The Asheville Ballet

North Carolina's oldest non-profit ballet company


Upcoming Events

The nutcracker 
dec 10-12, 2021
Diana Wortham Theatre


Join us for this favorite holiday tradition, as the Asheville Ballet proudly presents our professional production of the Nutcracker at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts in 2021! 


$15-$50, available at Wortham Arts

Friday, December 10, 7:30pm

Saturday, December 11, 2:30pm

Saturday, December 11, 7:30pm

Sunday, December 12, 2:30pm

More information available here

Please note: All patrons who are 12 or older must show either proof of vaccination (and an ID, for adults) OR a negative lab-conducted COVID test (results within 48 hours before the show) in order to enter Wortham Theatre. See more:

Image of Marcelo Martinez and Amanda Gerhardt by Marcelo Martinez and Jaimon Caceres. 

SHOP ONLINE AND SUPPORT the asheville ballet


Get into the holiday spirit and support your local Asheville Ballet company with our online Nutcracker Boutique! In past years, the Nutcracker Boutique ran concurrently with “The Nutcracker” performances and served as The Asheville Ballet’s biggest fundraising event. This year, once again, we take our holiday tradition online, thanks to a partnership with our dear friend Esmee at Nutcracker Ballet Gifts!

Twenty percent of every purchase made from our online shop at Nutcracker Ballet Gifts supports the Asheville Ballet. Choose local pickup, or get free shipping on purchases over $25. 

Check out our Nutcracker Boutique:

Use code Black20 for 20% off sitewide, or code Black30 for 30% off orders of $99+ during Black Friday sales!


Thanks for your support!

Spring into dance 2022
May 20 and 21
Diana Wortham Theatre


“Spring Into Dance: An Artistic Bouquet” is a professional production of all original choreography, classical to contemporary, by Western North Carolina’s own Ballet Company and North Carolina’s oldest ballet company, The Asheville Ballet, directed by Ann Dunn. 

Stay tuned for info!


Image by Studio Misha Photography

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Dirty Dancing Festival
Lake Lure


For the 11th year, the Asheville Ballet Company will be the resident dancers of the Lake Lure Dirty Dancing Festival. Audience and dancers alike have an incredible weekend of learning and re-enacting dances from the film on the location of the original site of filming the famed "Dirty Dancing", as well as enjoying other family-friendly activities such as a watermelon-carrying competition, and of course the couples' lift competition!

For tickets, directions, and other information visit the Festival Website at

Fall into Dance 2022
Sept 9 & 10 
Pack Square Park


Mark your calendars now, and be ready to join The Asheville Ballet, Ann Dunn Director, for the first event of our 2022/2023 Season, a professional production of all original work, in various styles, classical to contemporary, by resident choreographers.

Location: Roger McGuire Green stage, Pack Square Park

Stay tuned for more info!

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The Asheville Ballet has a rich history of pedagogy and performance spanning over 60 years. Originally the Fletcher School of Dance, the Asheville Ballet is North Carolina's oldest non-profit regional ballet company. We thrive because we believe strongly that quality arts education and community involvement should take precedence over mass growth and competition, and because we live here year-round, we can perform monthly, weekly, daily, to help fulfill our community’s artistic needs.

Since its inception, the Asheville Ballet has produced both cutting edge interdisciplinary work and full length 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.

Praise for 

The Asheville Ballet

"Dunn achieves a level of accomplishment that elicits helpless comments...haunting beauty and often stunning emotional pitch."


Carrie Frye - Mountain Xpress