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.




Giovanna Saffos
Development Director

Giovanna Saffos was born in Houston where she began ballet training at the Royal Academy of the Fine Arts at age four, later studying at Houston Ballet. She moved to Wilmington in 2004 where she studied briefly with Victor Wesley before joining The School of First State Ballet Theatre. While at FSBT she attended the Boston Ballet School Summer Intensive and performed in numerous FSBT productions. Giovanna joined FSBT’s professional company as Development Director upon graduation from George Washington University where she earned a B.B.A. in International Business and Marketing with a Dance minor. FSBT is delighted to welcome her as the company’s first paid, full-time management employee.

Upcoming Shows

See our upcoming production: 

Classical and Contemporary Highlights
Selbyville, DE
9/03/2015 at 7PM

Get Involved

The generosity of our volunteers and donors is fundamental in sustaining and growing ballet in the Delaware region. 

For volunteer opportunities, contact us.