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.



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2016-2017 Season


Our 17th season of spectacular, statewide performances with something for everyone from Wilmington to the Beach! 

Tickets on sale now, buy your tickets online or over the phone by calling 1-800-37-GRAND.

Freeman Stage

36097 Sand Cove Road
Selbyville, Del.
Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Info at 302-436-3015 or

Swan Lake tells the love story of Prince Siegfried and the Swan Queen Odette. This timeless story of good against evil is the greatest of all romantic ballets and is most approachable  and visually pleasing with something for everyone to enjoy.
Grand Opera House**
Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, October 23,  2016 at 2:00 pm

Up Front, one of our most popular events of the season. Performed in Studio 1 at the Baby Grand, Up Front gives the audience the chance to experience the dancing up close and personal. The program includes highlights from the classical repertoire as well as contemporary pieces choreographed for the company, after the performance the dancers join the audience for a reception. 
Grand Studio One
Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 

Grand Opera House **
Wilmington's favorite holiday tradition, The Nutcracker. Experience the magical journey through the land of sweets in FSBT's lavish production. This year's performances will include new costumes and choreography for the battle scene.
Join us on December 17 at 12:30pm for The Sugar Plum Nutcracker Tea. Tickets for the tea may be purchased with a ticket to the performance at The Grand’s box office.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

ELEGANT SOULS: A TRIPLE BILL                                                                                                                                                                                                        First State Ballet Theatre then presents Elegant Souls: A Triple Bill February 18 - 19 at the Baby Grand.The program includes Walpurgis Night from the Opera Faust with music by Charles Gounod. Elegant Souls, choreographed by Viktor Plotnikov, and the Grand Pas from Raymonda with music by Alexander Glazunov. 
Baby Grand Theater **
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM                                                                                                                                                                                                               First State Ballet Theatre will close out its season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream choreographed by Alex Buckner on April 8 - 9 at the Baby Grand. This enchanting ballet brings William Shakespeare’s classic comedy to life. The hilarious tale follows the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest. A ballet perfect for all ages!
Baby Grand Theater **
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

The Grand Opera House & Baby Grand Theatre
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801



Buy 3, 4, or 5 performances, save $3.00 off each ticket

Buy all 5 FSBT performances and add a GOH performance save $5.00 off each ticket

As a subscriber you receive ticket exchange privileges, cumulative discounts on subsequent performances, dining discounts, free parking, lost ticket insurance with only a one time service fee of $7.00. 

Order your tickets today: Call 1-800-652-5577 or 1-800-37-GRAND

** Tickets for all Grand Opera House performances at Copeland Hall are  $14.99 to $50.00, students and seniors receive $3.00 off per ticket. Special discounts for groups of 10 more. Discounts not available online. Tickets sold through the  Grand: 1-800-37-GRAND

*** Tickets for all Grand Opera House performances at the Baby Grand are $25.00 to $50.00, students and seniors receive $3.00 off per ticket. Special discounts for groups of 10 or more.  Discounts not available online. Tickets sold through the Grand: 1-800-37-GRAND

****Up Front tickets will be $40.00 for adults and $25.00 for students 18 and under. Discounts not available online. Tickets sold through the Grand: 1-800-37-GRAND