Radford University Ballet Youth


The Radford University Department of Dance Ballet Youth Program (RUBY) strives to provide rigorous ballet training to aspiring dancers ages 3-18 from within the Radford University and surrounding communities. In doing so, RUBY gives its students unique performance opportunities through its direct association with the Radford University Ballet Theatre.

RUBY’s goals & objectives are to:

  • introduce and familiarize aspiring dancers to the Vaganova method
    of Ballet training
  • instill a sense of self -confidence and self worth
  • facilitate collaboration and camaraderie with the Radford University and
    surrounding communities through a celebration of the arts
  • provide students the opportunity to work with highly trained dance
  • foster a safe and encouraging environment
  • offer performance opportunities alongside dancers from the Radford
    University Department of Dance and international guest artists.

The curriculum of the RU Ballet Youth Program is based on the syllabus of the world-renowned Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. This training is celebrated for producing dancers with the perfect combination of physical strength and grace. It has produced such luminaries in the dance world as Rudolph Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gorge Balanchine, and Natalia Makarova.

Radford University ballet faculty Inessa Plekhanova directs the RUBY Program. Principal faculty, Aleksey Plekhanov, teaches the Intermediate/Advanced ballet class which will include pointe technique. These highly qualified professionals are all graduates of the Vaganova Ballet Academy. One of the most important aspects of this youth program is its close affiliation with Radford University Department of Dance. These students have ample opportunity to perform in RU Ballet Theatre productions including The Nutcracker and An Evening of Ballet.

For information please contact us via email: dnce-byp@radford.edu or by telephone at (540) 831-6337 or (540) 831-5186.



RUBY’s Fall Semester 2015 starts on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Important Dates:

Registration Day: Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, 11 a.m. to noon in the Trinkle Hall Lounge

All tuition and fees are due on registration day.

Sept. 8 to Dec. 7, 2015 (fall semester)
Feb. 1 to April 29, 2016 (spring semester)
April 30, 2016 – Annual RUBY Showcase

Break Dates:
Week of Nov. 23, 2015 (Thanksgiving Break)
Week of March 7, 2016 (Spring Break)

Schedule of Classes (Fall 2015/Spring 2016)

Creative Dance (Pre-Ballet) I (ages 3-4) Monday from 5-6 p.m.
Creative Dance (Pre-Ballet) II (ages 5-6) Monday from 6-7 p.m.
Ballet R (ages 7-11) Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Ballet U (ages 12-14), Tuesday, Thursday from 6:30-8:15 p.m. and Wednesday from 6-7:45 p.m.
Tap Dance I (ages 4-6), Wednesday from 5-6 p.m.
Tap Dance II (ages 7-12), Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.
Jazz Dance, Monday from 4-5 p.m.

Note: Class schedule may change due to enrollment numbers.

Program Costs and Fees

Registration Fee: $10
Pre-Ballet - $110/one semester
Tap I - $110/one semester
Tap II - $110/one semester
Ballet R - $250/one semester
Ballet U - $280/one semester

Tuition Discounts will be provided to families:

  • with more than one child enrolled
  • with a child enrolled in more than one class



There will be open enrollment through the academic year unless class enrollment maximums are met. Children must be at least 3 years old to enroll. Students are placed in Pre-Ballet I, Pre-Ballet II, and level R based on age without audition. However, placement in levels U and B will be based on age and level of preparation. The Audition for levels U and B is required, held by appointment and is open to students age 12 and up. For more information regarding enrollment, audition, and class schedules, please contact us via email: dnce-byp@radford.edu or by telephone at (540) 831-6337 or (540) 831-5186

Note: Enrollment is open year-round.


Female students are required to have their hair pulled back in a bun whenever length allows, and are required to wear pink ballet tights and pink ballet shoes with a solid, dark-colored leotard.

Male students are required to wear black tights, black ballet shoes and white T-shirt without design, OR black tights, white crew socks, white ballet shoes and white T-shirt.

Inclement Weather Policy

If Radford City Schools are closed, classes will be canceled. Otherwise all parents will be notified via email by 1 p.m. if classes are canceled due to inclement weather.