Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the FAQ page!

How do I know at what level I should register my child?

Students ages 2-7 are automatically placed according to their age in a specific level in the CDE. Beginning at age 8, students are placed based on their technique. Thus, placement classes are required for students ages 8 and up to determine technique and level placement before registering. This placement class is free and must be scheduled through the Centre Administrative Director or Principals. After scheduling the class, pick up your student's placement form from the front desk when you arrive for the placement class, and give it to the instructor teaching the class. At the end of class, the instructor will return the form with the level recommendation written on it. Information regarding the recommended level will be available at the information table in the lobby. After reviewing the level information, call the location you are interested in registering for to set up a registration appointment.

Do you have performance opportunities?

Students have the opportunity to perform in our Spring Concert at the end of the school year. Students who wish to participate in the Spring Concert must register by November. Students who register after the Spring Concert fee deadline are unable to participate. The Spring Concert fee is $185 per student and covers 4 tickets and a ballet costume. This fee is due in October. It increases after the early bird deadline, but the final deadline is in November and is non-refundable. There is also an audition in August for Atlanta Ballet's The Nutcracker. Visit the performance opportunities page the performance opportunities page to learn more.

When are auditions for "The Nutcracker" and what are the requirements?

Auditions for The Nutcracker are typically three to four weeks after the fall session begins. All students auditioning must be 8 years of age by the audition date. Students do not have to prepare a routine to audition. There is no pre-registration. All paperwork will be available at the audition. Roles are available to currently enrolled CDE students only, except for gymnasts. Open auditions for gymnasts are held on a different day from the CDE student auditions. For further information, please visit the Performance Opportunities page or email

When do you hold auditions for your Summer Programs?

Auditions for our Summer Intensives begin in January and run through March. If you are unable to attend an audition in person, the following materials must be submitted: a 5-minute video of classroom work, dance resume, and dance photos (an arabesque and tendu in second), along with a $40 audition fee and absentee audition form. These forms are available on the Summer Intensives page. For audition dates and locations, as well as general information, visit the Summer Intensives page.

Auditions are not required for the Summer Day Programs open to ages 2 and up. Please visit the Summer Day Programs page to learn more.

Can I purchase dancewear and supplies from the CDE?

The Atlanta Ballet Boutique is the exclusive supplier of the required uniform leotards for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. All student programs (from Mommy and Me to Academy Level IV) are outfitted in our Atlanta Ballet uniform. The CDE's Boutiques, conveniently located at each of the three studio locations, carry a full line of name brand, high quality dance attire, dance accessories and foot care, dance bags, dance shoes, and shoe supplies for ballet and jazz (pointe shoes are not available). The staff is professionally trained to properly fit your dance shoes on the dancer. We have a men’s department with men’s tights, dance belts, shirts, pants, shoes, and apparel.

What is the Adult Open Division?

The Adult Open Division allows people ages 18 and up the chance to either begin or continue their dance training. No registration or commitment is required. You can pay as you go or purchase a ten-class card or seasonal pass. Schedules are available online or via email. Email or visit the Adult Open Division page for more information.

How do I sign my child up for classes at the CDE?

All registration for classes must take place in person with the Centre Administrative Director at the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre in West Midtown, the Principal at the Buckhead Centre, or the Principal at the Virginia-Highland Centre. Call each location for available appointment times. To contact the Michale C. Carlos Dance Centre, please call 404.873.5811 x1225; to contact the Buckhead Centre, please call 404.303.1501; and to contact the Virginia-Highland Centre, please call 404.883.2178. A minimum of the first and last tuition installments, along with a $50 ($75 if registering in the spring) non-refundable registration fee, must be paid at the time of registration.

Is there a deadline for registration or is it ongoing?

Registration is ongoing throughout the year. Early registration for the next school year begins in April for returning CDE students and then is open to the public in May. Please contact the Centre Administrative Director to receive the appropriate class schedule information for your child. You MUST receive the schedule and tuition paperwork before coming in to register your child. We strongly advise early registration to hold a spot for your child as classes tend to fill up quickly.

Do you offer any tuition payment plans?

We offer three tuition payment plans. The first plan is payment in full due at registration with a 5% discount applied. The second plan is 2 installments: the first due at registration and the second due January 1st. The third plan is 10 installments: the first and last due at registration and the remainder due the first of each month ($25 late fee applies to accounts not paid by the 15th of each month). All tuition is non-refundable after the student's first class.

When do classes begin and end at the CDE?

Our school follows the Fulton County School calendar. Our 40-week program begins in August and ends in June. A calendar of events is handed out at registration. We also offer Summer Day Programs (no audition required, open to ages 2 and up) and Summer Intensives (audition required, open to ages 11 and up) in June and July.

How many classes must my child take a week?

Students ages 2-6 are only required to take one Creative Movement class per week. All other students (ages 7 and up) must take the mandatory requirement of two ballet technique classes a week. Levels BIV and above are recommended to take three to four times a week. Academy Level students are required to take all scheduled classes five to six days per week, with no excused absences.

What types of dance lessons other than ballet do you offer students?

We are primarily a ballet technique school; however, we do offer tap, jazz, modern, and musical theatre as additional classes for students ages 7 and up. In addition to ballet and pointe classes, the Adult Open Division offers hip-hop, jazz, and modern.

At what age do you begin to offer classes?

We offer a Tiny Dancer & Me class for 2 year olds. We start teaching children ballet steps at age 3. Students must be the appropriate age by September 1st of the school year to participate in the Tiny Dancer & Me and Creative Movement Division (ages 3-7). Starting at age 7, students may enter into the Student Division - B Level and above. New students age 9+ must attend a placement class to determine their appropriate technique level. We offer classes at many levels up to the Academy Division, which is filled by audition only.

Do you offer scholarships?

Scholarships are offered based on demonstrated financial need and are available to students who have attended the CDE for one or more years. Applications are available and accepted April through June 30. The deadline is June 30. A committee meets and awards scholarships for the upcoming school year. Applications are available online beginning in April.

Does the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education have a no weapons policy?

Yes. No weapons of any kind are permitted at our three Centre for Dance Education studios or any Atlanta Ballet or CDE student performances.