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Why Choose North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance?

North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance provides a nurturing and structured environment that encourages individuality, creative expression and an appreciation for the art of dance. Expert instruction is offered to both students who are training for professional careers in dance, as well as to those who are interested in simply experiencing the joy and benefits of dance training.

Here are other reasons we think you should choose to train with us:

  • Only dance School in North Carolina affiliated with a nationally recognized professional ballet company.
  • High quality dance instruction to students ages three through adult.
  • Classes offered at the new, state-of-the-art Center for Dance as well as Charlotte Country Day School and Spirit Square.
  • Faculty includes distinguished former dancers from world-renowned companies, including artistic leaders Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride.
  • Boys program offering scholarships to boys ages 7-10.
  • Chance to perform with the professional dancers of North Carolina Dance Theatre.

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Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux
president & artistic director
Patricia McBride
associate artistic director
Ayisha McMillan Cravotta
school of dance principal


Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance
701 N. Tryon Street

http://www.ncdance.org/images/cfdance.jpgThe School of Dance is headquartered in the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance located at 701 North Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte. The Center houses six dance studios, three overlooking North Tryon Street. The increase in the number of studios allows the School to hold additional classes, providing healthy, artistic and fun activities for our community. All studios have state-of-the-art sprung floors, high quality sound systems and pianos, and plenty of natural light. In addition to six dance studios, the Center for Dance includes a costume shop, administrative offices and meeting spaces. Students, professional dancers and faculty have locker rooms, showers, a physical therapy room and dance library. A 200-seat performance venue provides space for student performances, as well as opportunities for students to watch Dance Theatre and other dance companies perform.

Free parking is available in the gravel lot behind the building. Access to this lot is through the McColl Center for Visual Art parking lot off of 10th Street. Metered parking is also available along 10th Street, Tryon Street and Church Street, which is free after 6:00 pm on weekdays and weekends. Parking in Fourth Ward is free for two hours anytime of the day.


NC Dance Theatre School of Dance Satellite Locations

Spirit Square (tap classes only)
345 N College Street, @ 7th Street

Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Road @ Fairview Road