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    Wilmington School of Ballet & Dance

  "Life Lessons Through the Art of Dance"

Teaching Dance from Preschool to Professional

              3834 Oleander Dr, Wilmington NC     910-794-9590

            Dance Lessons in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro, Cross Training, and more...






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    Welcome to The Wilmington School of Ballet and Dance!

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Our most famous student describes our philosophy and beliefs the best in her own words. Please take a moment to view the below video for a glimpse into the heart of our studio......


Dara Holmes (in above video), now a principal dancer with The Joffrey Ballet, started at age 8 as our dance studio's first scholarship student. She studied exclusively with us in Wilmington until she was awarded a full scholarship at The Harid Conservatory. As she states so eloguently, we believe everyone is special and can dance.

The Wilmington School of Ballet and Dance has nurtured dancers from preschool to pre-professional since 1999. Watch the two videos below to see our little dancers and our pre-professsional performers. Every dancer of every age and physical ability is deeply valued and treated as such by all of our staff. We are a dance family. 

Ballet class offerings from beginner to advanced levels at the Wilmington school of ballet

Click on photo below to see news video about founder and director!

elizabeth hester



Preschool dance: 

Preschool dance classes are specially designed by preschool educators for Little Dancers. The Wilmington School of Ballet & Dance founded the Wilmington Preschool of Arts and is particulary knowledgable on how to teach the young dancer.

Our dance school is also the only dance studio in Wilmington, NC, to have an "in-studio theater". Our beautiful dance theater offers the preschool dance student a very special nurturing introduction to theatrical dance performing. Parents love this intimate dance space and the low cost for recitals!!

Small children dance lessons are strategically planned to teach   dance skills through play. Each month there is a new dance   program that teaches dance songs, games, rhymes, learning to dance for the first time!!!!

Dance Performing Arts Opportunities:

Among Wilmington, NC, dance studios, Wilmington School of      Ballet & Dance offers the best dance performance opportunities   in the Cape Fear Region.  Dancers elementary age and up may    travel to Dance at Disney!, perform in The Nutcracker Ballet, A Mid Summer Nights Dream Ballet, our end of the year dance recital,    "Kids at CAM (Cameron Art Museum) and at the Azalea Festival.

For dancers who love to perform, there is no better place to study than Wilmington School of Ballet & Dance.

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Elementary Dance students through Advanced Dancers:

Our dance program also offers more choices in technical dance training in different dance styles than any other dance       studio in Wilmington, NC. Our dance school has been the leader in classical ballet in Wilmington, NC, since 1999 and has the largest choices of dance styles of any non-competition dance studio in the Cape Fear Region.

We offer a specialized dance program for both the recreational   dancer and the serious minded dance enthusiast....

Recreational dance students can dance just for fun and enjoy the different dance style choices and performance options. Dance students may take as little as one day per week and still be a part of many dance performances each year.

Serious minded dancers may train up to 15 hours per week in technical dance classes! Every day offers a ballet class plus supplemental dance lessons including TRX cross training, Pointe, Variations, Choreography, Acro, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Lyrical Jazz, and Stretch & Strength.

Wilmington School of Ballet & Dance is the only dance studio in Wilmington, NC, with an exclusive relationship to Raleigh Dance Theater (affiliate Youth Company of Carolina Ballet). Carolina Ballet is one of only two fully professional ballet companies in NC. Young dancers with serious dance dreams are thrilled to participate in these prestigous dance programs.

Wilmington School of Ballet & Dance is also the only ballet school in our area to have an affiliate non-profit ballet company. The Wilmington Ballet Company has been producing full length ballets since 1999, offers several professional dancer contracts annually, and is supported by The Landfall Foundation & The NC Arts Council.

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Dance Faculty and Facility:

Dance teachers are the heart of any dance school. Our dance teachers are all experts in the age group they teach. Many of our young child teachers are also professional educators and mothers.

Our intermediate/advanced dance teachers all have  professional and/or prestigous collegiate dance education in their particular dance style. All of our teachers share our philosophy of nurturing the whole child to become more self confident, disciplined, and physically healthy, while teaching them the highest quality dance possible. Every dance child is individually valued and nurtured by each teacher.

Our dance facility is a 5000 square foot state of the art facility. All dance floors are sprung to prevent injuries to students. There are two 1000 square foot studios with professional Marley floors and raised ceilings for partnering work. A professional in-studio theater is unique to our dance studio. Come in and take a tour to see our beautiful dance space!!

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Dance Philosophy:

The Wilmington School of Ballet and Dance believes that dancing should develop character and leadership in young people. Our dance studio has two very special programs. Our “Dance Life Lessons” Program applies a different character quality every month to our dance classes.

Our “Performance Award” Program helps elementary through advanced dancers set goals for themselves.  They strive to meet these goals at testing/awards time.

Parents are involved in both of these programs through an interactive digital program which regularly posts videos for parents to enjoy at home with their children. The Wilmington School of Ballet and Dance believes in being a dance family that involves both parent and dancer.