The School of First State Ballet Theatre
Training Tomorrow's Dancers for the World Stage
Established in 1999, the School of First State Ballet Theatre offers ballet training to students from age four through adults. Our curriculum is based on the Vaganova syllabus of classical Russian ballet, the world’s most rigorous and thorough curriculum. Whether you’re a beginning ballet student, a teen aspiring to hone your technique, or an adult seeking the challenge of physical and intellectual exercise, FSBT offers classes that meet your needs.
Our spacious studios are housed at the beautiful and historic Grand Opera House in downtown Wilmington.
Viktor Plotnikov's "Eddy" placed in theTop 12 Ensembles at the 2017 Youth America Grand Prix Finals
Photo by Julianne Harris at the 2017 Philly Youth Dance Fest
Students of FSBT have been accepted at the JKO School of American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet Academy, Kirov Academy, Harid Conservatory, Boston Ballet School and Ellison Ballet, as well as many summer programs, including American Ballet Theatre (NYC), the School of American Ballet, Kirov Academy, Ballet West, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Houston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.
FSBT graduates have gone on to dance professionally with Festival Ballet Providence, Milwaukee Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, Washington Ballet, Universal Ballet, Ballet du Capitole, Tulsa Ballet and First State Ballet Theatre.
FSBT graduates have been accepted to Princeton University, Duke University, NYU, Boston College, and Barnard College, among many others.
Boys Scholarship Program
FSBT is excited to announce our Boys Scholarship Program beginning in the fall of 2017. Applications for this tuition-free program are being taken now. Some restrictions apply. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Summer Programs
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced professional, FSBT has something for you this summer!
Information on our 2018 Summer Programs coming soon.
2018 Summer Intensive
June 25 - July 20, 2018
2018 Summer Children's Workshops
July 23 to July 27, 2018
July 30 to August 3, 2018
2017 Choreography Workshop
August 14-19, 2017
Students will spend a week with choreographer Viktor Plotnikov creating a new piece and learning pieces from the classical repertoire with FSBT faculty. The dancers will perform at the FSBT Open House on Saturday, August 19.
FSBT students competed with last year's piece Eddy at the 2017 Youth America Grand Prix and were honored to place in the Top 12 Ensembles in the Finals.
Participating dancers must be registered FSBT students and approved by the School Director. To register, email email@example.com.
For the novice or the more experienced dancer - FSBT's popular open classes are designed for dancers ages 13 and up of all backgrounds. Open classes are held all year long. Click on the 2017-2018 School Schedule link for days and times.
For More Information
Call 302-658-7897 x 3851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions and/or would like to try a free class.
2017-18 Open House
Saturday, August 19, 2017
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meet our faculty, register for classes, observe company class, have a pointe shoe fitting with Gaynor Minden, purchase your uniform at a discount from the Brandywine Dance Shoppe, and more!