Classical Ballet Theatre | Ballet and Contemporary Dance Classes | Reston/Herndon/Northern Virignia and Greater D.C. Area Founder•Artistic Director•Executive Director | Cynthia Donavin 320 Victory Drive, Herndon,VA 20170 • (703) 471-0750 •

Classes Begin
Sept 5, 2017

Nutcracker Outreach Performances
10am, 1pm & 3pm
November 16, 2017

Children's Series Nutcracker
12pm, 2pm & 4pm

November 18-19, 2017

Nutcracker Performances - NVCC
November 25-26, 2017

Donor & Volunteer Thank You!
December 16, 2017

An Evening with Classical Ballet Theatre at CenterStage Reston Community Center
June 1, 2018

Public Exam Presentation at Classical Ballet Theatre Studios
12pm, 2pm, 4pm
June 9, 2018

Last Day of Class
June 16, 2018

2018 Summer Programs Begin
June 25, 2018

CBT follows Fairfax County Public School closings for inclement weather.
link to FCPS


Known as the “go to” organization for hands-on, intensive training, Classical Ballet Theatre focuses on helping each of its students reach his/her full potential. CBT provides high caliber instruction for all ages and abilities, and it offers master classes, YAGP coaching, summer intensives, choreography camps, and exceptional performance opportunities. While students ages three to six refine their motor skills through structured yet imaginative movement, older children focus on beginning ballet technique as well as posture, flexibility, and strength. As they become more mentally acute and technically adept, with the artistic director’s approval, they study more advanced ballet and modern dance technique, develop their artistry, as well as learn classical ballet repertory, as well as contemporary dance choreography. Upon graduation from CBT, students are professional level artists who are fully prepared for auditions with prestigious dance companies and universities. They also are poised, confident, and focused young adults who have a strong work ethic and excellent time management skills, keys to success in any life pursuit.


Students enter the Classical Ballet Theatre Lower Division at age 7 to begin their formal, age appropriate study of classical ballet in an encouraging setting that works cohesively with a young person’s growing body. The curriculum encourages and empowers the young student’s artistic expression while emphasizing technique, strength, coordination and stamina. Each level of training in the Lower Division has its own curriculum goals and age appropriate progression. Students are placed according to ability, not age. Lower Division students are also eligible and encouraged to perform in the Classical Ballet Theatre’s spectacular performance of The Nutcracker and the end of the year performance.

Classical Ballet Theatre's Lower Division levels include Ballet 1, Ballet 2, and the Pinky/Cavalier 1 Prgram. Students are promoted to the next level when they have successfully mastered their current level of study, along with the recommendation of Classical Ballet Theatre's Founder and Director, Cynthia Donavin.

To enroll in Classical Ballet Theatre's Lower Division please contact us at (703) 471-0750 or via EMAIL to schedule an audition for level placement.


Classical Ballet Theatre's Upper Division includes the Pinky/Cavalier Program, Intermediate Level, Advanced Level, and the Ballet Theatre Youth Ensemble, Classical Ballet Theatre's premier performing company.

Classical Ballet Theatre's Pinky/Cavalier Program, established in 2008 by Artistic Director Cynthia Donavin, is a highly selective, fast-track training program for students in Classical Ballet Theatre's lower division that display an exceptional focus, work ethic, and facility for dance. Pinky program dancers train in classical ballet and modern dance 5 days a week in addition to weekly rehearsals and performances. Entrance in to Classical Ballet Theatre's Pinky Program is by invitation only from the Artistic Director. Our Pinky Program graduates are regularly offered professional and scholarship opportunities nationwide.

Classical Ballet Theatre’s Upper Division curriculum puts deliberate emphasis on pre-professional achievement with a graded program and syllabus that provides a strong foundation for those students who wish to pursue a professional career. The Upper Division syllabus includes training in classical and contemporary/modern technique, pointe, and variations. Master Class opportunities with esteemed faculty from Professional Companies around the country are provided. Dancers in the Upper Division are required to perform in CBT’s Nutcracker, Contemporary Evening, Children’s Series and the Public Exam Presentation.

Classical Ballet Theatre's Ballet Theatre Youth Ensemble (BTYE) is a competitive, select group of emerging artists who display the talent, drive and commitment to pursue a professional career in the dance world. This opportunity is by invitation from the faculty only. BTYE is the premier performing company of Classical Ballet Theatre. Dancers brought into the company will be expected to make rehearsing and performing a priority over other commitments. In addition to their regular training and performing schedule. These young aspiring artists will be mentored, coached by the CBT faculty and guest faculty, in preparation for a professional career.

To enroll in Classical Ballet Theatre's Upper Division Division please contact us at (703) 471-0750 or via EMAIL to schedule an audition for level placement.


As students move into the uppper levels of the lower division modern dance technique is incorporated into their training program. The curriculum continues emphasizing a strong classical technique, flow of movement and the challenge of complex modern techniques based on the movement patterns and techniques of Horton, Graham, and Taylor.

Students in Ballet 3/4 and the Pinky/Cavalier Program are introduced to basic modern techniqes, inspired by Graham ad Taylor technique, in the Fundamentals of Modern. Total body coordination, strength building, musicality, and work ethic development are the staples of the Fundamentals of Modern.

After mastering the Fundamentals of Modern and receiving the recommendation of the Director of the Contemporary Division - Meghan Rudorfer students advance to Modern 1. Focusing soley on Horton technique, students are challenged with a 2-hour beginning-intermediate Horton Technique class led by former Alvin Ailey dancer and certified Horton Technique teacher, Tara Henderson.

Upon graduating from Modern 1, students advance to Modern 2 and continue their Horton Technique training. Under the continued instruction of former Alvin Ailey dancer and certified Horton Technique teacher, Tara Henderson, students intensify their study of Horton Technique with a challenging 2-hour Advanced Horton Technique class.

Participants and graduates of Classical Ballet Theatre's Contemporary Division receive annual scholarships to internationally-reknowned summer intensives such as Alvin Aliey and Hubbard Street, and have gone on to dance with Hubbard Street 2, Martha Graham 2, Alvin Ailey, and many more nationally and internationally-known professional modern & contemporary dance companies.

To enroll in Classical Ballet Theatre's Contemporary Division please contact us at (703) 471-0750 or viaEMAIL to schedule an audition for level placement.