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Ballet Conservatory of Asheville -- Summer Intensive
 
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.
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.
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Ballet Conservatory of Asheville -- Teens Adults
 
Our teens enjoy classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. These classes are open to anyone and include beginner and intermediate level dancers.
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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.

Summer Intensive!

Auditions: Video audition class on March 20, 2021. (contact us to RSVP: 828-255-5777) or by video submission THROUGH MAY 15
We invite you to read about past BCA Summer Intensives in our Archive page. Enjoy!

Summer Intensive: June 21 to July 17!

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Summer Intensive

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville hosts its ballet summer intensive June 21 to July 17, 2021. AUDITION by Video Session: Sunday, February 7 & March 20. VIDEO APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH MAY 15. The intensive is geared toward talented dancers ages 10 and up with a serious interest in ballet.

Daily classes include focussed, professional instruction in ballet, pointe, variations, partnering, men's class, modern, jazz & hip-hop, pilates, and special projects. Additional classes include acting for dancers, nutrition, injury prevention, and ballet history. Admission is by audition or video submission. Each program level is limited to 16 places, so dancers can expect an extremely high level of individualized attention and coaching.

Teaching in the program will be BCA's director Angie Lynn, ballet mistress Nadia Iozzo (KC Ballet, Alberta Ballet), and Gavin Larsen (PNB, Oregon Ballet Theatre, SAB). Guest Faculty will be updated as information progresses. Prominent past Guest Faculty has included Daniel Ulbrecht (NYC Ballet principal, SAB), Nick Kepley (Motion Dance, Ballet Austin, B'way), John Selya (ABT, B'way Tony Award nominee, Twyla Tharpe dancer, Astaire Award-Best Male Dancer), Addul Manzano (Charlotte Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba), Courtney Elizabeth Stewart (San Francisco Ballet), Amanda Edge (NYC Ballet, SAB, CPYB, B'way), Aygul & Nurlan Abougaliev (Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Moscow City Ballet) among others.

Room & Board is optional and provided by BCA host families. Classes meet Monday through Friday 9:30-5:00 and Saturday 9:30-12:30. Dancers in the Beginner Program are released at 4pm weekdays. On select afternoons and evenings, students enjoy special excursions to Asheville and its picturesque surroundings.

Summer Intensive Downloads (PDF)

Audition Application Form

Audition Guide

Dance Magazine's Summer Audition Guide

Video Audition Application Form

Registration Pack

Summer Intensive Handbook

BCA's Summer Intensive Audition Guide!

Download a copy of our Summer Intensive Audition Guide.

If you're serious about ballet, summer intensives are a must from Middle School through High School.  Stick with BCA's summer intensive the first few summers.  Then, venture out to audition for a non-BCA summer intensive. Many BCA dancers attend 1-2 weeks at BCA before a few weeks out of town, so they'll be at their peak and fully prepared to take advantage of summer training. Some students alternate summers at BCA and away.   If you're on the fence about how interested you are in ballet, try at least one summer intensive.  Here is our recommended list of summer intensives:

American Ballet Theatre (NYC)
Ballet Conservatory of Asheville
Bolshoi Ballet Academy (NYC & CT)
Boston Ballet (Boston, MA)
Gelsey Kirkland Academy (NYC)
Harid Conservatory (Boca Raton, FL)
Kirov Academy of Ballet (Washington, DC)
Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle, WA)
San Francisco Ballet (San Francisco, CA)
School of American Ballet (NYC)

Keep in mind that summer intensives can be expensive.  That's why a good plan for your yearly ballet training finances should be:  first, year-round classes at BCA; second, BCA summer intensive; third, private lessons/coaching at BCA; fourth, a non-BCA summer intensive away from home.

If you have relatives in a city where a summer intensive is held, that may be a good way to save a bit on room & board and still have the chance to go to an out of town program.   Keep that in mind as you balance your summer intensive plans.

Audition for a handful of programs.  Have a backup or two.  Also, many programs permit video submissions/DVD auditions, but make sure to check the deadlines.

Make sure to subscribe to the summer intensive threads on Ballet Talk for Dancers, one of the best forums/message boards out there. It has loads of information on many topics and gives summer intensive hopefuls inside information on auditions, facilities, classes, and much more.  Pay particular attention to feedback on training methodology used, class sizes, and student life.

In the end, summer intensives are ballet class, not rocket science.  Intense training by taking more classes, every day can be very valuable. So, work hard and you'll definitely improve and possibly grow leaps as a dancer!

