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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.

** Contact us today to learn about free trial class opportunities. **


Pre-Professional Training

Highly qualified instructors

Live Piano Accompaniment
Skilled Musicians

Accomplished Alumni


No Auditions Required

multiple performance opportunities

master classes, Intensives
and Special events


Inclusive Environment

Individual Attention

Audition Guidance & Support

Free Parking & Easy access to public transit


38 Years Serving Chicagoland

Evanston Location with proximity to Chicago and the Northern Suburbs

Guest Teachers from professional companies

Chicago Ballet Arts is grateful to be the recipient of a Cook County Nonprofit Relief Grant. This opportunity is supported by Cook County Arts, an initiative of the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development made possible with American Rescue Plan Act funds.

2024-25 programming is partially supported by a grant from the Evanston Arts Council, a city agency supported by the City of Evanston, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

Photo Credits: Pointe Dance Photography & KT Miller Photography
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