Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (ACDT) is a non-profit professional dance company created in 1979. We believe that everyone is a dancer and through art and inspiration, the company illuminates the points of intersection that exist on both intellectual and emotional levels, and our diverse repertory reflects both traditional and experimental forms of modern dance.

The BeBe Theater is a cozy and intimate black box theater. Most of ACDT’s shows are created and premiered in this venue. The theater is also rented out to other arts organizations for their performances. The theater is a very busy place with over 100 performances a year.

The White Dog ProjectX International is the professional international touring program of the ACDT. The White Dog ProjectX links Asheville to the International art scene by creating original dance dramas in collaboration with foreign companies, choreographers, dancers, musicians and artists; by bringing foreign artists, teachers and performers to Asheville; and by sending native dancers and artists abroad.


ACDT Performances

The New Studio of Dance and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre Presents:

“The Mystery of the Seahorse”


Friday May 22nd and 29 at7:30

Saturday May 23rd and 30th at 2:00 and 7:30

Sunday May 24th and 31st at 2:00

The BeBe Theatre
20 Commerce Street
Asheville, NC 28801


Students and seniors: $12.00 in advance/$15.00 at the door
General Admission: $15.00 in advance/$17.00 at the door


Tickets/More Info: Call 828-254-2621 for reservations and ticket purchases


Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and the students of The New Studio of Dance present “The Mystery of the Seahorse”, a thrilling tale of love and bravery. Set in an endangered underwater reef with cartoon-type characters, this story explores the themes of ecology and pollution. A vibrant and colorful performance, “The Mystery of the Seahorse” will not only be entertaining and beautiful, but will also teach the lesson of why we need to keep our oceans clean.


Giles Collard’s giant puppet head creations and colorful sets compliment the inventive and original choreography of Susan Collard, the staff of New Studio of Dance and even some of the students themselves. Audiences are in for a treat as they are transported underwater for this lively and entertaining full-length dance theater spectacular.


The New Studio of Dance was established in 1970 and offers a comprehensive and wide-ranging dance education to young students of the community. Not only are there the usual classes in ballet, tap, and modern; but there are also classes in composition, swing, belly dance, and more. As the students become older and more experienced, they help to design their own dance program and are given a lot of creative freedom to discover who they are as dance artists.


Don’t miss “The Mystery of the Seahorse” for a colorful, underwater treat. With two weeks of performances, this show will be a great way for children of all ages to spring into summer!