A Home of Our Own

We Are…

HBPA. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to training children and youth in Catawba County and beyond in Classical Ballet and the Performing Arts. While teaching strong technique and artistry in a nurturing environment, HBPA creates a diverse company for both pre-professional and recreational students.

Each semester, scholarships are provided to special populations and dancers in need through a blind application process. HBPA makes arts education accessible to the children and youth in
our community by providing ample opportunities to train with a well-rounded schedule of weekly classes and perform, as well as attend local performances.  Some opportunities include:

  • Youth Ballet Company and Youth Performing Arts Company
  • Guest Teachers and Master Classes every semester
  • Annual production of The Nutcracker
  • Annual spring musical production
  • Collaborations with Western Piedmont Symphony and Hickory
    Museum of Art
  • Educational Outreach
  • National Honor Society for Dance Arts

Invest in Our Future…

Major Gifts Opportunities

Our immediate needs are: 

Studio A                                                         Total: 14,550

  • Wall (incl materials, electrical, and sprinklers)                  3050
  • Sprung Floor                                                                                          2050
  • Matlay vinyl dance floor                                                                 4750
  • Mirrors                                                                                                      425
  • Keyboard                                                                                                 430

Studio B                                                           Total: 9,775

  • Wall (incl material, electrical, and sprinklers)                    3050
  • Sprung floor                                                                                           2475
  • Mirrors                                                                                                     4250

Studio C                                                             SOLD!  

  • Wall (incl materials, electrical, and sprinklers)                   3050
  • Sprung Floor (existing with replacements pieces)            1025
  • Marley                                                                                         4500 

Lobby                                                                  SOLD! 

  • Television                                                                                                 750
  • Video/security system                                                                     1200
  • Wall                                                                                                            3050

Costume Shop                                                Total: 250

  • 6’ work tables (2)                                                                                250

Prop Room                                                        Total: 480

  • Shelving (4)                                                                                           480

Help us purchase our smaller items by checking out our Wishlist!!


With your help, we can transform the former Hickory Daily Record building into the new home of Hickory Ballet & Performing Arts. This move will not only inspire and empower our students but help us to reach more children and youth in Catawba County.

To explore recognition or naming opportunities, please contact Leanna Bodnar, Executive Director at leanna@hickoryballetpa.com.

Our Passion

At HBPA, we love watching our students grow! Telling someone’s story through the performing arts builds empathy while also helping our students become more self aware. Honing and mastering a craft has become a lost skill in today’s fast paced society. Here, we celebrate when a
student perseveres and reaps the rewards of their dedication and discipline!

Training in the performing arts develops creative and flexible thinkers while maximizing their ability to communicate with audiences of any size.Performing is a fun, exciting way to build friendships and lifelong skills.

Our Joy

At HBPA, we entertain audiences of all ages through our free outreach programs!

  • Invited performances for the Boys and Girls Club of Hickory
  • Sensory Friendly Nutcracker, reaching over 100 guests annually
  • Books To Ballet and Books to Broadway, reaching a combined audience of over 450 children and adults annually

A Home of Our Own:

  • In the heart of Hickory’s Art District
  • 1 block from Hickory Community Theater
  • Walking distance to shopping and restaurants
  • Near Farmer’s Market and Lowe’s Food City Park

Creating Space For:

  • More classes at preferred times
  • Morning and Evening classes for Adults
  • A full-time Children’s Theatre
  • Additional Classical Ballet programming