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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.
Teens + Adults
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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Ballet Conservatory of Asheville
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.

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PRE-PRO News + Events

Visit our News + Events page for more news about the Pre-Pro division.

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Pre-Professionals

Pre-Professional Division Auditions Sunday, August 9, 2015

7-22-15

Auditions for BCA's 2015-2016 Pre-Professional Division and Nutcracker 2015 will be held Sunday, August 9, 2015 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 grade)

4:00-5:00 Year 3 Pre-Professional program (rising 7th & 8th grade)

5:30-6:30 Year 5/7 Pre-Professional program (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 2015 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 9 audition. Returning pre-professionals are required to audition.

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

If a dancer cannot make the August 9 audition, a make-up audition will be held. However we encourage you to attend the August 9 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.

For more info please visit BalletConservatoryofAsheville.com/prepro or call 828-255-5777.

BCA's Pre-Professional Division Announces Summer Intensive 2015 Acceptances

4-16-15

Once again, dancers in Ballet Conservatory'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, Kirov (DC), Pacific Northwest Ballet, and School of American Ballet, to name just a few. 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!

American Ballet Theatre Alabama Bolshoi Ballet (NY)
Emma McClain
Amanda Evans
   
American Ballet Theatre New York Boston Ballet
Darcey Lynn Amanda Evans
Hannah Beun Julia Fleming*
Jessica Lynn MezzMyrh O'Neal
Paige Kemper Sarah Adams
   
American Ballet Theatre North Carolina Broadway Dance Experience
Ryland Mettee Teghan Murphy
   
American Ballet Theatre Texas Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Kayla Schmitt Amanda Evans
  Andrew Blankinship
Atlanta Ballet Jessica Lynn
Avery Sund  
Caroline Roberts Charlotte Ballet
Rose Wuertz Caroline Roberts
  Rose Wuertz
Ballet Conservatory of Asheville Julia Fleming*
Abbey Hamilton  
Andrew Blankinship Hartt School
Anna Wilkie Clancy Penny
Ariana Robbins Samantha Penny
Audrey Lynn  
Ava Menkes Kirov Academy of Ballet (DC)
Christina Hamilton Acacia Dayton
Clancy Penny Audrey Lynn
Crystal Murlless Jessica Lynn
Darcey Lynn Kayla Schmitt
Ella Lewis  
Ellen Reeder Miami City Ballet
Emma McClain Avery Sund
Flora Konz Julia Fleming
Helen Coates  
Jasmine Parente Pacific Northwest Ballet
Jessica Lynn Julia Fleming
Jia Hand  
Josie Maita Patel Conservatory
Julia Steininger Rebecca Wilcox*
Kaitlyn Cressman  
Kayla Schmitt Point Park University Summer Program
Maddie Matlick Lauren Tooley*
Nicole Evans  
Olivia Roberson Rock School
Paige Kemper Kaitlyn Cressman
Riha Douglas  
Ryland Mettee School of American Ballet
Samantha Penny Darcey Lynn
Sarah Adams Julia Fleming
Sophie Blankinship  
   
Bolshoi Ballet (CT)  
Andrew Blankinship*  
MezzMyrh O'Neal*  
Sarah Adams *Denotes Scholarship Recipient

If You're Serious About Ballet, Study With Us

BCA's Pre-Professional division prepares dancers ages 10 (5th graders) and up for careers in the dance profession, post-secondary dance programs and universities, conservatories, and other top pre-professional programs. It is comprised of three programs: Beginner (5th & 6th graders), Intermediate (7th & 8th graders), and Advanced (9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th graders). Placement is based primarily on academic grade and age.  However, experience, maturity, and BCA’s program needs also play a role. For dancers in 7th grade or higher who may not yet be ready for the Pre-Pro program, BCA offers a Trainee Program.

It Takes Eight Years ... And It's Worth Every Minute

Pre-Professional division classes are based on the 8 year Vaganova School curriculum currently in use today throughout Russia.  This method of ballet training has produced world-class dancers consistently since 1738 and is the undisputed training method for many of the world's top ballet schools.

