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The Contra Costa Ballet Centre’s program serves the development of its students from their first encounter with music and movement through seven levels of achievement. The curriculum is designed to introduce the technique and artistry appropriate to the age and physical development of the student. With each level the dancer gains proficiency and confidence providing a foundation for future success. Upon graduation students are prepared and may choose to pursue dance at the collegiate level, seek employment as a professional dancer, or continue to study dance for a lifetime of enjoyment and health.

Students follow a Russian-based, yet truly American syllabus. The curriculum consists of ballet technique, pointe, character, contemporary, physical conditioning, anatomy, boys' class and repertoire.

For Children's Division classes (ages 5 - 7), please click here.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Richard Cammack, Director – American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet School (Director)

Zola Dishong, Director – American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School

Maddie Alford Contra Costa Ballet (Children's Division)
Emily BorthwickThe Royal Ballet School, Royal Academy of Dance
Emily Ellison
Contra Costa School of Performing Arts (Contemporary)

Yuko Katsumi Colorado Ballet, Tampa Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School

Sherri LeBlanc New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet

Meghann Oakes Rust, DPT - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Hiroko ShibuyaRitsuko Kamo (Tokyo, Japan)

Edward SteggeColorado Ballet, Diablo Ballet




Audition is required for prospective students ages 9+ (see audition info below). Current CCBC students should register according to their current class placement.

The full 4-week tuition and registration fee (if applicable) will be charged to the credit card on account at the time registration request is processed. If you are requesting tuition to be prorated for 3 weeks' participation, please email to indicate your intent before registering online.  

Tuition:                                       4 Weeks      3 Weeks

Primary (Level 1 & 2)                  $625              $540

Intermediate (Level 3 & 4)      $1,275            $1100

Advanced (5/6/Co)                   $1,300            $1125

          Plus a registration fee of $50 for new students only.
          Tuition rates above apply to registrations received after 6/1/23.


IMPORTANT! The schedule has changed as of 6/1/23. Please review carefully!

Note that levels have been renamed as follows:

- Primary (Level 1 & 2)

- Intermediate (Level 3 & 4)

- Advanced (Level 5, 6 & Co.)

Click the image below to view the schedule:

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The required apparel below may be purchased through a dance retailer of your choice, such as:

Discount Dance (Online)

Contra Costa Dancewear (Walnut Creek)

East Bay Dance Supply (El Sobrante)

The Pointe Shoppe (Oakland)

SF Dance Gear (San Francisco)



Ages 8 - 12

Group auditions have concluded for 2023; please see Audition Class and Video Audition below for audition options. Registration begins 20 minutes prior. The audition fee is $30 - cash or check only. Please bring a printed full-body ballet photo in pose of dancer's choice. Standard classical ballet attire is required (black leotard, tights and shoes in ballet pink or toned to skin, hair in neat bun). Dancers en pointe should bring their pointe shoes. 



Ages 8 - 19

Dancers who are unable to attend the group audition should request an audition by calling (925) 935-7984. Eligible students will be invited to dance with a current CCBC class for evaluation. The audition fee is $30 - cash or check only.


Ages 12 - 19 (with pointe experience)

Video auditions are available for students ages 12 - 19 (with pointe experience). Email to request to request to begin the video audition process (do NOT attach videos in this email, as your email won't be opened). 


Preparing your Audition Video

Your audition video should be recent (within five months of submission) and must include the following components. Your video should not exceed 10 minutes in length. Prior to beginning your barre work, please introduce yourself briefly by saying your name, age and where you are from. Make sure to complete all exercises listed below. 

- Complete barre (only one side necessary)

- Center floor work:

  • Adagio

  • Pirouette combination

  • Small jump combination

  • Grand allegro

  • Men- Grand Tour

- Pointe work (if applicable)

  • Echappés

  • Relevés in arabesque

  • Pirouettes on pointe

  • Diagonal turning combination

For cancellation requests made by June 1st, 2023, the registration fee and 25% of the full tuition amount will be retained as a cancellation fee and the balance refunded. Tuition is non-refundable after June 1st, 2023.

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