Admission

Admission to the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville 2021 Summer Intensive is by audition or video submission by May 15. Because all programs are limited to only 16 dancers each, the selection process will be extremely competitive. Dancers are admitted on a "rolling admission" basis, meaning the first 16 qualified applicants in each program are awarded places. As a result, we encourage applicants to apply by video or audition as soon as possible.

For dancers accepted into the program as a result of their in-person audition, they must submit their registration form and a non-refundable $450 deposit by March 1, 2021. If an accepted dancer does not do so, their placement spot will be returned to the open application pool.

For dancers accepted into the program as a result of their video submission audition, they must submit their registration form and a non-refundable $450 deposit within 10 days of their acceptance notification. If an accepted dancer does not do so within the 10 day window, their placement spot will be returned to the open application pool.

Applicants must be at least 10 years old by June 21, 2021.

Summer Intensive Audition

Saturday, March 20, 2021: Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, Asheville, NC

by video session. Contact us for a class link at:

828-255-5777

1:00 to 2:00 Ages 10 to 11

2:00 to 3:00 Ages 12 to 13

3:00 to 5:00 Ages 14 and over

Interested dancers may apply to audition: pay a $20 registration fee, submit a completed audition application form and a photograph showing first arabesque. The photo does not need to be professional quality and will not be returned. Girls must wear full-length pink tights, black leotards, and pink ballet shoes. Girls should also bring pointe shoes if they have pointe experience. Boys must wear full-length black tights, white T-shirt, and black or while ballet shoes. The audition will consist of a ballet class. Dancers who apply by audition will be notified of their status within 10 days of their audition. You may pre-register for an audition space by contacting BCA's summer program at 828-255-5777 or emailing us at info@balletconservatoryofasheville.com. Scholarships may be awarded directly following each audition.

Dancers may request a drop-in class audition, if they are visiting Asheville from out of town, or have a conflict with the set audition date. We will do our best to schedule a visit when possible.

By Video/DVD

Interested dancers who wish to apply by Video should submit a Video/DVD application form two letters of recommendation, and a Video/DVD. Video may be sent by link via email to info@BalletConservatoryofAsheville.com. DVD's may be mailed or delivered. Video/DVD should be no longer than 10 minutes and include adagio, pirouettes, petite and grand allegro. Females age 13+, please include at least one exercise of pointe work if you have at least one year pointe experience. In addition, the Video/DVD should include poses in tendu a la seconde and first arabesque. Dancers who apply by Video/DVD will be notified of their status within 10 days of the receipt of their application package. Completed DVD admission packages should be sent to:

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, 6 East Chestnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Summer Faculty (2021 will be updated as confirmed)

Summer Guest Faculty (2020): Dance

Daniel Ulbricht, NYC Ballet, Master Class-week 1

Daniel Ulbricht Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Daniel was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and began his dance training at the age of 11 at the Judith Lee Johnson Studio of Dance, studying with Lenny Holmes. He also studiedat Les Jeunes Danseurs with Javier Dubraq and attended the Chautauqua SummerDance Program, training with Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. In 1999, Mr.Ulbricht was invited by the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of NewYork City Ballet, to continue his training during their Winter Program. As a student atSAB, Mr. Ulbricht performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins' TheSleeping Beauty. In December 2000, he became an apprentice with New York City Balletand in November 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. InJanuary 2005, Mr. Ulbricht was promoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007.

Courtney Stewart, San Francisco Ballet

Ballet, Pointe

Courtney Stewart Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Courtney received her training at the Charlotte School of Ballet, Charlotte Ballet Academy, and the San Francisco Ballet School. Ms.Stewart 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. Courtney has also performed all over the U.S., 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, Stanford University, and Minnesota Dance Theater. Ms. Stewart is currently on faculty at UNCSA teaching in their Preparatory Dance Program.

