The Ballet Academy of Chapel Hill is a pre-professional program for serious dancers that includes Ballet, Pointe, Variations and Pilates. Under the umbrella of Renner Dance Company, students have the opportunity to train heavily in ballet and grow their artistry, while still providing students with the opportunity to be versatile in other styles.


  This company is headed by the Ballet Mistress, Ms. Rossana Nesta, under the umbrella of Renner Dance Company in Chapel Hill. If a dancer is in the Renner Dance Elite company, dancers will be required to take 1 extra day of ballet per week, in addition to the Renner Dance Elite Company Ballet Classes 2 nights per week. You may be a part of The Ballet Academy of Chapel Hill without competing with Renner Dance Company; however dancers attending any other studio in the area and competing under that studio name are not permitted to be a part of the program. 


Dancers selected for this program will have the option to learn a variation in either semi-private lessons (5 or less dancers) or private lessons. All dancers will have the option to compete at the following ballet competitions at Ms. Rossana’s discretion. Not all dancers will be chosen to do a variation at these competitions; however all dancers will learn a variation and perform it at the end of the year ballet showcase on Wednesday, May 18th. If you do NOT want to learn a variation for ballet competitions you will not be charged for private lessons and only charged the tuition for the extra classes.


The two ballet competitions we are looking at attending are:

YAGP in Winston Salem: 1/19-1/22

UBC in Winston Salem: 5/5-5/7



Dancers will be guaranteed 30 mins, 4 times per month of semi-private coaching (5 or less dancers) or private coaching (1 on 1) with Rossana. This private coaching will be either one on one or in semi-private groups of up to 5 students. This extra training will cost $200 per month paid directly to Rossana. The coaching privates will be scheduled either during the week before classes or Friday/Saturdays. There will be a fee of $100 added to your tuition monthly for the extra day of training they will receive. 



$100 per hour / $50 per half hour



Homeschool ballet will also be offered Monday and Wednesdays (for ages 12+) and Tuesdays and Thursdays (for ages 8-11).  Schedule and more information to come.


ROSSANA NESTA-Ballet/Pointe/Variations


Rossana Nesta earned the highest teaching degree given by the Italian Ministry of Education through the Accademia Nazionale di Danza, Rome (Italy). As a dancer, Ms.Nesta  performed in nationally renowned companies in Italy, such as the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and the Company of Balletto di Roma. As a teacher, she started her career at the School of Balletto di Roma. After teaching and performing in Europe for ten years, Mrs. Gahagan moved to the United States where she has taught at the Western Ballet School (CA)the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PA), the Point Park University (PA), the Cary Ballet Conservatory (NC) and later she co-founded the International Ballet Academy in Cary, North Carolina. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 she received the “Outstanding Teacher Award” from the International Ballet Competition and Youth American Grand Prix. In 2013 Mrs.Gahagan was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB) to participate in the Teacher Seminar. Many of Ms. Nesta’s students dance in professional companies, like Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Los Angeles Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Orlando Ballet and Sarasota Ballet.