See what's in store for our 2019/2020 Season! #PowerfulShinesOn
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David Dawson's Opus.11 highlights the power of human connection through his enthralling movement. Don't miss this work alongside stylistic game changer Walking Mad and a world premiere from Helen Pickett at Spring works!
Acclaimed choreographer Helen Pickett returns to Charlotte Ballet for a new commission, In Cognito, premiering at Spring Works! Take a behind-the-scenes look at this exciting piece in the studio!
Academy Directory Ayisha Cravotta spoke with The Charlotte Post about our adult drop-in classes. Learn more about why these classes are perfect for all adults with an interest in dance, from beginners to those revisiting dance!
See what's in store for our 2019/2020 Season! #PowerfulShinesOn
Don't miss Johan Inger's stylistic game changer Walking Mad, returning to Charlotte Ballet this season for Spring Works! Tickets start at just $25!
Our dancers are so excited for Spring Works - and you should be, too! Learn more about the company members' take on the choreographers for Charlotte Ballet's Spring Works!
Acclaimed choreographer Helen Pickett returns to create a new commission, In Cognito, that is sure to capture the beauty and power of our artists. We spoke with her about her piece, choreography and her love for Charlotte Ballet!
After powerful audience response, Johan Inger’s Walking Mad returns for Spring Works! Don't miss the return of this stylistic game-changer!
“I have always enjoyed dance in its many forms. To commission a ballet is being part of this canvas in motion.” Learn more about long time donor, ballet commissioner and Legacy Society Member Marie Mitchell.
"My dance scholarship was designed to be a supportive inspiration for those well-deserved and hard-working little dancers...creativity needs to be encouraged and sustained!” Learn more about donor and Legacy Society Member Dr. Monique Abner.
Don't miss Charlotte Ballet's Peter Pan! The timeless tale of the mischievous boy who never grows up comes to life on stage at the Knight Theater in a performance that is perfect for the whole family!
Are you caring like Wendy or adventurous like Peter? Take this quiz to find out!
No show is complete without the incredible costumes that really bring the story to life, and Peter Pan is no exception. Check out the transformation of the costumes for Peter Pan - from renderings to stage!
Innovative Works pushes the boundaries of ballet each year with new, contemporary works. Don't miss your chance to see what's on stage this year at our last weekend of performances!
Now - Feb 16, experience Shakespeare's iconic tales in a fresh, provocative way!
We recognize that a student’s transition from the academic training setting to the world of professional dance is a vital point in the journey of a dancer. Academy faculty members Kati and Anita tell us more about the pre-professional program and how our 2019 Summer Intensive can bring students to train at Charlotte Ballet year round.
Take your imagination on an adventure at Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's Peter Pan. One of our dancers' favorite performances, Peter Pan includes extravagant sets and costumes, marvelous dance and an experience you'll never, never forget. See what our dancers have to say about this fun adventure!
Find out why we love these teachers! Interested in working with them this summer? Learn more about our 2019 summer intensive.
Peter Chu partners with Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare Andrew Hartley to create a ballet exploring Hamlet's emotional journey throughout the play. Don't miss this boundary-pushing piece at Innovative Works!
Have you always wanted to try ballet but are a little nervous? Charlotte Ballet's drop-in classes are perfect for you! Academy Faculty Sophie says "It’s fine if you fall over – there is no test. We go across the floor a million times so you have the opportunity to get it right the next time and make it better.“
"We're flipping the whole story." For Innovative Works, Choreographer Stephanie Martinez explores the concept of masculinity and femininity in Shakespeare's iconic couples.
Three dancers made the leap from Charlotte Ballet's Academy to Charlotte Ballet II for the 2018/2019 Season! Read about their journey from student life to a professional career.
Dancer Sarah Hayes Harkins stars as Peter Pan’s spunky sidekick, Tinker Bell. Get to know Sarah and then come see her March 8-17 in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Peter Pan.
Hear from choreographer Peter Chu on his process working collaboratively with Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare Andrew Hartley for Innovative Works.
Learn more about the characters in Stephanie Martinez's collaborative work with Dr. Lynne Conner that explores Shakespeare’s leading female characters for Innovative Works.
Don't miss Innovative Works, a daring experiment to bring Shakespeare's works to life through a collaboration with UNC Charlotte!
See how Shakespeare's leading female characters are explored by choreographer Stephanie Martinez and playwright Dr. Lynne Conner in a fresh, provocative work at Charlotte Ballet's Innovative Works.
