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Ballet Conservatory of Asheville
BCA's Pre-Professional Division prepares dancers ages 10 and up for careers in the dance profession, post-secondary dance programs and universities, conservatories, and other top pre-professional programs. They are routinely cast in soloist and corps de ballet roles in our productions. We encourage all talented young dancers to attend this audition. These auditions also serve as BCA’s Nutcracker 2014 auditions for pre-professionals.
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Ballet Conservatory of Asheville
Whether you're enrolled in our Children's program, our Pre-Professional division or just want to take a class for fun, dancers at BCA have one thing in common: They just love to dance.
Pre-Professionals
Ballet Conservatory of Asheville -- Pre-Professional Training
BCA's Pre-Professional division prepares dancers ages 9 and up for careers in the dance profession, post-secondary dance programs and universities, conservatories, and other top pre-professional programs.
Children's Program
Ballet Conservatory of Asheville -- Children's Program
Our classes for children 3 and up include ballet, pointe, modern, tap, broadway jazz, & hip-hop. Our talented young dancers often perform in the Nutcracker and Spring ballets. Children with a serious interest in ballet may want to learn more our Beginner Pre-Professional program.
Boys Program
Ballet Conservatory of Asheville -- Boys Program
BCA offers boys ages 7 and up a robust program of dance. Our experience has shown that well-trained boys are often offered full scholarships to many of the finest summer intensive programs. Boys also play important roles in many of BCA's ballets, especially the Nutcracker.

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

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Pre-Professional Division Auditions Sunday, August 17, 2014

7-28-14

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.

Download the Pre-Professional Audition Flyer, Contract, and Handbook.

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 from 5:00 to 7:00. 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 Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Billy Ward Returns For Week Two of Summer Intensive 2014

6-29-14

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 Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Courtney Elizabeth Stewart Guests Teaches at Summer Intensive 2014

6-23-14

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.

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Billy Nick Kepley

Broadway Veteran NICK KEPLEY Hosts Master Class (Encore Presentation)

6-18-14

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

5-1-2014

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.

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Billy Ward Teaches April 2014

Billy Ward Guest Teaches at BCA

4-9-14

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 Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Amanda Edge & Billy Ward Join BCA Faculty

4-9-14

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.

 

 

 

Summer Intensive 2014 Audition Season Is Here

12-9-13

The 2014 summer intensive audition season is here! And all BCA Pre-Pros should begin getting their summer plans in order. Whether you're planning on staying here with us this summer or going away, we have lots of great downloads, message board info, and much more on our Summer Intensive 2014 page. Auditions start the first weekend in January, so don't delay! Here's is BCA's Summer Intensive 2014 Audition Tour line-up:

Sunday, Jan 19, 2014: University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

1533 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127

336-770-3399

2:00 to 4:00 Ages 10 to 13

4:00 to 6:00 Ages 14 and over

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014: Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta, GA

1695 Marietta Boulevard, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

404-873-5811

2:00 to 4:00 Ages 10 to 13

4:00 to 6:00 Ages 14 and over

Sunday, Feb 16, 2014: Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, Asheville, NC

5 Points Bldg., 6 East Chestnut St., Asheville, NC 28801

828-255-5777

1:00 to 2:00 Ages 10 to 11

2:30 to 3:30 Ages 12 to 13

4:00 to 5:00 Ages 14 and over

Special Holiday Ballet Classes!

12-5-13

BCA will hold special OPEN holiday ballet classes from Monday, December 30, 2013 through Saturday, January 4, 2014. These are OPEN classes.  Anyone who works at the appropriate level can attend!  So, they're great for visiting dancers and friends.  All classes are $17 each.  Please pay as you go -- just drop your check in the payment box. We strongly recommend all BCA Pre-Pros take these classes. And don't forget:  Regular classes begin Monday, January 6, 2014. See the BCA calendar for details. See you in class and Happy Holidays! Learn more about BCA's Pre-Professional division.

