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Creating Dancers Since 1978

Ballet Classes in
Charleston & West Ashley

Whether you're a tiny tot taking their first steps in our creative movement classes, a teen exploring different dance styles, or an adult seeking to express yourself through dance, we have something for you. Our passionate instructors are experienced in teaching and guiding dancers of all ages, fostering a supportive and inspiring environment. Embrace the joy of movement and join us in the studio, where age is just a number and the rhythm knows no bounds.

young ballet dancers in class at robert ivey ballet

"The symphony is our voice, the fine arts museums our eyes, the dramatic theaters our minds, and dance our body. The arts in Charleston help to create a city where people want to live and grow."

- Michael Wise | Co-director

Why Dance With Us?

Whether you seek to refine your technique, build confidence, pursue a career in dance, or simply take up a new hobby, Robert Ivey Ballet offers personalized attention, performance opportunities, and a genuine sense of community. Join us on this inspiring journey where passion meets purpose, and let us guide you toward unlocking your full potential as a dancer.

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Meet Our Directors

We have visionary directors who have a deep understanding of the dance industry and a commitment to fostering a nurturing environment and a wealth of knowledge and leadership to guide our studio. Their extensive experience as performers, educators, and choreographers enables them to curate a diverse range of dance programs, ensuring our students receive comprehensive training and exposure to various styles and techniques.

Michael Wise director of Robert Ivey Ballet

Michael Wise

Co-Director | Ballet Master

Mr. Wise was born in Charleston and studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 1988 Mr. Wise was asked to train in Budapest as the Hungarian representative in international ballet competitions. He then joined the Moscow Classical Ballet, and was then promoted to Principal Dancer - the only American to have held this position in a major Soviet ballet company. In 1990, the Russian government awarded him the Tchaikovsky Diploma for continuous high levels of Technique and Artistry. After Russia, Mr. Wise continued to perform internationally as a Principal Dancer. Mr. Wise has taught ballet for over 20 years, prepared many students for international ballet competitions and professional careers.


Olga Wise

Co-Director | Ballet Mistress

Olga Tchoub Wise is a native of Moscow, Russia. Mrs. Wise graduated from the Bolshoi Choreographic Institute with a Masters Degree in the Fine Arts. In 1990 she accepted an offer to join the Moscow Classical Ballet as a soloist. She went on to work as a Principal Dancer with internationally known dancers and companies. She is a highly sought-after Master Teacher and Choreographer, and has frequently judged classical ballet competitions.

The Studio That Creates Professionals

Robert Ivey Ballet is one of the only studios in Charlestons that trains dancers and creates professional ballet dancers. Through their expertise, mentorship, and personalized guidance, they provide the essential tools and techniques needed to cultivate the skills, artistry, and professionalism required for a successful career in dance. Here are a few of our alumni:


Dollie Powell

Alabama Ballet 

Christina Duffy alumni of Robert Ivey Ballet

Mary Claire Whitley

Twin Cities Ballet


Christina Duffy

Arles Youth Ballet Company


Kyle Peterson

Alabama Ballet 


Tefvik Vatansever

International Guest Dancer

Allie Dunchack

Pittsburgh Ballet Theater

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