What is your heARTS desire? To learn to play the violin? To belly dance? To paint? The Black Mountain Center for the Arts offers a variety of classes.  Be sure to check back frequently as our classes do change throughout the year.

download our class schedule: Spring ‘14 Classes


Poet Tina Barr will lead a Brown Bag Lunch Seminar at the Arts Center on Friday, May 2 from noon to 1pm titled Bootlegging, Love and Kicking Mule: Local Folk Ballads. This informal, free gathering requires no registration; participants are encouraged to bring lunch.

Celebrate folk ballads recorded during the 1940s, some by singers from as close as Swannanoa and Hot Springs.  Participants will read and discuss poems on love and the realities of rural life.  No experience in reading ballads is necessary, only curiosity and an appreciation for musical cadence and humor!

Fighting For Your Writing: a Poetry Seminar & Workshop with Tina Barr Friday, May 16th, 1:00 to 3:30pm, $35.00. All writers, at any level of success, deal with discouragement regarding their work.  This seminar will address strategies for contending with one’s identity as a writer, whether just beginning, published, or award-winning.

WRITING CLASSES will begin again in the Summer in partnership with the Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP)

Kids Dance Classes with Amy Maze 

There’s no reason to drive into Asheville to get your groove on.  Amy Maze, popular dance teacher and choreographer, is offering a high-energy dance classes!

All classes are an hour long and cost $40 a month. 

Attire: comfortable clothes, clean-soled sneakers or bare feet.


Kids in Motion, (ages 3-5) Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm

This  class will combine creative movement and basic acrobatics to keep your little one moving. Helps develop motor coordination, increase spatial and rhythmic awareness, and to help provide a positive learning experience. The program includes creative moving taught through rhyme, games, props, and development of basic concepts like rhythm, directionality, perception, and memory. This class will improve coordination, increase flexibility, but most importantly it is fun for all!

Beginning Hip Hop/Contemporary: (ages 6-10) Monday 4:00-5:00 pm OR Thursday 4:30-5:30 pm. 

This up-beat class will alternate hip hop with contemporary dance, which is influenced by jazz and modern styles. Contemporary dance allows freedom of movement and expression and focuses on telling a story through dance. This class will build your dancer’s strength, coordination, flexibility, and creativity while learning basic dance skills.

Tween Dance Class: Ages 11-14 Monday 5:00-6:00 pm  

This is a great class for your middle-schooler (and up), whether they have had previous experience or this is their first dance class ever.  Each class will alternate between hip hop and contemporary dance styles, beginning with a warm up and ending with a combination of the latest moves to today’s most popular music. The athletic style of hip hop and contemporary dance will improve coordination and musicality, as well as develop the dancer’s core body strength.

Amy was a performer with the Walt Disney World Corporation and held dancing roles in parades and shows such as Festival Of The Lion KingSpectromagic, and Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle.  She was also a member of the modern dance company Soul Play as a principal dancer and guest choreographer.  Call 828/669-0930 to register!


T’ai Chi Qi Gong with Charles Pannell 

Thursdays at 10 am; $40 per month or$12 drop in.


Charles Pannell teachs the art of moving meditation, a set of simple movements that serve to improve blood flow and increase circulation, boost concentration and energy, restore balance, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and calm the mind and heart.

This is a flow-oriented class about finding one’s own rhythm in T’ai Chi for health and nourishing life. The class will follow a step-by-step approach to understanding the fundamentals of T’ai Chi and QiGong practice. By focusing on basics we will keep it lively and fun as we learn how to apply T’ai Chi and QiGong principles with respect to the three foundations of posture, breath, and awareness.

Charles Pannell is a licensed acupuncturist. He is the owner of the Thrifty Taoist in Black Mountain. He has studied traditional and classical Chinese medicine for many years and been teaching QiGong since 2007.


Ballet Classes are offered from preschool to adult. Instructor Casey Kristofferson Littlejohn is a member of the Asheville Civic Ballet and also teaches dance at ArtSpace Charter School. She has completed her additional teaching certification. Required attire: ballet slippers + leotard & tights for females; leggings + white tee for males. Kids ballet classes are on Saturday mornings and Adult ballet classes are on Monday and Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Please call 828/669-0930 for more information.

