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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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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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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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Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Daniel Ulbricht

NYCB Principal Daniel Ulbricht Teaches at Ballet Conservatory


Ballet Conservatory’s Pre-Professional dancers enjoyed two Master Classes from New York City Ballet Principal Daniel Ulbricht on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at BCA studios. Daniel’s classes were wonderful and the dancers were delighted. Daniel also gave an informative Q&A with the dancers.

Ballet Conservatory's Master Class Series with Daniel Ulbricht will continue on Monday, March 16, 2015. He will teach an Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Open Master Class (Ages 13+) from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Diana Wortham Theatre. This Master Class is open to everyone in the dance community. The fee is $35 ($30 for BCA students taking their second Master Class.) Space is limited so please RSVP to or call 828-255-5777 to reserve a spot in the class. Don’t miss this great opportunity to study with Daniel Ulbricht! See more photos of Daniel’s Master Classes.

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Daniel Ulbricht

Ballet Conservatory Welcomes NYCB Principal Daniel Ulbricht This Weekend!


Ballet Conservatory is delighted to announce that New York City Ballet Principal Daniel Ulbricht will visit BCA this weekend. Daniel will teach a series of Master Classes:

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Ballet Conservatory:

12:00 to 1:30 Advanced Ballet Master Class, BCA Students Only (PP4/PP6)

1:30 to 1:50 Question & Answer

2:00 to 3:30 Intermediate Ballet Master Class, BCA Students Only (PP1/PP2)

The fee is $35. Please sign-up at the BCA Front Desk and pre-pay with check or cash to reserve your spot.

Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Diana Wortham Theatre:

5:30 to 7:30 Open Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Master Class (Ages 13+)

This class is open to everyone in the dance community. The fee is $35 ($30 for BCA students taking their second Master Class.) Space is limited so please RSVP to reserve your spot. BCA PP6 dancers taking this class will be excused from their regular 6:30 class.

About Daniel Ulbricht

Daniel was invited to join the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during their Winter Program. As a student at SAB, he performed with New York City Ballet as a Jester in Peter Martins' The Sleeping Beauty. In December 2000, Daniel became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and in November 2001 he joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. In January 2005, Daniel was promoted to the rank of soloist and principal dancer in May 2007.  Learn more about Daniel Ulbricht.

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Winter Works

Ballet Conservatory Presents Winter Works: Innovations and Variations March 7 at Diana Wortham Theatre

Ballet Conservatory will present Winter Works:  Innovations and Variations on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7pm at the Diana Wortham Theatre.  Winter Works will be danced by Ballet Conservatory's acclaimed Pre-Professional company and includes six premiere dance works encompassing a variety of dance styles, from classical ballet to modern dance to Broadway jazz.

New York City Ballet's Amanda Edge and Billy Ward of New York City Opera Ballet will headline the evening, including an intimate duet from Broadway's “Swing”, choreographed by Tony Award Nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Ms. Edge and Mr. Ward will also contribute contemporary ballet premieres inspired by winter trees, Degas' painted dancers and baroque classics.

Composer and pianist Chad Lawson will accompany “She Walk's in Beauty”, choreographed by Wayne Burritt, Ballet Conservatory's ballet master. Mr. Lawson's 2014 CD, The Chopin Variations was iTunes #1 Classical Debut, plus Billboard's #4 Classical Crossover Debut. He toured as Julio Eglesias' keyboardist and earned the review "The classical CD for people that hate classical music", from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Additional choreography by Lindsey Kelley and Alisha Ear of Ballet Conservatory's modern dance faculty will round out the evening's innovations.

Tickets for Winter Works are $15 to $22 and are available by calling Diana Wortham Theatre at (828) 257-4530 or visiting Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Summer Intensive

BCA's Summer Intensive 2015!