BCA Pre-Pro Program

Academic Grade

Vaganova Curriculum

PP1

5th Grade

Year 1 Class (Elementary)

PP2

6th Grade

Year 2 Class (Elementary)

PP3

7th Grade

Year 3 Class (Elementary)

PP4

8th Grade

Year 4 Class (Intermediate)

PP5

9th Grade

Year 5 Class (Intermediate)

PP6

10th Grade

Year 6 Class (Intermediate)

PP7

11th Grade

Year 7 Class (Advanced)

PP8

12th Grade

Year 8 Class (Advanced)

 

It typically takes a dancer eight years to finish their fundamental schooling in ballet. As a result, a dancer who begins with BCA in the fifth grade can expect to accomplish all their lessons and achieve a professional skill-set by the twelfth grade of high school.

What We Expect From You

Dancers who successfully pass an audition for our Pre-Professional division are required to take their level-specific classes, participate in BCA's productions -- including the Nutcracker and Spring ballet -- and attend class throughout the summer, including a recommended BCA summer intensive program. Other requirements include periodic progress conferences with the dancer and their parents, special rehearsals and activities, and absence policy, among others. All Pre-Pro dancers and their parent/guardian are required to sign a Pre-Pro contract prior to enrollment.

In addition, we expect all Pre-Pros to finish our 8 year training program, beginning with the Year 1 Class (5th academic grade) and ending with the Year 8 Class (12th academic grade). Only by committing to the full program does the dancer reap the highest benefit of our training program and the Vaganova (Russian) training syllabus. Sticking with the program is especially important during the extremely valuable intermediate and advanced year classes that begin in Year 4 Class (8th academic grade) and continue through Year 8 Class (12th academic grade).

That being said, we also understand that 8 years is a long time horizon and many things can change. Dancers and their families can move; dancers can lose interest in becoming professional dancers, especially as they enter high school; and dancers can decide to train elsewhere. We understand all this and want every Pre-Pro and their family to know that we will support them in any transition that may become necessary during the 8 year program. In the end, we want all our BCA dancers to gain the greatest happiness possible in their dance and their lives.

Pre-Professional Handbook

If you're a Pre-Pro -- or a Pre-Pro hopeful -- make sure you have a copy of your handbook. It's chock-full of important information, including class requirements, dress code, and lots more.

Pre-Professional Contract

BCA's Pre-Professional Contract lays out the requirements that all BCA Pre-Pros can expect for this year. The Pre-Pro dancer and their parent/guardian are required to sign this agreement prior to enrollment.

We Use the Greatest Ballets to Train You

We focus on producing two large-scale classical ballets each year: The Nutcracker in December and a Spring Ballet each year. BCA's pre-professional dancers are routinely cast in soloist and corps de ballet roles in these ballets.

We typically select ballets from the Russian tradition. These ballets -- which include Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, 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.

It's All About Placement

Our experience has shown that serious dancers trained by our methods have encountered outstanding professional placement opportunities. In fact, our students have been placed in many of the top-tier ballet schools, academies, and universities in the U.S., including School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre School, San Francisco Ballet School, and Indiana University. Many BCA dancers won scholarships to these institutions. In addition, our students have also won positions in leading ballet companies -- including Miami City Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Charlotte Ballet -- as well as on Broadway.

Schools, Academies, & Conservatories

Ailey School
Alabama Ballet
Alvin Ailey
American Ballet Theatre
American Dance Festival
Ballet Austin
Ballet Chicago (Scholarship)
Ballet Florida
Ballet Met
Bolshoi Ballet (CT) (Scholarship)
Bolshoi Ballet (NY)
Boston Ballet (Scholarship)
Boston Conservatory
Carolina Ballet
Cary Ballet Conservatory
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Charleston Ballet
Charlotte Ballet (Formerly NCDT)
Ellison Ballet
Gelsey Kirkland Academy
Houston Ballet (Scholarship)
International Ballet Academy (Cary) (Scholarship)
Joffrey Ballet (Scholarship)
Kirov Academy (DC) (Scholarship)
Lines Ballet (Alonzo King)
Miami City Ballet (Scholarship)
Milwaukee Ballet
Nashville Ballet
Orlando Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Paul Taylor
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Princeton Ballet
Richmond Ballet
Rock School
Rockettes Summer Intensive
San Francisco Ballet (Scholarship)
San Francisco Conservatory
Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive
School of American Ballet (Scholarship)
South Carolina Conservatory
South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts
Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts
Virginia School of the Arts
Washington Ballet

