Classical Ballet Theatre | Ballet and Contemporary Dance Classes | Reston/Herndon/Northern Virignia and Greater D.C. Area Founder | Cynthia Donavin; Artistic Director | Alisher Saburov; Ballet Mistress | Dubraskha Arrivillaga; Ballet Master/Guest Artist in Residence | Gillmer Duran 320 Victory Drive, Herndon,VA 20170 • (703) 471-0750

February (Contemporary) Performance Audition
Sept 20, 2014 at 10:30am

Nutcracker Outreach
November 20, 2014
10am and 1pm

Nutcracker
November 29-30, 2014
Tickets on Sale Now!

Spring Classes Begin
Jan 5, 2015

Evening of Contemporary Dance
Feb 13, 2015

Spring Performance at CBT Studios
April 25-26, 2015

Donor Thank You Performance
May 16, 2015

Ballet Exam Day
May 30, 2015

Exam Presentation
June 6, 2015

Observation/Bring-a-Friend-to-Class Week
June 8-13, 2015

Last Day of Class
June 13, 2015

CBT follows Fairfax County Public School closings for inclement weather.
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Master Class Series 2013-2014

Iquail Shaheed
(Alvin Ailey, Harlem School for the Arts)

Friday, September 13, 2013
4:30-6:00 pm

Join Classical Ballet Theatre (CBT) as it kicks off its 2013-2014 Master Class series with a Contemporary Master Teacher, Dancer, and Choreographer—Iquail Shaheed, of Alvin Ailey, Harlem School for the Arts, and Broadway. The class is open to advanced level dancers and above with technique in contemporary/modern, ballet, or jazz. Call (703) 471-0750 to register; space is limited.

Cost: $25 Pre-Registered, $30 Walk-in (30 Spaces Only)

For information please call (703) 471-0750.


Lucas Crandall
(Associate Director, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Technique Class 10-11:30 am
Repertory Class 11:45 am -1:00 pm

"When it comes to trendy, glamorous repertory, it's hard to think of an American company as well stocked as Hubbard Street." --The New York Times

Join Classical Ballet Theatre (CBT) as it welcomes another contemporary dance giant—Lucas Crandall, Associate Director, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

A Master Teacher and Choreographer, Mr. Crandall will lead area dancers through two challenging classes:

  • Technique class - Dancers will experience the latest in technical contemporary dance training; and
  • Repertory class - Dancers will learn choreography that Hubbard Street is performing at the Kennedy Center that evening!

Both classes are open to advanced and pre-professional level dancers with technique in contemporary/modern, ballet, or jazz.

Note: Dancers who wish to participate in the repertory class must take the technique class. A $10 discount is given to those taking both.

Cost: Technique Class Only: $25 Preregistered/$30 Walk-in; Both Classes (Discounted): $40 Preregistered/$50 Walk-in

Call Kim Brummett at 703-471-0750 to make a reservation!

Read More About Lucas Crandall


Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
(Former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancers)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Advanced/Pre-Professional Class 11 am-1 pm
Intermediate Class 1 -2:30 pm

As part of its monthly Master Class series, Classical Ballet Theatre is excited to present two Master Classes with former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancers Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner.

Advanced/Pre-Professional Class: 11:00 am-1:00 pm, $30 Preregistered/$35 Walk-in

Intermediate Class: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, $25 Preregistered/$30 Walk-in

As space is limited, call (703) 471-0750 to enroll today!


Stephen Pier
(PierGroup Dance, Dance Division Director of The Hartt School of the University of Hartford)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Advanced/Pre-Professional Class 11 am-12:30 pm
Intermediate Class 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Stephen Pier has achieved a uniquely rich and varied career as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. His credits as a performer include many years with the Jose Limon Company where the New York press hailed him as "…one of the most gifted dancers on the modern dance scene today." He went on to become a leading soloist with the Hamburg Ballet in Germany performing the title roles in John Neumeier's "Othello" and Saint Matthew's Passion" and creating numerous other major roles during his nine years with the company. As a member of the Royal Danish Ballet for six years, Mr. Pier had the privilege of dancing leading roles in works of Bournonville, Balanchine, MacMillan, Bejart, and collaborating with many of Europe's finest contemporary choreographers.

Mr. Pier was invited to teach both the company and the school of the Royal Danish Ballet and served as ballet master for the company from 1992-1996. He has taught on the faculty of the Alvin Ailey School, the Martha Graham Center, Regional Dance America, New York International Ballet Competition and for many notable companies in Europe, America and Asia including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Bat Dor, Introdans, Scapino Ballet Cedar Lake Dance Ensemble and the New National Theater, Tokyo. He was on the faculty of the Juilliard School from 1996 until 2010. His students have danced in companies around the world including, The Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theater, Martha Graham Company, Lar Lubovitch Co., Mark Morris Dance Co., Doug Varone Dancers, Cullberg Ballet, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Alvin Ailey and Bat Sheva.

