About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to educate, inspire and transform dancers of all ages through the study of classical ballet and complementary dance forms. Reshaping the mind and body takes discipline and strength. CBA is dedicated to helping each individual achieve this goal.


Classical Ballet Academy is located in the heart of Sellwood in a building owned/operate by our founder Sarah Rigles. Inside we have three, bright, studios for all our variety of dance classes and a small office.

We have been training and inspiring exceptional dancers for more than twelve years now. It is not your average neighborhood ballet school. The school attracts dancers from all over the Portland area, all of them drawn by CBA’s excellent offerings: outstanding faculty, diverse dance training and styles, professional performance and competition opportunities, and a commitment to nurturing dancers of all backgrounds and experience levels.

Our Hours of Operation

Office Hours:

Monday 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Tuesday 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Wednesday 3:00pm – 7:15pm
Thursday 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday Closed

Studio Hours:

Monday 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Tuesday 11:30am –  9:00pm
Wednesday 10:30am – 9:30pm
Thursday 10:30am – 9:00pm
Friday 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 10:30am – 3:30pm

Our Faculty

What people are saying

Our Amazing Alumni

Pre-Professional dancers at CBA are constantly awarded full scholarships to study at prestigious summer dance programs, yearlong programs and colleges.  Dancers have accepted scholarships to elite places like: The Alvin Ailey School in NYC, Marymount Manhattan in NYC, Ballet West in Utah, Houston Ballet in TX and The Bolshoi Ballet in Russia. Find out more about our Amazing Alumni…

Important Studio Dates/Closures

September 6th: Classes Begin
October 31st: Closed at 5:00pm for Halloween
November 23rd-27th: Closed for Thanksgiving
December 19th-24th: Closed for Winter Shows
December 25th-January 6th: Closed for Winter Break
March 27th-April 2nd: Closed for Spring Break
May 16th-21st: Closed for Spring Shows
May 29th: Closed for Memorial Day
June 24th: Last Day of Classes – Summer Schedule Starts