The rigorous and nurturing conservatory approach in our Classical Ballet concentration molds our students into technically advanced dancers and stylistically versatile artists. Our students perform in at least three to four major productions each year. Students also have the chance to choreograph their own short works as they move through their program. Along with our world-class ballet faculty, guest professionals often visit UNCSA to teach workshops including Alexander Brady, Helen Pickett, Diana White and Natalia Makarova. The School of Dance is open to college-age students, with a program for high school students.
High School Diploma
The high school Classical Ballet program is open to all students of at least 13 years of age and in the ninth grade. Courses focus on ballet and contemporary technique, pointe, ballet partnering, dance composition, improvisation and the command and development of character. All classes are available for a range of technical abilities.
Our students have the opportunity to audition for school performances including “The Nutcracker.” Those not cast will enroll in repertory classes that have performances opportunities at the end of the term. Students also have the chance to perform in works choreographed by college seniors.
Working with our dance curriculum, the high school academic program is an integral component in the education of our students. All 10th grade Classical Ballet students take four academic courses. Students in the 11th grade may take three or four academic courses, and 12th grade students may take between two and four academic courses.
A total of 635 dance students from nearly 40 dance schools and companies across North Carolina - the most participants ever - recently attended the 2020 Festival of North Carolina Dance.
Winter Dance will be a spectacle, spanning classical and contemporary ballet to cutting-edge contemporary dance.
High school dance alumna Rebecca Soldinger has found a home in television, working as a producer for the Emmy Award-winning "Rachael Ray" talk show.
Gillian Murphy, principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre studied at UNCSA and won the Princess Grace Award and appeared as a guest artist all over the world.