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.



Elena Olshin

Elena Olshin is very excited to start her second season with First State Ballet Theatre. Elena is a native of Rockville, Maryland and began dancing at the age of four. She is a graduate of the Akhmedova Ballet Academy, where she trained for four years under the direction of Jacqueline Akhmedova. She has attended summer intensives at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, Ballet West and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Elena participated in the Kennedy Center Masterclass Series for two years; she also competed at the Youth American Grand Prix semi-finals and NYC Finals and as a soloist at the Tanzolymp Dance Festival in Berlin, Germany.  Elena enjoyed dancing in First State Ballet Theatre’s productions of Giselle, Up Front, The Nutcracker, Elegant Souls, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream during the 2016-17 season. When she’s not dancing, Elena enjoys drawing.



See Elena perform in our upcoming production:

Romeo & Juliet

The Baby Grand Theater
Wilmington, DE

April 13-15

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