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.
Spring Recital 2013 Info
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Diana Wortham Theatre
The week of May 13-18, we will invite parents to bring cameras into the beginning of class to take a class Recital photo. This is to ensure you get a good photo as there are no photos during the performance.
After the recital we’ll have one more week of class through Saturday May 25th to finish our semester.
Please see the Recital order for performance times for each student’s class.
On Recital day: Students and families are to arrive no earlier than ½ hour before their performance time. Come straight to the auditorium through the main doors (not stage door) and we will receive the students on stage. Please no parents back stage and make sure your young dancer has gone to the bathroom before coming in!! Pre-ballet students (pink leotards) can sit with parents until we are ready to start. We will reserve the first four rows for Pre-ballet families only. After the pre-ballet student dance, they will rejoin their parents in the audience to watch the other students. Each Recital runs approximately 1 hour.
Ballet Student will need to arrive in their class leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes and hair in a bun (if hair is too short, tied back as best as possible). All belongings can be left with parents in the auditorium. Tutus will be handed out back stage and returned after the dance. Boys, White tee shirt, black tights/shorts, black ballet shoes. Check with your teacher. Jazz/Modern/Tap/Hip-hop students arrive in dance clothes, your teachers will have accessories. If you are in multiple dances you can bring your change of shoes/dancewear back stage to the green room. Pre-professional Adv/Int dancers can have the downstairs dressing rooms and PPB upstairs.
At the end of the Recital all Ballet 1 and Ballet 2 students (Light blue leotard) can meet parents at the front of the stage and Ballet 3, 4 (Burgundy leotard) and older students can be picked up at the side door in the lobby. When in the lobby facing the auditorium doors, the side door is far right by the bathrooms.
We will need to clear the auditorium as quickly as possible because we will have another recital following straight afterwards. Thank you.
We do ask that there are no photos or videos taken during the performance. This can be dangerous to the dancers and can be distracting to fellow audience members.
There will however be a DVD of the performance available for just $15 bought in advance or $20 on day of show.
Flowers will also be available to buy in the lobby.
Make sure to pick up your 2 tickets to the recital from the front desk this week.
These tickets are only available at the studio. Additional tickets are just $5.
BCA will hold its 2013 student recital at the Diana Wortham Theatre Sunday, May 19, 2013. Showtimes are 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to see out talented young dancers perform.
To order tickets just download and fill out the Recital 2013 Ticket & DVD Order Form and bring it by the Front Desk with your payment.
The Sleeping Beauty 2013!
Join us Friday, May 31 at 7:00 and Saturday, June 1 at 2:00 and 7:00 for one of the most enduring and magical classical ballets of all time, Sleeping Beauty. Featuring Sarah London as Princess Aurora, Blair Chamberlain as The Lilac Fairy, and the talented dancers from our Pre-Professional division, BCA's Sleeping Beauty blends this storied fable of young love with some of the most exquisite dancing every devised for the classical stage. Mix in a brand new production from BCA's talented production team and you have the perfect family-friendly evening. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children. They go fast so call Diana Wortham Theatre at (828) 257-4530 or visit dwtheatre.com to reserve your tickets today.
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 2012!
June 1 & 2, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
TEENS + ADULTS
- Master Classes with Nick Kepley | 3-15-13
- Master Class with Mel Tomlinson | 1-10-13
- Pre-Pro Summer Audition Season | 12-17-12
- Holiday Ballet Classes | 12-17-12
- Nutcracker 2012! | 9-21-12
- Open House Aug. 11 | 8-7-12
- Pre-Professional Auditions Aug. 11 | 7-23-12
- Summer Showcase 2012 | 7-16-12
- Fall Schedule Available | 7-15-12
- Summer Intensive Highlights | 7-7-12