See what Academy Director Ayisha and company dancer Maurice have to say about the importance of training in a variety of genres in their interview with the Charlotte Post!
Find out why our teaching artists think the Summer Repertory Performance is such a rewarding opportunity for dancers. Register for our 2019 National Audition Tour!
With the family in town for the holidays, taking in all the Christmas spirit Uptown Charlotte has to offer along with seeing Nutcracker is the perfect holiday outing for all ages!
Charlotte Ballet's 2019 Summer Intensive is quickly approaching and our company dancers are giving us some pro tips for how to make the most of this experience.
Do you ever wonder what it's like for Clara to visit the magical lands in Nutcracker? Take our quiz to find out which land in Charlotte Ballet's Nutcracker best describes you this holiday season!
Be ahead of the game and check out these 5 important things to know about our audition!
We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to experience the joy of dance. Help us reach our goal this #GivingTuesdayCLT. Donations open now!
No matter your traditions for the season, Charlotte Ballet's Night at the Nutcracker Event Planner Emily Portal has five tips on how to make your holiday gatherings especially memorable.
Nutcracker is more than just a ballet performance when you attend with those you love. It's a treasured shared experience, a holiday tradition and precious time together during an otherwise busy season.
How does our million dollar Nutcracker makeover translate from costumes renderings to the big stage? See how our world-renowned design team made Nutcracker come to life!
See a sneak peek of what to expect at Nutcracker before you buy your tickets!
Whether you’re attending Nutcracker for the first time as a family, or coming back for your holiday tradition, check out our top tips to make it a memorable family experience.
Listen as we interview Director of Education & Community Engagement Bianca Bonner about what makes this sensory friendly performance so special!
Our favorite mini blogger, Bean, shares her best Nutcracker-inspired looks for you to wear to Nutcracker!
Whether you're planning a date night, a girls’ night or another special evening, check out our favorite ways to pair a performance of Nutcracker with food, festivities and libations!
Check out our interactive map to see where the sets and 746 costumes pieces are were created across the U.S. for the Nutcracker's 2016 million-dollar makeover.
Called "a light-hearted piece full of spunky energy," the performance of Petite Cérémonie at Fall Works will be unlike anything Charlotte audiences have seen! Experience the rehearsal process for Medhi Walerski's Charlotte debut.
Experience Fancy Free, the result of a historic collaboration between Bernstein and Robbins, as it is performed with accompaniment from the Charlotte Symphony at Fall Works!
Four acclaimed choreographers are returning to Charlotte Ballet this season: Sasha Janes, Johan Inger, Helen Pickett and Peter Chu. See what they are creating for Charlotte Ballet's 2018/19 Season!
Sasha Janes creates a world premiere for Fall Works involving our full company of dancers. Set to a Leonard Bernstein score, the unique characters of this new, narrative ballet come to life with live accompaniment by the Charlotte Symphony.
Do you ever wonder how a carnival would come to life on stage? See how Sasha Janes' Fascimile creates unique characters (and costumes!) for each company member!
Artistic Director Hope Muir is continuously bringing in new choreographic voices to Charlotte, and this season is no exception. Read more about what Medhi Walerski, Stephanie Martinez and David Dawson are bringing to Charlotte Ballet this season!
"The desire to create art through movement while overcoming my own physical and mental barriers is what powers me as a dancer." See how our dancers embody our 2018/19 Pretty/Powerful Campaign!
Find out which dancer says "'Fancy Free' is on my ballet bucket list" and hear why our dancers think it is a show you won't want to miss!
FOUR returning favorites. THREE new choreographers. TWO ballet classics. ONE #PrettyPowerful Season! Don't miss a single minute when you secure your seats today!
Did you know Fancy Free received a startling 22 curtain calls at its premiere in 1944?! Check out this iconic American ballet for yourself at Fall Works, Oct 11-13.
Welcome our new 2018/2019 Charlotte Ballet II dancers! Hear their favorite movies, advice for aspiring dancers and why they are so excited to join the Charlotte Ballet family!
Charlotte Ballet's special, family-friendly performances continue this season thanks to support from The Leon Levine Foundation.
From classical ballet to yoga, check out what our Summer Intensive students have to say about their favorite classes!
Check out our interview with Kati Hanlon Mayo, former Charlotte Ballet company dancer turned academy faculty! #throwback pics and all!
Check out why Academy Associate Director Anita thinks Summer Intensives are a vital part of a student's training and hear her tips on how to succeed!
