WHY CHOOSE US
1. Our "What If......Money Back" Guarantee
Our "What If....Money Back" Guarantee takes the worry out of "what if my child doesn't like it?" If as a first time enrollee, you are not satisfied for any reason you have up to the 4th lesson to obtain a full refund.* *Applies to dance lessons only.
2. FREE Year-End Recital
Our year-end spring recital is absolutely free. There are no costumes to buy, no tickets to pay for, and no video to purchase. The year-end recital should be your reward, and it is our way of saying thank you!
3. A Program That Has a National Reputation For Excellence
Our program is specifically designed for both the recreational dancer who wants to just have fun and the serious student who is looking for a dance-related career. From beginning through advanced levels, students receive the same degree of attention and instruction. Our students have received scholarships to American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. Our former students have danced or are now dancing with Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Twyla Tharp Dance Company, national tours of Broadway shows, cruise ships, and in Las Vegas.
4. Over 40 Years of Experience
Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet has been serving the community since the late sixties and has been owned and operated by Debra and Joel Rogo since 1987. Ms. Rogo was the Artistic Director of the Omaha Ballet and is an associate of the International Society of Teachers of Dancing of the Cecchetti Society.
5. "State of the Art" Facility
Our facility features 4 large music rooms and 5 spacious dance studios with comfortable parent viewing with large windows, vaulted ceilings, and color-corrected lighting. Most importantly, each studio has "floating" floors which guard against injury and fatigue. The basket-weave design of our floors is superior to any other floating/raised floor design and is used by professional dance companies worldwide. It provides a consistent cushion of air between the dancer and the sub-floor.
The dance surface is the finest vinyl composite dance floor available, commonly referred to as a marley floor. Vinyl composite floors allow dancers to slide, with a degree of controlled slip, but it is not slippery so there is less risk of falls and injuries. Top quality vinyl composite floors, now standard for the industry, provide a safe dance surface to help prevent injuries.
6. A Well-Defined Curriculum
Our entire faculty follows carefully developed day-by-day lesson plans based on a syllabus derived from the Vaganova and Cecchetti methods. The syllabus gives careful consideration to the anatomical capabilities and limitations of each individual dancer, as correct training is vital to develop a body with superior coordination and flexibility without injury.
7. Home of the Nutcracker
The Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet is the home of the Mid-Columbia Ballet and its annual production of the Nutcracker. With a cast of over one hundred fifty, the Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for thousands of Tri-Citians and is one of the largest and most popular performance events in the area.
8. Home of the Mid-Columbia Ballet
Other performing opportunities are found in the Mid-Columbia Ballet, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Mid-Columbia Ballet performs at events throughout the Tri-Cities, in the public schools, and attends ballet festivals throughout the U.S.
9. Dance Wear Store on the Premises
The Dance Boutique is conveniently located in the same building as the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet. It has the largest selection of quality, name-brand dance wear in Southeastern Washington and a reputation for expert pointe (toe) shoe fitting.
10. Immediate Customer Service
Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet has office staff available to answer all of your questions from 12pm to 7pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 3 pm on Saturday.