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2014/15 Season.

36 Years of Original Modern Dance!

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Young Viking Warriors, Kids Who Love To Dance, Modern, Composition, Ballet, Fencing and more…
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NutCracker 2014

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Place, Asheville NC 28801
December 5 th at 7:30 pm and December 6th at 3:00 and 7:30 pm
$27.00 general admission, $20.00 children, students and seniors $22.00
More Info: Call 828-257-4530 for reservations or additional information or visit www.dwtheatre.com


Expect the brilliantly unexpected from Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s fourth annual performance of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. ACDT shocked and surprised audiences last year with their original version of The Nutcracker. Though The Nutcracker might be the world’s most famous ballet, if it is being performed by ACDT you can guarantee it is something you haven’t seen before. Their version couldn’t be farther from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. It is based on the original and much darker story written in 1816 by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann.

“I always want to go back to the original work” artistic co- director Collard says. “The characters and the story are always so much more interesting.” Take for example the King and Queen of Sausages who surprised and delighted last year’s audience with delightful humor and the party guests wrapped in gorgeous costumes dancing a wild and wonderful polka. And then there is the famous Mouse King and his lovely wife and their numerous children creating havoc all over the ballet with magical aerialists flying over head creating a surrealism to visually delight all ages.

This year’s performance features the ACDT adult company, White Dog ProjectX International, and the students of New Studio of Dance. With typical ACDT flair, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King will again prove to be a wonderful Christmas story full of adventure, courage and loyalty where love comes alive in a spectacular modern dance experience.

Recent ACDT Productions – This Season


Butoh Festival

9th Annual Asheville Butoh Festival 2014

Presented by Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

Legacy Butoh, in partnership with the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, presented the 9th Annual Asheville Butoh Festival September 2014 at the BeBe Theatre in downtown Asheville.

The Festival, under the artistic direction of Julie Becton Gillum, featured internationally renowned butoh choreographer and dancer Vangeline, along with solo works by Asheville dancers Jenni Cockrell, Susan Collard, Amy Hamilton, Megan Ransmeir, and Julia Taylor. Ticketed performances and workshops open to dancers of all skill levels will be offered.

The unique art of butoh originated in post-World War II Japan as a reaction to the loss of identity caused by the westernization of Japanese culture, as well as a realization that ancient Japanese performing traditions no longer spoke to a contemporary audience. One of the major developments in contemporary dance in the latter half of the 20th century, butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts to create a unique performing art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression.

“We’re so fortunate to have Vangeline as the featured artist in the Asheville Butoh Festival this year,” said Julie Gillum. “Vangeline believes that Butoh can be a vehicle for collective and individual transformation in the 21st century, and I’m eager for her to share her artistic vision, her extraordinary choreographic skills, and her mesmerizing performances, with Asheville dancers and audiences.”


Photo by Michael Blase


A Retrospective Performance of ACDT’s First 35 Years of Modern Dance

ACDT celebrated with art, music, food and dancing: Our season ended with a performance showcasing the powerful and personal choreography of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s own Founder and Artistic Director Susan Collard.

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Alice In Wonderland

Performance by the ACDT Dance Company with students of the New Studio of Dance

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Presented by Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

The 11th annual city-wide winter showcase of Asheville’s adventurous and vibrant performing arts scene!

Based on the original novella written by E.T.A. Hoffman

This Nutcracker is quirky, dramatic — and above all, fun. A wonderful family event showcasing ACDT dancers and New Studio students of all ages. Wildly imaginative holiday sets and costumes, contemporary music as well as classical — All wrapped up in one choreographic storytelling spectacle. See Photos

Original choreography by ACDT ensemble and local guests

Some really good dance and Día de Muertos, with ACDT and friends.

Repeat production, back by popular demand

ACDT and White Dog Dance Project presented an evening of dance theatre based on the true stories of the women of Mérida’s Calle 58, whose work is the world’s ‘oldest trade’. Inspired by the work of Danish photographer and social anthropologist Christian Rasmussen. Music by Yucatecan composer Alejandro Basulto.
* Mature Audiences only


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. Classes begin Tues, September 3rd, 2014.

