Asheville Junior Theater - School of Dance

*Now registering for the FALL 2024-Spring 2025 Season*

AJT School of Dance is a vibrant dance school dedicated to nurturing artistic talent and fostering a love for the performing arts. Offering a diverse range of dance classes for children, teenagers and adults, our school provides expert instruction in various dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, acro, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theater. With a focus on creativity, performance, and technique, students have the opportunity to develop their skills, build confidence, and express themselves through dance in a supportive and encouraging environment. Led by experienced instructors who are passionate about the performing arts, Asheville Junior Theater School of Dance strives to inspire the next generation of dancers and performers while promoting artistic excellence and personal growth.

Culture is Everything

Our culture is of the utmost importance to us at AJT School of Dance. We are dedicated to teaching our students the values that transcend the classroom setting, lessons they can apply into their everyday lives. One of these lessons is kindness:  We believe that all of our dancers need to support one another as they try new skills on for size in a vulnerable experience. Another is dedication:  We believe that children can achieve excellence if they are given responsibility and taught to work hard. Not all children at AJT School of Dance get a “trophy,” but those that do will be elated and proud of their achievements.

Providing Excellence

We are dedicated to creating a meaningful dance experience. We provide a strong technical base, while guiding every student towards self-confidence. We want our dancers to have a healthy relationship to movement and to their bodies. AJT School of Dance promotes integrity, and a true passion for dance. 

2-Day Summer Dance Workshops

Stomp 2-Day Workshop:

Get ready to make some noise at our Stomp The Floor 2-Day Intensive Workshop, inspired by the electrifying rhythms of the hit show Stomp!

Join us for two days of non-stop excitement as we dive into the world of percussion-driven dance and unleash our creativity through the power of rhythm. This workshop is perfect for dancers and percussionists alike, as well as anyone looking to explore the unique fusion of movement and music.

Throughout the intensive, participants will learn dynamic choreography inspired by Stomp, combining intricate footwork with exhilarating percussion techniques using everyday objects. From trash can lids to brooms, participants will discover the endless possibilities for creating infectious rhythms and beats.

Whether you're a seasoned performer or new to the world of percussion dance, this workshop offers a supportive and inclusive environment where you can push your boundaries and unlock your rhythmic potential. Join us as we stomp, tap, and drum our way to an unforgettable experience

Price: $200

Broadway Tap 2-Day Workshop:

Step into the spotlight and join us for an electrifying Broadway Tap 2-Day Intensive Workshop! Dive deep into the exhilarating world of Broadway tap dance and elevate your skills to new heights.

This intensive workshop is designed to challenge and inspire dancers of all levels. From beginners to advanced performers, participants will receive personalized instruction tailored to their individual goals and abilities.

Over the course of two immersive days, dancers will explore a variety of tap techniques, choreography styles, and performance concepts straight from the stages of Broadway. Whether you're dreaming of dazzling audiences under the bright lights or simply seeking to refine your tap skills, this workshop promises an unforgettable experience.

Prepare to be swept away by the magic of Broadway tap as you hone your craft alongside fellow enthusiasts. Don't miss this opportunity to ignite your passion for dance and unleash your inner Broadway star!
Price $200

Our Instructors

Our instructors at AJT School of Dance take pride in making kids into great dancers, while instilling confidence and integrity in them at the same time. Every staff member treats each student as an individual dancer, and supports their growth by instructing them in a fun and nurturing environment. Our instructors push kids to be the best dancers and humans they can be.

Jarret Ditch

Jarret Ditch

Director of Dance

Originating from Lafayette, Louisiana, Jarret Ditch has performed in theater and dance on various stages across the globe. From wielding swords as a knight at Medieval Times to performing stunts with Disney, Jarret’s journey has been diverse and enriching. He has even graced the stage as part of the Radio City Rockettes and painted his face blue to perform with The Blue Man Group. As a seasoned performer, he feels lucky to have been given the opportunity to portray roles on national tours of Showboat, Les Miserables, Fiddler On The Roof and Newsies.  Jarret’s theatrical adventures also extend to choreography, where he has crafted captivating movements for productions such as Cabaret, Once on This Island, SHOUT and Funny Girl, as well as multiple productions on various cruise ships around the world. With a Bachelor of Dance & Performing Arts from Oklahoma City University and extensive training in stage combat, Jarret brings a unique blend of skills to every style of dance he teaches and looks forward to creating magic here at Asheville Junior Theater School of Dance. 

Erin Roberts

Erin Roberts

Director of Choreography/Assistant Director

Erin Roberts has dedicated her life to uplifting children. She has worked in educational and community theater since childhood and remains passionate about the arts. She has worked on many productions, including Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Damn Yankees, Godspell, Once on This Island, Sound of Music and others. She spent many years in the world of competitive dancewinning countless 1st and 2nd place awards at the national level. As a high schooler, she won the Triple Threat award from the esteemed Syracuse Stage Summer High School for the Performing Arts program. The friendships and learning experiences gained throughout all of this have stuck with Erin for life. She is excited to create a space for today’s children to feel this same sense of joy, belonging, and creative expression.

Erin is the owner of Mighty Oaks Montessori School in Fairview, and is excited to expand her time devoted to children; this time sharing one of her greatest loves: musical theater.

Help Give the Gift of Theater

We’re honored to have donors who support our mission! Because of the generous support of people in our community, we’re able to offer financial aid to families in critical need.

There are two ways to give: a one-time donation or a monthly recurring gift.