Ballet Conservatory of Asheville will hold its SIXTH ballet intensive June 22 to July 18, 2015! The intensive is geared toward talented dancers ages 10 and up with a serious interest in ballet. Daily classes include intense, professional instruction in ballet, pointe, variations, partnering, men's class, modern, jazz, pilates, and special projects. Auditions are Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 or by DVD. Room & Board available. Former Guest Faculty includes Amanda Edge (NYCB, Broadway, now with BCA), Nick Kepley (Motion Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Broadway), Courtney Elizabeth Stewart (San Francisco Ballet), and Billy Ward (New York City Opera, now with BCA), among others. Each division is limited to 16 dancers, so if you're looking for individual attention, we want to hear from you! Learn more about Summer Intensive 2015.

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Nick Kepley

Holiday Ballet Classes Featuring Nick Kepley!


BCA's special Holiday Open Classes return next week, Monday, December 29, 2014 through Saturday, January 3, 2015. And in addition to our normal Open Classes, we are delighted that MOTION Dance Theatre director and Ballet Austin II ballet master Nick Kepley will hold ballet Master Classes on Friday and Saturday. Open and Master Classes are $20 per class ($17 for BCA students). See the BCA Calendar for details. Call 828-255-5777 for more info. And don't forget:  Regular classes begin Monday, January 5, 2015. See you in class and Happy Holidays! Learn more about BCA's Pre-Professional division.

HOLIDAY Open Int/Adv Ballet & Pointe (Ages 13 & up)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday (Master Class), Saturday (Master Class): 10am-12pm

HOLIDAY Open Beg/Int Ballet & Pointe (Ages 10 to 13)

Monday and Wednesday: 12pm-2pm; Saturday: 10am-12pm

Nick performed in CAMELOT at Lincoln Center, MARY POPPINS on Broadway and NBC’s SMASH. He was also assistant choreographer for the Tony nominated Broadway revival of RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA. He is currently Ballet Master at Ballet Austin II and Director of MOTION dance theatre.

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Nutcracker

Nutcracker Opens Tonight ... Continues Through Friday!


Join us December 17 at 6:30 and December 18 & 19 at 4:30 & 7:30 for BCA's holiday classic The Nutcracker. 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 includes over 100 performers, lavish sets and costumes, and timeless favorites like Waltz of the Snow Flakes. There's even a classic battle between an army of Mice & Soldiers! Don't miss Clara's timeless adventures in a world of magic and beauty, a perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Tickets range from $15 to $28 and go fast -- call Diana Wortham Theatre at (828) 257-4530 or visit to reserve your tickets today.

John Selya Guest Teaches Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

ABT & Broadway Star John Selya to Guest Teach!


Former ABT dancer and Broadway star John Selya will teach BCA's pre-professionals this Saturday, December 13, 2014. We couldn't be more excited to have this this wonderfully talented dancer and performer with us!

John Selya was born in New York City and trained at the School of American Ballet, where he studied with Richard Rapp, Andrei Kramarevski, and Stanley Williams. He joined American Ballet Theatre in 1988, where he danced roles such as Birbanto and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote, Head Fakir in Natalia Makarova's La Bayadere, Dr. Coppelius in Coppelia, and the Ugly Stepsister in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella. He has choreographed several ballets for ABT, including Moondance, Jack and Jill, Don't Panic, Turnstile, and Disposition. He has also choreographed for Houston Ballet, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, and ABT's Studio Company. In addition, he co-choreographed an evening of new pieces presented as part of the Guggenheim Museum's "Works and Process" series. In 2000, Selya joined Twyla Tharp Dance. Selya appeared in the 2010 Broadway musical Come Fly Away in which Twyla Tharp choreographed songs sung by Frank Sinatra. He previously appeared in the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls (2009) as Scranton Slim, in Damn Yankees as Eddie/Mambo Dancer (2008), and in The Times They Are A-Changin' as Lucibeal (2006). He played the character "Eddie" in the show Movin' Out for which he received the 2003 Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Male Dancer and Lead Actor in a musical and won the 2003 TDF/Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer in a Musical and the Theater World Award.

Learn more about BCA's Pre-Professional division.

Paul Taylor Master Class Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

BCA Hosts Paul Taylor Master Class This Saturday!


