We are currently accepting new students age 7 and up.  Dancers age 7-18 please contact our Registrar to arrange an evaluation via Zoom.  Adults who have had ballet experience are welcome to join our Adult Intermediate Class.  Go to Class Schedule page for more information.


(831) 479-1600

Call or email our Registrar to arrange an evaluation class if you have prior experience.  Let us know if we can mail you a brochure with enrollment forms.  Enrollment is open all year long.

Read TESTIMONIALS from students and parents - hear why our program is the best professional training program in the county and beyond. The Studio and Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre combined together have earned Honor status with The Ballet Alliance, an association of pre-professional companies, standards of which center around training excellence.

ENROLLMENT is open to students age 4 and up.  We do not require an audition for entrance.  Young dancers are placed in our program according to their age.  Dancers age 8 and up with previous experience will be assigned an evaluation class, in which the instructor will make a formal level placement.  8-year-old dancers without previous experience will be placed in Level Ia, where the instructor will make sure this is the appropriate class.  All of the curriculum in our Professional Program is required for each level.  We encourage serious students to take additional classes below their level as well, and offer these free of charge.

A WAIVER MUST BE SIGNED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN PRIOR TO FIRST CLASS.  See right side bar for a downloadable waiver or sign one up in our office when you arrive.

FIRST CLASS IS FREE.  Each of our programs offers a free trial class, and we encourage new students to take advantage of this to make sure our academy is right for you.  Please contact our registrar to arrange your first class, whether it be a trial class or an evaluation class.  Once you have been placed in the proper level for your ability and aspirations, you may formally enroll in the program.  

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM is for students age 8 and up and is strictly designed around our professional syllabus.  Students are groomed for a career in the field should they have that interest and ability; students who do not wish to become professional dancers have the advantage of the highest quality training in the area.  Many of our graduates continue on to higher education and value what they learned at The Studio.  The program requires an annual registration fee of $75.

PREPARATORY BALLET PROGRAM (Pre-Ballet and Primary levels) is for young dancers age 3 through 8.  Pre-Ballet classes are for students age 4-6 and Primary is for ages 7 and up (6 years if previous experience in our program).  The program requires a $50 annual registration fee.

ADULT AND TEEN PROGRAMS are our drop-in ballet programs.  Although consistency will build more strength and skill, these classes do not require a long-term commitment.  They are taught by our professional faculty, but are much less demanding and more recreational in atmosphere.  Students are welcome to drop in when they can, and are only charged for classes taken.  Teen enrollment requires a $50 annual registration fee.

Please contact our Registrar  

See the right side bar for TUITION INFORMATION and ENROLLMENT FORMS.

The Studio is an approved vendor to the Ocean Grove Charter School (home school).  Please see your Educational Specialist for a purchase order.  We are listed by our incorporated name, Santa Cruz Academy of Ballet (DBA The Studio, School of Classical Ballet).  The school will pay your ballet tuition, but please note that Ocean Grove does not pay Registration fees. 

Our office staff is working remotely.  Please email:
Registrar Sandy Nelson

(831) 479-1600

Click on the title to view the following documents:

Liability Waiver

Summer 2020 Brochure

Enrollment Form for Minor 

Pre-Ballet/Pro Program Dress Codes

Enrollment Form for Adult




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