About CCBS
Central Ohio's Premier Ballet Training Center

Founded by Shir Lee Wu, a nationally and internationally recognized artistic director, master teacher and coach for the past 30 years, Columbus City Ballet School located in central Ohio is a Premier Ballet Training Center for all ages.

CCBS is committed to providing the most up-to-date and well-rounded dance training with a structured teaching syllabus. Through careful and detailed instruction in a nurturing environment, the students at CCBS will receive personal attention from professional, experienced faculty of the highest caliber. Further, the students will be introduced to dedicated and talented guest teachers and choreographers.

The ballet training is based on the universally recognized Russian Vaganova classical ballet system, with Balanchine’s influence, and inspiration. CCBS’s curriculum is designed to take children from their first encounter with movement and music and guide them through the years to become preprofessional dancers.
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The school's emphasis is on developing the “whole person” artistically and emotionally and to help young students build confidence and self-esteem, which will enhance their everyday lives. Whether they choose to pursue a career in dance or simply dance for enjoyment, the self-discipline, poise, and appreciation of the art form that they receive will prepare them for whatever path they choose to follow in their lives. Studying at CCBS is a rewarding experience.

Ms. Wu has raised the standard of excellence in dance training and performance. Through her vision, energy, and love of dance, it is no surprise that CCBS is the place where “the joy of dance,” creativity, and excellence have blended together!
Our History
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Under the leadership and guidance of Shir Lee Wu, CCBS’s dance program is designed to ensure an environment to promote artistic excellence. Students will be taught by a professional faculty that understands the ability of each student so that throughout their training injuries can be prevented.

Her advanced pre-professional students, many of them received scholarships for the summer programs at the most prestigious ballet schools such as School of American Ballet in New York, Houston Ballet Academy, Pacific North West Ballet School, Chautauqua School of Dance, North Carolina Dance Theater-Dance Place, The Juilliard School in New York; ABT Summer Program, Boston Ballet School.
During the past 10 years, Ms. Wu’s advanced ballet students have won gold medals at the Youth American Grand Prix competition in New York, others have placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the YAGP regional competitions; one of her students was a finalist at the 8th Concord De Dance de Paris.
Many of her former students have joined professional companies such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Company, Sarasota Ballet of Florida and BalletMet Columbus. Another student performed in the Broadway production of “The King and I,” which toured England.

Some of her students have gone on to become arts administrators, choreographers, artistic directors of their own schools, or ballet teachers or have chosen to pursue a degree in dance at university.

Ms. Wu has received several awards for her accomplishments in the dance world. In 2003, 2008, 2013 she received the Outstanding Teacher at YAGP Chicago’s competition and in 2004, the Artist Teacher Award from the School of Dance of the Chautauqua Institute.
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She is much in demand as a guest teacher both in the United States and abroad, and has taught students and professionals in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. In the U.S. she has taught at numerous summer programs, including Joffery Ballet Dance Academy in Chicago, School of Dance of Charlotte Ballet, Oleg Briansky- Saratoga Summer Intensive and Sarasota Ballet of Florida’s International Summer School and New American Youth Ballet IN.

Through generous grants from the Turner Foundation in Springfield, Ohio, Ms. Wu realized her dream of bringing dance to students in rural areas and was able to award scholarships to those who are economically challenged. Her outstanding contribution to the arts and young dancers has been recognized and appreciated nationally and internationally. She will continue to inspire her students as she shares her knowledge of 30 years with all who love to dance.