First State Ballet Theatre

Delaware's Professional Ballet Company

First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware’s professional ballet company, presents full length ballets and mixed-repertory programs throughout the state, commissions new choreography from internationally renowned choreographers, offers performing opportunities to aspiring dancers, and educates the Delaware dance audience of the future.

Headquartered in Wilmington's beautiful and historic Grand Opera House, First State Ballet Theatre performs under the artistic direction of Kirov-trained Pasha Kambalov.



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.


For the past two years, the FSBT student ensemble has placed in the Top 12 at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York.  Above: Viktor Plotnikov's "Hope." Below: Viktor Plotnikov's "Eddy." Photos by Julieanne Harris.

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

 Photo of Zane Winders by Tisa Della Volpe.

Photo of Zane Winders by Tisa Della Volpe.

2018 Summer Programs

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced professional, FSBT has something for you this summer!

2018 Summer Intensive (ages 9 and up)

June 25 - July 20, 2018

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2018 Summer Children's Workshops (ages 4-8 years)

July 30 to August 3, 2018

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 2017 Summer Intensive Performance in Studio 1.

2017 Summer Intensive Performance in Studio 1.

2018 Choreography Workshop

August 20-25, 2018 

Students will spend a week with choreographer Viktor Plotnikov creating a new piece and learning pieces from the classical repertoire with FSBT faculty. 

For the past two years, FSBT students have been invited to compete with Mr. Plotnikov's pieces at the Youth America  Grand Prix Finals, and both years were honored to place in the Top 12 Ensembles. 

Participating dancers must be registered FSBT students and approved by the School Director. To register, email

 Choreographer Viktor Plotnikov rehearses with FSBT students.

Choreographer Viktor Plotnikov rehearses with FSBT students.

Open Classes

For the novice or the more experienced dancer - FSBT's popular open classes are designed for dancers ages 13 and up of all backgrounds. Click on  the 2017-2018 School Schedule link for days and times.

Not sure if you want to commit? Come take a free trial class!


JUNE 21 - AUGUST 25, 2018 (no class 8/23)

Mondays and Thursdays  6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

2018-2019 Open House

Meet our faculty, observe company and student classes, register and more!

 Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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For More Information

Call 302-658-7897 x 3851 or email if you have questions and/or would like to try a free class.

 Click here to learn more about our faculty and staff.



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