Student Division


Preparatory level dance classes provide an introduction to ballet vocabulary and move at quick pace. These classes are designed to help escalate students’ knowledge of ballet, so they may join BIV level classes.

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The Preparatory program is an introductory level for middle and high school students who are new to ballet or new to the CDE. This fast-paced class focuses on building basic vocabulary, while challenging the dancer to perfect more complex movements. Students are promoted according to individual progress in acquiring technique and strength. It is mandatory that students take a minimum of two 1.5-hour classes per week. Three 1.5-hour classes per week are recommended. Placement class required for new students.

To participate in Spring Concert, student must enroll in one of the Spring Concert classes indicated below (*). Student can only perform in one piece per ballet block. All enrolled students have the opportunity to participate in Spring Concert. Rehearsals begin in January 2023.

Schedule and faculty subject to change based on enrollment.

Preparatory Level 2022-2023 Schedule

Buckhead Centre

Instructor Day Time Notes
Nardja el-Shabazz Mon/Thu* 6:30-8:00p/5:00-6:30p* Block A

Enrollment Information

Current Centre families REGISTER for 22-23
New families, begin your registration here.

For In-Person appointments, email:

Buckhead Centre
4279 Roswell Road, Suite 703
Atlanta, GA 30342

Ansilla Bearden, Manager

Registration Fee

Early (Current CDE families that register by May 1): $35
Regular (All families, May 2 - Aug 7):
Late (All families, Aug 8 onward): $75

Spring Concert Fee: $185 due October 24, 2022
Late Deadline:
$200 if paid by November 14, 2022

Extra Costume Fee (optional disciplines): $80

Annual Tuition


Additional Class: $1,092.50

Payment Options:

1 Installment: $2,075.75 (5% discount applied; valid through Aug 7)
2 Installments: $1,092.50 per installment (1st due at registration, 2nd due by January 1st)
10 Installments: $218.50 per installment (1st and last installments due at registration)

Optional Discipline Classes

Click here for the Optional Disciplines schedule.

Dress Code

Girls: Purple blue Atlanta Ballet logo tank leotard, pink or skin tone tights, classic or skin tone tights, classic or skin tone ballet shoes, hair in bun (all hair décor secured)

White Atlanta Ballet t-shirt, black shorts or tights, white socks, and black ballet shoes

Uniform leotards are exclusively available at the Atlanta Ballet Boutique. Boutiques are located in each school location. Shoes, tights, and other dance supplies are also available in the Boutique. Questions regarding the Boutique can be directed to

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