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Ballet Conservatory of Asheville Nutcracker 2014
Join us December 17 to 19 at the Diana Wortham Theatre 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, and talented dancers from our Pre-Professional division, this holiday classic includes over 100 performers, lavish sets and costumes, and timeless favorites like Waltz of the Flowers.
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.
We Simply Love Dance
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.
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.

Summer Intensive 2015!

BCA's Summer Intensive 2015 will run from June 22 to July 18, 2015. We will update this section during the Fall 2014. In the meantime, please read more about Summer Intensive 2014!

BCA's Summer Intensive June 23 to July 19, 2014

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville will hold its ballet intensive June 23 to July 19, 2013. 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, Wayne Burritt and Sarah London. Our 2014 guest faculty includes Nick Kepley (Motion Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Broadway), Courtney Elizabeth Stewart (San Francisco Ballet) and Billy Ward (New York City Opera). 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. On select afternoons and evenings, students enjoy special excursions to Asheville and its picturesque surroundings.

Summer Intensive 2014 Downloads (PDF)

Audition Application Form

Audition Flyer

Audition Guide

Dance Magazine's Summer Audition Guide

Registration Pack

DVD Application Form

Summer Intensive Handbook

Coming Soon: Summer Intensive Schedule

BCA's Summer Intensive 2014 Audition Guide!

Download a copy of our Summer Intensive 2014 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 2014 recommended list of non-BCA 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)

Ellison Ballet (NYC)**

Gelsey Kirkland Academy (NYC)**

Harid Conservatory (Boca Raton, FL)**

Houston Ballet (Houston, TX)

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 2014 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, 2014. 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 23, 2014.

Summer Intensive 2014 Audition Tour

Sunday, Jan 19, 2014: University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

1533 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127

336-770-3399

2:00 to 4:00 Ages 10 to 13

4:00 to 6:00 Ages 14 and over

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014: Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta, GA

1695 Marietta Boulevard, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

404-873-5811

2:00 to 4:00 Ages 10 to 13

4:00 to 6:00 Ages 14 and over

Sunday, Feb 16, 2014: 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 one of the preceding auditions. 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-shirts, 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

BCA director Angie Lynn, ballet master Wayne Burritt, ballet teacher Sarah London, and managing director Christopher Lynn will teach during the summer intensive. Read more about them. In addition, Summer Intensive 2014 is delighted to present the following guest teachers:

Nick Kepley, Motion Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Broadway

Ballet, Jumps & Turns
Ballet Conservatory Of Asheville Billy Nick Kepley

Born in Asheville, NC, Nick trained with Sandra Miller and 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” and in “Camelot” with the New York Philharmonic, which was broadcast nationwide on PBS. Television credits include: “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “Celebrity Apprentice,” and “Smash.”

As a choreographer, Nick has created works for Broadway’s “Gypsy of the Year” competition, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Kansas City Ballet’s “In the Wings” program, Ballet Austin II, and Quixotic Performance Fusion. His ballet, “Thrace”, was selected as one of the top five performing arts events in Kansas City, MO for 2007. When not in Asheville, Nick serves as ballet master of Ballet Austin II.

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.

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. Billy will be joining the permanent faculty of BCA in August, 2014.

Summer Showcase

Summer Showcase 2014 will be held on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 2:00pm 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 2014, please indicate so on your registration form.

Curriculum

Dancers will be in class or rehearsal from approximately 9:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays. On Saturday afternoons and/or during the evenings, students will enjoy special excursions to Asheville and its picturesque surroundings.

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

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, 2014. 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 23, 2014.

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 23 to July 19, 2014. 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 23, 2014.

How do I apply for admission?

Either by audition or DVD.

By Audition

Summer Intensive 2014 Audition Tour

Sunday, Jan 19, 2014: University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

1533 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127

336-770-3399

2:00 to 4:00 Ages 10 to 13

4:00 to 6:00 Ages 14 and over

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014: Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta, GA

1695 Marietta Boulevard, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

404-873-5811

2:00 to 4:00 Ages 10 to 13

4:00 to 6:00 Ages 14 and over

Sunday, Feb 16, 2014: 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 one of the preceding auditions. 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-shirts, 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, 2014. 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 2014, 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.