Nick Kepley, Ballet Austin, KC Ballet, Motion, Broadway

Ballet, Pointe, Partnering

Nick Kepley  Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville

Nick was born in Asheville and spent summers at the School of American Ballet and The Juilliard School. He danced professionally with Ballet Austin and Kansas City Ballet performing works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp and Jose Limon, among others. In his theatre career, Nick appeared on Broadway in Mary Poppins (Neleus, Valentine) and in Camelot with the New York Philharmonic, which was broadcast nationwide on PBS in 2008. Television credits include NBC’s SMASH. Nick served as Assistant Choreographer of the Broadway revival of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella & Waitress, Associate Choreographer of the Off-Broadway revival of Working with Prospect Theatre Company, and Assistant Director of Travels with My Aunt, currently playing Off-Broadway. Additional choreographic credits include work at Casa Mañana Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Asheville Lyric Opera, Gypsy of the Year, Band of Gypsies 2, BC Beat and Manhattan Youth Ballet. From 2013-2015, Nick served as Ballet Master of Ballet Austin II. He created multiple works for the company, including Season of Innocence, a 45-minute distillation of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. The ballet was awarded the 2015 Austin Critics Table award for "Best Choreography" and will tour throughout Texas in 2016. In 2010, Kepley founded MOTION Dance Theatre, a summer choreographic residency program in Asheville, NC, and served as artistic director until 2015. In addition to his extensive choreographic career, he performed with American Dance Machine for the 21st Century during their December season at The Joyce Theatre and teaches company class regularly for Broadway Dance Lab.

 

Summer Guest Faculty (2017-19): Dance

Aygul Abougalieva, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Moscow City Ballet

Ballet, Pointe, Jumps & Turns

Aygul Abougalieva Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Aygul is a native of Ufa, Russia where she began her training at the Rudolph Nureyev Choreographic Academy. Aygul danced professionally for Russian National Ballet and Moscow City Ballet. She has toured extensively in England, China, Japan, South Africa, South Korea and the United States, prior to joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2006. Aygul's repertoire includes a variety of classical and contemporary works: Marius Petipa's Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Paquita. Also Coppelia, Giselle, La Sylphide, Chopiniana, Le Corsaire, Walpurgis Night, Raymonda, Alberto Alonso's Carmen, Michael Fokine's Dying Swan, various productions of Cinderella and Nutcracker, Ben Stevenson's Dracula, Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Who Cares, Derek Deane's Alice in Wonderland, Jean-Cristophe Maillot's Romeo and Juliette, Mark Morris' Maelstrom, Dennis Nahat's Brahm's Quintet and Moments, Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs, Paul Taylor's Company B. Aygul is a guest teacher in Champaign Urbana Ballet, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, and Russian Ballet Academy of Maryland. Nurlan and Aygul are the proud parents of their young daughter and son.

Nurlan Abougaliev, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Moscow City Ballet

Ballet, Boy's Class, Partnering, Jumps & Turns, Repertory

Nurlan Abougaliev Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Nurlan joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as soloist in 2006 and was promoted to principal in 2010. Abougaliev was born in Kazakhstan, where he studied at Almaty Ballet Academy. In 1997, Nurlan moved to Moscow to work with the Russian National Ballet and later Moscow City Ballet. He has toured in the United States, England, China, South Africa, Japan and South Korea. Nurlan came to the United States in 2003 to join the Ballet Internationale, where he has trained with renowned teachers, including Irina Kolpakova and Vladilen Semenov. With Ballet Internationale, Nurlan has performed in International Dance Festivals in Vail and Montreal. He has danced leading roles, such as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Desiree in The Sleeping Beauty and Albrecht in Giselle as well as principal roles in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Who Cares?, Agon and Serenade. Nurlan's other roles include Paul Taylor's Company B, Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs and Octet, Dwight Rhoden's Ave Maria, Mark Morris’ Maelstrom and Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes , and Ben Stevenson's Dracula. Nurlan and his wife, Aygul Abougalieva, are the proud parents of their daughter and son.

Addul Manzano, Charlotte Ballet

Ballet, Boy's Class, Partnering, Jumps & Turns, Repertory

Addul Manzano Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville

Addul began his training at 11, attending the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana. He was later selected to join The National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso. Since moving to the United States, he has danced with BALLETNY, Columbia City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Terpsicorps, Washington Ballet and a decade as a principal with Charlotte Ballet. He has performed numerous principal roles including George Balanchine's Agon, Apollo and The Four Temperaments; Jonathan Harker in Dracula; Prince Charming in Cinderella; and Snow King and Sugar Plum Cavalier in Nutcracker. Some of Addul's favorite performances include George Balanchine's “Rubies,” Alonzo King's SALT and Dwight Rhoden's Artifice.

