Founded in 1997, BalletSchool provides ballet and tap classes throughout the school year, following the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, and also holds courses and camps during the summer. Also offered are flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, Zena Rommett Floor-Barre®, and BeMoved® classes for all ages.
BalletSchool's director, Atsuko Nakamoto, who purchased the school in 2012, heads up the team of six professional instructors, all of whom have a wealth of experience and a love of dance that they transmit to their students.
The school, originally on West Rio Road, is now located in the Charlottesville Center for the Arts, on Ivy Road.
SCORE helped Atsuko with the decision-making process when she was first considering whether to buy the school. In the second year of business under Atsuko's ownership, SCORE again provided support. All aspects of the business were considered and recommendations made (including subletting other studios in the building), all of which helped BalletSchool get back on a financially sound footing.