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.

More Information

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. Students must be age 12 years old and up (as of Sept. 1, 2019). 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 are required to participate in Spring Concert. Rehearsals begin in January 2020.

Schedule and faculty subject to change based on enrollment.

Preparatory Level 2019-2020 Schedule

Buckhead Centre

Instructor Day Time Notes
R. Diaddigo Mon 5:15-6:45p Block A
R. Diaddigo Wed 5:15-6:45p Block A *Spring Concert Rehearsal Class

Virginia-Highland Centre at Amsterdam Walk

Instructor Day Time Notes
A. Gibson Thu 5:15-6:45p Block B *Spring Concert Rehearsal Class
A. Gibson Sat 11:45a-1:15p Block B

Enrollment Information

Current CDE students may enroll for the 2019-2020 school year by clicking here.

All new students must register in person with the Centre Administrative Director at the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre in West Midtown or the Principals at the Buckhead and Virginia-Highland Centres. Please call or email each location for available appointment times.

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

Kate Gaul, Principal

Virginia-Highland Centre at Amsterdam Walk
504 Amsterdam Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Nicole Adams, Principal

Registration Fee

Early (Current CDE families that register by May 5): $35
Regular (All families, May 6-Sept. 8):
Late (All families, after Sept. 8): $75

Spring Concert Fee: $185 due October 27, 2019
Late Deadline:
$200 if paid by November 17, 2019

Extra Costume Fee (Optional): $80

Annual Tuition


Additional Class: $1,040

Payment Options:
1 Installment: $1,976 (5% discount applied)
2 Installments: $1,040 per installment (1st due at registration, 2nd due by January 1st)
10 Installments: $208 per installment (1st and last installments due at registration)

Optional Discipline Classes

Click here for the Optional Disciplines schedule.

Dress Code

Girls: Navy blue Atlanta Ballet logo tank leotard, pink tights, pink 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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