Spring Ballet School:

For Children: ALL on Saturday mornings (Please call ahead to determine class level)

  • Primary                         9:00-9:30 am           $36/month
  • Level I                             9:30 – 10:30 am      $40/month
  • Intermediate             10:30 – noon              $46/month


  • Mondays , 9 – 10:15 am        $46/month
  • Wednesdays, 9 – 10:15 am        $46/month
  • Saturdays, 10:30 – noon     $46/month

Discounts are available for taking more than one class a week.


Instructor Micaela Scobie teaches  Mondays, 6-7 pm. Each session is 6 weeks. Fee per session:  $110/couple or $60/individual. Focus: Waltz, Tango & East Coast Swing.  Minimum # of students required: 6.  Ballroom is a two-person dance, but coming with a partner is not required. Come prepared to have fun!  Micaela Scobie, accomplished in American-style Ballroom dance, has competed in numerous regional events, receiving high honors.


Pottery Classes: 2-hour classes are available at various times Mon.-Sat.  Fee is $135 for 6-weeks, which includes Open Studio practice times, plus a $50 Lab fee that covers 25 lbs. of clay, glazing & firing. Dates: April 1- May 6 and May 13-June 17. Instructors: Geoff Bird, Charles Freeland, Mathilda Tanner and Annie Singletary, along with Guest Teachers for Workshops. Registration Deadline is 2 days prior to first class.  Independent Study option is available for experienced potters who need no instruction – application necessary.  $80 monthly. Clay not included.

For more detailed information about the CLAY STUDIO CLASSES and OPEN STUDIO times, please click here.

Weekly Drawing & Painting Classes

Weekly Painting Classes with Bob Travers. For students age 8 through adult. Art classes with this nationally recognized artist are designed for students ages 9 through adult, beginner through advanced. Lessons are fun and informative while tailored to meet the needs of each individual student according to their level of knowledge and experience. Using a step by step process, students learn the fundamentals of drawing, design, composition, contrast and perspective to add depth and dimension into their work while learning the basics of working with color, technique, brush manipulation and more, so that each student can develop their own style from realism to the abstract in mediums such as graphite, oil, pen & ink, pastels, watercolors, scratch board and mixed media. Subject matter includes but is not limited to landscape, wildlife, still life, abstract, portraits and more.                       www.BobTraversArt.com  

Class schedule:

Mondays 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Tuesdays 10:00 am-12:00 pm/1:00pm-3:00 pm/3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Registration is open through the Center at 828/669-0930.


Yoga in Motion

Taught by Viniyoga Instructor Renate Rikkers. Two times for ongoing classes: Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 pm or Friday mornings from 9 to 10:30 am. Improve your posture, balance, and strength through the practice of yoga. Some yoga experience is necessary. If you have questions or want to register, call Renate directly at 828/298-9988.


Junior Appalachian Musicians

(J.A.M.)  Spring Session ends May 21

Know a kid who may want to learn traditional music with us? Invite them to join us on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 each week during the school year.  We teach old time fiddle, banjo and guitar in a fun group setting at affordable fees! Amazing instructors:  Cary Fridley, Ben Nelson and Meredith Watson. Home-schoolers welcome – this is great arts enrichment!  Public-schoolers (3rd-9th grades):  Owen district bus will drop you at our door!  Winter Session is 9 weeks, payable at $68.50.  Some scholarship available.  Call 828-669-0930 to sign up for the WINTER 2014 session.


SUZUKI VIOLIN  with instructor Keithie Knowles.  Ages 4 to 6 years with parent. Tuesdays after 2:30 pm.  Fee: $25 per 1/2 hour.  If you have an interest, call the Center for the Arts and let us know:  828/669-0930.  

PIANO & BANJO with Joe Dinwiddie. For beginning Piano students age 7 through adult; and for beginning or intermediate Banjo students, high school and adult.  Fee: $25 per 1/2 hour or $40 per hour lesson.  To register, call Joe directly:  828/318-4333.