Registration for Fall-Winter Ballet 2022-2023 and Summer Ballet 2022 is now open !!


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 and email or call Emily Hrones Umland, Director, at or (508) 545-1257 for more information.

Charles River Ballet Academy's 2021 Holiday Ballet Blast 2.0 premieres on YouTube Sunday, December 19 at 3:30 pm. Beautiful, inspiring, and jolly choreography to holiday and winter classics performed by students age 3-18 ! This 16 minute long show was created in studio over the course of 1-4 rehearsal days. Watch the premiere live on Sunday at 3:30 pm and cheer the dancers on in the comment box! Then you can watch again and again once the premiere has aired, anytime you click the link. Interested in joining a class? Our new session starts in January.

Charles River Ballet Academy Workshop Performance! Buy Tickets Here Dancers age 3-18 will perform six 60-minute shows at Regis College Fine Arts Center on June 17-18, 2022 ! Come see impressive, artistic dancing set to classical and contemporary music with beautiful costumes ! Be sure to see at least one even number and one odd number show to see most of the dances Or be a CRBA Super Fan and join us at all six performances - you won't want to miss a moment!!! Tickets go on sale May 12. Check back for details !

SHOW 1 - Friday, June 17 - 5 pm
SHOW 2 - Friday, June 17 - 7 pm
SHOW 3 - Saturday, June 18 - 11 am
SHOW 4 - Saturday, June 18 - 1:30 pm
SHOW 5 - Saturday, June 18 - 3:15 pm
SHOW 6 - Saturday, June 18 - 5 pm

Check out a virtual performance of our
Young Choreographers Exhibition filmed in Studio in November, 2020. Our advanced students choreographed and performed 30 dances (47 minutes).

Holiday Ballet Blast features socially distanced excerpts from the Nutcracker put together in studio over the course of four days in December, 2020 (18 minutes). We hope you enjoy watching dancers age 3-18 ring in the season.




  • Excellent, focused ballet training building solid technique, inspiring students artistically, and tapping into the joy of dance
  • High standards of professional instruction in a friendly community atmosphere
  • 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 conveniently located in Needham Center
  • Emphasis on learning ballet with age appropriate performance opportunities (see Our Philosophy for more)

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!

Click here to view Charles River Ballet Academy students dancing "Stars and Stripes Forever" at our June 9, 2012 performance.
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Emily Hrones Umland, Director

(508) 545-1257