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BCA's Pre-Professional division prepares dancers ages 10 and up for careers in the dance profession, post-secondary dance programs and universities, conservatories, and other top pre-professional programs. They are routinely cast in soloist and corps de ballet roles in our productions. We encourage all talented young dancers to attend this audition. These auditions also serve as BCA’s Nutcracker auditions for pre-professionals.
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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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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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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.

Summer Intensive 2016!

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville will hold Summer Intensive 2016 June 20 to July 16, 2016.
Auditions will be held Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 at BCA studios or by DVD.
Detailed information will be posted late Fall 2015. In the meantime, please read about Summer Intensive 2015. We also invite you to read about past BCA Summer Intensives in our Archive page. Enjoy!

BCA's Summer Intensive June 22 to July 18, 2015

Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Summer Intensive

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville will hold its 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 & hip-hop, pilates, and special projects. Non-technique classes include acting for dancers, nutrition, injury prevention, and ballet history. Admission is by audition or DVD. Because each program is limited to 16 places, dancers can expect an extremely high level of individualized attention and coaching.

Teaching in the program will be BCA's Angie Lynn and Wayne Burritt. We are in the midst of finalizing our 2015 Guest Faulty. Our past Guest Faculty has included Nick Kepley (Motion Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Broadway), Courtney Elizabeth Stewart (San Francisco Ballet) and Billy Ward (New York City Opera), among others. We invite you to read more about our guest faculty by clicking on the Faculty tab above.

Room & Board is 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 during weekdays. On select afternoons and evenings, students enjoy special excursions to Asheville and its picturesque surroundings.

Summer Intensive 2015 Downloads (PDF)

Audition Application Form

Audition Flyer

Audition Guide

Dance Magazine's Summer Audition Guide

Registration Pack

DVD Application Form

Summer Intensive Handbook

BCA's Summer Intensive 2015 Audition Guide!

Download a copy of our Summer Intensive 2015 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 summer or two.  Then, venture out to a non-BCA summer intensive.  If you're on the fence about how interested you are in ballet, try at least one summer intensive.  Here is our 2015 recommended list of summer intensives:

American Ballet Theatre (NYC)
Ballet Conservatory of Asheville**
Bolshoi Ballet Academy (NYC & CT)**
Boston Ballet (Boston, MA)
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (Carlisle, PA)
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)

**Indicates Vaganova-based School

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 a non-BCA summer intensive.  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 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 intensive are ballet class, not rocket science.  So, work hard and you'll get something out of it!

Admission

Admission to the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville 2015 Summer Intensive is by audition or DVD. Because both 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 DVD 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 31, 2015. 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.

Applicants must be at least 10 years old by June 22, 2015.

Summer Intensive 2015 Audition

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015: 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 who wish to apply by audition 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 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.

By DVD

Interested dancers who wish to apply by DVD should submit a DVD application form two letters of recommendation, and a DVD. The DVD should be no longer than 10 minutes and include adagio, pirouettes, petite and grand allegro. Females should include pointe work. 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

Summer Faculty

Summer Guest Faculty: Dance

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.

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.

Nick Kepley, Motion Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin

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

Nick Kepley Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Born in Asheville, NC, Nick Kepley spent summers at the School of American Ballet and The Juilliard School. He has 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 served as dance captain in McCarter Theatre’s A Christmas Carol and appeared on Broadway in Mary Poppins (Neleus, Valentine) and in Camelot with the New York Philharmonic, which was broadcast nationwide on PBS in 2008. He also performed on "The Celebrity Apprentice" and NBC’s new series, "SMASH." Recently Nick assisted choreographer Josh Rhodes on the dance lab of the new Broadway production of Cinderella and is now working as assistant and dance captain. He is also Founder and Artistic Director of Motion Dance Theatre, a summer dance company and choreographic laboratory based in Asheville, NC.

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 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.

 

Tyler Sandborn, Charlotte Ballet

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

Tyler Sandborn Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville

Tyler Sandborn, from Asheville, NC, started dancing at 6 years old in Atlanta. He attended University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he received his high school degree and BFA. He spent summers dancing at Houston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Dancing Since: Age 6
Seasons with Charlotte Ballet II: 1
Never misses and episode of: Game of Thrones
Biggest pet peeve: People who talk during movies
Favorite choreographer: William Forsythe

