NEW! ABA Team Jackets!

Just in time for the Fall weather! New Alameda Ballet Academy/Alameda Civic Ballet team jackets. Customize yours with your name embroidered on the front. All proceeds support our nonprofit organization, Alameda Civic Ballet!


Nutcracker Auditions!

Save-the-date for Nutcracker Auditions. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the magic! Performances will be December 2 & 3, 2023 at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts.

A Note from Emilie, ABA Director of Operations

Dear ABA Families,

I hope you are having a good summer & are gearing up for your return to ABA on August 21!

I would like to let you know that I have recently moved out-of-state (Hawaii!), but will continue my position remotely. You may see me during performance season, and will still receive regular communications from me. 🙂

To help with on-site duties, we have a wonderful new Office Manager, Susan Hughes, who you can read about below.

I will miss the ABA students dearly but know they are in good hands with with our new and returning teachers & staff. Hope to see you all soon!

Much Love, Emilie

Meet Susan, ABA Office Manager

Susan Hughes is delighted to join the ABA/ACB administrative team. She has called Alameda home since 2012. Raised in Annapolis, MD, she spent a decade in New York City as a performing artist with the Saratoga International Theatre Institute, followed by a two-year stint in Los Angeles. She has spent extensive time teaching, subbing, and volunteering in the Alameda school district, where her daughters attend Alameda High School. Susan earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science in December 2022, and is a recent hire at the San Leandro Public Library. She is looking forward to being a part of the upcoming Alameda Ballet Academy season.


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.

Employment Opportunity at ABA! P/T Office Manager

We’re hiring! Interested candidates should send cover letter/resume to


Employee; Part-Time (20-30 hrs/wk) with opportunity for growth!
$18-$25/hour depending on experience
Start: Mid-June 2023 (start date negotiable)
Hybrid (remote & in person)


ALAMEDA BALLET ACADEMY, 1402 Park St., Alameda, CA, is seeking an experienced and self-motivated part-time Office Manager to join our team. The Office Manager will work closely with our Director of Operations and the school’s Artistic Director/Owner. This position has the possibility of growing into a full-time role.

Eligible applicants will have experience with studio management and scheduling. They will be detail-oriented, a skilled communicator, and will serve a warm, friendly point of contact for our families and faculty.

Ideal on-site availability would be weekday late afternoon/evening + Saturdays approx. 9:15am-early afternoon. Remaining hours could be done remotely.

Required Skills

  • Proven experience as an Office Manager, Front Office Manager or Administrative Assistant
  • Knowledge of Office Administrator responsibilities, systems and procedures
  • Proficiency with Google Office Suite
  • Hands on experience with office machines (e.g. printer, laminator, stereo equipment)
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multitask and prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills, esp for events/performances
  • A creative mind with an ability to suggest improvements
  • High School degree; additional qualification as an Administrator will be a plus

Bonus Skills (Not Required) 

  • Experience working with a Dance School, or other Arts organization
  • Dance background (teaching and choreography opportunities available)
  • Experience working with children in an educational or after-school environment.


About ABA 

Alameda Ballet Academy and its affiliate performing company, Alameda Civic Ballet, were founded in 2003 by the Artistic Director, Abra Rudisill. Both the school and company were created to impart the best elements of the classical ballet tradition to local dance students and the surrounding community. In her lessons and leadership, Rudisill draws upon her 20 years of experience as a Prima Ballerina and Ballet Mistress with Oakland Ballet, and she seeks to carry on her artistic lineage through the education of Bay Area youth.

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.


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