Ballet Conservatory of Asheville
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New York City Ballet Dancer Joins BCA Faculty
Ballet Conservatory of Asheville is thrilled to welcome Amanda Edge and Billy Ward to our BCA faculty. Amanda is a repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust and danced for 15 years with New York City Ballet. Amanda will head up a new performance for us March 7: "Winter Works" Innovations and Variations. Billy brings a wealth of expertise. He trained at the School of American Ballet and most recently danced with New York City Opera Ballet. Read the full announcement.
Pre-Professional Division Auditions Sunday, August 17, 2014
Auditions for BCA's 2014-2015 Pre-Professional Division and Nutcracker 2014 will be held Sunday, August 17, 2014 at BCA Studios, 5 Points Bldg., 6 East Chestnut St., Asheville, NC, 28801.
1:00-2:00 Year 1 Pre-Professional program (rising 5th & 6th grade)
2:30-3:30 Year 2 Pre-Professional program (rising 6th 7th & 8th grade)
4:00-5:00 Year 4 Intermediate Pre-Professional (rising 8th grade)
5:30-6:30 Year 6 Advanced Pre-Professional (High school students)
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition to sign-in. Audition fee is $15. Girls should bring pointe shoes. These auditions also serve as BCA’s Nutcracker 2014 auditions for pre-professionals. BCA's Pre-Professional Division prepares dancers ages 10 and up for careers in the dance profession. They are routinely cast in soloist and corps de ballet roles in our productions of Nutcracker and a Spring Ballet. We encourage all talented young dancers to attend this audition.
All prospective dancers and their parents should be aware of the Pre-Professional division class, rehearsal, and contract requirements prior to the August 17th audition. Returning pre-professionals are required to audition.
If a dancer cannot make the August 17 audition, a make-up audition will be held. However we encourage you to attend the August 17 audition if at all possible since we will begin casting directly following that audition. Call 828-255-5777 for more make-up audition info.
Dancers will be notified of their results by email following their audition. If accepted, they will be required to sign the BCA Pre-Professional Contract, pay their fees, and enroll in their classes.
In addition, dancers and their parents are required to attend the Pre-Professional Division Induction Ceremony on Saturday, August 23, 2014. During this event new BCA Pre-Pros will be welcomed into the program by current BCA Pre-Pro dancers in a delightful induction ceremony. Then, new Pre-Pro parents and dancers will have an opportunity to ask questions and exchange information with BCA faculty and current Pre-Pro parents and dancers. Refreshments will be served.
For more info please visit BalletConservatoryofAsheville.com/prepro or call 828-255-5777.
Billy Ward Returns For Week Two of Summer Intensive 2014
Billy Ward will guest teach during week 2 and part of week 3 of BCA's Summer Intensive 2014. This will mark Billy's fourth summer with us and we are delighted to have him back. Billy will work with all the groups in the intensive and especially the boys. He will teach ballet, pointe, boy's class, partnering, special projects and repertory.
Billy Ward, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts and continued his studies at the School of American Ballet on full scholarship. He has been a principal guest artist with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Garden State Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Theater of Chicago, and Delta Festival Ballet. Billy became a dancer with the New York City Opera, where he was quickly promoted to soloist. During his tenure with the company, he has traveled throughout China, Japan, and the United States. Billy has performed solo and principal roles in Brigadoon, 110 in the Shade, Don Giovanni, Most Happy Fella, Carmen, La Traviata, Candide, Mikado, L’enfent et les Sortileges, Mefistofoles, The Merry Widow, Cinderella, Prince Igor, The Music Man, H.M.S Pinafore, Carmina Burana, and Die Fledermaus. He was also invited to the Regal Theater in Boston to perform the role of Harry Beaton in Brigadoon. Billy will be joining the permanent faculty of BCA in August, 2014.
Courtney Elizabeth Stewart Guests Teaches at Summer Intensive 2014
BCA's Summer Intensive 2014 kicked off this week. And we couldn't have asked for a better way to begin than to welcome Courtney Elizabeth Stuart as our first guest teacher. Courtney received training at the Charlotte School of Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, and the San Francisco Ballet School. She joined San Francisco Ballet in 2002 and was promoted to soloist in 2010. Courtney has danced numerous soloist and principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, John Neumeier and William Forsythe, and has originated roles in premieres by Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, Christopher Wheeldon, and Val Caniparoli. She has also performed all over the US, including Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center, as well as internationally in London, Paris, Athens, Copenhagen, and China. Courtney holds a B.A. in Performing Arts from St. Mary’s College, and has been a guest artist at St. Mary’s College, Stanford University, and Minnesota Dance Theater.
