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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.

The Biggest Ballets ... The Best Productions

Swan Lake 2014!

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Swan Lake

May 30 & 31, 2014 at Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC

BCA is proud to present 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. Featuring 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, this production of Swan Lake is the perfect evening out for the entire family. Tickets range from $12 to $28. They go fast so call Diana Wortham Theatre at (828) 257-4530 or visit dwtheatre.com to reserve your tickets today. Tickets are also available at the Front Desk for a limited time.

Download the Swan Lake 2014 program.

NCDT Principal Addul Manzano Stars in BCA's "Swan Lake"

Addul Manzano Guest Artist Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville

Hometown: Santiago De Cuba, Cuba

Dancing Since: Age 11

Seasons with North Carolina Dance Theatre: 8

Never misses an episode of: Family Guy

Goal as a professional dancer: Inspire others

Thing he could not live without: Wife, Sybil

Favorite choreographer: George Balanchine

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 and Washington 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.

Photos of Addul Manzano by Jeff Cravotta, courtesy of North Carolina Dance Theatre.

NCDT's Ben Ingel Featured in BCA's Swan Lake

Ben Ingel Guest Artist Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Dancing Since: Age 11

Seasons with North Carolina Dance Theatre: 2

Favorite choreographer: Jiri Kylian

Favorite Charlotte restaurant: Ru San’s

Never misses and episode of: Doctor Who

Ben Ingle has studied with the Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, Boston Ballet School and North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance. He attended high school at North Carolina School of the Arts. He has had the privilege of working with Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Johan Kobborg, Claudio Munoz, Dwight Rhoden, Ethan Steifel and Twyla Tharp. Ben has performed and learned various classical and contemporary ballet repertoire including George Balanchine's Who Cares?, Mark Diamond's Bolero, Alonzo King's Chants and Dwight Rhoden's world premiere of The Groove. This past summer he performed in the world premiere of Twyla Tharp's Treefrog in Stonehenge at the American Dance Festival.

Swan Lake: A Ballet Masterpiece

About Swan Lake

Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Original Choreography by Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov

Restaged by Wayne Burritt & Angie Lynn

Petipa/Ivanov production was first presented January 27, 1895 at the Imperial Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia with Pierina Legnani as Odette/Odile, Pavel Gerdt as Prince Siegfried, and Alexei Bulgakov as Von Rothbart.

Act 1: A Magnificent Park by the Palace

In a magnificent park in front of his palace, Prince Siegfried is celebrating his 21st birthday with friends, peasants, and his Tutor.  The celebration is interrupted by Siegfried's Queen Mother who says that her Prince must give up his carefree lifestyle and choose a bride during the royal ball, scheduled for the following evening.  Siegfried is not ready to be married and his Mother's wishes put him in a troubled mood.  The Queen Mother presents him with a handsome crossbow, which lifts his spirits.  Siegfried, his friend Benno, and his Tutor -- after seeing a flock of swans overhead -- suggest they go for a hunt.  The Act closes as the boys rush off.

Act 2: A Lakeside Clearing in the Forest on a Moonlit Night

It is a moonlit night by a lakeside clearing in a forest near Siegfried's estate.  He and his friends arrive ready to hunt but Siegfried sends them off, his somber mood returning again.  Suddenly -- from a flock of swans overhead -- one of the most beautiful lands and transforms into the beautiful Swan Queen Odette.  Siegfried promises not to harm her.  She tells her story.  She and her Swan Maidens are victims of a terrible spell cast by the evil owl-like sorcerer Von Rothbart:  By day they are swans and only at night -- by the lake created by the tears of Odette's mother -- do they return to human form.  The spell can only be broken by one who has never loved before and swears to love Odette forever.  Von Rothbart appears and Siegfried attempts to kill him.  But Odette stops him:  If Von Rothbart dies before the spell is broken, it can never be undone.  Swan Maidens fill the clearing then Benno arrives with his companions and take aim at the swans.  Siegfried stops Benno and his friends and sends them away.  He now sets out to win Odette's trust and the two fall in love.  As dawn returns, Odette and her Swan Maidens turn back into swans.

Act 3:  An Opulent Hall in the Palace

It is the following evening and the Royal Ball is underway in an opulent hall in the in the palace.  Guests begin to arrive, followed by the Queen Mother who commands Siegfried to dance with six Princesses.  While he says they are very beautiful, his heart now belongs to Odette.  Suddenly, an unexpected guest Prince arrives with his daughter.  It is the evil Von Rothbart in disguise with his daughter Odile -- a beautiful young woman who looks exactly like Odette.  The Prince mistake Odile for Odette and dances with her, unaware of the vision of Odette trying to warn him of the deception.  Siegfried then proclaims his love for Odile and pledges to marry her.  Von Rothbart then reveals the tragic error Siegfried has made.  The Prince -- now fully aware that he has sealed Odette's fate -- flees for the lake.

Act 4: The Lakeside

Back at the lakeside, Odette is distraught by Prince Siegfried's betrayal.  The Swan Maidens try to comfort but to no avail:  Odette knows that, without Siegfried's love, the spell can only be broken by her death.  Siegfried arrives, makes a passionate apology, and Odette quickly forgives him, well aware of Von Rothbart's cruel deception.  The two lovers -- now consigned to their own deaths -- leap into the lake.  As the spell is broken, Von Rothbart dies.  Finally, the Swan Maidens watch as Odette and Siegfried ascend into the heavens, forever united in love.