done at the ballet barre, and traveling steps to encourage development of gross motor skills. Students begin to learn French vocabulary, movement expression, and proper ballet etiquette in a  non-competitive atmosphere. Through this class students will dance to a combination of classical, folk and traditional music

2019-2020 Class Times


Wed 3: 45 - 4:30

Sat 10:15 -11:00

A Class

Wed 4:30 -5:30

Sat 11:00 - 12:00

 A Ballet Dress

Light Blue  leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes  Hair up

Elementary Division

Ages 9 -10

Students will learn the classical ballet vocabulary,  proper placement, flexibility, and  to accomplish correct dance movements.  Students begin , learning the basic ballet positions, the progression of a standard ballet barre, and learning the French vocabulary that defines all ballet steps.  The student moves into beginning centre work, away from the support of the ballet barre. When the student learns the ballet technique appropriate for each level and when the student's body has become strong enough to accomplish the movements taught, then at the discretion of the Artistic Director, the student moves to the next level  where more intricate steps and combinations are introduced.  Advancement is based on ability, not age. A Jazz/Tap class is also offered as an optional second weekly class for this division!

2X/per week mandatory

Optional jazz     highly suggested. 

2019- 20 B CLASS TIMES

MON 4:30 -5:30

WED 5:30 - 6:30

B Ballet Dress

Burgundy  leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes.  Hair up.   Black Jazz pants, and  shoes


Let’s Do It

​C1    Upon the discretion of the director

“C2” Age 11-14,

“D” Age 13-18  

Serious students with a high interest  in dance.  These students  are placed by faculty only. Students are expected to enjoy the  challenge and to excel in their career-track  classes.  Often students are Included in the professional productions of CBT. Participation in these classes requires a minimum of 3  classes a week, with  5-7 classes  expected for older students.  No student who takes less than 3 classes per week  will be allowed in pointe classes.  

C CLASS 2019-2020 

Monday 4:30 -6:00

Tuesday 5:00 -6:30

Wed 4:30 -6:30

Thursday y 5:00 -6:30

Fri 5:00 - 6:30

Sat. 10:00 - 11:30

Wed 4:30 -5:30  (Jazz, contemporary - Mandatory)

D CLASS 2019-2020 

Monday 4:30 -7:00

Tuesday 5:00 -6:30

Wed 4:30 -6:30

Thursday y 5:00 -6:30

Fri 5:00 - 6:30

Sat. 10:00 - 11:30

Wed 4:30 -5:30  (Jazz, contemporary - Mandatory)

C/D Ballet Dress

Black  leotard, pink tights,  pink ballet shoes, Hair up. Black Jazz pants, & shoes 

If you have any additional questions about our classes, get in touch and one of our staff members will gladly assist you.




This performing group provides professional performance opportunities to “elite students and aspiring young dancers”. This select group will meet twice a week with a primary focus  training in ballet technique, choreographic study, and the art of performance with unique performance opportunities

such as ‘first pick’ youth roles for the company performances.

It is directed by Resident Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr




  • Rehearsal process and performance experience that complete a dancer's training taking what he/she learns in the studio to the stage.An expansive repertory, ranging from full-length classical ballets to new works.

  • Multiple performance opportunities, including professionally produced stage productions and in-studio performances.

  • Opportunities to work with world class guest artists that join the productions

  • Participate in the Coastal Ballet USA Master Class Series

  • The  School's Policy for tuition or costume fees is "Requests for a refund must be made in writing and documentation from your physician must be submitted within 10 (ten) days of injury/illness"

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“I am writing this recommendation to express and endorse the superb quality of training at Charleston Ballet Theatre and Coastal Ballet USA . The students are groomed to be beyond their best with expectations of acquiring a solid foundation in their professional endeavors. I see it as an academy rendering and providing careful instruction for young minds and bodies. This is the place to be for the uttermost refinement in art education and appreciation. The staff and guest faculty are the best at what they bring to the table. I deem this school to be worthy of consideration. Positive and productive work contribute to it’s purpose. "

Former Soloist

- Dr. Mel A. Tomlinson states



Get to Know Us


that helps train your child,

As your child’s dance teachers

We go into class, we give corrections, we spark inspiration, we build motivation,

we hone in on weaknesses, we highlight strengths, we speak, we command, we demand, we insist, we listen, we hear,

we adapt, we think, we create, we imagine, we ask, we answer.  

.. The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes

and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth."

~ Dan Rather







One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.   The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”  – Carl Jung

Meet Burt and Mary in real life _idontea


497 La Mesa Rd
Suite D & E
Mt Pleasant, Charleston County 29464

843 -469-2080


843 -469-2080

497 La Mesa Rd
Suite D & E
Mt Pleasant, Charleston County 29464

Photos by Rebecca Roo Turisk, William Long, Bob Matthews , Scott Nillson, Doug Smoak and Lisa Webb.