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.



Erin Kuwabara

Erin Fusaye Kuwabara
Born in Brantford, Ontario, Erin began her ballet training at the age of five under the direction of her elder sister, Kathryn Kuwabara. She later studied with Gizella Witkowsky and John Ottmann at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. 
In 2012, she was accepted into the two-year graduate program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. After graduation, Erin accepted an apprenticeship with Alabama Ballet in Birmingham, Alabama. This year marks her second season with First State Ballet Theatre. Erin’s repertoire includes: Giselle, George Balanchine's Serenade, Cinderella, Agnes de Mille’s Fall River Legend, Raymonda, and Paquita, as well as roles in La Bayadère, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Laurencia, George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes, La Fille Mal Gardée, and Don Quixote. 



See Erin perform in our upcoming production

Twin Bill


The Baby Grand Theater
Wilmington, DE
February 17-18

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