Registration for Winter-Spring Ballet 2002 and Summer Ballet 2022 is now open !!

Click here to see our 1 minute video showing how we currently incorporate Fun and Safety at the Studio!

Our in studio classes have been running consistently since July 2020 with Covid safety protocol in place. Please email us for more details on the current protocol. We will continue to make updates as more public health guidance becomes available.


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! Dancers will perform to a limited capacity live audience with safety protocols in place on June 11,12, and 13, 2021 at the Fine Arts Center at Regis College! Contact us at for more information.

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