 

BCA Permanent Summer Faculty: Dance

Angie Lynn, Director

Ballet, Pointe, Jumps & Turns, Repertory

Angie Lynn Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Angie Lynn was born in Worcestershire, England. At age 16 she was accepted into The Arts Educational Schools in Tring, Hertfordshire. The following year she transferred to the London School, earning certifications as associate member of the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Once graduated, she joined Vienna Festival Ballet, which toured throughout England and Europe. In 1990 she joined Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”, in Vienna, Austria, one year later was cast as Victoria the white cat in the original Zurich, Switzerland production of ‘CATS’ where she performed for 3 years. In 1995 she returned to “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”, this time the original Basel, Switzerland production where she had the opportunity to play the role of Meg Giry and work again with the celebrated choreographer Gillian Lynne. This production is where she met her husband Christopher Lynn, who played the role of Raoul. They performed in ‘Phantom’ together for two years, then married in England and moved to New York City where they both continued to perform in various production in the US. In 2001 their twin daughters were born in New York City. After a couple of years and another baby girl on the way they decided to move to Asheville, NC. In 2009, Angie and Chris opened the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville.

 

Nadio Iozzo, Ballet Mistress

Ballet, Pointe, Jumps & Turns, Repertory

Nadio Iozzo Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Nadia, originally from Toronto, Ontario, received the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award, upon completing her R.A.D. training. She danced four years with Alberta Ballet, then seven years with Kansas City Ballet, performing leading roles in Balanchine's Serenade, and Who Cares?, Trey McIntyre's The Naughty Boy and Yuri Possokhov's Firebird; along with soloist roles in Ib Anderson's Romeo & Juliet, Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs, Paul Taylor's Company B, and Peasant Pas in Giselle. She can be found in the CBC TV special The Secret of the Nutcracker, as well as the Jean Grand-Maître/Joni Mitchell production, The Fiddle & the Drum, which she performed as a guest artist at the Luminato Festival in Toronto. Miss Iozzo has adjudicated dance competitions, and choreographed and taught for various dance schools across North America. She has also coached successful Solo Seal candidates, including dancers appearing on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. In July 2008, Miss Iozzo hosted Creating Dance For a Cure, a dance performance in Toronto that raised funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. She joined Ballet Conservatory of Asheville's faculty in Fall 2016, anchoring the acclaimed pre-professional program and teaming to set & choreograph performances.

 

Gavin Larsen, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet   NOW ON BCA FACULTY!

Pointe, Jumps & Turns

Gavin Larsen Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Gavin , a native New Yorker, received her dance training at the School of American Ballet, the New York School of Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She began dancing professionally at age 17 with Pacific Northwest Ballet and went on to perform with the Alberta Ballet, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and as a guest artist with Ballet Victoria. Over the course of her 18-year professional career, she danced principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, James Kudelka, Helgi Tomasson, Yuri Possokhov, Christopher Wheeldon, Paul Taylor, Christopher Stowell and Kent Stowell, among many others. In May 2010, Ms. Larsen retired from full-time performing to focus on a career as a teacher, coach, freelance dancer and writer. She is currently a faculty member at the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre and the children’s ballet master for Oregon Ballet Theatre. Her writings on dance have been published by Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, Dance/USA’s journal In the Green Room, and the literary journal The Threepenny Review. She joined the BCA faculty January 2017 after teaching at our Summer Intensive 2016.

Tina Mueller, Jazz

Jazz, Repertory

Tina Mueller Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Tina Mueller graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. She traveled the world performing musical theatre with her husband Nathan before settling in Asheville to start a family. Tina is an adjunct professor for the Theatre Dept. at Mars Hill College. She is thrilled to share her professional dance experience with the students of the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville.

 

 

 

Summer Showcase

Summer Showcase 2020 will be held on Friday, July 16 at the Wortham Theatre downtown Asheville or at the Sherrill Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Housing, Room & Board

We have a pool of host families that are willing to house, feed, & transport our out-of-town dancers. The cost is $1,500 for the four week session.

We believe that housing dancers with host families can be a superior experience to dorm-style summer intensive arrangement. The host families can provide a warm, welcoming environment for the dancer, advice on dancing at BCA, and insight into the beautiful Asheville area and its surroundings.

If you are interested in room & board for BCA's Summer Intensive, please indicate so on your registration form.

Curriculum

Classes meet Monday through Friday 9:30-5:00 and Saturday 9:30-12:30. Dancers in the Beginner Program are released at 4pm during weekdays. On select afternoons and evenings, students enjoy special excursions to Asheville and its picturesque surroundings.

