Announcing our summer intensive line up!!

These are summer classes that you do NOT want to miss!!  We have guest master teachers coming from all over the world to teach classes.  All classes are open to commuters, upon approval and placement in classes/levels.  Limited housing may be available.


Auditions, Registrations, and Summer Intensives!

Auditions for AP 1, AP 2, AP 3, Junior Company and Company levels for the 2016-2017 dance season have been scheduled for Saturday, April  9, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. at the studio.  There is a make up date scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 12:45 p.m.

Returning student registration will be held the week of April 11-16 at your regular scheduled class time. We will once again be offering a $10.00 per referral discount to your first months tuition next year. Referrals must be signed up in order to receive this discount. We really appreciate your support!

New student registration will be held Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Also, it’s time to sign up for summer intensives!!  We have options from pre-ballet to advanced level intensives.  You can find download and print a brochure here: 2016 final SUMMER BROCHURE (1)  or pick up a paper copy in the office and get registered today!!

For more information about any upcoming event you can call us at 304-925–3262 or stop by the office at 4110 MacCorkle Ave Se.

Upcoming Events



A collaboration of local youth arts organizations, the River City Youth Ballet Ensemble (RCYBE), the West Virginia Youth Symphony (WVYS), the Appalachian Children’s Chorus (ACC), and the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, combine to form YOUNG @ ART, and present A Winter World of Imagination.  A new mid-winter performance showcasing young talent in the arts from in the region.  This unique presentation is a beautiful live ballet performance of children, from age 7 to 20 years old, performing in three disciplines –ballet dancing, instrumental orchestral music and vocal performance.  A whimsical winter fairy tale theme weaves the performance together and garners excitement, and perhaps inspiration, among school children, young families and the public.

Over 150 RCYBE, WVYS and ACC young artists will perform with each other on stage and in the orchestra pit, delighting young people and adult audience members, alike!

One daytime performances are available for schools, homeschool groups and daycares on Friday, February 26, at 9:30am, tickets are $4 each.  To make reservations for this show please call The Clay Center group sales representative, Dylan Turner.  An evening performance is open to the general public. To purchase tickets, please call the Clay Center box office at 304-561-3570 or visit

February 26, 9:30 am and 7:00 pm

Maier Theater of the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences





Join us for our second annual fundraiser, The Piano Barre Gala on Saturday, March 12, 2016, 6:00 pm at The Charleston Women’s Club, located at 1600 Virginia Street.

The evening will feature live music by Charleston native, Bob Thompson, a Jamaican themed catered dinner, a silent auction, and a cash bar.  Tickets for the evening are $75 each and must be purchased in advance.  To purchase tickets, by cash, check, or charge card, please call 304-925-3262.

The River City Youth Ballet Ensemble is The Official Youth Ballet of WV and takes pride in providing WV dancers for WV audiences.  RCYBE is a 501c registered non-profit organization and a portion of your ticket purchase may be tax deductible. All proceeds raised will go to support River City Youth Ballet Ensemble with miscellaneous performance costs, bringing in guest master teachers from around the world, and providing scholarships to dancers.





Summer intensive information is now available on our calendar!  We will have intensives with guest teachers, Nina Danilova, Lorraine Graves, and Peter Frame in June and August.  Also there will be an intro to ballet camp in June and special two week classes for ballet and hip hop in July. Click here  for the June calendar and more information.  We will have paper registration forms available in the office and the pdf available for download here soon.


The Snow Queen

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Celebrate 20 years and kick off the holiday season with River City Youth Ballet Ensemble, West Virginia’s Official Youth Ballet, in our production of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” with original choreography set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev.  With a cast of fifty young, talented dancers, including thirteen principals, the ballet offers exciting spectacle, a profound moral, and a child-friendly introduction to classical dance and the music of twentieth-century Russia’s greatest composer.

The show opens on Friday, November 13th at 7:00 pm, at the Civic Center Little Theater.  Admission: $12.00 adults, $8.00 children.

There is also a school performance (open to all schools and homeschoolers) on Friday, November 13th at 9:30am, to make your group reservation call 304-925-3262.