Universities

Adelphi University
Butler University
Florida State University
Harvard University
Indiana University
Kennesaw State University
Marymount Manhattan University (Scholarship)
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Ohio State University
Point Park University (Scholarship)
Texas Christian University
University of Florida
University of Georgia (Scholarship)
University of North Carolina Greensboro
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Scholarship)
University of Oklahoma
University of South Carolina (Scholarship)
University of the Arts Philadelphia
University of Utah
Virginia Commonwealth University

Companies

Alabama Ballet
Ballet Austin
Ballet Deviare
Ballet Manila
Ballet Tech
Ballet West
Boca Ballet Theatre
Broadway
Charlotte Ballet
Dre Dance Company
La La La Human Steps
Les Ballet Grandiva
Miami City Ballet
Nashville Ballet
Orlando Ballet
Walt Disney World

How To Get In

Pre-Professional Division Auditions Sunday, August 9, 2015

7-22-15

Auditions for BCA's 2015-2016 Pre-Professional Division and Nutcracker 2015 will be held Sunday, August 9, 2015 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 grade)

4:00-5:00 Year 3 Pre-Professional program (rising 7th & 8th grade)

5:30-6:30 Year 5/7 Pre-Professional program (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 2015 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 9 audition. Returning pre-professionals are required to audition.

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

If a dancer cannot make the August 9 audition, a make-up audition will be held. However we encourage you to attend the August 9 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.

For more info please visit BalletConservatoryofAsheville.com/prepro or call 828-255-5777.

Pre-Professional Division Schedule 2015-2016

Please download the BCA Pre-Professional Schedule and Fees or visit our Calendar page for the schedule in real-time.

The Children / Teen Adult division is on a separate schedule. Download it here.

College Ballet Programs

When evaluating post-secondary education programs, we look at a number of factors, including the degree offered, classes, facilities, faculty, and placement.  We focus on a program's success at getting a student closer to work as a professional dancer.  As a result, faculty professional ballet experience, professional performance experience, affiliation with a professional company, and student placement are key.  Candidates should take these comments as jump-off points for further research, including direct contact with the department, a campus visit (including taking class), and seeing a performance.  Auditions begin in the Fall.

Resources

College Dance Fair at Boca Ballet
Boca Ballet in Florida brings together the top university ballet programs for three days of classes and information sessions in August or September.  A great way to be seen by the top schools without travelling all over the country.
Dance U101
A great site for college bound dancers.  Lots of informative articles.
Pointe Magazine College Ballet Guide
An online straight-forward guide to 140 colleges and conservatories that offer ballet training.
Dance Magazine College Guide
A print guide to over 600 college dance programs.
Ballet Talk for Dancers
A great online forum for dancers, parents and teachers.  Topics range from college dance programs to summer intensives to tips on the best point shoes.  A must read!

Top College Ballet Programs

Est. Cost Yr 2015-2016
(Non-Resident Tuition and Room & Board)
Indiana University $45,997
Butler University $52,615
University of Oklahoma $32,192
University of Arizona $46,832
University of Utah $41,418
Point Park University $40,190

Company Auditions

Ready to take that next step into the professional dance world? The best way to start is to research the companies you are excited about and find out when they are holding auditions. Check their website, read about them online, watch their videos. Find out all you can. Scheduled auditions are usually held in the Winter and Spring prior to the year for which the company is hiring. However, auditions can also be held just about anytime by contacting the company and asking to audition. Usually, this involves taking company class. Each company is different so make sure to do your research! Listed below are some resources to help you get started.

Resources

Pointe Magazine Company Audition Guide

This is a great listing of company auditions, including company positions and training programs. And while most are from the U.S., there are also non-U.S. companies. In addition to audition details, this guide is also a great place to learn about company details, including their size, location, and contact info.

BalletAuditions.org

For a small fee, this site lists literally thousands of auditions. They can be sorted in a variety of ways and can make planning an audition trip very convenient. There is also a community forum focusing on a variety of topics. A must site! They also have a facebook page.

Ballet Talk for Dancers

BT4D is one of the best community forums out there. From summer intensives to college programs to professional auditions, BT4D is a great resource. Another must-have!