Sara Clayborne

Sara Clayborne


Charlottesville Ballet is a professional ballet company, dance academy, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Charlottesville, VA. Founded in 2007, Charlottesville Ballet is the only full time professional dance company in the Charlottesville area. Co-Directors Sara Clayborne and Emily Mott 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 thirteen dancers from all over the United States and abroad– from New York to Montana to Egypt to Australia. Charlottesville Ballet’s Trainee Program welcomes seven additional dancers as they transition from advanced students into professional artists.

Charlottesville Ballet Academy, the official training school of Charlottesville Ballet, opened in July 2011 and is a nonprofit center for dance education. CBA offers training in all dance genres for ages 2-Adult. The Academy serves over 400 students throughout the Charlottesville area and offers performance opportunities for young dancers alongside the professional company. The Ballet’s outreach program Chance To Dance (C2D) is an after-school dance education program that gives underserved children a hands-on experience with the arts. The Ballet recently received a $10K grant from the Charlottesville Future Fund in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and a $5K from Wells Fargo to expand the C2D program in the 2015-16 season.

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