In 2002, Mr. Pier began PierGroupDance to explore and collaborate with dancers and artists in various art forms. He has created over 30 works for the concert stage, opera, theater, and film. His work has been presented by The Hamburg Ballet (Ger.), Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Danish Theater, Royal Danish Opera, Bat Dor (Israel), The New National Theater (Japan), the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, The Di Capo Opera Company (NYC), Nilas Martins Dance Company, and the Dance on Film Festival at Lincoln Center. He was selected to be part of Jacob's Pillow Choreographer's Project in 1998. He co-founded and directed the emerging choreographer's workshop, "Danses", at the Royal Danish Ballet 1990-1996.

He was the Artistic Director of Juilliard's innovative Mentoring Program beginning in 2007 and in September 2008 he began a 3-year tenure as director of the new Visions and Voices: Altria/ABT Women's Choreography Project at American Ballet Theater.

Advanced/Pre-Professional Class: 11:00 am-12:30 pm, $20 Preregistered/$25 Walk-in

Intermediate Class: 12:30 -2:00 pm, $20 Preregistered/$25 Walk-in

As space is limited, call (703) 471-0750 to enroll today!


Audra Johnson
(Suzanne Farrell Ballet)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

11-12:30 Senior Company members (PrePro & Advanced)

12:30-2 Junior Company members (Pinky & Intermediate - Intermediate level dancers who are not Company members may also attend for $25)

Audra Johnson, a New Jersey native, received her early training from Christine Taylor and Luba Gulyeava and went on to continue her studies at The New Jersey Ballet School, The Harid Conservatory, and The Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education. She spent various summers studying at The Eglevsky Ballet, School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, and The Harid Conservatory. She has danced professionally with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, The Washington Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet. Ms. Johnson has performed several principal and soloist roles in classical ballets such as "The Sugar Plum Fairy" in The Nutcracker, "Raymonda" in Kirk Peterson's Glazunov Variations, and "The Russian Soloist" in George Balanchine's Serenade. She has also been featured in Twyla Tharp's "Eight Jelly Rolls", "Octect", and "Nine Sinatra Songs" and in new works by Kirk Peterson, Harrison McEldowney, Graham Lustig, Susan Shields, Douglas Martin, Laurie Stallings, and Melissa Barak. Ms. Johnson has taught at Princeton Ballet School, North Jersey School of Dance Arts, Ballet Nova, The Washington Ballet and is a guest teacher at Olympia Dance Center in Olympia, WA. Ms. Johnson is currently performing with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Call (703) 471-0750 to register; space is limited.

Cost: $25


Gillmer Duran

Saturday, February 8, 2014

11-12:30 Senior Company members (PrePro & Advanced)

12:30-2 Junior Company members (Pinky & Intermediate - Intermediate level dancers who are not Company members may also attend for $25)

Originally from Barquisimeto Venezuela, Mr. Duran studied at the Fundacion Arte Nuevo and danced professionally with the National Ballet of Caracas, Danzahoy, Tulsa Ballet Theatre and eighth consecutive seasons with Eugene Ballet Company. He worked with choreographers such as, Vicente Nebrada, Luz Urdaneta, Jacques Brocket, Maria Rovira, Mauricio Wainrot, Robert Battle, Edwaard Liang and Jessica Lang among others. His versatility and intuition allowed him to perform a variety of classical and contemporary roles. He participated in the National Choreographers Initiative 2007 in Irvine, California. In May of 2008, he was part of the event 4X4 Ballet Project with Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet presented by White Bird in Portland Oregon. He also created pieces for the Drop Dance Collective, The Woman Space Foundation engaging in several creative collaborations with Toni Pimble, while dancing with the Eugene Ballet company. The National Dance Project and the New England Foundation for the Arts selected him as part of the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) in Portland-Oregon, among nine other dance artists from the Pacific northwest region. In June of 2010 his work Inference for Coriolis Dance Collective was presented at the Chop-shop Festival in Seattle. In October of 2011 he was appointed as Alaska Dance Theatre's Artistic Director and resident choreographer repositioning its company brand through a broad-based repertoire, including a tour to the Boston Contemporary Dance festival 2013 funded entirely through a kickstarter campaign. Besides experimenting with vocabularies like safety-release technique, gaga-based movement, classical form and improvisation, Mr. Duran is also a freelance instructor open to new and creative conversations and collaborations with different ensembles.

Read more about Mr. Duran in his website.

Call (703) 471-0750 to register; space is limited.

Cost: $25


Marjorie Grundvig
(Director, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

11 am -12:30 pm     PrePro & Advanced Class

12:30 pm -2 pm       Intermediate Class

Classical Ballet Theatre is excited to offer two master classes with the acclaimed Marjorie Grundvig, Director of the renowned Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) School since August 2005! Ms. Grundvig has enjoyed an international performing and teaching career, and she is highly regarded as a Master Teacher.

Call (703) 471-0750 to register; space is limited.

Cost: $25 pre-registered, $30 walk-in


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