Submitted by Centralia Ballet Academy

Even before the pandemic, Centralia Ballet Academy was facing an uncertain future. Construction plans by the owner of their current location forced them to look for a new home. Then other complications canceled a production of The Sleeping Beauty that many of their dancers were going to participate in. And finally, in March, the studio, along with much of the world, had to shut down. Their last in-person class was on Saturday, March 14.

On Monday, September 14, exactly six months later, Centralia Ballet Academy will open its doors once again to in-studio classes at their new location at 1629 Kresky Ave., across from the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds. They will also begin classes at their second location at Allen Creek in Napavine. And not only did CBA find a new home, but they also added a third location in Morton.

Centralia Ballet Academy
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In addition to the new studios, CBA has added new teachers, including the director of the Oregon Ballet Theatre 2 company. They will also be putting together a filmed version of The Nutcracker that will be available to rent or purchase on Amazon Prime. Auditions will take place on Saturday, September 19. This performance will also be a part of Nutcracker Night, a nationwide event to help families enjoy the holiday ballet at home while raising money for arts programs and restaurants.

Oh yes, they will also be offering their first month of classes free for all new and returning students. This last thing was accomplished through donations, savings, and money from the sales of t-shirts that were designed by studio owner Mickey Gunter.

If you would like more information about classes, their free tuition program, or Nutcracker auditions, go to, or you can call/text them at 360-623-9010.

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