Nutcracker Ballet - Danville (VA)

About Danville's Host Studios

Danville Academy of Dance is the Danville area's oldest institution in the art of dance.  Miss Anne Boyer opened classes in Danville as an extension of the Tray-Boy School of Dance of Richmond, VA in 1932. Mrs. Martha Fowlkes assumed ownership and direction of the school after Miss Boyer’s retirement in 1973.  Martha retired in May of 2001 and in June of 2001 Lisa Cash and Ann Pflugshaupt assumed ownership and direction of the school after twenty years of teaching for Mrs. Fowlkes.  The name of the studio was changed to Danville Academy of Dance to reflect this change.  The Danville Academy of Dance offers classes in Ballet, Tap, Pointe, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Lyrical and a Conditioning/Adv. Leaps and Turns class.  The Academy has seven faculty members who each specialize in their specific dance style.  The Academy’s Competition Team has won numerous first place awards, and both national and regional scholarships. 

The Meredith Gravely School of Dance is celebrating 43 years of excellence in dance education and performance. The studio’s owner, Anne Gravely Moore, is the daughter of the founder, Meredith Gravely. Anne is a member of Dance Masters of America and has a genuine interest in each of her students and their dance education. The studio has two locations in Danville and one in South Boston and is also home to the award-winning Meredith Gravely Dance Company. The Meredith Gravely School of Dance is fortunate to have a talented and dedicated faculty: Ashley Harper, Katie Pruitt, Brittany Francis, Hannah Bennett and Caitlin Price. This will be the studio’s third time as a host studio for the Moscow Ballet.

About the Historic North Performing Arts Center

The Historic North Theatre Performing Arts Center originally opened in August of 1947 as Danville’s finest movie and vaudeville house. It remained open until 1976 before being turned into an auction house, a number of different churches and Carolyn’s House of Flower. It was beautifully renovated and reopened in 2005, but unfortunately closed again in 2010. Celebrity magician, Wayne Alan, now owns the theatre and books top celebrity touring concerts and shows to perform in the historic theatre. The 500-seat theatre is both a Danville landmark and a tourist attraction. The theatre aims to entertain, amaze, uplift and inspire its audiences through live family-friendly shows, productions, concerts and classic films which produce a theatrical sense of wonder designed to bring a smile to the face and heart of its audience members. Find directions to the theatre here.