​Chicago Ballet Arts' mission is to provide a structured, affordable ballet program with high professional standards for Chicago's diverse north and northwest communities. In the process, we strive to instill in our students a love of dance, a respect for the classical disciplines necessary in a performing art, and an expanded capacity for excellence.

Through our family concerts and open studio policy, we hope to encourage parental and community involvement in the efforts of our students, so that their success can be viewed as part of the permanent fabric of family and community life, and can stand as an open example of the relationship between rigor and achievement. 

Chicago Ballet Arts is co-directed by Patti Eylar and Leslie Saunders.


Chicago Ballet Arts, founded by Clare Carmichael (Director Emeritus), is a non-profit, community outreach program which has served Chicago's north and northwest neighborhood children and young adults since 1986. The program began at Montay College, where it flourished for eight years. In 1994, Montay College closed. In order to save the ballet program, a new location was sought in the neighborhoods it was designed to serve.

In 1995, Chicago Ballet Arts leased space at St. Scholastica in west Rogers Park. Garden level areas were fully renovated into two professionally equipped studios, a small dressing room, office space and waiting room. Expansion into additional studio space was completed in the summer of 2002. Chicago Ballet Arts has continued to grow with new students entering the program each year. It now serves serious classical ballet students from the surrounding communities and is proud to have alumni pursuing dance both in college and professionally.

Chicago Ballet Arts is interested in continuing its growth, in keeping its programs affordable and its standards professional, and promoting awareness and understanding of the arts by being a strong cultural
presence in the community.

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Photo Credits: Pointe Dance Photography and Friends of CBA.

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