The Biggest Ballets ... The Best Productions
BCA Is Home To Classical Ballet
We focus on producing two large-scale classical ballets each year: The Nutcracker in December and a Spring Ballet. We typically select ballets from the Russian tradition. These ballets -- which include such as Giselle, Nutcracker, and Coppelia to name but a few -- provide excellent training vehicles for our students. By dancing in these ballets, our students bring to life the ballet technique they practice each day in class. This classical connection between the classroom and the stage offers them an unparalleled insight into why they are doing what they are doing. In addition, they get to experience some of the most beautiful and moving ballets ever produced for the stage.
We produce our ballets at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre, widely considered to be one of the finest dance venues in the U.S. It's 600 seat capacity provides our audiences with an intimate ballet experience while offering our choreographers, costumers, and technicians unmatched backstage and front-of-house capabilities. We make every effort to keep our ticket prices as low as possible.
At the end of the school year, we produce an informal recital at the Diana Wortham Theatre. This gives our children's classes, teen/adult classes, and classes not performing in the Spring ballet a chance to take the stage. Audiences have an opportunity to see the progress of these dancers as well as experience the other forms of dance we teach, including jazz, broadway jazz, tap, and hip-hop.
A Midsummer Night's Dream 2015: Fairies, Spells, and Magic
May 29 & 30, 2015 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
Ballet Conservatory was delighted to present A Midsummer Night's Dream on Friday, May 29 at 7:00 and Saturday, May 30 at 3:00 and 7:00 at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville. Based on Shakespeare's sparkling comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream -- and with gorgeous music by Felix Mendelssohn -- the ballet tells the tale of Oberon, Titania, Puck, and four hapless young people in love lost in a forest inhabited by mysterious Fairies. Featuring Julia Fleming as Titania, Charlotte Ballet's Gregory Taylor as Oberon, Avery Sund and Caroline Roberts as Puck, and talented dancers from our Pre-Professional Division, this production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was perfect for the entire family.
December 17 to 19, 2014 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
On December 17 at 6:30 and December 18 & 19 at 4:30 & 7:30 for BCA's holiday classic The Nutcracker took to the stage. Featuring Julia Fleming and Rose Wuertz as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Blair Chamberlain and Caroline Roberts as the Dew Drop Fairy, Christopher Lynn as the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer and talented dancers from our Pre-Professional division -- including Hannah Beun and Paige Kemper as Clara -- this holiday classic included over 100 performers, lavish sets and costumes, and timeless favorites like Waltz of the Snow Flakes.
Ultimate Classicism: Swan Lake 2014
May 30 & 31, 2014 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
BCA presented the ballet masterpiece Swan Lake on Friday, May 30 at 7:00 and Saturday, May 31 at 2:30 and 7:00. This timeless classic -- with exquisite music by Tchaikovsky -- is one of the grandest ballets of all time and has mesmerized audiences for over 100 years. It featured BCA's Sarah London as Odette/Odile, North Carolina Dance Theatre's principal Addul Manzano as Prince Siegfried, North Carolina Dance Theatre's Ben Ingel, BCA's Blair Chamberlain, and talented dancers from our Pre-Professional division. Due to a last minute illness, Tyler Sandborn replaced Ben Ingel in his role for the Saturday shows.
December 18 to 20 2013 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
BCA's fifth Nutcracker was December 18 at 6:30 and December 19 & 20 at 4:30 & 7:30. The performances featured Avery Sund as Clara, 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. And with the addition of a new Sweets Drop by scenic painter Lyle Baskin, BCA's Nutcracker production now has new scenery for all three acts.
The Sleeping Beauty: One of the Grandest Ballets of All Time
May 31 & June 1, 2013 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
From May 31 to June 1, 2013, BCA produced one of the most enduring and magical classical ballets of all time, The Sleeping Beauty. With Sarah London as Princess Aurora, North Carolina Dance Theatre's Ben Ingel as Prince Florimund, Blair Chamberlain as The Lilac Fairy and the talented dancers from our Pre-Professional division, BCA's Sleeping Beauty blended this storied fable of young love with some of the most exquisite dancing every devised for the classical stage.
