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Join us this summer in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina for a four week ballet intensive unlike any other. Ages 10 and up. Room & Board available. Admission by audition and DVD.
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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.
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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.
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The Biggest Ballets ... The Best Productions

BCA's Giselle A Huge Hit

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Giselle

June 2-3, 2011

Playing to nearly sold-out houses on June 3 and 4, 2010 at the Diana Wortham Theatre, BCA's student production of Giselle was undoubtedly a huge hit. From the wonderful peasant dances in Act I to the beautiful elegance of the second act Wilis, BCA's dancers -- including its corp of 26 pre-professionals -- brought the Diana Wortham Theatre to its feet. The production featured Cassie Woods as Giselle, Miles Sollars-White as Albrecht, and Sarah McGinnis as Myrthe, Queen of the Wilis.

Download the Giselle 2010 program.

Giselle: One of the Great Romantic Ballets

About Giselle

Music by Adolphe Adam

Original Choreography by Jules Perrot & Jean Coralli

Restaged by Wayne Burritt & Angie Lynn

First Presented June 18, 1841 at the Paris Opera, Paris, France

Act I

Giselle, a weak-hearted young girl who is adored by her native villagers, lives with her watchful mother, Berthe, who warns her against excessive dancing. Hilarion, the village gamekeeper, is desperately in love with Giselle. Prince Albrecht, a nobleman who is already engaged to a noblewoman Bathilde, is captivated by Giselle's frail beauty and innocence. Albrecht disguises himself as a peasant named Loys and showers Giselle with affection. Hilarion is jealous and enraged when Giselle falls in love with Albrecht and believes that they are engaged. During the village’s grape harvest festivities Berthe has a vision that her daughter, Giselle, will one day become a Wili, a jilted maiden who dies before her wedding night. The Wilis emerge between midnight and dawn to vengefully trap any man who enters their domain, forcing him to dance to his death. Hilarion exposes Albrecht's disguise and his engagement to Bathilde. Overwhelmingly distraught, Giselle goes mad and dies of a broken heart.

Act II

Hilarion is discovered just before midnight keeping vigil by Giselle's tomb. As midnight approaches, the Wilis appear with their leader, Queen Myrthe. This is the night Giselle is to be initiated as a Wili. Albrecht, laden with feelings of guilt and remorse, visits Giselle's grave, after a vision of Giselle leads him into the forest. At this point, Myrthe discovers Hilarion in the forest and orders the Wilis to dance around him until he dies from exhaustion. She then discovers Albrecht and demands the same fate for him as Hilarion, but Giselle’s bond of love is too strong. At dawn, as the Wilis retreat, losing their powers, Albrecht is saved by Giselle’s forgiveness, and she then rejoins the Wilis for the rest of time.

Casting

Giselle – Cassie Woods

Albrecht/Loys – Miles Sollars White

Hilarion – Connor Dalton

Berthe (Giselle’s Mother) – Jill Ehrsam

Princess Bathilde – Meredith Matsakis

Duke of Silesia – John Hall

Giselle’s friends – Nicole Allison, Bailey Butters, Caroline Carlton, Noelle Lee, Maria Papakonstantinou, Mia Richardson, Elisabeth Roberts, Michelle Troszak, Megan Weaver, Chase Woodson

Peasant Girls – Sayres Alspaugh, Genevieve Book, Danielle Dejournett, Emmeline Duft, Lilian Eselgroth, Julia Fleming, Sarah Foley, Shannon Grady, Claire Hutchinson, Lexie Moore, Caroline Roberts, Olivia Weidie, Lindsey Wiggins

Grape Pickers – Sarah Adams, Ava Blane Spiegel, Emma Cory, Acacia Dayton, Katie Foley, Erin Ikelheimer, Darcey Lynn, Jessica Lynn, Isabelle Merrifield, Ruby Neu, Kayla Lin Matlock Schmitt, Kathryn Williams

Hunting Party – Adriane Crenshaw, Anna Kate Hall, Heather Whitmire, Emily Woods

Myrta (Queen of the Wilis) – Sarah McGinnis

Wilis - Nicole Allison, Bailey Butters, Caroline Carlton, Noelle Lee, Maria Papakonstantinou, Mia Richardson, Elisabeth Roberts, Michelle Troszak, Megan Weaver, Chase Woodson

Young Wilis - Sayres Alspaugh, Genevieve Book, Emmeline Duft, Lilian Eselgroth, Julia Fleming, Sarah Foley, Shannon Grady, Claire Hutchinson, Lexie Moore, Caroline Roberts, Elianah Vargas, Olivia Weidie