One additional show will follow on Saturday, December 5, 7:00 pm, in Clendenin at the Koontz Ave Gym (old middle school gym) at 107 Koontz Ave.  Admission: $3.00. We hope that this delightful production will become a new holiday tradition! Make your reservation today by calling (304) 925-3262 or by emailing

Date:               Friday, November 13th, 2015 (Charleston)

Time:              7:00 pm

Date:               Saturday, December 5, 2015 (Clendenin)

Time:              7:00 pm

Where:            The Cultural Civic Center Little Theater

Tickets:          General Admission and may be purchased at the door.

                        $12.00 adult $8.00 children in Charleston and $3.00 in Clendenin

Contact:         River City Youth Ballet Ensemble (304) 925-3262



Special Musical Theatre Dance Intensive offered!


We are pleased to host RCYBE Alum, Jennifer Lynn Arnold for one week this summer.  She will be teaching a Musical Theatre Dance Intensive at River City Youth Ballet Studio on June 8 – 12 from 9am – 12pm.





Summer Intensives registration is open!

Commuters welcome, limited housing may be available. All classes are open to the public, but approval for levels may be needed.  Download registration form here: 2015 SUMMER BROCHURE(3)

Special 1-Week Program

with Nina Danilova

June 1 June 5, 2015  ~ Monday – Friday

Intermediate (Upon Approval, this also includes RCYBE Jr Company & Company Apprentice)

4:15 – 5:15 pm ~  Cost $125.00

Advanced (Upon approval, this also includes all RCYBE Company)

5:15 – 6:45 pm ~ Cost $125.00


Intro to Ballet Camp

June 1 – June 5, 2015  ~ Monday – Friday

4:15 0 5:30 pm  ~ 3 -5 years old

Cost is $90.10

Class includes creative movement, pre-ballet, terminology, special activities, and snacks

A $20 non-refundable deposit is required and will apply to your tuition.


Special 2-Week Program

June 9 – June 18, 2015

Classes meet each Tuesday & Thursday for 1 hour.

Pre-Ballet (3-5 yrs old)  ~ 4:00 – 4:45 pm

Ballet ( 6-8 yrs old)  ~ 4:45 – 5:45 pm

Ballet 2 ( 9 – 11 yrs old)  ~ 5:45 – 6:45 pm

Apprentice 2 & 3  ~ 6:45 – 7:45 pm

Hip Hop 2 ( 9 -12 yrs. old)  ~ 4:45 – 5:45 pm

Hip Hop 1 ( 7 – 9 yrs old)  ~ 5:45 – 6:45 pm

Hip Hop 3 ( 13+ )  ~ 6:45 – 7:45 pm

All Classes are $53.00 each.  You will receive a discounted rate for enrollment in multiple classes or is you have siblings enrolled.  A $20 non-refundable deposit is required and will apply to your tution.



Special 3 – Day Program

with Valery Lantrov & Lorraine Graves

June 27 – June 29, 2015  ~ Saturday – Monday

Intermediate (Upon approval, includes all RCYBE Jr. Company & Company Apprentices)

Cost $150, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required and will apply to your tuition.

10:00 – 11:30am  ~  Saturday & Monday with Valery

11:-30 – 12:30  ~ Sunday with Valery

11:30 – 12:30  ~  Saturday & Monday with Lorraine

10:00 – 11:30  ~ Sunday with Lorraine


Advanced (Upon Approval, includes all RCYBE Company)

Cost is $150, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required and will apply to your tuition.

10:00am – 11:30  ~  Saturday and Monday with Lorraine

11:30 ~ 12:30 ~ Sunday with Lorraine

11:30 ~ 12:30 ~ Saturday & Monday with Valery

10:00am ~ 11:30  ~ Sunday with Valery


You will have class with each teacher for this price.  Classes will include ballet, character, pointed, and stretching.



Special 4 day Program

with Peter Frame,  New York City Ballet

August 3 – August 6, 2015  ~ Monday – Thursday

Intermediate (Upon Approval, this includes all RCYBE Jr. Company & Company Apprentice)

9:00 am – 10:00 am  ~ Cost is $150


Advanced (Upon Approval, this includes all RCYBE Company)

10:00 am – 11:30 am  ~ Cost is $150

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required and will apply to your tuition.



All classes require a non-refundable deposit, all prices include tax.  Commuters welcome, limited housing is available.


Open Classes

Open classes for all RCYBE Jr. Company, Company Apprentice, and Company levels will be held in the month of July.  Classes are $10 each and times will be announced in July.  Please call the studio and listen to message for days and times. and check back here for updated information.