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Discover the Difference

Chicago Ballet Arts (CBA) was founded in 1986 and was born from a desire to create a school that infused the rigor of a 

pre-professional dance program with an inclusive, nurturing environment. The original focus of providing access and opportunity to high quality ballet training for all with the desire to learn is still central to this non-profit organization's mission today. CBA served Chicago's north and northwest neighborhoods for over 34 years before moving to Evanston, IL in the fall of 2020. In addition to its long standing Preparatory and Pre-Professional Divisions, the school now includes two performance ensembles and Enrichment and Adult Divisions, which provide expanded offerings for a range of dancers, ages 2 and up. The Pre-Professional Division has been recognized for its Balanchine-influenced curriculum and features live musical accompaniment. CBA alumni have gone on to prestigious university dance programs and professional dance careers and its current students are accepted into some of the country’s top summer intensives each year. The founding principles of diversity and inclusion remain core values and the school is proud to continue its dedication to quality and community in its home at 915 Foster St.


36 years of providing
classical ballet training

Highly qualified instructors

Guest teachers from professional companies


Live accompaniment by

skilled musicians

multiple performance opportunities

master classes, Intensives
and Special events


Family feel

inclusive environment

No audition required

Small class sizes


Evanston Location with proximity to Chicago and the Northern Suburbs

Free parking & easy access to public transit

3 professional dance studios

Chicago Ballet Arts' programs are partially supported by a grant from the Evanston Arts Council, a city agency supported by the City of Evanston, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

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Photo Credits: Pointe Dance Photography & KT Miller Photography
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