Subscribe to Charlotte Ballet's 2018/2019 Season to get the exclusive opportunity to add on Choreographic Lab!
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Join us for this special Spring Works performance designed just for families!
Our dancers live and work in the city, so they know the best spots to grab a bite! Pair their favorite restaurants with a night out to Spring Works!
Three new choreographers and a return of audience favorite, Minus 16. See why our dancers think you'll love Spring Works!
A record-breaking 1.28 million dollars were raised to benefit Charlotte Ballet and local charities.
Charlotte Ballet welcomes the return of Ohad Naharin's Minus 16 at Spring Works. See why our dancers love this work!
What better way to try out your first light rail trip into the city than to take it to see The Most Incredible Thing!!
These best friends not only share the lead role in The Most Incredible Thing - they also share an apartment together!
Join us behind-the-scenes as our blockbuster performance of The Most Incredible Thing comes to life!
What will win the title of "the most incredible thing?"
Meet our six star pairs and see what local organizations they are supporting!
See rehearsal footage from The Most Incredible Thing's "The Grind."
Meet the 4 main characters of The Most Incredible Thing before buying your tickets!
Step into the studio with Charlotte Ballet as we rehearse The Most Incredible Thing!
Peter Chu's Rite of Spring: a collaboration with Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte Ballet and Charlotte-Mecklenburg students
We sat down with Charlotte Ballet Academy Associate Director Anita Pacylowski-Justo, a previous company member, to talk about her transition from stage to classroom!
If you’re looking for a fun and different date night (hint, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner), check out our favorite food blogger Chrissie's suggestions!
If this isn't the best date night story you've ever heard, we don't know what is! Pair your next night out with Charlotte Ballet's Innovative Works! Blog by Uptown Girl CLT
Our friend Aaron Dodge shares his not so typical bro night to Charlotte Ballet's Innovative Works! Grab your go-to bestie and plan a night for yourself!
A mesmerizing display of talent and creativity, see why critiques think this performance is so incredible!
Invigorating contemporary ballet in an intimate setting - check out Innovative Works from the stage!
Check out our favorite Sasha moments and be sure to see his newest piece at Innovative Works!
Innovative Works opens this weekend! Are you ready? If not- we got you! Check out behind-the-scenes interviews with our 3 choreographers!
We are so excited that Raven Barkley has been recognized as one of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch 2018! Get to know Raven and catch her in Innovative Works!
Don't miss Myles Thatcher's new ballet at Innovative Works! Opens this weekend and runs through February 17!
Meet the creatives behind Charlotte Ballet's The Most Incredible Thing to see why The Telegraph wrote: “Take a bow, the entire lighting and design team."
We are lucky to to have such a strong woman leading our academy. Get involved and take advantage of the programs of Charlotte Ballet Academy like National Audition Tour and Summer Intensive
Watch to see our favorite Sasha choreography from past Innovative Works and don't miss his newest work for this year's performance!
Hear Innovative Work's choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams share her rehearsal process. Then be sure to see her work at Innovative Works! Tickets on sale now.
See which one of our dancers thinks, "Audiences will be shocked by The Most Incredible Thing- Charlotte Ballet is going to rock it."
Click to find out 4 reasons why you wont want to miss this most incredible performance!
"Three world premiers by incredible choreographers in an intimate setting makes Innovative Works a really special program."
Take it from us- Charlotte Ballet company members have been through many auditions in their careers. Hear their tips on how to rock your 2018 National Audition Tour audition!
Education & Community Engagement Coordinator Katelyn Pounds shares why it is so important for children to experience the ballet. Donations open now!
After buying your tickets to a performance at the Center for Dance, make sure you know all the details on seating and parking!
Watch now: take a look at rehearsal for Johan Inger's Walking Mad described as a “stylistic game changer” by Artistic Director Hope Muir.
Step into the studio with the dancers as they rehearse Elsa Canasta, the finale ballet for Fall Works. Hear more from choreographer Javier de Frutos about this dark, funny, sexy evocation of the world of Cole Porter.
See where we have been, what we are doing now and what Artistic Director Hope Muir sees in the company's future- all wrapped into one Fall Works performance!
Charlotte Ballet kicks off our 2017/18 season in a big way with our new artistic director Hope Muir, and Fall Works packed with three new ballets! See what makes this our most INCREDIBLE season yet!