Ballet Conservatory of Asheville’s Advanced students are looking forward to a Paul Taylor Dance Company Master Class this Saturday. We are thrilled to host this special event! The Master Class is now full. Don't miss Paul Taylor Dance Company's performance at the Diana Wortham Theatre this Friday and Saturday.

West Side Story Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

WEST SIDE STORY WORKSHOPS With Amanda Edge and Billy Ward


PART 1: SUNDAY, September 28, 2-4pm: “AMERICA”

PART 2: SUNDAY, October 5, 2-4pm: “COOL”

An American classic, West Side Story was the 1st musical to demand “triple threat” abilities from its performers, and Jerome Robbins won the Tony Award for his choreography. The film won 10 Academy Awards, and everyone fell in love with this modern-day Romeo and Juliet.

Billy was an understudy for the role of Baby John for the Paris tour of the show in the 1980s. In 1995, Jerome Robbins staged his West Side Story Suite for the New York City Ballet. Amanda was in the original cast, and at Mr. Robbins invitation, subsequently sang the role of Rosalia.

Before the holidays and Nutcracker are upon us, come learn these 2 incredible numbers! We’ll be singing and dancing, so be fearless: bring your best Broadway voice, your character heels, a playful skirt, and an attitude. Are you a Jet or a Shark?!

Cost: $20/person. Location: Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, 6 East Chestnut St., Asheville, NC

Please RSVP to or sign up on the BCA notice board. Call 828-255-5777 for more info.

Sarah London Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

A Fond Farewell to Sarah London!


Our wonderfully talented Sarah London is moving. Her husband, Jeremy, has accepted a promotion with his company and they have decided to move to Greensboro, NC. We are extremely sad to loose Sarah, she has been such a tremendous part of our BCA family from the beginning, with her teaching, dancing and friendship.

We wish Sarah and Jeremy all the very best and although she will be missed terribly we are super excited for them in their young married life to head off and explore other places together. She has promised to be a frequent visitor so we will still get to see her occasionally. We are especially going to miss her zany sense of humor, but also the professionalism and grace she brought to all of our performances. Much love from us all at BCA!

Billy Ward Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

This Sunday: Dance Master Class with Amanda Edge and William Ward!


Master Class includes: 1 hour ballet warm-up, followed by Broadway choreography.  This week will focus on choreography from the legendary Twyla Tharp, set to the iconic music of Frank Sinatra.

When: Sunday, Sep 7, 2014, 2-4 pm

Where: Ballet Conservatory of Asheville, 6 East Chestnut St., Asheville NC

We welcome students from all dance schools, ages 12 and up!  $20/dancer.

Appropriate attire of choice.  Bring ballet shoes and if you have them, jazz shoes or dance heels.

Please RSVP if you can come to

Amanda Edge danced with the New York City Ballet for 15 years, before transitioning to Broadway, where she performed in Phantom of the Opera. She also danced in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away on Broadway, and served as Tharp’s dance captain in the Vegas production of the show.

William Ward was a solo dancer with the New York City Opera for 27 years. He’s done numerous Broadway revivals with the company, and was a principal dancer on HBO’s award-winning Boardwalk Empire. He is also a licensed massage therapist, whose clients have included dancers from Broadway’s A Chorus Line and the “Billys” from Billy Elliot.

We would love to see you, Amanda and Billy

Kirov Scholarships Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

BCA Students Win Full Scholarships to Kirov Academy


We are so proud of our Ballet Conservatory Students, Kathryn Garrett and Marshall Dayton. Both have been awarded full year-round scholarships to the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC. They started this week. Congratulations! We will miss you, but are so excited for you!



Amanda Edge Billy Ward Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

New York City Ballet Dancer Joins BCA Faculty


Ballet Conservatory of Asheville is thrilled to welcome Amanda Edge and Billy Ward to our BCA faculty. Amanda is a repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust and danced for 15 years with New York City Ballet. Amanda will head up a new performance for us March 7: "Winter Works" Innovations and Variations. Billy brings a wealth of expertise. He trained at the School of American Ballet and most recently danced with New York City Opera Ballet. Read the full announcement.

