Snow White



River City Youth Ballet Ensemble, the Official Youth Ballet for the State of WV, presents, SNOW WHITE, adapted from the Brothers Grimm. Boys and girls of all ages are sure to enjoy this captivating ballet of a charming princess saved from the evil deeds of her step-mother, the Queen, by a group of adorable seven dwarfs.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12), all seats are general admission. They can now be purchased in the studio, by calling 304-925-3262, or at the door on December 2.

There is a school performance on Friday, December 2, at 9:15am. Tickets are $4 each per student. Make your reservations now by calling 304-925-3262.

*photo by Mike Winland of Winland Studios*
*performance brought to you in part by Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and Fund for the Arts*

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A Winter World of Imagination




Join River City Youth Ballet Ensemble, Appalachian Children’s Chorus, West Virginia Youth Symphony, and The Clay Center for an imaginary journey through live music, song, and dance.


Tickets are available through the Clay Center box office.


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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.


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Snow Queen

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The Snow Queen

  Celebrate the holidays with River City, 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 Saturday, December 5th at 7:00 pm, at the Koontz Avenue Gym (the old middle school gym), Clendenin, WV.  Admission: $3.00. Tickets will be available at the door. We hope that this delightful production will become a new holiday tradition!

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FestivALL Dance Gala

From FestivALL Charleston  (

This Gala features guest dancers and musicians from Chicago Tap Theatre. Accessible, unique, artistic and entertaining, the Chicago Tap Theatre is known for bridging the gap between various genres of dance. The Charleston Ballet under the direction of Kim Pauley and River City Youth Ballet Ensemble under the direction of Michelle Raider will offer additional classic, traditional and contemporary pieces.

TBA: Tickets $20 on sale at Clay Center April 15,

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Ways you can help!!

Ways you can help at no extra cost to you:

  1. Like us on Facebook, then you’ll see our upcoming events and can share with your family and friends.
  2. Kroger Community RewardsKrogerCommunityRewardsThis program benefits customer and their chosen non-profit group.  Simply go here: and sign into your Kroger account (or create an account if you don’t have one), and enroll in the community rewards program, chose River City Youth Ballet Ensemble Inc or use our ID #80819, then all you have to do is shop at Kroger, swipe your Plus Card when shopping, and they will give back a percentage to RCYBE every quarter at no extra cost to you.  Nor will this will not effect your gas rewards in any way.
  3. If you are a parent, sibling, or grandparent of a dancer… VOLUNTEER!!  We can not make these performances and recitals happen without the help of parent volunteers. From backstage, to costumes, to school mailings, to ushers at the door of performances we can always use the help.  Stop by the office to inquire how you can help through out the year and especially at performances or recital!!


  1. Attend our performances and invite family and friends to attend with you!
  2. Do you own your own business or know a business owner looking for advertising opportunities?   You can advertise in our performance programs for as little as $75 for a business card sized ad per year.   A full page ad only costs $200. Your ad will be featured in two programs at these rates.
  3. Donate!  We welcome donations of any amount and all donations made to RCYBE are tax deductible.  Donations of $100+ are listed on our website donor page and in our performance programs, unless you ask not to be recognized.   All donations go to help provide dancers with scholarships, new costumes, and to help offset other performance costs.  You can make a donation by mailing a check to River City Youth Ballet Ensemble, 4110 MacCorkle Ave SE, Charleston, WV 25304.
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