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.



Community Outreach

FSBT’s community outreach programs bring the beauty and excitement of professional ballet to thousands of students and adults each year. We offer community outreach programs in addition to participating in the St. Francis Foundation Reindeer Ball, the City of Wilmington's Summer in the Parks Program, and other ad hoc programs and events.

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Our acclaimed DanceWorks! program, which provides free ballet instruction and a year-end performance on the stage of the Baby Grand Theater, has served more than a thousand students from numerous downtown Wilmington elementary and pre-schools.

Once Upon a Ballet

More than 500 students attend FSBT’s annual “Once Upon a Ballet” lecture-demonstration and performance offered at the Grand Opera House through its “Stages of Discovery” series.

Artistic Residencies

FSBT's artistic residencies in Delaware elementary, middle and senior high schools bring the professional life of our company to the schools' gym, auditorium or theater.