HOLIDAY Open Adv Ballet & Pointe

Monday 12-30-13 through Saturday 1-4-14, 10am-12pm

HOLIDAY Open Beg/Int Ballet & Pointe

Monday 12-30-13, Wednesday 1-1-14, Friday 1-3-14, & Saturday 1-4-14, 12pm-2pm

Tickets on Sale for Nutcracker 2013!

11-6-13

Join us December 18 at 6:30 and December 19 & 20 at 4:30 & 7:30 for BCA's holiday classic The Nutcracker. Featuring Blair Chamberlain as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Sarah London as the Dew Drop Fairy, Christopher Lynn as the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer and talented dancers from our Pre-Professional division -- including Avery Sund as Clara -- this holiday classic includes over 100 performers, lavish sets and costumes, and timeless favorites like Waltz of the Flowers. There's even a classic battle between an army of Mice & Soldiers! Don't miss Clara's timeless adventures in a world of magic and beauty, a perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Tickets range from $12 to $25 and go fast -- call Diana Wortham Theatre at (828) 257-4530 or visit dwtheatre.com to reserve your tickets today.

Learn more about BCA's Nutcracker 2013.

Open Houses & Free Sample Classes Begin August 6!

8-5-13

We invite new and returning students to come by, tour our state-of-the-art dance facility, talk to our faculty, and register for classes. And don't forget to stop in for a free class!

Tuesday, August 6: Try a Free Ballet Class

Free Ballet Class Ages 3 to 5: 12:45 to 1:15
Free Ballet Class Ages 5 to 7: 1:30 to 2:00

Saturday, August 10: Open House & Free Ballet Classes

Open House: 3:00 to 5:00
Free Ballet Class Ages 3 to 5: 3:30 to 3:50
Free Ballet Class Ages 6 to 8: 4:00 to 4:20

August 17: Open House & Free Ballet, Jazz/Tap, & Modern Classes

Open House: 3:00 to 5:00
Free Ballet Class Ages 3 to 5: 3:30 to 3:50
Free Jazz/Tap Class Ages 6 to 10: 3:40 to 4:00 (Jazz & Tap shoes not required.)
Free Ballet Class Ages 6 to 8: 4:00 to 4:20
Free Modern Dance Class Ages 7 to 11: 4:25 to 4:45

Boys & girls are welcome to all classes, but please RSVP 828-255-5777.

We expect all our Fall classes to fill quickly, so come by and sign-up as early as possible! And don't forget: Fall classes begin the week of August 19. Learn more about our programs childrenteens/adults, and pre-professionals. Call 828-255-5777 for more info.

Enjoy Summer 2014 With BCA June 2 to August 16!

During summer 2014, BCA offers a wide variety of open classes-- including ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, and modern -- as well as special "themed" ballet workshops for children. These classes and workshops are ideal for any dancer from beginner to professional. Classes are offered at affordable summer rates and convenient class times. In addition, BCA's summer intensive offers serious young dancers ages 10 and up a month-long, all-day ballet ballet training intensive. It runs from June 23 to July 19. See you in class!

Learn more about Summer Intensive 2014.

Download the Summer 2014 Schedule & Registration Form. Includes a schedule of all Children's Workshops, all Open Classes and a registration form.

Download the Summer 2014 Children's Workshops Flyer

Download BCA's Policies + Procedures

Children’s Summer Workshops

All workshops meet Monday to Friday. Fees are $155 per week (with the exception of Broadway week pricing) plus $10 summer registration fee for new students. Take $10 off for each additional workshop.

Final Showcase each Friday at noon.

June 16 to 20, Broadway Week

9:30 to 12:30: Dance Workshop, 1:00 to 4:00: Theatre Workshop

Ages 7 to 9 & 10 to 12

Broadway Week Pricing: 1/2 day $160 or both $290.

