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Charlottesville Ballet


Founded in 2007 with a unique mission for dancer wellness, Charlottesville Ballet is the only full-time professional dance company in the Charlottesville area. Co-Directors Sara Clayborne and Emily Hartka are committed to elevating professional ballet with a healthy working environment for the artists.



As a nonprofit, we come to Blue Ridge Bank with questions about reserve accounts, grant funds, and tuition. They have been so incredible every step of the way. When we ask questions as ballerinas and dancers, Blue Ridge Bank knows the answers. It is wonderful to have a bank that is flexible and available to us. -Emily Hartka Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Charlottesville Ballet


Working with nonprofits is an integral part of being a community bank and being involved in the community. Banking becomes fun when you're working with somebody who greatly impacts the community. As our relationship with the Charlottesville Ballet has grown, we've always asked, "How can we support you?"  -Chris Scharnbeck AVP, Business Banking