Mollie Sansone, Nashville Ballet

Ballet, Pointe, Jumps & Turns

Mollie Sansone Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville

Mollie originally from North Carolina, began her ballet training with Melissa Hale-Coyle, Claudia Folts, Lisa Leone, and Rebecca and Daniel Wiley. She also studied at Maniya Barredo’s Metropolitan Ballet Theater, the Joffrey Midwest Workshop, the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory, and Atlanta Ballet. As a member of NB2, Nashville Ballet's second company, which she joined in 2004, Mollie performed with the main company in several series. Since joining the main company in 2006, she has performed works by renowned choreographers such as Sarah Slipper, Brian Enos, Salvatore Aiello, Paul Vasterling, Ann Marie DeAngelo, Gina Patterson and James Canfield. Some of Mollie’s feature roles include Juliet in Vasterling’s Romeo & Juliet, Lady Macbeth in Vasterling’s Macbeth, The Chosen One in Aiello’s Right of Spring, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen in Vasterling’s Nashville’s Nutcracker, the lead in Christopher Stuart's Under the Lights "Hurt," Wendy in Vasterling's Peter Pan and "Save You" from Gina Patterson's ...but the flowers have yet to come. Mollie has danced in residency with Motion Dance Theater, where she has performed works choreographed by Nick Kepley, Gabrielle Lamb, and Travis Guerin. Mollie was also awarded the 2012-2013 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Courtney Elizabeth Stewart, San Francisco Ballet

Ballet, Pointe, Jumps & Turns, Repertory

Courtney Elizabeth Stewart Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

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. She lovingly inspires her students to challenge themselves and strive for excellence in every class. Courtney motivates her young dancers through thoughtful exercises, a strong focus on musicality and encouraging words.

Billy Ward, New York City Opera

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

Billy Ward Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

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.

BCA Summer Faculty: Dance

Angie Lynn, Director

Ballet, Pointe, Jumps & Turns, Repertory

Angie Lynn Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Angie Lynn was born in England and enjoyed an extensive professional dance career, after training at The Arts Educational Schools, London, earning a diploma in dance performance. As a certified associate member of the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, she earned certificates in classical ballet and modern dance education. She first joined Vienna Festival Ballet, touring in “Swan Lake” throughout England and Europe. She then ventured into musical theatre, performing for 6 years in Andrew Lloyd Webber's world-class productions of “Cats”, as Victoria, the white cat; and “Phantom of the Opera”, as Meg Giry.

 

Wayne Burritt, Ballet Master

Ballet, Pointe, Jumps & Turns, Repertory

Wayne Burritt Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Wayne serves as the BCA’s Ballet Master. He studied at Orlando Ballet School (formerly Southern Ballet Theatre) and San Francisco Ballet. He danced professionally for Naples Ballet Theatre and Demetrius Klein Dance Company. His students have been placed in many of the most prestigious ballet schools in the U.S. -- including American Ballet Theatre School, School of American Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet – as well as top-ranked University ballet programs -- including Indiana University, Butler University, and the University of Oklahoma. Wayne’s students have also gone on to dance for Miami City Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Alabama Ballet, as well as on Broadway. Wayne completed Vaganova Teacher Training grades one through five with John White and two-year Professional Ballet Teacher Training with Ruth C. Petrinovic. He holds an MBA in Arts Management from Golden Gate University and a BA in English and Philosophy from Indiana University.

Lindsey Kelley Brewer, Modern

Modern, Repertory

Lindsey Kelley Brewer Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Lindsey is a native of the Florida Panhandle, began ballet and modern dance training with the Northwest Florida Ballet Company, under the direction of Todd and Shari Allen. In 2007, she graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida with a BFA in Dance Performance. Lindsey’s dance training includes the Amsterdam Dance Center, Atlanta Ballet, Dance New Amsterdam, Tiffany Mills Company, Mark Morris Dance Company, Nutmeg Ballet, Stephen Petronio Dance Company and Trisha Brown Dance company. While living in New York City, Lindsey performed the works of Monica Bill Barnes, Sean Curran, Rebecca Davis, Yesid Lopez, Laura Peterson, Becky Radway, Oliver and Teri Steele and Saul Ulerio. She is a former dancer of Contemporary Ballet Theatre, The Human Institution, Michiyo and Dancers, Naganuma Dance and STEPS on Broadway’s Repertory Ensemble. Winter of 2013, Lindsey founded Lindsey Kelley Dance. The company has since presented two evening-length productions, “Legend of the Shim Sham” and “Ladle Weiss” at the Asheville Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville.

