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.

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

2017 Summer Programs

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

Click here to learn more about our 2017 Summer Intensive  (ages 9 to 22)

Click here to learn more about our 2017 Summer Children's Workshops (ages 4 to 9)

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

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. Open classes are held all year long. Click on  the 2016-2017 School Schedule link above for days and times.

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.


Joan Beatson
Anna Carapelloti
Hannah Epstein
Tisa Della-Volpe
Lauren Frere
Shauna Goodman
Katrina Hall
Pasha Kambalov
Kristina Kambalov
Ashley Davis


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!

Click here for more info.