The Berkeley City Ballet and the Dance Center are located in a family neighborhood close to downtown Berkeley, the University of California, Berkeley, Bart, and bus lines.
Inside a gated entrance, two buildings are nestled around a cozy garden courtyard lined with benches. Berkeley City Ballet and the Dance Center house four state-of-the-art studios. Each studio has mirrors, sprung floors, bamboo or marley surfaces, and professional sound and light systems. The large studio transforms into a Studio Theater that seats 60 people. This safe and intimate setting is ideal for families.
Berkeley City Ballet and the Dance Center offer classes for students two years old and up as well as Dance Camps and Ballerina Birthday Parties. BCB offers online registration, payment, a free trial class, and free, unlimited, residential street parking.
Berkeley City Ballet teaches a ballet curriculum for students two years old and up. This includes the Pre-Professional Program, beginning at eight years old. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate by age and cumulative with 6 levels of classes. Performance experiences such as the Nutcracker, Spring Concert, and a Summer Concert complete this well-rounded dance education.
Within this close-knit community, BCB focuses on each student, the whole child, as she or he develops, paying close attention to both the psychological and physical challenges of each young dancer. After developing a sound and healthy ballet technique, BCBs advanced students often audition and are selected to participate in summer workshops at renowned schools such as the Alvin Ailey School, Boston Ballet School, and American Ballet Theater School. While most students decide to attend college and also dance (Harvard, SUNY Purchase, Fordham), a number of BCB graduates continue into professional careers in companies such as the Dance Theater of Harlem and the Joffrey Ballet.