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 Workshop Performance! Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7 pm, Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 1 pm and 4 pm at Regis College Fine Arts Center, 243 Wellesley Street, Weston MA 02493. Tickets available at the door and through starting in May, 2019. Come be inspired by talented young people from our community in this beautiful performance!!!  The show will feature authentic classical excerpts as well as exciting new contemporary dances.  Lovely music and costumes along with exquisite dancing and choreography will make the show a hit with everyone old and young.  The running length is approximately two hours and ten minutes including one fifteen minute intermission.  Children are welcome but must be at least three years old.  There will be an opportunity for children in the audience to Meet the Dancers in costume at intermission.

Charles River Ballet Academy presents its Young Choreographers Exhibition! Friday, November 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Studio A (First Parish Church, 23 Dedham Avenue, Needham) 28 dances in 45 minutes created by the dancers. Come see, it's free!

Charles River Ballet Academy performs in New Years Needham! December 31, 2019 at Powers Hall at Needham Town Hall.




  • 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