Technique classes include:

Ballet

Pointe

Special Projects: Turns

Special Projects: Jumps

Variations

Partnering

Boy's Class

Modern

Jazz

Pilates

Alexander Technique

Repertory

In addition, BCA summer intensive includes essential non-technique classes, including:

Acting for Dancers

Nutrition

Injury Prevention

Ballet History

Career Management

Tuition

Summer intensive tuition is $1,700 for the Beginner Program and $1,800 for the Intermediate and Advanced Programs. Room & Board is $1,500.

For dancers accepted into the program as a result of their in-person audition, they must submit their registration form and a non-refundable $450 deposit by March 15. If an accepted dancer does not do so, their placement spot will be returned to the open application pool.

For dancers accepted into the program as a result of their Video/DVD audition, they must submit their registration form and a non-refundable $450 deposit within 10 days of their acceptance notification. If an accepted dancer does not do so within the 10 day window, their placement spot will be returned to the open application pool.

Applicants must be at least 10 years old by June 21.

FAQ: Summer Ballet Intensives In General

What is a summer ballet intensive?

A summer ballet intensive is a four to five week ballet training program for dancers 10 and up. Classes last all day and are usually held everyday except Sunday. Some programs include a final showcase performance or studio class visit for parents, special events, and field trips. Summer ballet intensives are held all over the country. A four to six week intensive can run $4,000 to $7,000 for tuition and room & board. Auditions or video submissions/DVDs are usually required for admission.

Why is summer intensive study so important?

If you're serious about ballet and are 10 years old or over, then the days of taking the summer off are long gone. The fact is your body needs intensive training during the summer in order to progress and keep up with the competition. It's also a great way to take a lot of class with different teachers. Plus, you'll make new friends, meet people from all over and hear about dance from new perspectives. You'll also get a clue as to whether or not serious dance is what you're looking for.

Summer intensives can be expensive. How should I prioritize my finances?

A good plan for your yearly ballet training finances should be first, year-round classes at your home studio; second, a local summer intensive; third, private lessons/coaching at your studio; fourth, a summer intensive away from home such as BCA.

What's a good forum for summer intensive hopefuls?

Make sure to subscribe to the summer intensive threads on Ballet Talk for Dancers, one of the best forums/message boards out there. It has loads of information on many topics and gives summer intensive hopefuls inside information on auditions, facilities, classes, and much more.  Pay particular attention to feedback on training methodology used, class sizes, and student life.

Where else should I look for information on summer intensives?

A good start includes Pointe Magazine and Dance Magazine. They both publish lots of information on summer intensives. A noted writer in these magazines, Gavin Larsen From there, search for schools that use the curriculum you study during the school year. Also take a look at your favorite professional companies and their schools. Have fun with it but make sure to do your homework!

I'm interested in ballet, but I'm not sure if it's my career goal. Is a summer intensive for me?

There's no better way to figure out if ballet is for you than to attend an intensive. Not only will you take a lot of class, you'll also be around like-minded young artists who have a deep passion for the art form. You'll expand your mind and challenge your body physically. You owe it to yourself to attend at least one intensive before you decide serious dance isn't for you.

What's a good age to begin going away in the summer?

That depends on the maturity and dance level of the dancer. Most programs will take dancers as young as 10. And some dancers are ready at that age, while others are not. Only a good, frank discussion between you, your ballet teacher, and your parents can really answer that question. In general, we encourage our BCA dancers to take their first few summer intensives at BCA. That way they'll get excellent training, learn what a summer intensive is like, and still have the support and comforts of home. After that, they're more likely to be ready to dance at a summer intensive away from home. Some BCA dancers alternate summers, here and away for summer intensives.

FAQ: BCA's Summer Ballet Intensive

When is BCA's summer intensive?

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville will hold its ballet intensive June 21 to July 17, 2021. The intensive is geared toward talented dancers ages 10 and up with a serious interest in ballet.

What kinds of classes are offered at BCA's summer intensive?

Technique classes include:

Ballet

Pointe

Special Projects: Turns

Special Projects: Jumps

Variations

Partnering

Men's Class

Modern

Jazz

Pilates

Alexander Technique

Repertory

In addition, BCA summer intensive includes essential non-technique classes, including:

Acting for Dancers

Nutrition

Injury Prevention

Ballet History

Career Management

How many levels are there at BCA's intensive?