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville -- Pre-Professional Training

Pre-Professional Division Auditions Sunday, August 17, 2014


Auditions for BCA's 2014-2015 Pre-Professional Division and Nutcracker 2014 will be held Sunday, August 17, 2014 at BCA Studios, 5 Points Bldg., 6 East Chestnut St., Asheville, NC, 28801.

1:00-2:00 Year 1 Pre-Professional program (rising 5th & 6th grade)

2:30-3:30 Year 2 Pre-Professional program (rising 6th 7th & 8th grade)

4:00-5:00 Year 4 Intermediate Pre-Professional (rising 8th grade)

5:30-6:30 Year 6 Advanced Pre-Professional (High school students)

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your audition to sign-in. Audition fee is $15. Girls should bring pointe shoes. These auditions also serve as BCA’s Nutcracker 2014 auditions for pre-professionals. BCA's Pre-Professional Division prepares dancers ages 10 and up for careers in the dance profession. They are routinely cast in soloist and corps de ballet roles in our productions of Nutcracker and a Spring Ballet. We encourage all talented young dancers to attend this audition.

All prospective dancers and their parents should be aware of the Pre-Professional division class, rehearsal, and contract requirements prior to the August 17th audition. Returning pre-professionals are required to audition.

Download the Pre-Professional Audition Flyer, Contract, and Handbook.

If a dancer cannot make the August 17 audition, a make-up audition will be held. However we encourage you to attend the August 17 audition if at all possible since we will begin casting directly following that audition. Call 828-255-5777 for more make-up audition info.

Dancers will be notified of their results by email following their audition. If accepted, they will be required to sign the BCA Pre-Professional Contract, pay their fees, and enroll in their classes.

In addition, dancers and their parents are required to attend the Pre-Professional Division Induction Ceremony on Saturday, August 23, 2014. During this event new BCA Pre-Pros will be welcomed into the program by current BCA Pre-Pro dancers in a delightful induction ceremony. Then, new Pre-Pro parents and dancers will have an opportunity to ask questions and exchange information with BCA faculty and current Pre-Pro parents and dancers. Refreshments will be served.

For more info please visit or call 828-255-5777.

Billy Ward Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Billy Ward Returns For Week Two of Summer Intensive 2014


Billy Ward will guest teach during week 2 and part of week 3 of BCA's Summer Intensive 2014. This will mark Billy's fourth summer with us and we are delighted to have him back. Billy will work with all the groups in the intensive and especially the boys. He will teach ballet, pointe, boy's class, partnering, special projects and repertory.

Billy Ward, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts and continued his studies at the School of American Ballet on full scholarship. He has been a principal guest artist with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Garden State Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Theater of Chicago, and Delta Festival Ballet. Billy became a dancer with the New York City Opera, where he was quickly promoted to soloist. During his tenure with the company, he has traveled throughout China, Japan, and the United States. Billy has performed solo and principal roles in Brigadoon, 110 in the Shade, Don Giovanni, Most Happy Fella, Carmen, La Traviata, Candide, Mikado, L’enfent et les Sortileges, Mefistofoles, The Merry Widow, Cinderella, Prince Igor, The Music Man, H.M.S Pinafore, Carmina Burana, and Die Fledermaus. He was also invited to the Regal Theater in Boston to perform the role of Harry Beaton in Brigadoon. Billy will be joining the permanent faculty of BCA in August, 2014.

Courtney Elizabeth Stewart Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Courtney Elizabeth Stewart Guests Teaches at Summer Intensive 2014


BCA's Summer Intensive 2014 kicked off this week. And we couldn't have asked for a better way to begin than to welcome Courtney Elizabeth Stuart as our first guest teacher. Courtney received training at the Charlotte School of Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, and the San Francisco Ballet School. She 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. She has also performed all over the US, 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 College, Stanford University, and Minnesota Dance Theater.