Broadway Veteran NICK KEPLEY Hosts Master Class (Encore Presentation)
Broadway veteran Nick Kepley will host an ENCORE presentation of his Broadway Master Class at the Ballet Conservatory this Thursday, June 19, from 7:00 to 8:30. The class is geared to dancers ages 12 and up. The cost is $25 or $20 for current BCA students. This class was added after the great success of the first class last week.
Nick performed in CAMELOT at Lincoln Center, MARY POPPINS on Broadway and NBC’s SMASH. He was also assistant choreographer for the Tony nominated Broadway revival of RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA. He is currently Ballet Master at Ballet Austin II and Director of MOTION dance theatre.
Sign up at the studio, or call 828 255-5777 to reserve a spot. Payment is due before Master Class. Don't miss this rare opportunity to study with Nick!
BCA's Pre-Professional Division Announces Summer Intensive 2014 Acceptances
Again this year, dancers in BCA's Pre-Professional Division won acceptances and scholarships to summer intensives at some of the finest ballet institutions in the U.S., including American Ballet Theatre (NYC & Other Sites), Boston Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland, and Kirov Ballet. Many of our students will also stay at home for BCA's summer intensive. The quality of these accepting institutions and our dancers' sheer volume of acceptances are clear testaments to these talented young artists' hard work, dedication, and skill. Congrats! For a complete list of our Summer Intensive 2014 acceptances, visit our Pre-Professional Division page. Also, learn more about BCA's Summer Intensive 2014.
Billy Ward Guest Teaches at BCA
Billy Ward spent the latter part of last week at BCA teaching all levels in the Pre-Professional division. Billy also sat in on classes and Swan Lake rehearsals. As always, it was great to have Billy with us. And everyone had a great time -- see the pic to the left! Billy Ward and Amanda Edge will be joining the BCA faculty August, 2014. Read the full announcement.
Amanda Edge & Billy Ward Join BCA Faculty
BCA is delighted to announce that Amanda Edge and Billy Ward will be joining the BCA faculty in August, 2014! Amanda and Billy have been guest teachers during BCA's summer intensives and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our school. We are absolutely thrilled they will be teaching for us! Read the full announcement.
Welcome to Ballet Conservatory of Asheville
Welcome! We're Ballet Conservatory of Asheville (BCA) and we're delighted you've taken the opportunity to learn more about us. We offer dance programs for children, teens/adults, and pre-professionals. Included are classes in nearly every major dance form, from ballet and pointe to tap, jazz, hip-hop and modern. We welcome all dancers with any level of experience from ages 3 to adult. In addition to our regular school year programs, we also offer summer classes & workshops for all ages and a summer intensive for serious ballet dancers.
Our philosophy is simple: We want our students to gain good technique, learn proper class etiquette, and enjoy the wonderful world of dance. And while we offer classes in all disciplines, we are primarily a ballet school with a strong pre-professional training program.
Our faculty brings rich professional backgrounds and outstanding teaching and education credentials. BCA's leadership team includes Angie Lynn (Director), Wayne Burritt (Ballet Master), and Christopher Lynn (Managing Director). Our professional facilities are located in the 5 Points Building, 6 East Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina.
We produce the Nutcracker, a Spring ballet, and a Recital each year. Our performances are produced at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre, widely considered to be one of the finest dance venues in the U.S.
How To Enroll
Enrolling in BCA's programs is easy. First, discover our different programs and what classes you are interested in. Then, download and fill out a registration form. At that point, please feel free to give us a call at 828-255-5777 or drop by our studios at 6 East Chestnut Street, Asheville. We can help you decide which classes are ideal for you, space availability, and fees. We'll then give you the details about your classes, a copy of our policies and procedures, and you'll be all set.
For pre-professionals, please visit our pre-professional section for details on auditions, requirements, and fees.
If you'd like to learn more about BCA programs, classes, and events, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can call us at 828-255-5777 or email us at email@example.com. We also encourage you to drop by our facilities at 6 East Chestnut Street, Asheville.