BCA faculty takes care to place dancers into levels that best optimize their summer training. BCA summer intensive has 4 levels, based on age, dance experience, development and personal potential. Sometimes a student may overlap two levels and take class(es) in two levels. Dancers usually learn most effectively with other dancers at their level. They can progress quickly together, covering similar steps and technique at a workable, yet challenging pace.

Who will teach at BCA's intensive?

Teaching in the program will be BCA director Angie Lynn, BCA ballet mistress Nadia Iozzo (KC Ballet, Alberta Ballet) , Gavin Larsen (PNB, SAB, OBT), new to BCA's permanent faculty and other prominent guest faculty with world-class performing and teaching experience.

How many dancers does BCA admit to their summer intensive?

BCA's Advanced and Intermediate programs are strictly limited to 16 dancers each. That means successful applicants can be assured of individualized instruction and rigorous coaching. Many summer programs can have as many as 300+ summer students. That makes for massive class sizes.

What kind of placement record does BCA have?

Our dancers routinely win admission to the finest ballet academies, conservatories, and universities in the U.S., including School of American Ballet,  American Ballet Theatre's JKO School,   London's Royal Ballet School, Butler, Indiana & Oklahoma University's top ballet programs, North Carolina School of the Arts, and San Francisco Ballet SchoolRead more about our placement record.

How old do you have to be to go to BCA's ballet intensive?

Applicants must be at least 10 years old by June 21, 2021.

How do I apply for admission?

Either by audition or DVD.

By Audition

Sunday, March 20: 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

Interested dancers should attend the preceding audition. Dancers must pay a $20 registration fee, submit a completed audition application form and a photograph showing first arabesque. The photo does not need to be professional quality and will not be returned. Girls must wear full-length pink tights, black leotards, and pink ballet shoes. Girls should also bring pointe shoes. Boys must wear full-length black tights, white T-shirt, and black or while ballet shoes. The audition will consist of a one hour ballet class. Dancers who apply by audition will be notified of their status within 10 days of their audition. You may pre-register for an audition space by contacting BCA's summer program at 828-255-5777 or emailing us at info@balletconservatoryofasheville.com. Dancers who cannot attend may request a different audition time, or attend class while visiting Asheville from out of town. Scholarships may be awarded following each audition.

By Video Submission/Link or DVD

Interested dancers who wish to apply by video submission/DVD should submit a DVD application form two letters of recommendation, and a video link or DVD. The video audition should be no longer than 10 minutes and include adagio, pirouettes, petite and grand allegro. Females should include pointe work if applicable. In addition, the DVD should include poses in tendu a la seconde and first arabesque. Dancers who apply by DVD will be notified of their status within 10 days of the receipt of their application package. Completed DVD admission packages should be sent to:

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, 6 East Chestnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801

When will I know if I've been accepted?

You'll be notified of your application status within 10 days of your audition or receipt of your video submission and application.

What are my chances of getting in?

Dancers are admitted on a "rolling admission" basis, meaning the first 16 qualified applicants in each program are awarded places. As a result, we encourage applicants to apply by video/DVD or audition as soon as possible. BCA actively seeks the most talented and qualified dancers for its summer intensive. We consider each student's commitment, training and potential also.

If I'm admitted, how long will you save my spot?

For dancers accepted into the program as a result of their in-person audition, they must submit their registration form and a non-refundable $450 deposit by March 1, 2021. If an accepted dancer does not do so, their placement spot will be returned to the open application pool.

For dancers accepted into the program as a result of their DVD audition, they must submit their registration form and a non-refundable $450 deposit within 10 days of their acceptance notification. If an accepted dancer does not do so within the 10 day window, their placement spot will be returned to the open application pool.

Does BCA provide Room & Board?

Yes. We have a pool of host families that are willing to house, feed, & transport our out-of-town dancers. Our host families typically have dancers in our program. The cost is $1,500 for the four week session. We believe that housing dancers with host families can be a superior experience to dorm-style summer living arrangements. That's because host families can provide a warm, welcoming environment for the dancer, advice on dancing at BCA, and insight into the beautiful Asheville area and its surroundings.

If you are interested in Room & Board for BCA's Summer Intensive, please indicate so on your registration form. We will begin the process finding a good fitting host family for you.

How much BCA's summer intensive cost?

BCA's summer intensive tuition is $1,700 for the Beginner Program and $1,800 for the Intermediate and Advanced Programs. Optional Room & Board is $1,500.