Mission: Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance brings innovative dance to the communities of Asheville and Winston-Salem as well as the state of North Carolina through concert performances; collaborations with local and nationally known artists and arts organizations; and both outreach and dance training programs for children of all cultural and economic backgrounds designed to delight, enlighten, and educate.
Since 2003, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance has been North Carolina's summertime professional contemporary ballet company. The company was founded in Asheville, but now shares a dual residency between the cities of Asheville and Winston-Salem. Terpsicorps is known for producing innovative, thought provoking, and entertaining performances of the highest professional caliber. The subject matter varies, but is always deeply rooted in universal themes that convey the most basic and complex aspects of the human experience.
Critically acclaimed dancers from some of the most respected companies in the United Sates and Canada travel to NC every summer to bring the shows to life, providing both Asheville and Winston-Salem with the opportunity to take pride in an organization of the quality that one would expect to find only in a large metropolitan city.
The mission of the company expanded in 2015 with the addition of The Academy at Terpsicorps. Now Asheville residents of all ages, from beginner to pre-professional, can take advantage of the high quality education that comes from a thoroughly planned curriculum and a faculty of dance professionals. The school takes special pride in its dance scholarship program for children from low-income families. These excited students receive dance clothes, shoes and classes at the Terpsicorps facility in West Asheville.
The company performs works by artistic director Heather Maloy, ballet master Christopher Bandy, and master choreographer,Salvatore Aiello. Maloy danced for the North Carolina Dance Theatre under Aiello's direction, and was greatly influenced by him, both as a choreographer and as a director. His flair for creating dance that was not only noteworthy for its movement quality and musicality, but also for its theatricality, is the inspiration behind everything Terpsicorps produces.