Find out all you need to know about Fall Work's Elsa Canasta choreographed by Javier de Frutos.
Artistic Director Hope Muir describes 5 benefits of touring for Charlotte audiences
The 2017/2018 season is upon us! Are you excited yet? See what Charlotte ballet has in store for you this season.
We are excited to introduce Colby and Anson - the newest company members of Charlotte Ballet!
Join us in welcoming two new Associate Academy Directors and 5 new acclaimed teaching artists to our 2017/2018 academy faculty!
Company dancer Sarah Hayes Harkins believes "Fall works will be very exciting- I hope Charlotte is ready for us to blow them away with our diversity." Hear more thoughts from our dancers on why you need to see Fall Works!
Charlotte Ballet is pleased to announce it has received a $200,000 grant from The Leon Levine Foundation that will support the creation of a new Family Matinee series.
Planning to catch a ballet at the Knight Theater? We've got all the details about seating options and parking!
Heading to the Belk Theater? Check out your seating options and learn everything you need to know about parking.
Have some time before the performance or want to make a night out of going to the ballet? Check out our recommendations on everything to do Uptown around the Belk Theater.
When you're visitng the Knight Theater for a ballet, make a day out of it by discovering new restaurants, fun drinks or family friendly activities - all within walking distance of the theater!
Planning a visit to the Center for Dance? Check out a few of our favorite places in Fourth Ward to enhance your experience.
Find out our summer intensive students' favorite classes and teachers!
Just announced - 2017/2018 Season featured choreographer Bryan Arias has received a 2017 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship.
Hear Charlotte Ballet company dancers' advice on how to make the most of your summer intensive experience!
A dancer, choreographer, teacher and director - Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux has spent the last 20 years as Charlotte Ballet’s leader and visionary. Watch a special to tribute to Jean-Pierre upon his retirement after the 2016/2017 Season.
Our Charlotte home season runs October - April but we don't stop dancing! Check out three chances to see Charlotte Ballet on tour in summer 2017.
After eight seasons with Charlotte Ballet, dancer Jamie Dee Clifton will retire from the stage. Join us in celebrating Jamie at her last performance with the company, Inspired Works, and check out our favorite photos through her career.
Charlotte Ballet celebrates President & Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux in his final season with the company. Find out more about his career and contributions to Charlotte Ballet in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, by the numbers!
With 6 new choreographers, 3 world premieres and 2 American premieres, see why Charlotte Ballet company dancers are so excited for the 2017/2018 Season!
Catch a video preview of the six show-stopping, all-star ballets Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux has hand-picked for his final performance with the company before he retires.
Hope Muir has drawn on her wide international dance experience to introduce seven new choreographers for Charlotte Ballet’s 17/18 Season, three world premieres and two American premieres.
As Hope Muir becomes Charlotte Ballet's 4th Artistic Director, here are 4 things you should know about the 2017/2018 Season, Hope's first with the company!
Go into the studio of Sasha Janes' Wuthering Heights with dancers Chelsea Dumas and Josh Hall who will dance as main characters Catherine and Heathcliff.
Sasha Janes' Wuthering Heights takes the stage April 27-29 at Knight Theater, but the vision for telling Emily Bronte's masterpiece of literature through ballet has been years in the making. Learn more about Charlotte Ballet supporters Ann and Michael Tarwater.
Your guide to everything Wuthering Heights! Learn more about the relationships and themes before joining us for Sasha Janes newest creation.
From new choreographers to world premieres, Hope brings her international dance experience to Charlotte!
Wuthering Heights is full of complex characters and relationships. Find out how dancer Chelsea Dumas prepares herself for the role of Catherine Earnshaw.
Join the dancers of Charlotte Ballet in the studio as they rehearse for Sasha Janes' Wuthering Heights.
Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights has captured audiences for years, and it is still being referenced in pop culture all the time. Have you caught any of these modern references in your favorite shows, songs, or movies?
See the trailer for Wuthering Heights, a new ballet by Associate Artistic Director Sasha Janes that boldly adapts Emily Bronte's literary masterpiece into ballet.
Be transported to the 1800s with Wuthering Heights! Choreographer Sasha Janes is working with his mother Jennifer Janes to bring the costumes to life. Take a look at the costume sketches and learn more about the characters.
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë’s literary masterpiece, is a passionate story of love and revenge boldly adapted into a ballet by Charlotte Ballet Associate Artistic Director Sasha Janes. Learn three things about the show you might not know!
