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2024 BCA Exclusive Features

All inclusive Registration Pass - receive all photos and videos of dancers performances, digital program of the Championship event & unlimited spectator passes to all sessions!


Introducing a MINI age division - Age 5-6, non-competitive/exhibition only level!


Title Competition "Artistic Performance Award" - included entry for all registered soloists.


Adjudication and Award Presentations in both English and Spanish.


Specialized Master Classes featuring our ground breaking Pas de Deux technique class and personalized variation coaching.

Welcome to Ballet Championships of America - “BCA”, where our mantra reverberates in every pirouette and plié: BALLET IS OUR MISSION - A PASSION for EXCELLENCE!

At BCA, our mission is more than a statement; it's a promise to elevate the art of ballet. We believe that excellence isn't just an outcome, but a journey that begins the moment a dancer steps into the spotlight. Our events are designed not just as a competition but as a celebration of passion, precision, and the pursuit of continued education through the power of dance.


BCA is organized and professionally produced by its two co-owners and founders: Matthew Diaz-Caldwell and Ward Billeisen. Both members maintain an active role in day to day operations, which include operational and production management.

Together these individuals with their well diversified backgrounds and experience will effectively provide the competitive ballet dance community with an innovative dance competition.


As a trailblazer in the dance competition world, BCA stands out for its meticulous attention to detail and seamless organization. We're committed to hosting events that are not only fair but are also exemplary in their execution and judging selection and criteria.

Matthew Diaz-Caldwell


Matthew Diaz-Caldwell, a visionary leader in the dance industry, brings over two decades of unparalleled expertise and dedication to his role as Co-Owner and Founder of Ballet Championships of America (BCA). With a career spanning 25 years, Matthew has left an indelible mark on the dance world, shaping the landscape of artistic expression and fostering the growth of countless young talented dancers.


Matthew's journey in the dance industry began over two decades ago, marked by a passion for cultivating creativity and nurturing the next generation of dancers. His steadfast commitment to excellence and innovation has been the driving force behind his previous role as the COO at Kids Artistic Revue (KAR), a position he held with distinction. Matthew’s past experience will play a pivotal role in the strategic development and execution of initiatives that will propel BCA to the forefront of the dance competition scene. His visionary leadership has been instrumental in shaping the reputation for excellence, creating a platform for dancers to showcase their skills at a competitive level.


Beyond his operational responsibilities, Matthew has been a passionate advocate for the arts, recognizing the transformative power of dance in the lives of young performers. His unwavering support for artistic expression has contributed to Ballet Championships of America’s mission of fostering creativity, self-discovery, and confidence in every participant.


Matthew has always been a driving force behind the introduction of innovative programs and features that are elevating BCA to new heights. His forward-thinking approach has led to the incorporation of cutting-edge technologies and strategic partnerships, ensuring that BCA remains at the forefront of the dance industry.


His impact continues to extend beyond the daily operational responsibilities of co owning BCA. Known for his mentorship and guidance, he has inspired countless dancers, choreographers, and industry professionals in the US and abroad, to reach their full potential. His dedication to nurturing talent and fostering a sense of community within the dance world has left an enduring impact.

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Ward Billeisen


Ward's career is a testament to his versatility and boundless creativity. He has been the mastermind behind numerous successful productions, where his imaginative direction and innovative choreography have left indelible marks on the hearts of audiences and performers alike. His work is characterized by a unique blend of traditional techniques and innovative concepts, making each performance a memorable experience.


With over a quarter-century of enriching the performing arts, Ward Billeisen stands as a shining example of creative excellence in the realms of theater and dance. His journey spans an impressive 25 years, during which he has infused life into stages across National Tours, Regional Theaters, and the illustrious Broadway community. His artistry is not just confined to choreography and direction; it extends into the nurturing realms of education and mentorship.


Beyond the stage, Ward's dedication to dance education is equally noteworthy. For the same duration as his professional career, he has passionately worked with children, teaching them the variations of dance technique and the art of showmanship. His approach is extensive, focusing not just on the physical aspects of dance but also on instilling confidence, discipline, and a love for the performing arts in his young students.


His teaching philosophy revolves around the belief that dance is not just a form of entertainment but a powerful medium for self-expression and personal growth. Under his guidance, students have not only mastered technical skills but have also learned to embrace their unique styles, fostering a sense of individuality and creative freedom.


Ward's contribution to the world of dance and theater is significant and multifaceted. As a director, choreographer, and educator, he has been a guiding light in the industry, inspiring a new generation of dancers and theater enthusiasts. His legacy is not just in the performances he has created but in the lives he has touched through his art and mentorship.


At Ballet Championships of America, Ward Billeisen continues to be a beacon of artistic brilliance and educational excellence, shaping the future of dance with every step, leap, and pirouette.

Ballet Championships of America Advisory Board
Jurors and Educators
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