Welcome to Charles River Ballet Academy!

Charles River Ballet Academy helps students develop clean classical technique and good artistic expression while making ballet a fun and positive experience for all. Some students dream of a career in ballet and use their training at CRBA as a stepping stone toward that goal. Other students view their ballet classes as a beloved and fun hobby. Whether you have an eager two-year-old, an older child who is a dedicated ballet student, or if you are an adult looking to take ballet, Charles River Ballet Academy has a class for you. Our program provides the children and adults of Needham and surrounding towns with solid technique, an artistic outlet, and fun! We offer classes September-June for age 2-18, as well as adult classes. Summer programs for all ages are in July and August. Our studios are in Needham. Enjoy our website, check out our photo gallery, and please email or call Emily Hrones Umland, Director, at or (508) 545-1257 for more information.
Click here to view Charles River Ballet Academy students dancing "Stars and Stripes Forever" at our June 9, 2012 performance.

Charles River Ballet Academy congratulates Aly Raisman on her Olympic performance! We were honored that Aly contacted us for training in dance to help add grace to her 2012 Gold Medal Floor Exercise. Thank you, Aly, for inspiring children everywhere with your talent, determination, hard work, and great sportsmanship!

Why Charles River Ballet Academy?
  • Excellent, focused ballet training building solid technique, inspiring students artistically, and tapping into the joy of dance
  • Dedicated, enthusiastic teachers with years of experience as professional ballet dancers
  • Limited class size with personal attention for all students
  • Two large studios with high ceilings and lots of natural light
  • Emphasis on learning ballet with age appropriate performance opportunities (see Philosophy for more)

Come see the Workshop Performance of Charles River Ballet Academy 
Fri, June 17, 2016 at 7 pm & Sat, June 18, 2016 at 1 pm & 4 pm at Regis College Fine Arts Center in Weston!
Tickets are available online at

Come be inspired by talented young people from our community in this beautiful performance!!  The show will feature authentic classical excerpts from Swan Lake, Coppelia, Don Quixote as well as Big Band music of the 1940s and much more.  Lovely music and costumes along with exquisite dancing and choreography will make the show a hit with everyone old and young.  The running length is two hours including one fifteen minute intermission.  Children are welcome but must be at least three years old.  There will be an opportunity for children in the audience to Meet the Dancers in costume at intermission.

Click to see photos of our 2015 New Year's Needham Show

Color Photo by Brooke Baker
Grosshans lease


Emily Hrones Umland, Director

(508) 545-1257