"To see Michael and Olga in action is an inspiration. What they bring out of young aspiring dancers is sheer magic. ... Their expertise is integral."
- Desmond Richardson - CoFounder/ CoArtistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet
The mission of the Robert Ivey Ballet Academy is to provide every child with the highest-level training possible in a safe and friendly environment. We accept students from kindergarten to adult, and registration is open year round. The Robert Ivey Ballet Academy puts its focus on the art of classical ballet and offers classes in technique, pointe, partnering, variations, and modern dance. Our students have regular opportunities to perform in both children/school productions. The Robert Ivey Ballet Academy holds its instructors to an international standard of excellence, and classes are Vaganova based. There is a focus on providing students an understanding of the technique behind classical ballet, while nurturing their artistic development as well as their strength of character.
Robert Ivey Ballet Academy brings a renewed belief in the arts, improves arts education, and enriches where we live. Directors Michael and Olga Wise brings expertise of the world’s greatest ballet companies to Charleston, believing that Charleston deserves to have a ballet company that lives and breaths the classics, but also looks to the future.
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.