New Studio of Dance Classes

ACDT will remain closed until May 15 due to COVID-19.

2019/2020 ACDT Dance Schedule: Classes begin September 3, 2019

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The New Studio of Dance, the official school of the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, is committed to providing a world-class dance education to students of all ages, experience levels and backgrounds. ACDT and the New Studio of Dance are proud to provide the highest level of teaching staff at the school, and to be able to host quality artists, teachers and performers from around the world.

We are celebrating 48 years of dance in Asheville. The New Studio of Dance was founded in 1970. It is the school of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, which performs regionally and abroad. The school prides itself in taking the novice dancer through the many stages of technical and artistic development to perform at a professional level in this culture and abroad.

The New Studio of Dance is also used by ACDT to train future professional dancers who will be included in ACDT and/or who choose a performance career somewhere else in the world. The Junior Company consists of a group of students in high school and middle school who are receiving world-class training and numerous performing and choreography opportunities. The members of ACDT’s Junior Company play a large part in creating their own dance program and on occasion apprentice to Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre. All the teachers at the New Studio of Dance are well trained, professional, and inspiring.

The Junior Company Pre-Professional Program and the Tween Company Program are designed for the serious to a professional career. The classes are taught in a series of workshops of various dance forms to train a well-rounded artist dancer. The classes are taught by members of ACDT, and will include workshops in Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Partnering, Theater, Voice, Improvisation, Composition, and Choreography.
Junior Company and The Tween Company are by invitation only.

ACDT and the New Studio of Dance produce two major dance-theatre performances, one in December “The NutCracker and the Mouse King” and one in May. These performances are optional; however we do encourage all students to participate. Participation in – The NutCracker & the Mouse King – Students must be enrolled by Sep 15th. A basic performance fee will be required to offset marketing cost, but ACDT will provide a costume for each child free of charge.

2019/2020 Schedule New Studio of Dance

Monday Class Studio
4:00 – 5:30 Junior Company Modern Main Studio
4:00 – 5:30 Tween Company Composition BeBe Theater
5:30 – 7:00 Junior Company Ballet & Pointe Main Studio
5:30 – 7:00 Tween Company Modern A BeBe Theater
5:30 – 7:00 Tween Company Modern B Tap Room
7:00 – 9:00 Adult Dance Lab BeBe Theater
Tuesday Class Studio
4:00 – 5:00 Kidamation (4-5 yrs) Tap Room
4:00 – 5:00 Jazz (7-10 yrs) Main Studio
4:00 – 5:30 Silks & Acrobatics I (6-8 yrs) BeBe Theater
5:30 – 7:00 Fencing Adult/Teen Foil-Epee-Saber Main Studio
5:30 – 7:00 Silks & Acrobatics II (8-11 yrs) BeBe Theater
5:30 – 7:00 Adult/Teen Belly Dance Tap Room
7:00 – 8:30 Adult/Teen Int/Adv Modern Main Studio
Wednesday Class Studio
4:00 – 5:30 Junior Company Workshops Main Studio
4:00 – 5:30 Tween Company Workshops BeBe Theater
5:30 – 7:00 Tween Company Ballet Main Studio
5:30 – 7:00 Junior Company Choreography BeBe Theater
5:30 – 7:00 Tween Company Ballet Tap Room
7:00 – 8:30 Adult/Teen Int/Adv Modern Main Studio
7:00 – 8:00 Tween Company Pointe Tap Room
Thursday  Class  Studio
4:00 – 5:00 Modern III Main Studio
4:00 – 5:00 Ballet & Modern I (5-6 yrs) Tap Room
4:00 – 5:30 Silks & Acrobatics III BeBe Theater
5:00 – 6:00 Ballet & Modern II (6-8 yrs) Main Studio
5:00 – 6:00 Ballet III Tap Room
6:00 – 7:30 Adult/Teen Intermediate Ballet Main Studio
Friday  Class Studio
4:00 –  5:30 Saber Fencing Main Studio
Saturday Class Studio
10:00 – 1:00 ACDT Rehearsal Main Studio
Susan Collard, Giles Collard, Melissa Wilhoit, Elizabeth Huntley, Michele Torino, Gillian Maurer, Sara Derting, Matt Baetzhold, Sonya Monts, Jenni Cockrell, Charlotte Louise, Various Guest Artists

Class Registration

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Annual Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $35.00

Early Registration Before Aug. 31st, 2019: $25.00

Late Registration After Sept. 15th, 2019: $45.00

Class Rates:

1 Hour Monthly Class: $55.00/Month

1.5 Hour Monthly Class: $70.00/Month

2 Hour Monthly Class: $90.00/Month

1 Hour Drop In Class: $15.00/Single

1.5 Hour Drop In Class: $20.00/Single

2 Hour Drop In Class: $25.00/Single

Fencing Equipment Rental: $10.00/Month


Second class 10% discount or Second Child/Family 10% discount (Not applicable to Junior or Tween Programs)

Second Class Or Second Child (not applicable to Jr. or Tween co.): 10% Off

Tween Company Multiple Class Package* $225 for 6 hrs a week, plus 20% off additional classes

Pre-Professional Jr. Company Multiple Class Package* $260 for 8 hrs a week, plus 30% off additional classes

Adult Dance Lab: $5 per class

* Ballet and Modern classes are required for Jr. Co. and Tween Co.



New Studio of Dance/ACDT does NOT follow the inclement weather closings of the public schools. We will remain open in most cases of inclement weather. If we do close, it will be broadcast during radio and public TV service announcements. You can also call 254-2137 if you are unsure.


Ballet- Tights, leotard and ballet shoes

Modern – Footless tights or leggings and leotard

Jazz – Leggings and leotard

Aerial – Leggings and leotard

Fencing – White T-shirts, white athletic pants and white shoes

No oversized T-shirts for any classes, hair must be pulled back off the face  and neck