Don't miss photos and video from our first enchanted weekend of Sleeping Beauty!
From first performances to balancing motherhood, the extraordinary ballerinas who dance the role of Sleeping Beauty's Aurora had an exciting first weekend of shows.
A record-breaking $875,000 was raised for Charlotte Ballet and six local charities at Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte 2017. See all the photos and video of our favorite Gala moments!
Whether you're headed to an evening show with your date or planning the perfect matinee over brunch, we asked four of our favorite Charlotte food bloggers for their recommendations for making Sleeping Beauty one enchanted Uptown outing.
Sleeping Beauty is one of the most iconic ballets of all time and the role of The Lilac Fairy is one of the most notable. Meet Charlotte Ballet's Lilac Fairy Sarah Lapointe and learn more about why she's looking forward to putting her own spin the well-known role.
Sleeping Beauty’s timeless tale of the beautiful Princess Aurora, a dashing prince and the triumph of good over evil has delighted audiences for years. Take a look at the gorgeous sets and costumes and a cast of fanciful characters, then join us in Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted kingdom, as this beloved childhood story leaves you feeling happily ever after.
In Sleeping Beauty, the cast of more than 80 dancers includes many ballerinas wearing pointe shoes. Alessandra Ball James, who will dance the lead role of Princess Aurora, answered questions about these magical shoes.
Former company dancer David Ingram has returned to create Flamouriá, a new work that combines a community partnership with projections. Watch more to hear from David about his vision and how the ballet came together.
In his first year as artistic director, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux created Innovative Works to present contemporary ballet to the community. Twenty years and 105 ballets later, we look back at some of our favorite memories.
From Scotland to NYC to Charlotte and back, catch up with Hope Muir, Charlotte Ballet's Artistic Director beginning July 2017. Hope offers insight into the planning of her first season with the Company.
Check out the five new, contemporary ballets featured at our 20th anniversary performance of Innovative Works running now through February 18.
At just 19 years old, Charlotte Ballet dancer Sarah Lapointe has been named to Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" list for 2017. This is an honor bestowed upon the world's most promising dance talent.
What does a day in the life of a professional dancer look like? Read on as we follow Josh as he prepares for our 20th year of Innovative Works, opening on January 27 and running through February 18!
Our Charlotte Ballet dancers and teaching artists have been through many auditions in their careers, and they are here to share advice on how to make you feel more confident this audition season!
This season, in addition to celebrating the legacy of Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux in his 20th and final season, Charlotte Ballet is celebrating your generosity. Our organization is stronger artistically and financially thanks to your continuous support. As we enter an exciting and transformative time, we believe that you are more important than ever.
If you’ve ever dreamed of being on stage like the dancers of Charlotte Ballet here’s your chance with two upcoming events that will allow you to become part of the ballet: The Ingram Project and Dance Interactive.
In 2012, company members Jamie Dee Clifton and Sarah Hayes Harkins performed in the premiere of Resident Choreographer Dwight Rhoden's The Groove. Now, four years later, this piece will be performed as part of Fall Works to kick off the 2016/2017 Season. With the opportunity to perform this piece again, the dancers describe their experience with the work and reflect on how they have matured as dancers with Charlotte Ballet.
Before you see Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 performed at Fall Works, join us for Out of Focus - A documentary on Ohad Naharin to learn more about the choreographer. After the screening, join us for a conversation with Erez Zohar who is setting the work, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and the dancers.
Charlotte Ballet has added six new dancers to the first company. Read more to find out who these dancers are and why they are so excited to start their first season with Charlotte Ballet!
During the summer, Charlotte Ballet travels to Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY for a residency. Founded by our Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux in 1989, Chautauqua’s dance program presents four Charlotte Ballet performances during an eight week residency, including ballets by Mark Diamond, Sasha Janes, Dwight Rhoden and several ballets staged by Patricia McBride.
It has always been a dream of Charlotte Ballet Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux to bring his vision for Nutcracker to life with brand new sets and costumes.
It seems like just days ago we were welcoming Summer Intensive students to Charlotte Ballet for five weeks. Training six days a week, dancers ages 11-22 have worked with renowned...
Setting the Stage is an ongoing series with Hope Muir, who has been named Charlotte Ballet’s new Artistic Director beginning July 2017. Hope will offer insight into the planning of...
With a celebrated performance career, masterful choreographic works and visionary leadership of Charlotte Ballet – Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux has made a lasting impact on the ballet world and the Charlotte community....