New ABA Faculty Member: Welcome Tara Pilbrow!

Tara will be teaching our B5-7 Contemporary classes! We’re thrilled to have her as part of the ABA team!

Born in Hong Kong in 1979, Tara studied dance at Laban Centre before going to Oxford to complete a degree in Chinese Studies. While in China for her degree course, Tara studied with some of Asia’s leading dance companies: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Beijing Modern Dance Company and CCDC, Hong Kong.

On her return to Oxford she joined Baser Dance Company with whom she conitnued to perform for five years. On leaving Oxford Tara spent four months in New York studying at Dance Space Center and dancing for choreographer Juliette Mapp. She then settled in Paris where she lived for ten years, working with a number of dance companies (including Cie Jacky Auvray, Cie Longuelouve, Prisme International, Cie Gilschamber, Cie Les Orpailleurs) as well as creating her own work.

Tara moved to the Bay Area in January 2017, making her home in Alameda. In 2018 she joined the board of Alameda non profit West End Arts District. She initiated the Animate Alameda Project with the aim of proliferating and promoting dance performance in Alameda.Two years later she accepted a role as executive director, expanding and diversifying the organization. WEAD produces free community dance and music events, visual arts projects, and provides financial support to local artists.

Learn more about Tara.


New Adult Ballet 6-WK Series: Enroll Today!

March/April 6-week Adult Ballet Series now open for registration! Choose from 3 classes with Julie Lowe: Intro to Adult Ballet (Tuesdays 7-8pm), Ballet Body Toning (Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm), and Beginning Adult Ballet (Thursdays 7-8:15pm). Classes fill up FAST so don’t delay!


2023 Summer Camps & Classes Announced! Enroll Today!


Act fast to get our early bird discount by entering ‘ABASummerFun’ at checkout for 10% off! Offer ends March 1, 2023.


All Camps are for Ages 4-11 (Split into two age groups)

& Run M-F, 9 AM-NOON

July 10-14: Theme Camp Week 1: Sleeping Beauty
July 17-21: Theme Camp Week 2: Swan Lake
July 24-28: Theme Camp Week 3: Hansel & Gretel

Along with their daily dance class, children learn about and watch a different famous classical ballet each week. They explore their own creativity through exercise in movement concepts. Students also learn valuable lessons about anatomy, nutrition, dance history and vocabulary.


Ballet tights, leotard and shoes. Hair must be secured in a neat bun or pulled back if too short. Ballet skirts are allowed but please, no tutus. Shop our online boutique!


$225 – 1 week

$430 – 2 weeks

$625 – 3 weeks

There is a non-refundable fee of $75 if your student enrolls then cancels.

To receive any type of refund, you must cancel your enrollment at least 7 days before the first day of camp.


8-week Saturday Summer Sessions

Dance with Me: 9:30-10:15 am, Ages 3-4

Pre-Ballet: 10:30-11:15 am, Ages 4-5+

Ballet 1: 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Ages 6-7+


Elks Breakfast with ACB

Our Nutcracker Pancake Breakfast has become a Valentines Breakfast! Join us Sunday, February 12 from 8:30-11:30 for a delicious breakfast supporting Alameda Civic Ballet. Fun for the whole family!

Location: The Alameda Elks Lodge at 2255 Santa Clara Ave.


New Faculty Member for Spring 2023!

Welcome Ms. Nicole Townsend, who will teach our Ballet 5-7 dancers on Mondays & Wednesdays in the new year!

Nicole Townsend (she/her) was born in San Jose, California. She began dancing at age 2 and at an early age she realized that her true love was ballet. She began her formal ballet training at Ballet San Jose at age 7 under the direction of Lise la Cour.  At age 15, she went on to extend her training for the next three and a half years at City Ballet School in San Francisco. There she danced many roles ranging from Le Corsaire Pas de trois to Spanish, Arabian and Mirliton leads in the Nutcracker as well as Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty. She moved away from home at age 18 to train with Marat Daukayev in Los Angeles and performed Paquita duets, variation and grand pas corps. Ms.Townsend was then awarded a scholarship to the Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) 2019 summer intensive and was subsequently accepted into their Professional Division Program. While at Pacific Northwest Ballet she learned many Balanchine variations such as “Divertimento .15” and “Who Cares?” She also performed “the Nutcracker” with the Company and performed the roles of Spanish, Chinese, Grandma, Snow and Flowers. After Nicole’s first year as a Professional Division student she was awarded a full scholarship to Paris Opera Ballet 2020 summer intensive through PNB and then was  later a recipient of the American Friends of Paris Opera Ballet Scholarship Award in 2020. During the Covid quarantine, Nicole completed her second year with PNB over Zoom and then was accepted into Kansas City Ballet Second Company (KCBII)  where she performed in Devon Carney’s “The Nutcracker,” Michael Pink’s “Dracula” and  Septime Webre’s “Wizard of Oz.” She also performed numerous second company presentations and danced “Raymonda,” “Serenade” and Spanish Lead from the Nutcracker. After her time with Kansas City Ballet she was accepted to the Dutch National Summer Program in Amsterdam where she learned the Wedding Pas from Ernst Meisner and performed other pieces from “Sleeping Beauty.”. Currently, Nicole is continuing her ballet career as a member of Oakland Ballet Company and recently performed as the Snow Queen in Alameda Civic Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

Nutcracker Tickets Now on Sale


Saturday, Dec 3, 2 PM
Sunday, Dec 4,  2 PM

Castro Valley Center for the Arts
19501 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley

We are back and ready to delight! This holiday season prepare to be transported on a magical journey with Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. From the heroic battle against the Mouse King, travel through the Land of the Snowflakes and on to the Kingdom of the Sweets. There you will meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and be entertained by the wonders of the Land of Enchantment. Choreographed by Artistic Director Abra Rudisill with gorgeous costumes and beautiful sets – all to the classic Tchaikovsky score – this is a production sure to bring out the child in all of us. Whether this is your first time seeing a Nutcracker production or it is a time-honored holiday tradition, make ACB’s 15th Annual Nutcracker part of your holiday festivities.

Families are welcome to these performances, but everyone will need a ticket. Babies on laps are not permitted. Please use your best judgement as to whether your child can sit quietly through a 2 hour performance. Thank you.


Calling all Teens! Want to learn Ballet?

This year, ABA is offering 2 levels for teens (ages 12-17) who want to learn Ballet or pick it back up from when they were younger!

Introduction to Teen Ballet

Mondays, 5-6:15 pm (starts Sept 12)

Beginning Teen Ballet

Wednesdays, 5-6:25 pm (starts Sept 7)


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