Richmond, Virginia 

Known for its history, Richmond is the South's creative center. Within the newly designated Arts District, festivals and events are held year-round. There is always something exciting to explore. Choose from performances at CenterStage, a local theater cmpany, one of the area's music venues such as The National, or relax to the sounds of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Better yet, enjoy the Richmond Ballet, who recently showcased their expertise in London, England. Be sure to pack walking shoes so you can enjoy the some of the city's walking and hiking trails along James River, historic canals, or the Richmond Slave Trail. Remember to bring your appetite to feast at one of the area's amazing restauraunts in neighborhoods that showcase the city's varied architecture. 

Air Transportation: Richmond International Airport (RIC) offers a myraid of ground transportation options to get you to and from the airport- affordably and on time. The airport's central location offers easy access to 1-64, I-295, Pocahontas 895, and I-85 and is only a few short minutes from downtown Richmond. 

Sedan Service: James River Transportation staffs a customer service counter in the terminal tro assist with executive sedan and limousine service for the traveling public and shared-ride service for military travelers to and from local bases such as Fort Lee and Fort Eustis. To schedule travel with James Rier Transportation, please call 804-249-1052. 

Taxi Sevice: Like most large cities, Richmond offers reliable and affordable taxi service. You can find taxis at the airport in the center section of the lower level curbside, adjacent to the North and South parking garages (folliw the Ground Transportation signs). Service runs from first flight departure to last flight arrival. Each listed operator offers wheelchair-accessible vehicles. For rate information, please contact any of the following companies: 

Airport Taxi: 804-233-4444, Galaxy Cab Co.:804-560-4408, Richmond Flyer Taxi: 804-914-5544

Public Transportation: The greater Richmond Transit Company provides public bus service to and from Richmond International Airport, as well as other Richmond locations. For service and schedules, call 804-358-4782. 

Driving directions to Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown Richmond: FROM I-95N OR I-95S, TAKE EXIT 74A TO THE DOWNTOWN EXPWY. EXIT AT CANAL ST. ($.35 TOLL). 1/4 MILE ON LEFT. FROM EAST OR WEST: I-64 TO I95S TO EXIT 74A TO CANAL ST. EXIT. Hotel is 1/4 MILE ON LEFT. 


Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown Hotel 

Located in the heart of Richmond's financial district, along the historic banks of the James River, the Cowne Plaza provides visitors with convenient access to Insterstates 95 and 64, and the Richmond International Airpot (RIC). This hotel has 298 beautifuly appointed rooms with complimentary high-speed Internet access. Rooms also have 37" flat screen-high definition TV's, telephones with data ports, speaker phones, and voice mail. Refigerators and mircowaves can be provided, based on availablity. The hotel also has an indoor heated pool, whirlpool and sauna, and state-of-the-art fitness center. The hotel has a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual dining atmosphere, and The Great Room serving libations and "grab-and-go" snacks for every meal period. 

Room and Meal Reservations: The Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown Richmond is offering guests attending the CICB Competition 2014 a discounted room rate as well as a meal package including breakfast and dinner; Sunday dinner- Saturday dinner, August 3-9. 
Single Room:   $69 per night
Double Room:  $79 per night
Meal Package:  $177 per person for the week (lunch not included) 

*Sunday evening Welcome Banuet is included. 

To make room and meal reservations, contact: Christina Norton, Sales Manager 
804-344-2976 or 
Do not book reservations online or by calling the hotel reservation number. 

Daily Buffet: Lunches will be available at the Richmond Ballet Studios for $60 for the week. To order the buffet lunch package via PayPal, go to, click on the Residential Summer Course Registration Form and choose the buffet lunch option. You will then be directed to fill out the contact information on the form. 

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown Richmond: Is located at 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219. The front desk phone number is 1-877-227-6963. 

Mail: Mail may be sent to: Attendee Name c/o Cecchetti USA, 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Check-in: Guests may check in between 3:00 and 5:00PM. 

Check-out: Guests may check out no later than 12:00PM. 

Parking: Parking is complimentary for all CUSA guests staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. There is limited parking in Richmond Ballet facility parking lot and metered parking in downtown Richmond. 

Temperature: The temperature during the summer months is on average 88 degrees during the day and 67 degrees during the night with high humidity. All indoor facilities are air-conditioned. It is suggested you bring a sweater or sweatshirt along with your summer wardrobe. 

While we hope there is no need for medical assistance, the following facilities are in close proximity to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown Richmond. 

Prompt Care Facility
12 M. Thompson Street
Richmond, VA

VCU Medical Center 
1250 East Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 

CVS Pharmacy 
1007 E. Main Street 
Richmond, VA 

Richmond CenterStage Carpenter Theatre

The doors to "serious fun" are open at Richmond CenterStage- the region's new performing arts complex located in the heart of downtown Richmond. This 179,000-square foot facility, with its diverse programs, welcomes talent from around the corner and around the world that will astound and inspire audiences of all ages. With is wildly successful Grand Opening in September 2009 that showcased amazing performers from ten local groups in front of a sell-out crowd. There's something for everyone at CenterStage, wit three performance venues, a visual arts gallery and an interactive education facility. The cornerstone of the Grace Street performing arts complex is the fully renovated, historic Carpenter Theatre. This grand theater has nearly 1,800 confortable, spacious seats, state-of-the-art acoustics and brilliant lighting, including new fiber optics that enhance the ceiling's sparkling stars. This year will mark the Carpenter Theatre's 81 years of bringing entertainment to Richmond.

Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition Tickets: Tickets for the performances can be purchased at or by calling etix at 1-800-514-ETIC (3849)

All Cecchetti USA Residential Summer Course attendees and CICB Competition coaches will receive FREE tickets to all events! 

Thursday, August 7: $35

  • Contemporary Class 
  • Contemporary Solos 

Friday, August 8: $35 

  • Classical Class 
  • Classical Variations 

Saturday, August 9: $75 

  • Contemporary and Classical Finals 
  • Gala Reception 

Package for all Event: $125

All ticket prices are subject to additional local fees and taxes. 

Richmond Ballet Studios 

Richmond Ballet is centrally located in downtown Richmond with convenient access to all major highways in the richmond area and the Richmond International Airport (RIC). Richmond is an old city steeped in history and is home to numerous museums and Civil War sites. The james River, with its River Walk, is just a short walk away. The award-winning, state-of-the-art Richmond Ballet facility features some of the finest studios on the east Coast, with floors especially designed to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. Throughout the building's three floors, there are eight studios ranging in size from the largest, 60 x 60 square feet, to the smallest, 18 x 24 square feet. In addition to the studios, there are two kitchens and a dining area for lunch and breaks. There is also a Physical Therapy practice located on the first floor as well as a Pilates studio which are available by appointment.