Asheville Ballet Guild, Inc. No dance task in our community is too small or too big for us!
Asheville Ballet Guild, Inc.
The mission of the Asheville Ballet Guild, Inc. is to support the artistic, educational and outreach activities of the Asheville Ballet and AnnDunnDANCErs (ADDANCE) while creating a Center for Dance Arts Education for the Western North Carolina region.
The Asheville Ballet Guild, Inc. (ABG) is one of Western North Carolinas oldest nonprofit arts organizations. First incorporated in 1963, the Guild has created and presented work in Asheville every year since. In an average season, our formal and educational outreach programming affects a culturally diverse audience of approximately 23,000 people. An active advisory panel and a strong, wellorganized volunteer base assist the ABG board.
ABG has produced residencies by historical choreographers (Anna Sokolow, Douglas Dunn, Lori Bellilove), hosted master classes and workshops by international dance stars (Sean Curran, Mark Dendy, Chuck Davis, David Dorfman), produced the threeweek Fall Into Dance festival, and commissioned both classical and contemporary choreography.
ABG productions reflect our varied interests. Work has been produced for fundraisers (The Health Adventure, The Arts Council), for civic events (Martin Luther King Day, Bele Chere Festival), and for commercial events (The Miss Asheville pageant, opening for the Pointer Sisters).
Since its inception, ABG has produced both cutting edge interdisciplinary work and fulllength major work. We have collaborated with other local art agencies (the Asheville Symphony, Asheville Bravo Concerts, Asheville Community Theater, Asheville Lyric Opera), and have worked live with the areas major musical, poetic and visual artists.
In addition to promoting new work and a professional ballet company for the Western North Carolina region, ABG offers an annual lecture series on dance appreciation, in coordination with other local dance presenters, and generates educational articles on dance history and appreciation for national publications and a wide variety of local journals. We have also built a full library of dancerelated material.
Our commitment to supporting ABGs professional adult members is evidenced by our challenging and stimulating performances, choreography, and teaching opportunities. ABG continues to nurture the careers of our advanced youth members. Dancers who have worked with ABG have performed with Alvin Ailey, Kirov Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Forth Worth Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Colorado Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Boston Ballet, Geneva Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, and the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. ABG dancers have appeared in Broadway musicals, Hollywood films, and have won titles all the way up to Miss America. They have also been accepted at the schools of the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Juilliard, Boston Ballet, Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham (company apprenticeship), Robert Joffrey (company apprenticeship), and The Dance Conservatory at Purchase.
ABG has created and found funding for scholarships for advanced dancers to pursue professional work in New York and Europe, and for underprivileged children to study dance right here in Asheville. We have worked with Project Steam, MakeAWish Foundation, Helpmate, Elida Home, Presbyterian Home for Children, and local churches to locate and encourage new dancers and danceappreciators. Our Tix for Tots program makes hundreds of tickets available to introduce children to the wonders of dance.
At Asheville Ballet Guild, we have built our reputation on a belief that dance plays a vital role in the education and culture of our community. We stand by our mission .
Ann Dunn & Dancers
Ann Dunn has been a vibrant force behind classical and contemporary dance
in Western North Carolina for almost 30 years. Her energy, professionalism and
generosity have influenced generations of young people and put quality dance
on community and school stages.
As owner of Asheville Academy of Ballet and Contemporary
Dance and director of The Asheville Ballet, Dunn has contributed to the
burgeoning economic and cultural life of our area. This year alone, she is
mounting the annual Nutcracker, a dazzling Shakespeare in Ballet,
Billy the Kid and a world premiere of Echo. Dunn has attracted faculty from
the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, The New York City Ballet, Geneva
Ballet, American Ballet Theater, N.C. School of the Arts, Broadway and Las
Vegas. Students have become members of major national ballet and modern dance
companies, been featured in Broadway musicals and Hollywood films, won awards (including the title of Miss
America), danced with the Rockettes, and been accepted to Juilliard, Alvin Ailey, Kirov Ballet and Joffrey Ballet
Dunn’s volunteer involvement includes the Asheville Area Arts
Council, the Asheville Citizen-Times and national arts organizations.
