Robert Ivey Ballet Academy

The mission of the Robert Ivey Ballet Academy is to provide every child with the highest-level training possible in a safe and friendly environment.  We accept students from kindergarten to adult, and registration is open year round.  The Robert Ivey Ballet Academy puts its focus on the art of classical ballet and offers classes in technique, pointe, partnering, variations, and modern dance.  Our students have regular opportunities to perform in both children/school productions and in Charleston City Ballet professional productions.  The Robert Ivey Ballet Academy holds its instructors to an international standard of excellence, and classes are Vaganova based.  There is a focus on providing students an understanding of the technique behind classical ballet, while nurturing their artistic development as well as their strength of character.



Pre–Ballet – Ages 4-6, Pre-Ballet is a child’s introduction to dance

Ballet A1 – Ages 6-8, Ballet A1 focuses on the child’s development and introduces the student to the fundamentals of classical ballet.

Ballet A2 – Ages 8-10, Ballet A2 provides a continued focus on the fundamentals, but begins adding new technique based on those fundamentals.

Ballet B1 – Ages 9+, Ballet B1 is the first of our intermediate level classes and begins to refine fundamentals, continues to build on technique, as well as introducing more complicated skills.

Ballet B2 – Ages 9+, Ballet B2 is the second of our intermediate level classes, which prepares the student to move on to an intermediate/advanced level.

Ballet C – Ages 9+, Ballet C is our intermediate/advanced level.  Students in this class have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals, and the class focuses on refining and increasing technical ability.

Ballet D – Ballet D is our advanced/professional level, and the Academy Director must recommend students for placement in this class.  D level focuses on learning and refining technique necessary for classical variations, while encouraging the development of artistry while dancing.

Pointe I – Pre-Pointe/Beginner Pointe

Pointe II – Intermediate Pointe

Pointe III – Advanced/Professional Pointe (by recommendation only)

Variations – Variations focuses on teaching students classical variations from a wide repertoire of classical ballets. (by recommendation only)

Partnering – Partnering teaches the skills needed for both classical and neoclassical pas de deuxs. (by recommendation only)

Spring and Summer Intensives

The Robert Ivey Ballet summer intensives are designed to challenge, inspire, and improve the dancer’s technique and artistry.  We offer two intensives, intermediate and advanced, which last two weeks and four weeks respectively.

The two-week intermediate intensive focuses on perfecting the fundamentals of classical ballet while learning new technique at an increased pace.  Class offerings of the intermediate intensive include daily classical technique, daily pointe/beginner pointe, an introduction to classical variations, acting, and stretch classes. This intensive will run Monday – Friday 10 am to 3 pm and will conclude with an open showcase performance on the final day.

The four-week advanced intensive focuses on advanced technique, pointe work, and artistry.  Class offerings of the advanced intensive include daily technique, daily pointe, and daily variations in addition to acting, yoga, and Pilates. Students will learn new choreography to be performed in an open showcase at the conclusion of the intensive.  The intensive will run Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm.

We also offer a one-week spring break intensive only available to advanced level dancers.  This includes technique, pointe, and variations.  It will run from 1 pm and will conclude at the end of regularly scheduled evening classes.


Audition Information

Auditions are required and may be scheduled by emailing or calling 843-556-1343.  If you are not local or are unable to attend an audition, you may send a DVD of your class technique and pointe work. (Must include: some barre work, an adagio in the center, one pirouette combination, and basic grande allegro.  If applying for the advanced intensive only, please include pointe work showing echappes, pique turns, and pirouettes) DVDs can be mailed to 1910 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407.

Spring Break

Advanced / Professional Intensive 2016

March 28 - April 1   |   1pm – end of evening classes

$100 (plus monthly tuition, if current RIBA student)


Summer Intermediate Intensive 2016

June 13 - June 24

Tuition $450


Summer Advanced / Professional Intensive 2016

July 11 - August 5

Tuition $1200



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