Coastal Virginia's Ballet Academy and Company

 (757) 446-1401  Norfolk  and  Virginia Beach

Academy Classes

Children’s Program

Dance with Me, Pre-Ballet, Beginning Ballet, Ballet A, Ballet B and Tap
Ballet Virginia’s Children’s Program offers classes in ballet and tap from ages 18 months to nine years old. At this age, students are usually placed based on age and beginners are welcome.
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Lower School

Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4
Ballet Virginia’s Lower School is designed to train dancers from ages seven to fifteen. A placement class is required prior to registration for these levels.
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Upper School

Level 5, Level 6 and BV II
Ballet Virginia’s Upper School is a progressive course of study designed to bring a dancer from an intermediate level to the technical abilities and artistry of a professional dancer.
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Adult Dance Program

Our adult program is designed specifically for ages 14 and up.
We offer classes in ballet, pointe, and tap. Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome. These classes meet in five to eight week sessions that meet throughout the academy year and summer.
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November  8 and 9, 2024
Zeiders American Dream Theater

Heart + Soul

February 21 and 22, 2025
Zeiders American Dream Theater

The Nutcracker

December 20-22, 2024
The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Snow White

April 5, 2025
The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts 

Company Overview

Company Members



Ballet Virginia was founded in 2008 by Suzanne Lownsbury and Janina Michalski. Together with a handful of talented artists, including Lydia Roberts Coco and Lisa McCarty, and a devoted group of BV families, they began to grow a ballet academy in Norfolk. By the summer of 2019, Ballet Virginia had opened its second academy location in Virginia Beach and launched a full-time professional company.

Parents and staff worked together with a construction team to bring the main location’s historic building back to life. This beautiful building now houses five large dance studios, a wardrobe room, offices, and dressing rooms. It is home to a thriving dance academy of over 400 students plus the professional company.

Mission + Vision

Our Mission

At Ballet Virginia we are committed to supporting our mission of fostering a lifelong passion for dance through nurturing education, invigorating performances, and artistic excellence. Our two academy locations teach to the whole child by instilling discipline, self-confidence, joy, and sense of teamwork. Our performances are of the highest caliber as academy students perform side by side with top-tier professionals. We uphold the highest standards and strive to maintain artistic excellence in all of our endeavors.

Our Vision

Our vision is to enrich the lives of all Hampton Roads residents through dance. Ballet Virginia works together with community partners like The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and Symphonicity to bring artistic excellence to all of the Hampton Roads community. We invite our community members to share the joy of dance with us whether on stage, behind the scenes, or in the audience. Our annual productions such as The Nutcracker, have become family traditions for many. We are thankful for the support of the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission in making these experiences the best that they can be.

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