Named NC Artist of the Year for 2005, Dunn also won UNCA’s
Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award in Humanities for 2006-
07 as a lecturer on the Medieval and Renaissance period. Her two
volumes of poetry — Broken Pearls: A Cycle for the Reconstruction of
Chastity and Olde Women — are available at Amazon.com.
ADDANCE (AnnDunnDancers) is the professional core of The Asheville Ballet. The company consists of six adult dancers and an artistic director. ADDANCE presents entertaining, educational programs in classical and contemporary ballet, modern dance, and jazz.
Members of ADDANCE have trained and/or performed with New York City Ballet, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Boitsov Ballet, The Ed Sullivan and Perry Como Shows, Tokyo Disneyland, Royal Carribean Cruise Line, Hartford Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Virginia School of the Arts, and Florida State University.
ADDANCE members have executed such prestigious choreographic commissions as Turandot for New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, Amahl and the Night Visitors for Gian Carlo Menotti’s officially sponsored touring company, original work for national and international ballet and modern companies, symphonies, opera companies, colleges such as Purdue University, and museums such Oglethorpe in Atlanta.
Members of the company participate in The Asheville Ballet’s annual season of four productions, including The Nutcracker. Locally, they have danced with the Asheville Symphony, Asheville Lyric Opera, Asheville Choral Society, and at the Asheville Art Museum. They have toured to Italy, Yale University, New York City, Keene State College, Georgia Technical Institute, arts council venues and public schools in the Southeast and Midwest. They have also performed at The Dock Street Theater in Charleston, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, Jacob’s Pillow, Dance Theater Workshop in New York, on television and in films.
Funded by local patrons, national and local grants, and through their performances and events produced by The Asheville Ballet Guild, Inc, ADDANCE is a non-profit organization that is one of the state’s premier contemporary ballet companies. ADDANCE is proud to be a part of the venerable history of dance in Western North Carolina.
For Bookings contact Ann Dunn, Director at 828-258-1028.
Asheville Academy of Ballet and Contemporary Dance
ASHEVILLE ACADEMY OF BALLET AND CONTEMPORARY DANCE is a pre-professional program designed to provide young people with the training and experience necessary for a potential career, while living in the normal home and school environment. Plans of study are tailored to individual needs. Counseling, video coaching, and portfolio assistance help insure rewarding summer or college placement for advanced study.
Blue Ridge Dance Camp
Blue Ridge Dance Camp offers an opportunity for serious and intensive study with master teachers for the aspiring young dancer. Students study ballet, modern dance, pointe, choreography and repertory each day, with special workshops such as tap and jazz. Dance history seminars and video performances add to the experience.
Performance History | Works Choreographed by Ann Dunn
In Collaboration with and Performed by Company Dancers | 1976-Present
Romeo and Juliet
Pas de Quatre
Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Original Feature-length Contemporary Ballets (usually w/live music, poetry, art projections):
An American in Paris
Porgy and Bess
Rhapsody in Blue
Book of Psalms
Orpheus in Asheville
Billy the Kid
Oceans Mountains Prairies Cities
The Great Gatsby
Dance of Light
It Takes Two
The Enchanted Child
Lady and the Demons
Creation of the World
Visions and Dreams
Minister’s Black Veil
Death Shall Have No Dominion
Pictures at an Exhibition
Ancient Voices of Children
Child's Play / Kangaroo
Peter and the Wolf
Wind in the Willows
Winnie the Pooh
Alice in Wonderland
Cricket in Times Square
Choreography and company dancers featured in operas, musicals, and dramas:
Amahl and the Night Visitors
A Doll’s House
West Side Story
The Music Man
The King and I
Annie Get Your Gun
Fiddler on the Roof
Kiss Me Kate
Christmas at the Vanderbilt's
Best Little Whorehouse
Directions to The Asheville Ballet
From South: Merrimon Ave. away from downtown Asheville. Pass McDonalds on right, Ingles on right, Beaver Lake on left, a CITGO gas station on left. Asheville Ballet is second building on left after intersection. Or take 19 & 23 (future I26) north. Take the exit after UNCA (Elk Mountain, Woodfin). At top of ramp turn right. At stop light turn left. At stop light turn left. Asheville Ballet is second building on left.
From North: Take 19 & 23 (future I26) south to the Newbridge exit, take Weaverville Hwy/US25 south ½ mile. Asheville Ballet is on your right across from entrance to Food Lion and Pizza Hut.