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Contemporary Dance



Contemporary Dance classes run August-May each year.

Registration for the 23/24 dance year will open summer 2023.

Please check back for registration dates and links.

22/23 Dance Schedule

Kids in Motion (ages 3-5)

Mondays 4:30-5:30pm (Led by Sam Sole) or

Wednesdays 3-4pm (Led by Eliza Kellberg)

Combination of creative movement and basic acrobatics. Helps develop coordination, increase spatial and rhythmic awareness, flexibility, perception and memory.


Beginning Dance (ages 5-7) 

Wednesdays 5:15-6:15pm (Led by Eliza Kellberg)

Up-beat combination of hip hop and contemporary/modern dance and musical theater styles allowing for freedom of expression while learning basic dance skills. Good for strength, coordination and flexibility. Basic acrobatics will be continued and improvisational dance exercises will be introduced.

Contemporary 1 (ages 7-8) - Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm (Led by Eliza Kellberg)

Contemporary 2 (ages 9-12) - Mondays 5:30-6:30pm (Led by Sam Sole)

Geared towards students with some previous dance experience, this class is an extension of the concepts learned in Beginning dance or Contemporary 1. This class will work with contemporary, jazz and musical theater styles.

Boys Only (ages 8-12)

Mondays 6:30-7:30pm (Led by Sam Sole)

This high-energy boy’s-only class is a great way for dancers to feel confident and comfortable while learning. The class will focus on contemporary jazz technique and add touches of hip-hop and acrobatics.

Musical Theatre (ages 8-14)

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm (Led by Eliza Kellberg)

This class will combine dancing and acting through movement while exploring and learning about classic Broadway musicals and today’s Broadway hits.  Start spreading the news, because this class is sure to be a HIT!

Teen Dance (ages 13 & up)

Wednesdays 6:15-7:45pm (Led by Eliza Kellberg)

No previous experience necessary. Classes alternate between athletic contemporary and hip hop styles to improve coordination, musicality and develop core strength. Learn a combination each class.

Dance Troupe (starting September) (1st graders and up)

Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm (Led by Eliza Kellberg)

Gives dancers performance opportunities in the community. This low pressure performance experience is great for dancers who just want to get out there and share their talents with the community. Dancers must be enrolled in a technique class (Beginning Dance, Contemporary 1 or 2, Teen Dance, or Ballet). This class is a rehearsal class that meets once a week and occasionally has extra rehearsals leading up to performances. Auditions will be held during the first month of classes. Anyone who is interested, please don’t hesitate to check it out! Join us as we share our dance with the community!  $40 + costume fee.

Dress Code

  • Bare feet or dance shoes (ballet, jazz, and contemporary are good options).

  • Clothes should be fitted to the body and easy to move in

  • Hair should be out of the face. 

  • No jewelry.

We prefer cash or check to avoid costly credit card fees.

You may also pay via Paypal or by debit/credit card in our main office.

All classes $50 per month

Drop in fee is $20 per class & student must be preregistered

Sibling Discount- $5 off each month for each sibling

Multiclass Discount- $5 off each month for each class

Discounts cannot be combined

Sibling or multi-class discounts do not apply to prorated months
Dance Troupe - no discounts

All tuition must be paid by the 10th of each month.  After the 10th there is a $10 late fee.

Payments can be made by cash, check, or debit/credit card in the main office, or via Paypal (click the link above).

Meet the instructors!


Eliza Kellberg

Eliza, the director of the Ballet and Contemporary dance program at BMCA, has been dancing since the age of 10 when she was introduced to Jazz at The French Woods Performing Arts Camp in New York. In 2016, she received her degree in dance from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Over the past 24 years she has studied under such notable dancers as Joyce Stahl, Denis Hyland, Gregory King, Ann Dunn, Tricia Renshaw, Fleming Lomax, Allison Hertzberg and more. She has studied gymnastics, ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary ballet, modern, and character dance. Eliza has danced with the Coffee Mill Dance Studio in her hometown of Key West, Florida, the Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont, the Key West High School Competition Colorguard and Eurythmics Team, the local Key West Dance Team, and the Asheville Academy of Ballet. She has studied at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

Eliza has performed in the Dirty Dancing Festival in the past years, has been the contemporary dancer for a band called Grendel’s Mother, and has been a member of the Trillium Dance Company. She has also worked at Vance Elementary teaching dance in the after school enrichment program. Eliza is a ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and contemporary instructor and teaches all ages at beginning and intermediate levels. Currently, Eliza teaches at WNC Dance Academy and Black Mountain Center of the Arts, and is the Founder of Looking Glass Dancers Society, a local community organization in Asheville. Teaching is inspiring and making connections with kids and adults in a dance class is such a rewarding experience for her. She believes that dance is the most wonderful experience for people of all ages and can express creativity like nothing else.

Sam Sole

Sam, a native to Tallahassee Florida, started dancing at three years old. She began to pursue her dance career more seriously at 15.  She attended and placed in prestigious competitions such as Youth American Grand Prix and had the opportunity to train under the direction of Susan Farrell, Raymond Lukens, Dierdre Miles Burger and other influential figures in the dance community.  While studying studio art and art history at Florida State University she also danced as a soloist with The Tallahassee Ballet. Post graduation Sam began her dance career with The Chattanooga Ballet and for 5 seasons acted as a principal dancer, choreographer, and instructor to ages 3- adult.  Sam moved to Asheville during the pandemic to explore new opportunities and currently teaches kindergarten and dances with The Asheville Ballet.  She is excited to join Black Mountain Center for the Arts as a dance instructor! 

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