July 21 to 25, Swan Lake Week

9:30am to 12:30

Ages 5 to 7 & 8 to 11

July 28 to August 1, Alice In Wonderland Week

9:30 to 12:30

Ages 5 to 7 & 8 to 11

August 4 to 8, Sleeping Beauty Week

9:30 to 12:30

Ages 5 to 7 & 8 to 11

August 11 to 15, Coppelia Week

9:30 to 12:30

Ages 5 to 7 & 8 to 11

Weekly Ballet Classes for Ages 3 to 5

Fees are $90 for the six week session plus $10 summer registration fee for new students. July 30 is make-up day.

June 10 to July 15 (6 weeks)

Tuesdays, 1:00 to 1:45

Saturdays, 12:45 to 1:30

Make-up class on Tuesday, July 22, 1pm

Summer Open Classes for Ages 10 and Up

June 2 to 21 (3 Weeks) AND July 28 to August 16 (3 Weeks)

Held during the three weeks before and three weeks after BCA's summer intensive

Age Guidelines:

Ballet Int./Adv. Ages 13 and Up

Ballet Beg./Int. Ages 10 to 13

Ballet Basics Ages 11 and Up

Modern/Hip Hop Ages 12 and Up

Monday

2:00 to 4:00 Beg./Int. Ballet & Pointe (Ages 10 to 13)

4:00 to 6:00 Int./Adv. Ballet & Pointe (Ages 13 and Up)

Tuesday

4:00 to 6:00 Int./Adv. Ballet & Pointe (Ages 13 and Up)

5:00 to 6:00 Basic Ballet (Ages 11 and Up)

6:00 to 7:00 Adult Ballet

Wednesday

2:00 to 4:00 Beg./Int. Ballet & Pointe (Ages 10 to 13)

4:00 to 6:00 Int./Adv. Ballet & Pointe (Ages 13 and Up)

Thursday

5:00 to 6:00 Int./Adv. Modern (Ages 12 and Up)

6:00 to 7:00 Int./Adv. Hip Hop (Ages 12 and Up)

Friday

2:00 to 4:00 Beg./Int. Ballet & Pointe (Ages 10 to 13)

4:00 to 6:00 Int./Adv. Ballet & Pointe (Ages 13 and Up)

Saturday

10:00 to 12:00 Int./Adv. Ballet & Pointe (Ages 13 and Up)

12:00 to 2:00 Beg./Int. Ballet & Pointe (Ages 10 to 13)

June 23 to July 21 (4 Weeks)

Held during the four weeks of BCA's summer intensive.

Age Guidelines:

Ballet Basics Ages 11 and Up

Modern/Hip Hop Ages 12 and Up

Tuesday

5:00 to 6:00 Basic Ballet (Ages 11 and Up)

6:00 to 7:00 Adult Ballet

Thursday

5:00 to 6:00 Int./Adv. Modern (Ages 12 and Up)

6:00 to 7:00 Int./Adv. Hip Hop (Ages 12 and Up)

Summer Open Classes Payment Options

1. One Hour Class $12 or Two Hour Class $17

2. Unlimited Beg./Int. Classes: $265 for 6 Weeks or $46 per Week*

3. Unlimited Int./Adv. Classes: $330 for 6 Weeks or $60 per Week*

4. Modern / Hip Hop Combo: $20 for Both Thursday Classes

5. Modern / Hip Hop Combo: $165 for Both Thursday Classes for All Ten Weeks

*BCA Summer Intensive students receive a $20 discount off the 6 week Unlimited packages. Unlimited packages include Modern and Hip Hop classes. Pre-payment required for unlimited rates.

Professional dancer rate available.

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.

We are a busy conservatory so please feel free to follow us through our news and events page as well as on Facebook . Thank you for visiting!

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.

Contact Us

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 info@balletconservatoryofasheville.com. We also encourage you to drop by our facilities at 6 East Chestnut Street, Asheville.