Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts, formerly Dance Arts Conservatory, founded in 2007, is one of the fastest growing fine arts establishments in Wilmington, North Carolina, and is the only conservatory of its kind in the area. WCFA officially opened studio space at Gymnastics Unlimited and began classes with a mere 30 students. By 2010, the need for larger space necessitated a move to Barclay Commons off of Independence Boulevard, with the student population more than doubling. In order to accommodate yet more growth, WCFA moved the Renaissance Courtyard near Mayfaire Town Centre in the summer of 2012. Students numbered over 100. WCFA currently engages five teachers and maintains two office staff.
WCFA is currently housed within a 3,500 square foot, state of the art facility at 902 South College Road. With three fully renovated studios, WCFA is able to offer an extensive list of offerings for her continuously growing conservatory. WCFA is a true conservatory of all arts. From classical ballet to ukulele, for ages 8 months to adult, WCFA has it all. Click here for a full list of offerings. Within WCFA there exists the Conservatory Arts Preschool and also Turning Pointe Christian Dance Company, a 501(c)(3) non-profit company.
.Classical Ballet .Pointe and Variations .Modern .Jazz .Contemporary .Tap .Acro/Tumbling .Hip Hop .Music Together® .Pilates .Yoga .Voice .Piano .Guitar .Ukulele .Mandolin .Violin .Art .Musical Theater .Turning Pointe Christian Dance Company
WCFA stands out in fine arts education for many reasons. It is a non-competition studio, choosing rather to focus upon classical training with a firm belief in building a strong, technical foundation. WCFA is the only studio to offer live piano accompaniment to Company Level classes. Cory Smith, WCFA owner and founder, is realizing a life-long dream of sharing the arts with the community both within the doors of the studio, through an expansive list of classes and performance opportunities, and without, through Turning Pointe, the ministry arm of the WFCA. Ms. Smith also volunteers throughout the community, bringing the joy of dance to places such as the Brigade Boys & Girls Club. Throughout the summer months, Ms. Smith brings distinguished guest instructors to provide Junior and Senior Level dancers with intensive opportunities. There are themed camps that run throughout the Summer, as well as regularly scheduled classes. WCFA productions are impressive and entertaining works. This is where Ms. Smith’s work simply dominates. Ms. Smith and her faculty are able to bring out each individual’s personal best, and in so doing, strengthens the Conservatory as a whole. The high expectations of the faculty are clearly evident in the culmination of efforts that are WCFA’s Spring and Winter performances, festivals and community events.
The heart, soul and success of WCFA is found with its owner and founder, Cory Smith. Ms. Smith hails from a prestigious background in the fine art of dance. Earning recognition among her peers as a dancer and choreographer, she is also certified by The International Ballet Competition teacher training program. Ms. Smith’s career has come full circle with WCFA. She has realized the great value in shaping the next generation of dancers, trained in love and discipline, skill and technique. In the spirit of quality, Ms. Smith has assembled a team of high caliber faculty, all of whom bring experience, quality and their respective certifications to WCFA. When combined, their years of training total more than 150 years.