The School of Carolina Ballet



Registration is now open for dancers of all ages and experience levels. Classes will begin September 14, 2020! Enroll Now!

Developing Excellence

School of Carolina Ballet provides rigorous, comprehensive training from beginners to pre-professional. We commit to the well-being of our students personally, technically and artistically by offering classes taught by some of the most knowledgable professional dancers and ballet masters in the country. In addition to learning from working professionals, Carolina Ballet’s Artistic Director, Zalman Raffael, will guest teach classes for advanced students. The curriculm is based on the shared history of the teachers’ careers which span working with such companies as the NYC Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Béjart Ballet of the 20th Century and of course the 21 year history of Carolina Ballet.

  • Carolina Ballet professional dancers and ballet masters
  • Conditioning classes with Marcelo Martinez
  • Adult drop in classes for Beginners and Advance/Intermediate
  • Pas de deux classes with Carolina Ballet professional men
  • Audition & perform in Carolina Ballet productions
  • Men’s class with Richard Krusch
  • Contemporary and Hip Hop classes
  • Guest teachers/artists throughout the year

Accepting Students 6 and up!


Learn from the Best

Carolina Ballet is the regions only professional ballet company and launched The School of Carolina Ballet in September 2018.

Whether pursuing a professional track, or simply interested in studying dance, students will develop the technique and knowledge necessary to achieve their personal goals learning from our Artistic Directors, Ballet Masters and Dancers.

The faculty includes Ballet Masters and Dancers of Carolina Ballet, including soloists and principals, along with some of the area’s most proficient teachers of contemporary and hip hop. In addition, on several occasions during the year, Artistic Director Zalman Raffael will be a guest teacher for the more advanced students.

Classes range from introductory with no previous ballet necessary for ages 6-7 up through the most advanced classes for 14-18 year olds to Pre-Professional. Dancers in the most advanced levels, will have the opportunity to rehearse with Carolina Ballet Dancers in certain productions and those deemed ready will also have performance opportunities. In addition, advanced students will be the first in consideration as Apprentices for the professional company leading to company membership.

Scholarships will be available on a merit basis.

Nutcracker Auditions will be Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at the Carolina Ballet studios and will still be open to all area dance students regardless of which school they attend. Carolina Ballet looks forward to welcoming children from the entire Triangle dance community.


Contact Shelley Jacobsson, Director of School Operations at (919) 747-8459 or   EMAIL SHELLEY

“I have loved ballet all my life but never took any classes. Eventually, I thought that I was definitely too old (I am of a certain – ahem – age). However, when the School of Carolina Ballet started offering adult ballet beginner classes, I decided to give it a try. AND I LOVE IT FOR MANY REASONS! Most important: it’s fun, and it definitely does not require any prior ballet experience. No need to be super flexible, and a V will do just fine as a substitute for ‘first position’.

– Karen Singleton