Can a ballet academy move its classes completely online? Yes! We were so inspired by Charlottesville Ballet and their co-founder, Sara Clayborne, we decided to interview her about the rapid and successful transition from the studio to Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out our video of the full interview, read the interview transcript, or our story below.

The Charlottesville Ballet — a nonprofit organization in Charlottesville, Virginia that Clayborne and co-founder Emily Hartka started in 2007 — includes a professional company of highly skilled dancers, an outreach and engagement program, and an academy that offered 99 classes per week pre-pandemic and served about 600 students. When Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued the Executive Order for businesses like the ballet school to shut its doors in March, to say that moving nearly 100 classes to Zoom was a challenge is an understatement. 

Sara Clayborne

Sara Clayborne, Co-Founder Charlottesville Ballet

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