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.



Angela Zielen

Angela Zielen, a Delaware native, began studying ballet at the age of nine at First State Academy of Dance in Milford. She attended summer intensives at First State Ballet Theatre and the American Academy of Ballet, and studied under Angela DeMello in Urbania, Italy for a summer. Angela was awarded the Delaware Dance Festival Artistry Award in 2012 and was invited to take the YAGP world finals master class in 2015. She is a recent graduate from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Cognitive Science. Angela enjoys new adventures, being surrounded with good company and a good book.


See Angela perform in our upcoming production: 

Romeo & Juliet

The Baby Grand Theater
Wilmington, DE

April 13-15


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