Wilmington School of Ballet & Dance

The Best Ballet Studio in Wilmington NC 910-794-9590

Amazing Performance Opportunities, Spectacular Class Selection, and Incredible Expert Faculty

From Preschool Princesses to Pre-Professional Dancers




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Top 10 reasons why we are the best Ballet Studio in Wilmington NC..........

1.We are the only Ballet Studio with a resident professional non-profit ballet company sponsored by the NC Arts Council - Please see our website www.wilmingtonballetcompany.org. 

2.We are the only Ballet School in Wilmington to have Youth American Grand Prix Winners -  View this prestigous internationally recognized program at www.yagp.org. We have the most-achieved alumni - Please see our alumni page.

3. We are the only Ballet School to have an official relationship with the Raleigh School of Ballet/Raleigh Dance Theater (Affiliate of Carolina Ballet) - Please see our Raleigh Program information. Our dancers get exclusive training, performing, and travel opportunities.

4. We are the only Ballet Studio to offer a specialized Princess/Pirate Preschool Program - Created by early childhood educators. Our Ballet Studio founded the sucessful Wilmington Preschool of the Arts and we are experts in Preschool Dancers!!

5. We are the only Ballet Studio to offer a Professional Program with up to 15 hours a week of class weekly and a three season performance.

6. We have the best Ballet faculty in Wilmington, NC. Please read our Faculty page to see the depth and diversity of our expert faculty.

7. We offer the best Ballet performances. Our Nutcracker was voted number 1 by Encore Magazine. Please see our Performance page for more information.

8. We are the only Ballet School in town to offer Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Partnering. Ballet Companies today require diversity in training in serious dancers. Recreational dancers love these diverse classes.

9. We are the only Ballet Studio with a history of collaborations with The Wilmington Youth Symphony, Cameron Art Museum, and The New Hanover County School System. Founded in 1999, our Dance School has the greastest history of community events in Wilmington, NC.

10. We are the only Ballet School in Wilmington to offer a Free Boys Program and cross training in Martial Arts - We have the strongest Male Dance Program in Wilmington and therefore the strongest Partnering Program.

Scroll down to watch videos that show you why each of our programs are the best Ballet in Wilmington NC....



Come and be a part of Wilmington's grandest Nutcracker premiering this year at the new Cape Fear Community College Humanities & Fine Arts Center. Be a part of the only Ballet in Wilmington, NC ever named Best Theatrical Production by Encore Magazine!

Partnering & Variations

Our Dance Studio is the only studio in Wilmington, NC to offer Pre-Professional Partnering Dance Lessons and a Free Boys/Men Ballet Class. The below video is a clip of a Partnering Dance Class. Our Ballet Program also has a spectacular Variations Class that studies intensely the great Classical Variations.

Princess Dance Class

Our Dance Studio specializes in Young Child Dance Classes. Our  Princess Dance Lessons have a monthly theme, incorporate visits by a real princess, and are taught by a Professional preschool educator. See the video below to watch a dance with a visiting princess. 

Famous Dance Alumni

Dara Holmes is our most famous dance student alumni. Dara studied exlusively at The Wilmington School of Ballet & Dance from age 8 till she received a full scholarship to the prestigious Harid Conservatory. She is now a soloist with the Joffrey Ballet. Below is a video by WWAY on her story.

Symphony Performance - Our dance studio has a long term relationship with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, as well as many other community organizations, including Cameron Art Museum and The New Hanover County School System. The video below was filmed during our dance performance with The Wilmington Youth Symphony.

 News story on our extraodinary founder - WWAY tells the story of our founder (Elizabeth Hester), who was a former professional dancer and civil engineer.  As a mother, she has a true vision for teaching young people life lessons through the art of dance.

 Our dance studio is the greatest dance program in Wilmington NC. We offer the best selection of dance classes, the most diverse and amazing ballet/dance faculty, the greatest selection of dance performances, and the highest level of nurturing of each and every dance student.

Our dance facility is state of the art while also welcoming and friendly. Our performances are always tasteful, beautiful, and challenging. Our teachers nurture the individual student in order to help them grow in self esteem, while challenging them with excellent dance technique.

Come try a free dance lesson at the Wilmington School of Ballet & Dance.