August Open House Events

Join us for our Open House Events every Saturday, August 4-18 during the Ellicott City Farmers' Market.  Free trial classes are available for ages 2.5-6, and our American Ballet Theatre certified faculty will help you enroll in fall classes and answer any questions you may have.  

On Saturday, August 25, Ages 10 and above can audition for our new performing group, the Ellicott City Ballerina Project (fall enrollment required).  

Schedule: August 4, 11, 18

  • Open House 10 am-1 pm
  • 10-10:45 Age 2.5-4 Free Trial Class
  • 11-Noon Age 5-6 Free Trial Class

Schedule: August 25

  • Open House 10 am-2 pm
  • 12:30-2 Age 10+ Audition for Ellicott City Ballerina Project
    • Please bring pointe shoes.  
    • Fall enrollment required to participate in EC Ballerina Project.

BCXIV in the Baltimore Sun

Once again, Ballet Conservatoire XIV is in the news, this time for Executive Director Donna Pidel's Ellicott City Ballerina Project, using photos of BCXIV dancers to showcase businesses on Main Street.  

“I wanted to show the juxtaposition of the beauty of art and how art is reflected in all areas of life and even in ugliness and tragedy, there is always something very beautiful that emerges.”
--Donna Pidel

Read the full article here:  Ballerina project lifts spirits as Ellicott City rebuilds

"A National Treasure" - Maryland Theatre Guide Profiles BCXIV

Ms. Pidel and Mr. Nelson are incredibly grateful for this extraordinary article about Ballet Conservatoire XIV, written by Mary Scott Manning for Maryland Theatre Guide.  Ms. Manning captures, with eloquent sensitivity, the special atmosphere of warmth, perseverance, and dedication we strive to create at the school.  With quotes from Ms. Pidel's former students Alicia Graf Mack (Director of Dance at Juilliard) and Katherine Williams (Soloist at American Ballet Theatre), "Dancing on Water" is a stunning profile of BCXIV, which we will treasure.  

Please take a moment to read this wonderful article:  Dancing on Water:  Ballet Conservatoire XIV by Mary Scott Manning

Summer Evening Classes Start Tonight!

Level 1:  5:15-6:15 pm

Level 2:  6:15-7:30

Level 2 Stretch:  7:30-7:45

Please allow extra travel time as some streets around the school are still closed.  Free parking is available in Lots E, F, and D in Ellicott City.  Classes begin exactly on time, and late entry is not permitted.  Bring your water bottle with you into the studio, as there are no breaks during classes.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone tonight!

Fall Enrollment and Open House - Saturday, July 28

Enroll in classes, meet the faculty, enjoy refreshments!  

  • Open House from 10 am-2 pm.
  • Click Here to let us know you're coming.

Audition for our December production of Swan Lake: 2-3:30 pm

  • All dancers ages 11 and above are welcome to audition.
  • Enrolled dancers under age 11 do not have to audition.
  • Please bring pointe shoes.
  • This event is free of charge.

Swan Lake rehearsals are on Saturdays from 2-4 pm, September 15-December 8, with the exception of Thanksgiving weekend (November 24).  
Performance: December 15
Dancers must be able to attend ALL rehearsals.  Performance fee applies.

#ECSTRONG | Fall 2018-19



What an unexpectedly challenging time this has been for the residents, businesses, and community of Ellicott City! We are amazed at this strong community with its resilient spirit, and we are incredibly grateful to be a part of it.

Ballet Conservatoire XIV, along with many other businesses, is proudly moving forward with Ellicott City, calling beautiful Main Street home. Everyone is working hard together to reopen and rebuild, keeping this lovely town thriving.

Projects underway in Ellicott City include an early warning system and construction of culverts and retention ponds to prevent flooding and damages. A list of efforts can be found on the county’s watershed master plan website.

We are now back in our building on Main Street, holding our summer programs as scheduled.


September 11, 2018 - May 24, 2019

We are very much looking forward to beginning our Fall 2018-19 school year! Find details on class descriptions, schedule, uniform, and tuition below and register/enroll today!

All of us at BCXIV are deeply grateful for your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you this summer and for the Fall 2018-19 school year!

Temporary Location

BCXIV has found a temporary home for the next several weeks, generously donated by Don Reuwer, owner of Waverly Real Estate Group.  The entrance is 5146 Dorsey Hall Dr, Ellicott City.  Our suite is upstairs on the left.  Free parking is available.

We will hold private training and placement classes at this location until early July, when access to Main Street is scheduled to be restored.  To schedule a lesson or placement class, please email or contact your regular teacher directly.

We look forward to working with you!