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Community Arts Dance Program

Center for Community Arts offers school year and quarterly dance classes for dancers of every level and age from preschooler to teen. Our school year classes are offered in multiple levels of ballet and are taught by professional teaching artists in partnership with Diablo Ballet. Our school-year ballet classes include Ballet I, II, III, and our Professional Training Program (Intermediate and Advanced levels). Click here to view all of our current dance classes or to register.

Ballet I

An introduction to the beauty, grace and discipline of ballet. Each class includes a traditional barre and center. Children will enjoy dancing to the magical music from classical ballets such as Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Five-year olds with one year experience are eligible to register. Ballet I is also offered as a quarterly class. Click here to see all quarterly offerings. 

Ballet II

Designed for students wanting to continue their ballet training. Class continues with traditional barre and center work, improving technique, working on proper body alignment and an emphasis on vocabulary. Students must have completed a full year in the Ballet I level and be at least 7 years old and in the second grade. A placement class must be taken in Ballet II if a student is transferring from another dance program.

Ballet III

Designed for intermediate level students. Technique is strengthened along with the advancement of ballet curriculum skills. This challenging class meets twice a week and requires a commitment to regular attendance. Students must have completed a full year in Ballet II level and be at least 9 years of age. A placement class must be taken in Ballet II if a student is transferring from another dance program. 

Professional Training Program in Ballet (PTP)

Considered one of the top pre-professional ballet programs in Walnut Creek, PTP is for students who are passionate about ballet, have at least a year of experience, and are age 9-19. The program is a caring, supportive community of dancers who love ballet and want to challenge themselves. All PTP instructors are teaching artists who have danced professionally, and the program is enriched by our relationship with Diablo Ballet. PTP offers both Intermediate and Advanced classes. Intermediate classes meet three days a week and advanced classes meet four days a week. Intensive training includes technique, pointe, and variations from classical and contemporary repertory. All PTP students have the opportunity to perform at the 350-seat Del Valle Theatre.

Being a part of the PTP gives dancers the self-discipline, presence, drive, and skills to confidently go after their dreams – on stage and off! Call 925-943-5846 to learn more about auditioning for the Professional Training Program.

Summer Dance Intensive

Our 3--week dance intensive takes place in July of each year and features world-class teachers from Diablo Ballet as well as major professional ballet companies. It is directed by Professional Training Program Director Rebecca Berke, and designed for students with at least one year of ballet experience. Classes include ballet technique, pointe (if applicable), repertoire, character dance, modern, jazz, and floor barre.

Our 2019 Intensive runs July 8-26. Both Intermediate and Advanced classes take place Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Shadelands Art Center. The program culminates in a performance on July 26th at 7:30 pm in the Shadelands Art Center Auditorium.

Pricing: $727 before May 1. $770 after May 1.

All students with at least one year of ballet experience are eligible, but must audition for placement. Our 2019 Audition Placement Class will be held March 6 from 5:00-7:00pm in the Shadelands Art Center Dance Room. Registration fee is $20.  Register here for Audition Placement Class, or call 925-943-5846.

For additional info please email Rebecca Berke at

Quarterly Dance Classes

In addition to our year-long programs, Community Arts offers youth and adult quarterly classes in a range of styles including ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, tap, creative dance, parent-child dance and more. Click here to view our current offerings.


Financial aid is available for all dance programs and classes through Community Arts Foundation. Click here to learn more and apply.