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 in Wilmington with a resident professional non-profit ballet company sponsored by the NC Arts Council with over a dozen professional ballet dancers - Please see our website www.wilmingtonballetcompany.org for more information. Our company also has an exclusive relationship with The Raleigh Dance Theater (affiliate of Carolina Ballet) which opens doors for our students to pursue further professional opportunities.

2. We are the only Ballet School in Wilmington to have Youth American Grand Prix Winners -  View this prestigious, internationally-recognized program at www.yagp.org. We have the most-achieved alumni in ballet in Wilmington NC. Please see our Alumni page and our YAGP Training page for more information. 

3. We are the only Ballet Studio in Wilmington to offer a specialized preschool program created by early childhood educators - our ballet studio founded the sucessful Wilmington Preschool of The Arts and we are experts in preschool dance. Teaching young children is a specialty art form. Our studio has a creative syllabus designed to teach the very young to love to dance.

4. We are the only ballet studio to focus on a healthy body image while also offering professional ballet training - our program has won awards for diversity and focuses on the health and overall well being of the dancer. We take very seriously the task of influencing young people to be healthy while pursuing dance either professionally or recreationally.

5. We are the only Ballet Studio to offer a Professional Resident Company with a Trainee Program -offerring up to 15 hours of ballet class weekly, outside-of-class rehearsals, routine master teachers, extensive performance season, guest master choreographers, and professional examinations. Dancers in the trainee program are given priority in college in achieving a professional contract with our affiliate company - Wilmington Ballet Company.

6. We have the best Ballet & Dance faculty in Wilmington, NC. Please read our Faculty page to see the depth and diversity of our expert faculty. Faculty members at Wilmington School of Ballet are not only expert but long term. Most members have been related to the studio for over a decade. Consistency in faculty over time speaks volumes.

7. We offer the best Ballet & Dance performance and travel opportunities such as "Dancing at Disney World". Our Nutcracker was voted Number 1 by Encore Magazine. We have a three theater performances per season, as well as community performances in numerous venues and cutting edge contemporary performances. 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 serious dancers to have diverse training. Recreational dancers will also love these diverse classes. Please see our Dance Classes section for more information.

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. Please see our History page for more information.

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 the great classical variations intensely.

Princess Dance Class

Our dance studio specializes in dance classes for young children. Our Princess Dance lessons have a monthly theme, incorporate visits from 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 until 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.

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