It is for good reason Ms. Ristow's achievements are recognized.  She has a professional knowledge which she communicates easily.

~Galina Zakrutkina,
Kirov Ballet Soloist, Certified Vaganova Pedagogue

S. (3) has been so happy with dance class. She wishes she could go every day. I've never seen her so inspired, attentive and engaged.
Thank you and her other instructors, Morgan and Olivia, for helping this experience be positive and life fulfilling for S. ~Ballet U Parent

From day one -- as an adult beginner who had never taken ballet -- I felt completely accepted, empowered, and supported. The instructors are all absolutely inspiring women who create a warm, inclusive atmosphere in their classes at every level. Every class, I leave feeling more positive, strong, and centered. Whether you are a professional or a complete beginner, you are made to feel like you belong -- and you are challenged to be your own personal best. I can not recommend this studio and these instructors enough! ~Ballet U Adult Student

Stephanie and Charmaine have done an incredible job creating a studio focused on teaching technical and personal excellence.  ~Nicole Novak, Dance Teacher and Choreographer

The Ballet U approach to dance is truly special! My daughter has been under the tuteledge of Miss Charmaine for three years now and it has been amazing to see her grow--not only as a dancer of ballet, but as a young adult. Miss Charmaine's individualized instruction is allowing my daughter to realize her dreams of becoming a dancer. The environment is supportive, the instruction excellent, and the relationship between my daughter and her teacher is invaluable.
~Ballet U Parent
T. adores Ms. Charmaine at Ballet University. She is truly amazing and has the ability to make it fun for kids of all ages to enjoy learning the correct form and technique. The most impressive thing to my husband and myself, being scientists, is that Charmaine draws upon science texts, x-rays, etc to show the correct form and describe WHY it is important to do it properly. At our daughter's first class, we learned why buns are "Important" not just tradition. We highly recommend her and Ballet U.
~Ballet U Parent


I appreciated that you chose to give clear, uncluttered combinations that allowed a focus on and discussion of technical theory. Often Master Classes seem designed to impress rather than empower, yours did the latter!
~Robin Pettersen

Dance Program Coordinator, Professor, UW Whitewater Dance Department

Charmaine is a knowledgeable, hard working, dedicated doer.  She has knowledge of being a good teacher, with a great business mind, a personal touch and a smiling even attitude; she respects dance and is respected by her peers. She can create schools and companies with tremendous ease.

~Jean Paul Comelin,
International Freelance Artist and former director of the Milwaukee and Arizona Ballets and Ballet du Nord, choreographer to the Stuttgart Ballet

Ms. Charmaine teaches the fundamentals of ballet in such an enjoyable manner. My girls look forward to class each week and they have learned a tremendous amount this year. ~Ballet U Parent

I can't thank you enough for welcoming me and teaching me so much. Coming here has been valuable to my body, mind and soul. I feel I have grown exponentially as an individual. ~Adult Student

Ms. Charmaine is the most inspiring teacher I ever met. Her enthusiasm and her love for every single child and dancer as well as her teaching skills are outstanding. ~Ballet U Parent

[Since moving away from Madison] ... I have tried 3 ballet schools, but none is as good as yours. I hope that I will find something better in Boston, but I am sure it won't have the same excellent quality of training as I had with you.  ~Previous Adult Student

Not only do my 2 daughters study ballet at Ballet U, but I also take lessons in one of the beginning adult classes. The smaller class sizes offer the opportunity for a lot of personal attention and feedback in technique, with a focus on really understanding the physiology behind the moves in order to dance safely and avoid injury. My daughters enjoy the classes very much, have fun with their classmates while getting excellent instruction in classical ballet from a truly top-notch instructor. The teen/adult class I attend is high quality but low pressure--perfect for someone like me who danced as as a child, but also the right beginning place for someone who wants to explore another method for exercise. Ms. Charmaine takes her role as teacher/mentor seriously, and truly cares about her students' health and growth both in the world of dance, and the world at large.
~Ballet U Adult Student and Parent