December 6, 2012 at Bardo Arts Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
December 12, 13, & 14 2012 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
BCA opened it's 2012 Nutcracker season with a sold-out performance at Western Carolina University's world-famous Bardo Arts Center on December 6, 2012. The successful shows continued as BCA brought its Nutcracker back to its home theatre -- the Diana Wortham Theatre -- for five more performances December 12 to 14. All told, BCA produced seven Nutcrackers during its 2012 season, the most to date. The shows featured Blair Chamberlain, Sarah London, Chris Lynn and talented dancers from BCA's Pre-Professional division. In addition, new scenic drops were created by scenic painter Lyle Baskin and large-scale artist Jimmy O'Neal.
La Fille Mal Gardee: An English Masterpiece
June 1 & 2, 2012 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
On June 1 & June 2, 2012 at BCA's home theatre, the Diana Wortham Theatre, BCA presented "La Fille Mal Gardee", one of the most delightful English ballets of all time. Featuring Sarah London as Lise, North Carolina Dance Theatre Principal Dancer Addul Manzano as Colas, Blair Chamberlain as Abagail, and the talented dancers from our Pre-Professional division, La Fille embodied the freshness of young love, ample good humor, and the delightful warmth of a new summer day.
December 15 & 16, 2011 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
Playing to four packed houses December 15 & 16 at the Diana Wortham Theatre, BCA's production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker was better than ever. From the brand new growing Christmas Tree in Act I to the classic Waltz of the Flowers, BCA's Pre-Professional dancers led a cast of over 100 on Clara's magical journey. The production featured Julia Fleming and Elianah Vargas as Clara, Blair Chamberlain as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Sarah London as the Dew Drop Fairy, and Christopher Lynn as the mysterious Drosselmeier.
BCA's Coppelia a Pure Delight!
June 2-3, 2011 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
The Diana Wortham Theatre was packed for three straight shows as BCA presented the delightful ballet, "Coppelia". Featuring Sarah London, Miles Sollars-White, Chris Lynn and talented dancers from BCA's Pre-professional division, this comic ballet told the wonderful story of a girl and boy who fall in love, a mysterious toy maker and a magical toyshop.
BCA's Nutcracker 2010
December 16-17, 2010 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
Playing to four sold-out houses December 16-17 at the Diana Wortham Theatre, BCA's production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker was a delight. From the wonderful party scene to the classic Waltz of the Flowers, BCA's pre-professional dancers led a cast of 133 on Clara's magical journey. The production featured Claire Hutchinson and Sarah Foley as Clara, Tyler Sanborn as the Mouse King, Sarah London as the Dew Drop Fairy, and Cassie Woods & Miles Sollars-White as the Sugar Plum Fairy & her Cavalier.
BCA's Giselle A Huge Hit
June 3-4, 2010 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
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.
BCA's Nutcracker 2009
Originally Scheduled for December 18, 2009 -- Actually Performed December 22, 2009 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC
BCA's first Nutcracker -- and it's first large-scale production -- had its fair share of challenges, including a massive snowstorm. But in spite of having to postpone the two Friday shows until the following Tuesday, BCA's Nutcracker 2009 was a huge hit. The production featured Cassie Woods as Clara/Sugar Plum Fairy & Miles Sollars-White as her Cavalier. The shows were performed at the Diana Wortham Theatre.
SUMMER INTENSIVE 2016
TEENS + ADULTS
- Koresh Master Class | 1-21-16
- Karin Averty Returns | 1-21-16
- Summer Intensive 2016 | 12-26-15
- Holiday Classes | 12-25-15
- Thanksgiving Classes | 11-19-15
- Welcome Adam Still | 11-11-15
- Adam Still Master Classes | 11-4-15
- Karin Averty Master Classes | 9-30-15
- Morning Classes | 8-4-15
- Pre-Pro Auditions | 7-22-15