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The mission of Ballet Virginia International’s (BVI) academy is to provide world-class instruction in classical ballet, modern, character, jazz, and tap for the Hampton Roads community including pre-professional training and performance opportunities.

The mission of BVI’s regional company is to increase the awareness and appreciation for classical and contemporary ballet throughout Hampton Roads. BVI’s performance season brings together strong choreographers and dancers from across Hampton Roads along with guest artists from major ballet companies to provide professional quality productions. BVI is a resident company at The Sandler Center in Virginia Beach, and also performs across the region in various venues.

BVI will uphold the standards required to maintain membership standing with the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA) for Regional Dance America. BVI will also provide opportunities for professional dancers, lighting, set and costume designers, and choreographers while continuing education and outreach programs for Hampton Roads community at large.

Our instructors are dedicated to bringing their students to the highest technical and artistic level possible by freely sharing their talents. We are proud of our professional faculty, whose combined experience of over 100 years includes such talents as professional instruction, staging, choreography, and performance skills. Our faculty strives each day to offer the absolute best ballet training in the Hampton Roads region.

BVI specializes in a diverse ballet syllabus inspired by the American, Russian, Italian, English and French schools. This solid technical base insures added success in classical ballet technique and pointe, modern, contemporary, partnering, jazz, and character classes, also offered at BVI. BVI is proud of our unique offerings that expand our range of instruction to our community at large. Community classes include Adult Ballet Technique, Pointe, and Tap. Each BVI instructor’s motivation is to nurture the dancer’s natural desire to dance, from the earliest beginner to the most advanced student. Musicality and artistry are developed joyously in our supportive environment. Like-minded students enjoy a camaraderie and environment that will provide wonderful memories and life-long friendships.

BVI also offers several performing opportunities including an annual run of “The Nutcracker” and a classical spring ballet usually performed in March. These opportunities are in addition to regular classes by audition only. All registered dancers have the opportunity to perform with their class in the annual Academy Concert usually held the second Sunday in June.