Radford University Ballet Youth

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The Radford University Department of Dance Ballet Youth Program (RUBY) strives to provide rigorous ballet training to aspiring dancers ages 3-18 from within the Radford University and surrounding communities. In doing so, RUBY gives its students unique performance opportunities through its direct association with the Radford University Ballet Theatre.

RUBY’s goals & objectives are to:

  • introduce and familiarize aspiring dancers to the Vaganova method
    of Ballet training
  • instill a sense of self -confidence and self worth
  • facilitate collaboration and camaraderie with the Radford University and
    surrounding communities through a celebration of the arts
  • provide students the opportunity to work with highly trained dance
    teachers
  • foster a safe and encouraging environment
  • offer performance opportunities alongside dancers from the Radford
    University Department of Dance and international guest artists.


The curriculum of the RU Ballet Youth Program is based on the syllabus of the world-renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. This training is celebrated for producing dancers with the perfect combination of physical strength and grace. It has produced such luminaries in the dance world as Rudolph Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gorge Balanchine, and Natalia Makarova.

Radford University ballet faculty Inessa Plekhanova directs the RUBY Program. RUBY principal faculty, Aleksey Plekhanov, teaches the Intermediate/Advanced ballet class, which includes pointe technique. These highly qualified professionals are all graduates of the World famous State Vaganova Ballet Academy. One of the most important aspects of this youth program is its close affiliation with Radford University Ballet Theatre. These students have ample opportunity to perform in RU Ballet Theatre productions including The Nutcracker and An Evening of Ballet.

For information please contact us via email: dnce-byp@radford.edu or by telephone at 540-831-6337.

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Registration/Placement  

RUBY’s Fall Semester 2016 starts on TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016

Important Dates:

Registration Day for Fall Semester: Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, 11 a.m. to noon in the Trinkle Hall Lounge

Registration Day for Spring Semester: Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 11 a.m. to noon in Trinkle Hall Lounge

(All tuition and fees are due on registration day. NO credit cards, please).

Fall Semester: Sept. 6 to Dec. 5, 2016
Spring Semester: Jan. 30 to April 27, 2017
RUBY Annual Showcase: April 29, 2017  

Break Dates:
Thanksgiving Break: Week of Nov. 21, 2016
Spring Break: Week of March 5, 2017

Schedule of Classes

Creative Dance (Pre-Ballet) I (ages 3-4) Monday from 5-6 p.m.
Creative Dance (Pre-Ballet) II (ages 5-6) Monday from 6-7 p.m.
Ballet R (ages 7-11) Tuesday and Thursday from 4:15-6:15 p.m.
Ballet U (ages 12 - up) Monday from 5-6:45 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday from 6:15-8 p.m.  
Tap Dance I (ages 4-6) Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.
Jazz Dance for Children Wednesday from 5-6 p.m.

Tap Dance II (ages 7 and up, depends on enrollment numbers) 6-7 p.m.

Adult Dance Class Tuesday from 5-6 p.m.

Note: Class schedule may change due to enrollment numbers.

Program Costs and Fees

Registration Fee: $15/one semester
Pre-Ballet I - $110/one semester
Pre-Ballet II - $110/one semester
Tap I - $110/one semester
Tap II - $110/one semester
Jazz for Children - $110/one semester
Adult Dance Class - $110/one semester
Ballet R - $250/one semester
Ballet U - $300/one semester

Tuition Discounts will be provided to families:

  • with more than one person enrolled (child or adult)
  • with a child enrolled in more than one class

REGISTRATION/PLACEMENT/AUDITION

There will be open enrollment through the academic year unless class enrollment maximums are met. Children must be at least 3 years old to enroll. Students are placed in Pre-Ballet I, Pre-Ballet II, Tap I, Tap II, Jazz for Children, Ballet R, and Adult    classes without audition. However, starting with Ballet U and up placement will be based on age and mostly on level of preparation. The Audition for Ballet U and up classes is required, held by appointment and is open to students age 11 and up. For more information regarding enrollment, audition, and class schedules, please contact us via email: dnce-byp@radford.edu or by telephone at 540-831-6337.

Note: Enrollment is open year-round.

DRESS AND HAIR REGULATIONS

Female students are required to have their hair pulled back in a bun whenever length allows, and are required to wear pink ballet tights and pink ballet shoes with a solid, dark-colored leotard.

Male students are required to wear black tights, black ballet shoes and white T-shirt without design, OR black tights, white crew socks, white ballet shoes and white T-shirt.

Inclement Weather Policy

If Radford City Schools are closed, classes will be canceled. Otherwise all parents will be notified via email by 1 p.m. if classes are canceled due to inclement weather.