Class Schedule 2014/15

The New Studio of Dance
Monday Classes Time Location
Creative Movement Dance 10AM – 10:45AM Main Studio
Tween Co. Modern 4PM – 5PM Main Studio
Jr. Co. Personal Composition 4PM – 5PM Tap Room
Jr. Co. Ballet  5PM – 6:30PM Main Studio
Tween Co. Group Composition 5PM – 6:30PM Tap Room
Fencing Int/Adv Saber 6:30PM – 8PM Main Studio
Jr. Co. Pointe 6:30PM – 7:30PM Tap Room
Tuesday Classes Time Location
Teen Jazz/HipHop 4PM – 5:30PM Main Studio
Teen Acro/Aerial 4PM – 5:30PM Be Be Theatre
Teen Ballet & Pointe 5:30PM – 7PM Main Studio
Tap for Fun 5:30PM – 6:30PM Tap Room
Kid’s Acro/Aerial 5:30PM – 7PM Be Be Theatre
Adult Modern 7PM – 8:30PM Main Studio
Fencing Beg/Int Epee 7PM – 8:30PM Tap Room

* Aerial Arts students will be required to take an additional dance class

Wednesday Classes Time Location
Jr. Co. Modern 4PM – 5:30PM Main Studio
Tween Co. Workshop 4PM – 5:30PM Be Be Theatre
Tween Co. Ballet 5:30PM – 6:30PM Main Studio
Jr. Co. Group Composition 5:30PM – 7PM Tap Room
Adult Modern 6PM – 7:30PM Be Be Theatre
Fencing Int/Adv Foil 6:30PM – 8PM Main Studio
Jr. Co. Yoga/Stretch 7PM – 8PM Tap Room
Thursday Classes Time Location
Kid’s Modern II 4PM – 5PM Main Studio
Kid’s Ballet I 4PM – 5PM Tap Room
Jr. Co. Workshop 4PM – 6PM Be Be Theatre
Kid’s Modern I 5PM – 6PM Main Studio
Kid’s Ballet II 5PM – 6PM Tap Room
Teen/Adult Ballet 6PM – 7:30PM Main Studio
Friday Classes Time Location
Fencing Beg/Int Foil  (9-12 year olds) 4PM – 5:30PM Main Studio
Fencing Beg/Int            (13 years & up) 5:30PM – 7PM Main Studio
Saturday Classes Time Location
Creative Movement Dance  10AM – 10:45AM Tap Room
Jr. Co. & ACDT Modern 10AM – 11:30AM Main Studio
Jr. Co. & ACDT Ballet 11:30AM – 1PM Main Studio
No Sunday Classes Time Location
ACDT 4:30PM – 7PM Main Studio

Classes begin Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014. Registration Fee is $35 for the school year (non-refundable), $25 if received before August 31, 2014.

Download the Class Registration Form and mail with payment to:

ACDT | The New Studio of Dance
20 Commerce Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Office Phone- (828) 254-2621

Dance Class Fees Drop-in Dance Class Fees Fencing Class Fees
1-hour Class: $50/month 1-hour Class: $15/single class
1.5-hour Class: $65/month 1.5-hour Class: $20/single class 1.5-hour Class: $65/month + $10/month for equipment rental

10% Discount for Second Class*, or 10% Discount for Second Child* in a family
* (not applicable to Junior or Tween Programs)

Junior Dance Company | Multi-Class Package
$130/ month for 3.5 hours of Classes/ week (20% Savings)

Pre-Professional + Tween Dance Company| Multi-Class Package
$255/ month for 8.5 hours of Classes/ week (30% Savings)

Dance and Fencing students are required to wear proper dance wear for all classes. No over-sized T-shirts for any classes. [No dance wear = No classes]. Hair must be pulled back, off of face and neck.

dance wear
Ballet Pink tights and pink ballet shoes
Modern Footless tights or leggings & leotards
Jazz Leggings & leotards
Fencing White T-shirts and white sweat pants. White shoes.

Support Us

The Many Ways Individuals & Institutions can support ACDT

Your Gift Can Inspire So Much

Join all the good folks who support brave and exquisite dance in Asheville! Make a direct donation by clicking the button below. With installment giving, you can choose an amount to give monthly or quarterly. Or make one by mail. We also offer gifts in honor of a loved one.

Levels Individual Giving
ANGEL ($10000 or more)
BENEFACTOR ($5000-9999)
PATRON ($1000-4999)
SPONSOR ($250-999)
FRIEND ($100-249)
GROUPIE ($50-99)
SUPPORTER ($25-49)

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Or if you have any questions, please call us at (828) 254-2621

Contributions can also be made by postal mail.
Simply mail your check to:

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
Attn: Annual Fund
20 Commerce Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Give us the gift of your time! We welcome volunteers throughout the year assisting staff in our administrative office, volunteering at special events, ushering and more.

Email us including your name, email & phone info– as well as your preferred areas of volunteer interest and general time availability.

Getting Here

Getting Here

On the street, metered parking is free after 6pm. The parking lot on Commerce St across from the Be Be Theatre requires pre-payment — So, do look for the attendant. Asheville City Parking Lots nearby include the Wall St and Rankin Ave Garages.