Alisha Ear, Modern

Modern, Repertory

Alisha Ear Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Alisha danced in the Boston area with Lorraine Chapman the Company and Andary Dance, while training with Marcus Schulkind. She earned her BFA in Dance Performance from Ohio State University in 2005, dancing works of Susan Hadley and Doug Varone. She has taught workshops and master classes for both children and advanced dancers and the experience of starting a class for non-dancers at the YMCA as well as taking Gaga classes in NYC has sparked a passionate idea that all people (who want to) can and should dance.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Cary Petrusek, Jazz and Modern

Jazz, Modern, Repertory

Cary Petrusek Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Cary trained for 14 years at the Bluefield Dance Theatre where she was an instructor and competed in regional and national competitions receiving many high point awards. Cary received a degree in Dance Performance and Education and was a four-year member of the Dance Company at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, performing modern, jazz, tap, and ballet. She studied under Laura Gagnon a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. While in school Cary also ran the tap program at Van Metre School of Dance in Maryville Tennessee. She has taught for over 15 years at several studios around the country. Cary relocated to Evergreen Colorado ten years ago where she became the owner and director of Evergreen Dance Center teaching hundreds of children in the Evergreen community. She is very excited to be in Asheville continuing to share her passion for dance.

Summer Guest Faculty: Non-Dance Subjects

Cat Matlock

Injury Prevention

Cat Matlock Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Cat has been a licensed massage therapist and bodyworker since 1993, dedicating her practice to the understanding and relieving of the tensional systems which create chronic pain in our bodies. After 20 years and thousands of hours of study and practice, she believes the key to effectively releasing these tensional patterns is in combining simple fascial connective tissue opening with the compressive release of trigger points. Cat believes that it is important to work at the edge of discomfort, sinking into the body, not plowing into tight and constricted areas causing the tissue to reflexively react to protect itself.

 

 

Jennifer Gianni

Pilates

Jennifer Gianni Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Jen founded her first studio, called Embodyment, utilizing the concept that Pilates, Yoga, and Gyrotonic® could be combined to create customized work out programs for each client according to their individual mind/body goals. Embodyment studio began in a small garage behind Jennifer’s house in Venice, California. Within a year her client roster was full to overflowing (even celebs like Hilary Swank visited the old garage!) and it was time to expand. The studio expanded two more times in the next five years and became the home to twelve excellent and dedicated teachers. In 2006, Jennifer decided to merge this thriving studio with Angel City Body Kinetics in Marina del Rey, owned and operated by her mentor and Pilates legend, Marie Jose-Blom. Jennifer still travels back and forth to teach at ACBK, but in an effort to simplify her family’s lifestyle, has relocated to Asheville, NC where she has opened Fusion Pilates which is the culmination of all of her experience to date.

Angela Hind M.D.

Nutrition

Angela Hind MD Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

Angela Hind, M.D. practiced traditional Internal Medicine for 17 years. In 2007, when an illness catapulted her into the role of patient rather than physician, her journey took her down the road of food and environmental toxins as the primary answer to modern society’s health crisis. In 2012 she received additional training in molecular toxicology and Functional Medicine -- the personalized medical approach to the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, utilizing nutrition, toxin avoidance, and stress reduction.

Additional Summer Guest Faculty may be added.

Summer Showcase

Summer Showcase 2015 will be held on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 11:30am 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 $1,600 for the four week session.

We believe that housing dancers with host families can be a superior experience to the typical dorm-style summer intensive arrangement. 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 2015, 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 $1,600.

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 31, 2015. 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.

Applicants must be at least 10 years old by June 22, 2015.

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. Most programs include performances, 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 DVDs are almost always 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 and meet people from all over. 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. 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 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 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 summer intensive at BCA. That way they'll get excellent training, learn what a summer intensive is like, and still have the comforts of home. After that first summer, they'll most likely be ready to dance at a summer intensive away from home.

FAQ: BCA's Summer Ballet Intensive

When is BCA's summer intensive?

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville will hold its 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.

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 will organize dancers into levels that will best optimize their summer training.

Who will teach at BCA's intensive?

Teaching in the program will be BCA director Angie Lynn, BCA ballet master Wayne Burritt, and other guest faculty.

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 School, 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 22, 2015.

How do I apply for admission?

Either by audition or DVD.

By Audition

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015: 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 who wish to apply by audition 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. Scholarships may be awarded directly following each audition.

By DVD

Interested dancers who wish to apply by DVD should submit a DVD application form two letters of recommendation, and a DVD. The DVD should be no longer than 10 minutes and include adagio, pirouettes, petite and grand allegro. Females should include pointe work. 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 DVD 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 DVD or audition as soon as possible. BCA actively seeks the most talented and qualified dancers for its summer intensive.

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 31, 2015. 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 $1,600 for the four week session. We believe that housing dancers with host families can be a superior experience to the typical dorm-style summer intensive arrangement. 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 2015, please indicate so on your registration form.

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 $1,600.