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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Kristina Kambalov
Executive Director

Ms. Kambalov was born in Evansville, Indiana, and at the age of nine began studying ballet with Jean Allenby. She continued her studies at North Carolina School of the Arts and at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and danced with Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania and Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware.

In August of 1999, Kristina and Pasha Kambalov opened Russian Ballet Centre in Newport, Delaware and later incorporated the school as a non-profit organization, First State Ballet Theatre (FSBT). In 2003, FSBT moved to Wilmington’s historic Grand Opera House, and in 2008 the professional company was born with ten dancers. Just 9 years later, FSBT comprises 22 dancers and performs statewide from August to April each season. For the past 17 years, Ms. Kambalov has served as FSBT School Director, and for the past 8 years she has worn a number of hats with the FSBT company, including production manager, company manager, coach, and ballet mistress. Over the past 8 years, FSBT has staged hundreds of performances, collaborated with dozens of arts and community organizations statewide, commissioned a number of world premières by new and established choreographers, and created Danceworks!, Delaware’s largest dance educational outreach program.

This is Ms. Kambalov’s first season as Executive Director and she continues in her role as teacher, coach, and ballet mistress for the company and the school.  Ms. Kambalov has also served on the jury of the World Ballet Competition and in 2006 she received the Wilmingtonian Award for outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Wilmington.


Upcoming Shows

See our upcoming production: 

GISELLE
October 21 - 22

At The Baby Grand

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

For volunteer opportunities, contact us.