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Nick Kepley

Broadway Veteran NICK KEPLEY Hosts Master Class (Encore Presentation)


Broadway veteran Nick Kepley will host an ENCORE presentation of his Broadway Master Class at the Ballet Conservatory this Thursday, June 19, from 7:00 to 8:30. The class is geared to dancers ages 12 and up. The cost is $25 or $20 for current BCA students. This class was added after the great success of the first class last week.

Nick performed in CAMELOT at Lincoln Center, MARY POPPINS on Broadway and NBC’s SMASH. He was also assistant choreographer for the Tony nominated Broadway revival of RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA. He is currently Ballet Master at Ballet Austin II and Director of MOTION dance theatre.

Sign up at the studio, or call 828 255-5777 to reserve a spot. Payment is due before Master Class. Don't miss this rare opportunity to study with Nick!

BCA's Pre-Professional Division Announces Summer Intensive 2014 Acceptances


Again this year, dancers in BCA's Pre-Professional Division won acceptances and scholarships to summer intensives at some of the finest ballet institutions in the U.S., including American Ballet Theatre (NYC & Other Sites), Boston Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland, and Kirov Ballet. Many of our students will also stay at home for BCA's summer intensive. The quality of these accepting institutions and our dancers' sheer volume of acceptances are clear testaments to these talented young artists' hard work, dedication, and skill. Congrats! For a complete list of our Summer Intensive 2014 acceptances, visit our Pre-Professional Division page. Also, learn more about BCA's Summer Intensive 2014.

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Billy Ward Teaches April 2014

Billy Ward Guest Teaches at BCA


Billy Ward spent the latter part of last week at BCA teaching all levels in the Pre-Professional division. Billy also sat in on classes and Swan Lake rehearsals. As always, it was great to have Billy with us. And everyone had a great time -- see the pic to the left! Billy Ward and Amanda Edge will be joining the BCA faculty August, 2014. Read the full announcement.


Amanda Edge Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Amanda Edge & Billy Ward Join BCA Faculty


BCA is delighted to announce that Amanda Edge and Billy Ward will be joining the BCA faculty in August, 2014! Amanda and Billy have been guest teachers during BCA's summer intensives and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our school. We are absolutely thrilled they will be teaching for us! Read the full announcement.





Welcome to Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Welcome! We're Ballet Conservatory of Asheville (BCA) and we're delighted you've taken the opportunity to learn more about us. We offer dance programs for children, teens/adults, and pre-professionals. Included are classes in nearly every major dance form, from ballet and pointe to tap, jazz, hip-hop and modern. We welcome all dancers with any level of experience from ages 3 to adult. In addition to our regular school year programs, we also offer summer classes & workshops for all ages and a summer intensive for serious ballet dancers.

Our philosophy is simple: We want our students to gain good technique, learn proper class etiquette, and enjoy the wonderful world of dance. And while we offer classes in all disciplines, we are primarily a ballet school with a strong pre-professional training program.

Our faculty brings rich professional backgrounds and outstanding teaching and education credentials. BCA's leadership team includes Angie Lynn (Director), Wayne Burritt (Ballet Master), and Christopher Lynn (Managing Director). Our professional facilities are located in the 5 Points Building, 6 East Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina.

We produce the Nutcracker, a Spring ballet, and a Recital each year. Our performances are produced at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre, widely considered to be one of the finest dance venues in the U.S.

We are a busy conservatory so please feel free to follow us through our news and events page as well as on Facebook . Thank you for visiting!

How To Enroll

Enrolling in BCA's programs is easy. First, discover our different programs and what classes you are interested in. Then, download and fill out a registration form. At that point, please feel free to give us a call at 828-255-5777 or drop by our studios at 6 East Chestnut Street, Asheville. We can help you decide which classes are ideal for you, space availability, and fees. We'll then give you the details about your classes, a copy of our policies and procedures, and you'll be all set.

For pre-professionals, please visit our pre-professional section for details on auditions, requirements, and fees.

Contact Us

If you'd like to learn more about BCA programs, classes, and events, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can call us at 828-255-5777 or email us at We also encourage you to drop by our facilities at 6 East Chestnut Street, Asheville.